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United States
USA Rugby Logo.png
Union USA Rugby
Nickname(s) The Eagles
Coach(es) Al Caravelli
Captain(s) Kevin Swiryn
Most caps Jone Naqica (28)
Top scorer Jone Naqica
Team kit
Change kit

The United States National Rugby Union Sevens team competes in the IRB Sevens World Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens, and World Games. The Team will also represent the United States in the Summer Olympics beginning in 2016. Under current head coach Al Caravelli the Eagles (sevens) have seen a tremendous growth in success. They have become a mainstay of the IRB Sevens World Series having captured hardware multiple times in the 08-09 season and having finished as highly as 3rd place at an event (the USA Sevens in San Diego), which remains the highest finish for an Eagles team in an IRB Sevens World Series event. The Eagles (sevens) became a "core team" for the 2008-2009 IRB Sevens World Series season. The United States, like many other developing nations, uses the 7s team to prepare players for the XV-side. Many of the current stars of the XVs are former 7s players, including Eagles Captain Todd Clever. The USA's last two Cup triumphs came in the Bangkok International 7s which was notably the first international competition for Eagles (XV) star Takudzwa Ngwenya and the NAWIRA RWC 7s Qualifier which clinched a spot in the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens for the USA.


Current Squad

The 12-man squad for Adelaide and Hong Kong [1].

Marco Barnard United States Kutztown University
Mark Bokhoven United States Denver Barbarians
Nick Edwards United States NYAC
Paul Emerick Italy Parma
Matt Hawkins (vc) United States Belmont Shore
Nese Malifa United States Belmont Shore
Zach Pangelinan United States OMBAC
Leonard Peters United States Aspen
Tommy Saunders United States KC Blues
Shalom Suniula United States Pearl City
Kevin Swiryn (c) United States Old Puget Sound Beach
Zachary Test England Loughborough Students


These statistics are sourced from USA Rugby's Database: [2]

IRB Seasons and Rankings[7]

Season Final Ranking Ranking Points # of Events Cups Plates Bowls Shields Leading Try Scorer Leading Points Scorer
1999-00 18th 0pts 5 0 0 0 0
2000-01 10th 16pts 5 0 1 0 0
2001-02 11th 12pts 7 0 0 1 0
2002-03 19th 1pt 3 0 0 1 0
2003-04 15th 0pts 3 0 0 0 2
2004-05 14th 0pts 2 0 0 0 0
2005-06 15th 0pts 3 0 0 0 0
2006-07 15th 2pts 3 0 0 0 1
2007-08 13th 6pts 6 0 0 0 1 Chris Wyles (26) Chris Wyles (130)
2008-09 11th 24pts 8 0 0 0 3 Kevin Swiryn (20) Kevin Swiryn (100)
2009-10 *11th 4pts 4 0 0 1[8] 1 Nick Edwards (13) Nese Malifa (80)
Total - - 49 0 1 3 8 - -

Denotes Current Standing - *

Rugby World Cup Sevens[9]

Year Host Record Finish
- Did Not Participate
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
4-3 Bowl Champion
2-4 Plate Quarter-Final
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
2-4 Plate Quarter-Final
1-3 Plate Quarter-Final

Rugby Union at the World Games

Year Host Record Finish
2001 Akita[10]  Japan - DNP
2005 Duisburg[11]  Germany 1-5 7th
2009 Kaohsiung[12]  Taiwan 2-4 5th

Other International Competitions

Year Event Result
1986 Hong Kong Sevens[13] Plate Champions
1988 Hong Kong Sevens[14] Plate Champions
1994 Hong Kong Sevens[15] Plate Final
2000 World Cup Qualifier - Chile Qualified for RWC 7s
2004 NAWIRA Championship Champions
2006 Bangkok International Rugby Sevens[16] Cup Champions
2006 Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby Sevens[17] Cup Quarterfinals
2007 Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby Sevens[18] Plate Champions
2008 2008 NAWIRA RWC 7s Qualifier Cup Champions
* 2010 Digicel Suva Rugby Festival International Sevens[19] Cup Semifinals[20]

* - Played as the USA Cougars[21]

See also




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