USA coach Matt Hawkins names squad for home tournament in Las Vegas on the HSBC World Sevens Series with Nick Edwards named as captain and the squad including flyer Carlin Isles
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – In anticipation of USA Sevens, the fourth stop of the 2013-14 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series, Men’s Eagles Sevens Head Coach Matt Hawkins has selected 12 players from the recently-announced Residency squad to travel to Las Vegas.
Nick Edwards will captain the Eagles at Sam Boyd Stadium Feb. 24-26 when they battle Argentina, France and Spain in Pool D. Zack Test will serve as vice captain.
Hawkins selected three players who were not with the team in Dubai and Port Elizabeth for the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens and Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, respectively. Daniel Barrett and Shalom Suniula – who have not yet played with the Eagles this season – will make their Series debuts in Las Vegas, while Ryan Matyas returns to the team to follow up on a one-try performance at Gold Coast Sevens.
Pono Haitsuka, Nu’u Punimata and Stephen Tomasin also hold their places with the Eagles for Las Vegas, where USA Sevens is expecting to surpass last year’s attendance numbers at Sam Boyd Stadium.
The Eagles have already defeated Spain twice in three legs of the Series, including a 26-7 Shield Semifinal victory at Gold Coast Sevens. The win preceded a 22-0 shutout of Portugal in the Shield Final. The other defeat of Spain came in South Africa in the Bowl Quarterfinal 19-14, though the Eagles exited the tournament in the Semifinal at the hands of England.
France scored in the final minute of its match-up with the Eagles at Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens before scoring again after the final whistle to take the Shield Semifinal victory 19-14. The Eagles have not stepped onto the field with Argentina this season, but the Pumas sit sixth in the standings thanks to a Plate-winning performance in Dubai and a fourth-place finish in South Africa.
The Eagles and Pumas will meet in the first Pool D matchup Friday, while the home side’s match against France will serve as the final match of the day. Spain will await the Eagles in the last pool match Saturday before the quarterfinal round begins the same day.
To see the full schedule and purchase any remaining tickets, visit the USA Sevens website. Follow @USARugby on Twitter for updates from Las Vegas throughout the week and for match play-by-play.
Men's Eagles Sevens | USA Sevens
Daniel Barrett Andrew Durutalo Nick Edwards (Captain) Ryne Haitsuka Carlin Isles Ryan Matyas Folau Niua Nu'u Punimata Shalom Suniula Zack Test (Vice Captain) Brett Thompson Stephen Tomasin