USA Men’s Eagles Sevens Qualify for Olympics in Winning Pool at London Sevens

The Men’s Eagles Sevens team qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Japan when they advanced to the Cup Quarterfinals with a 29-5 win over Spain and a 28-26 victory over Wales. They then beat Australia 19-17 to win Pool D.

The USA Men’s Sevens team are the first team of four to advance and did so at the ninth round of the World Rugby Sevens Series in London.

The USA vs Spain

The USA Men’s Eagles Sevens beat Spain 29-5 in their first match of Pool D at HSBC London Sevens 2019.

Carlin Isles, who made his 50th appearance in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, scored twice in the match. An offload by Danny Barrett lead to his first try for a 5-0 lead. A Martin Iosefo toss to Ben Pinkelman pushed the lead to 12-0. An overhead pass to Carlin Isles pushed the lead to 17-0.

Perry Baker added a fourth try and Brett Thompson added another to lead 29-0.

Spain answered back with a try by Fontes to narrow the final to 29-5.

The USA vs Wales

With a 28-26 victory over Wales, the USA Men’s Sevens clinched a berth in the Cup Quarterfinals and also qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Wales struck first with a try by Lewis in the corner, but the U.S. answered back after a dummy and try by Ben Pinkelman, converted by Stephan Tomasin. A yellow card on Wales then created space on the wide channel for a Perry Baker try.

Ben Pinkelman then added another try to make it 21-5 at the break.

Wales answered back with tries by Jenkins and Goodchild and conversions by Treharne to cut the lead to 21-19. Baker added his second try with Hughes slotting the conversion to lead 28-19.

Wales added a try by Rogers on the final play with Treharne converting for a final of 28-26.

The USA vs Australia

After guaranteeing a spot in the Cup Quarterfinals with wins over Spain and Wales, the Eagles Sevens faced Australia to decide Pool D and emerged with a 19-17 win.

The USA struck first as Martin Iosefo drew in a defender and Carlin Isles finished with a try in the corner to lead 5-0. A free kick and a chip to Ben Pinkelman was offloaded to Danny Barrett, who lowered his shoulder and then motored into in-goal for a try. Madison Hughes then converted 12-0.

Lewis Holland added a try before the break to cut the lead to 12-5.

in the second half, Stephen Tomasin was sent to the bin for a neck roll. Australia took advantage with tries by Maurice Longbottom and Simon Kennewell to lead 17-12.

Tomasin returned from the bin and promptly raced nearly the length of the pitch for a try under the posts. Madison then sealed the 19-17 win after he slotted the conversion.

A win by Canada over Japan will advance the team into the Cup Quarterfinals and play the USA.

Men’s Eagles Sevens Roster

1. Carlin Isles Wing 49
2. Ben Pinkelman Prep/Hooker 31
3. Danny Barrett Prop 46
4. Matai Leuta Prop 34
5. Brett Thompson Prop 31
6. Kevon Williams Halfback/Wing 19
7. Folau Niua Halfback 67
8. Marcus Tupuola Wing 4
9. Stephen Tomasin Hooker 29
10. Madison Hughes (C) Halfback 45
11. Perry Baker Wing 39
12. Martin Iosefo Center 40
13. Joe Schroeder Prop (traveling reserve) 8
14. Maceo Brown Center (traveling reserve) 8


Head Coach Mike Friday
Assistant Coach Phil Greening
Assistant Coach Anthony Roques
Strength & Conditioning Coach Jon Hood
Athletic Trainer Brian Green
Team Manager Scott Novack


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