AFI 7s: The First Step To Tokyo For Olympic Hopefuls

We're now less than 10 months away from the beginning of the Tokyo Olympic Games, which means it's time for Eagles 7s players to seize the opportunity to represent the United States at the Olympics. 

With only 13 players elected per side, spots are at a premium. The athletes will be chomping at the bit to impress their coaches and secure a spot on the plane to Japan. Between now and then, there are 11 tournaments left for guys to step up to the plate and deliver. 

And it all starts on October 25 on FloRugby with the AFI 7s in Manchester, England.

The tournament is entering just its second year of existence, and while it's not a part of the official HSBC World Series, it will be just as important for guys looking to make the cut. 

Most of the big names will be there: Baker, Barrett, Isles, Hughes — everyone except the boys competing at the World Cup (Iosefo, Pinkelman.)

Alongside the usual suspects will be up-and-comers like Harley Wheeler and Cody Melphy.

Can the Eagles build upon last year's unprecedented success? 

And who could emerge as the bolter that sets the Olympics alight next summer?

Watch the Eagles get their quest to Tokyo underway, Oct. 25 & 26, LIVE on FloRugby!

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Every year, the West Coast 7s offers a sneak peak into some of tomorrow's big stars. This year is no different, and with the number of quality teams competing, there will be no shortage of talent. 

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Japan weren't expected to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, but they have confounded their critics and surprised the sport by unleashing a "unique" style -- a combination of high-speed attack and defensive tenacity.