Men's Eagles Sevens in South Africa for Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens

Men's Eagles Sevens in South Africa for Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Fresh from their trip to the United Arab Emirates for the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens, the Men’s Eagles Sevens arrived in South Africa this week for the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens.

Matt Hawkins’ squad remains unchanged from the 0-5 team in Dubai. The Eagles lost to Fiji, England and Canada in pool play before falling to Australia and France in the Bowl Quarterfinal and Shield Semifinal, respectively.

Ryne Haitsuka scored his first-ever IRB Sevens World Series try in the loss to France. Haitsuka and Zach Mizell made their first appearances on the circuit in Dubai, while Hawkins’ roster also had the youth of Pat Blair and Stephen Tomasin.

“The experience gained is obviously incredibly valuable,” Hawkins said, “but that is still no excuse for the results this past weekend.

“We are looking for the guys to put forth a more consistent effort and I am really looking to see our senior players emerge as leaders and take the team on their shoulders and push through game and find ourselves wins.”

The Eagles are in Pool C with New Zealand, Wales and Portugal. New Zealand made it to the Cup Final in Dubai, but lost to Fiji. Each of the three teams in the pool are above the Eagles in the 2013-14 IRB Sevens World Series standings.

With a Shield from Gold Coast 7s and a 15th-place finish in Dubai, the Eagles sit in 14th place with four points.

Watch the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens live on Universal Sports and get updates on Twitter by following @USARugby.

Men's Eagles Sevens | Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens
1. Carlin Isles
2. Nick Edwards
3. Andrew Durutalo
4. Nu'u Punimata
5. Zack Test
6. Brett Thompson
7. Folau Niua
8. Pat Blair
9. Pono Haitsuka
10. Zac Mizell
11. Stephen Tomasin
12. Miles Craigwell

Men's Eagles Sevens | Coaching Staff
Matt Hawkins - Head Coach
Dave Williams - Assistant Coach
Paul Goulding - Performance Analyst
Brian Green - Athletic Trainer
Jeffrey McCarthy - Manager
Dr. Mark Scholl - Team Doctor

Men's Eagles Sevens | Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens
v Wales - Saturday, Dec. 7 - 4:22 A.M. ET
v New Zealand - Saturday, Dec. 7 - 7:06 A.M. ET
v Portugal - Saturday, Dec. 7 - 10:14 A.M. ET

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  • Guest (South African)

    The US already is among the top 5 in the world in terms of number of active players. You have big, strong athletes. We are all eagerly anticipating the US becoming a tier 1 nation and more formidable foe. You have to get better coaching in your top tier team level. From the top 8 nations. It just seems like you are doing all the wrong things with such a great talent pool and a growing incredible support base.