USA Coaches Tells Us What They Liked At Club 7s

All Blue Evan Hoese Soon To Be An Eagle

USA sevens team coaches Chris Brown and Mike Friday were on hand to watch the USA Rugby Club 7s Championships, and overall liked what they saw.

"I would say it’s the strongest I’ve seen it," said Brown. "To know that four or five teams could have honestly won it is brilliant to see.

Brown was also in the announcers booth with Pat Clifton and James Paterson during the live FloRugby broadcast.


Several players put their hands up for Brown and he was especially pleased with these players:

Alena Olsen, San Diego Surfers. A good creator who was also dangerous with the ball and "demanded the defense to respect her or she would break the line herself."

Kayla Lawson, San Diego Surfers. "She showed effort on effort to chase back to stop multiple tries and had speed to burn on attack." 

Tegan McDonald, San Diego Surfers. "Aerially brave and a workhorse."

Evan Hoese, Berkeley All Blues and Jennina Duncan, Washington Athletic Club (both 15s Eagles). Both showed an "ability to spot a gap and take it or play a team mate through the line."

Summer Harris-Jones, ARPTC Blue. "She was powerful on both sides of the ball and defends the corner brilliantly."

Friday, meanwhile, was also happy with the level of play. 

"It was very good competition on the pitch; some great games," he said. He augmented his comments while in the commentary booth.

Friday also mentioned some players he was impressive with. Former AIC standout Gavan D'Amore-Morrison was very good in the air and on the ground.

Aaron Martin from Kansas City is young (22) and strong in the air. He will be playing for Denver in the RugbyTown 7s.

Danny Gianascoli made out highlight reel of top tries (as did D'Amore-Morrison) is also young and showed well.

Corey Jones had a big impact for NAV 7s, while on Atlanta Old White, Darrell Williams is at Life University, but will be monitored.

Massive Wins For New York, Beantown In WPL Round 9

Round 9 was a make-or-break week for three teams looking to secure a playoff spot in the WPL East. Twin Cities, New York, and Beantown all entered the weekend still in contention, but now just the latter two remain. 

Wales vs South Africa: How'd We Get Here?

Wales and South Africa each progressed their way to the semifinals on Sunday, beating France and Japan, respectively. 

England vs New Zealand: How'd We Get Here?

The world's top two teams laid down serious statements on Saturday, as England and New Zealand each put in dominant displays against Australia and Ireland in the quarterfinals. 

Wales Have Played Their 'Get Out Of Jail Card'

Wales have played their "get out of jail card," coach Warren Gatland said Monday of his team's nail-biting victory over France that set up a World Cup semifinal against South Africa this weekend.

Unufe's Back! Eagles Roster For AFI 7s

null

Mike Friday and his staff have selected 16 players for this weekend's AFI 7s in Manchester. Following the 7s tournament, the players will also be competing in a 5v5 Rugby X tournament, the first of its kind. 

West Coast 7s Day 1 Schedule

Watch both days of the West Coast 7s, Oct. 19 & 20, right here on FloRugby!

Pivotal Weekend For WPL Playoff Hopefuls

null

Following a week off, WPL teams should be fresh and ready to get down to business this weekend in the penultimate round of the campaign.

Evolving USA Rugby Part 2: Coaches, Stay Coachable

The growth of rugby in America relies not only on the improvement of the players, but also that of the coaches. 

Irishmen Primed For All Blacks Battle

Joe Schmidt has named a starting side that includes eight players from Leinster for Saturday's quarterfinal showdown with New Zealand. 

Youngster Jordan Petaia Scores Huge Start

Michael Cheika has picked his side for Saturday's huge quarterfinal clash with England at Oita Stadium, and among his starters is 19-year-old center Jordan Petaia.