With Baker Out, USA 7s Team Focusing On Execution Problems, Ruck Penalties

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USA sevens star Perry Baker is back stateside after failing his head injury assessment following the Eagles' opening game in the Dubai Sevens last Friday.

Baker looked as if he had suffered a concussion after making a tackle in the Eagles' 22-14 loss to Argentina and appeared very wobbly on the sideline. He did not take any further part in the tournament. Now, USA coach Mike Friday has confirmed that Baker won't play in the HSBC World Series' upcoming stop in Cape Town, South Africa, this weekend, and former New Mexico Highlands University and current Denver Barbarians star Kevon Williams will replace him.

That increased the USA squad back to 13, with 12 players getting named for the actual tournament roster for the Cape Town Sevens. Williams, who played for the USA in the Silicon Valley Sevens warmup tournament, will likely be vying for playing time with Life West's Maanaima Fuala'au, who was the 13th player in Dubai and entered the game when Baker went down.

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Friday said that losing Baker was tough, but it wasn't the reason for his team's 0-5 showing in Dubai.

"There were a number of things not within our control," the coach said. 

Among Friday's chief complaints in the tournament were the penalties called in the breakdown in the USA's 26-14 loss Samoa on Friday, for which he eventually received an apology (which doesn't change the score).

"We all fully recognize and take responsibility that we will did not perform to our standards, and paid the price for our lack of accuracy, especially in attack," Friday said. "The game of sevens is ruthless, and if you are slightly off in this World Series you get nothing and that is how it was."

Friday said he struggled also with some of the breakdown interpretations in Saturday's game against Canada (a 10-5 overtime loss) but acknowledged that the team's final effort, a 31021 loss to Wales, was just flat poor.

"The Wales first half was as bad as I have seen us play," he said. "We do have to see it for what is is and we are hugely determined as group to right the wrongs this week and will use last week's adversity as the fuel to drive us through this week and the weekend."

7s Eagles Take Coaching Roles At San Diego State While On Rehab

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Injured but not idle, recovering USA sevens players Zack Test and Brett Thompson spent part of their fall coaching the San Diego State sevens team.

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After NBC and United World Sports parted ways on broadcasting the Collegiate Rugby Championship Sevens Invitational, people started speculating that the CRC might be history.

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English rugby-playing sensation Tyrese Johnson-Fisher is a speedy center/wing who also wants to be a football player, and he's going to get his chance.

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At the halfway mark of the 2017-18 college season, a bunch of D1A teams are in playoff limbo — and it's not the good kind.

McWilliams Lauds Leadership Of Eagles Players

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The USA men's 15s team is still waiting for its new head coach to join the fold, but leadership isn't an issue for the Eagles in the interim, according to one of the squad's assistants.

The Division Debate Part III: Is D1A Doing Its Job?

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In Part III of our series on the structure of men's college rugby, we're taking a look at whether D1A is serving its purpose.

FloRugby To Live-Stream Life University Home Games

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FloRugby has reached an agreement with Life University to live-stream a series of men’s and women’s undergraduate rugby team games for this winter and spring.

Still Many Changes To Expect In D1AA Rankings

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We've got a fall champion in D1AA and currently that team, Mary Washington, is the new No. 1 in FloRugby's Men's D1AA rankings.

New Zealand Wins Cape Town, USA Finishes 6th

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New Zealand defeated Argentina 38-14 on Sunday to take the Cup Final at the Cape Town Sevens and shoot to first place in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings, while the USA left the series' second leg with a lot more to be happy about than when it arrived in Cape Town.

USA Does A 180 To Go 3-0 In Cape Town

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The USA men's sevens team produced a massive turnaround to open the Cape Town Sevens on Saturday and will look to get a top four finish, or better, on day two.