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Monday, November 23, 2015

Eagles Named For Dubai & Cape Town

Head coach Mike Friday has named a veteran laden squad as the Eagles 7s get ready for the Dubai and Cape Town 7s to open up the start of the World Rugby Sevens Series. The team will be missing Danny Barrett and Martin Iosefo to injury but have Carlin Isles, Garrett Bender, Zack Test, Folau Niua, Maka Unufe, Nate Augspurger, Madison Hughes, and Perry Baker all return. Those players were the core part of last year's team that saw little change throughout the season. They were also the core group that won the London 7s.

Joining the team is former Eagles 7s captain Kevin Swiryn, Matai Leuta, and Will Holder. Swiryn was a stalwart on the team for many years before retiring. After coming out of retirement a few years ago he's starred with Seattle and has earned a place back on the team. Holder has been around the team in a WCAP capacity and now earns a chance to prove himself on the Series. Leuta came out of nowhere last year to become a key part of the team at the end of the year.

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Andrew Durutalo is also out who has now moved on to other things.

"We have Portugal first up and all our energies will be to perform so we can try to beat them," said Friday is a U.S.A. Rugby press release. "We will then turn our attention to France, and only then will we focus on New Zealand – and we are all looking forward to taking them on as they are deemed to be one of the best if not the best in the world of sevens along with Fiji and South Africa, and that is what we want to be associated with.

"We are hoping New Zealand brings their 15s stars, such as Sonny Bill Williams and Liam Messam, as, not only will it be great for the game, we can have an early hit-out and test ourselves. We, as always, see ourselves as competitors and will rise to any challenge and believe we have the capability and firepower to win. Every time we take the field you will see a fully-committed Eagles team playing and believing they are capable of winning."

The U.S. will face Portugal, France, and New Zealand.

Squad: Carlin Isles, Matai Leuta, Brett Thompson, Garrett Bender, Zack Test, Kevin Swiryn, Folau Niua, Maka Unufe, Nate Augspurger, Madison Hughes, Perry Baker, Will Holder


  1. Any more on the Andrew Durutalo situation? 2015 was a real breakout year for him. Seems strange that he would go do something else right before the Olympics, unless there's a pro contract in the works.

  2. Duratolo moving on to other things. That is sort of a biggie given that he has been the key to much of the great work for the 7's team at the breakdown. That is a huge gap to fill and needless to say a big surprise with the Olympics being less than a year away; would have thought there would have been a desire to see the campaign through. Any word as to where he is going? Professional 15's? Retiring from the game?

  3. so what does mean - no more rugby?
    Andrew Durutalo is also out who has now moved on to other things

  4. the big forward presence of Andrew Durutalo now signed professionally overseas

  5. Looks like Duratolo has signed professionally per the USA rufby website so hopefully he continues to be available at the 15's level and maybe later in the 7's series? Any info for whom he is playing?

  6. Durutalo rumored to Japan's Super Rugby franchise