Saturday, April 26, 2014

USA Roster Released for Glasgow and London

After finishing the earlier piece about the USA roster questions for the final iRB stops, we found the answer to "What Will The USA Do?" courtesy of Rugby Magazine. I am pleased to see there haven't been any big name changes for illogical reasons, that Coach Hawkins decided to "stick with what we got". Here's hoping it pans our well for our men as they travel to Europe!

USA 7s Team Readies for Glasgow
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Friday, 25 April 2014 22:20   
Sevens - USA Sevens Men

Chula Vista, Calif. – The USA Men's 7s team that will play in the Glasgow 7s May 3-4 has been named.

Zack Test returns for the USA. Ian Muir photo.
Zack Test returns for the USA. Ian Muir photo.
Head Coach Matt Hawkins has made two changes to the squad from Tokyo Sevens and Cathay Pacific HSBC Hong Kong Sevens last month, where the Eagles made the Cup Quarterfinals at each event. The same squad will continue on to London following the stop in Scotland for Marriott London Sevens May 10-11.

Madison Hughes has returned to Dartmouth University to continue his education and help Dartmouth finish their season at the CRC.

"Madison played well and we're looking forward to having him back soon ahead of the Olympics," Hawkins said.

Will Holder steps in to replace Hughes. Holder has three 15s caps with the Eagles. He is a different type of player than Hughes - a long-striding loper rather than a zippy sidestepper. But he has top-notch passing and kicking skills.

"Holder’s part of the World-Class Athlete Program and is someone we're interested in seeing on this stage," Hawkins said. "Holder’s shown it with the 15s, he has abilities and skills to compete at this level."

Nu'u Punimata will replace Marcus Satavu, who traveled with the team to Tokyo and Hong Kong. Punimata played with the Eagles in the early stages of the 2013-14 Series before missing time with an injury follow USA Sevens.

The Eagles gained 24 points in Tokyo and Hong Kong, accounting for more than half of their 37 on the year, good for 13th in the Series standings. Carlin Isles and Folau Niua, both at Glasgow Warriors of the RaboDirect Pro12, will remain at the Scottish club.

"We’ve decided to stick with the guys that we've got," Hawkins said. "We had a couple more losses than we wanted [in Tokyo and Hong Kong], but I think we played some really good rugby and we started to turn the corner. Overall, as we’ve always talked about, we want to progress and continue to take steps forward."

Scotland will not only host Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens May 3-4, but also play the Eagles in Pool D. Spain has lost all five of its matches against the Eagles, and will join Australia to complete Pool D.

USA 7s Team for Glasgow and London
Danny Barrett
Garrett Bender
Andrew Durutalo
Nick Edwards
Pono Haitsuka
Will Holder
Ryan Matyas
Mike Palefau
Nu'u Punimata
Mike Te'o
Zack Test
Brett Thompson

Men's Eagles Sevens | Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens
v Spain - Saturday, May 3 - 8:04 AM ET
v Scotland - Saturday, May 3 - 11:10 AM ET
v Australia - Saturday, May 3 - 1:55 PM ET

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