TOKYO, Japan – USA Rugby announced today the Men’s Eagles Sevens roster for the seventh round of the IRB HSBC Sevens World Series, Tokyo Sevens. The same squad from last weekend’s Hong Kong Sevens traveled across the East China Sea to Tokyo and will fight for a Cup place at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground from March 30-31 (local time).
Head Coach Alexander Magleby’s squad finished with a 1-4 record at the Cathay Pacific HSBC Hong Kong Sevens and earned five points towards the Series standings, where they now sit tied for 13th with Portugal. The Eagles defeated Scotland in the Bowl Quarterfinals but were eliminated from the competition in the Semifinals by Hong Kong, supported by the home crowd.
“We are working hard to take the good moments out of our performances in Hong Kong and apply them in Tokyo,” Magleby said. “Despite the quality competition, we felt in many cases we were our own worst enemy.”
Captain Matt Hawkins will lead the Eagles in Tokyo much like he did in Hong Kong with five tries in five matches. His Series total stands at eight. Carlin Isles’ ten tries this season is the most for the Eagles, while Luke Hume and Zach Test each have eight. Maka Unufe, getting ever closer to full recovery from his injury in pool play at Hertz Sevens, has six tries.
The Men’s Sevens Eagles are grouped with foes Kenya and Scotland in Pool B in Tokyo, as well as Hong Kong Sevens runner-up Wales.
Kenya defeated the Eagles in pool play by three points in Hong Kong and finished fourth overall with a loss to New Zealand in the Third Place match. Scotland’s 12-21 loss to the Eagles in the Bowl Quarterfinals knocked the Scots into the Shield competition, in which Argentina came out on top 12-7 in the Semifinal.
Wales squeaked out of the group stage with a pair of 19-14 wins against Australia and Argentina and a 31-0 loss to South Africa for a tie atop Pool A. Canada fell to Wales in the Cup Quarterfinals and Kenya was kept off of the scoreboard in the Semifinal to set up a date with Fiji in the Cup Final. Up 19-0 at the half, Fiji came back to take the Cup home with a 19-26 win. It was a fitting tribute to Waisale Serevi, who was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame earlier in the weekend. Fiji became the first team to win a second Cup this Series.
The Eagles commence their Tokyo Sevens schedule this weekend against Wales on Friday, March 29, at 10:28 P.M. ET. Follow live updates from Tokyo by following @USARugby on Twitter and the official Facebook page.
USA Men’s Eagle Sevens | Tokyo Sevens
Matt Hawkins (Captain)
Men's Eagles Sevens | Tokyo Sevens
vs. Wales - 10:28 P.M. ET Friday, March 29
vs. Kenya - 2:57 A.M. ET Saturday, March 30
vs. Scotland - 5:41 A.M. ET Saturday, March 30