A new sevens rugby superpower may have emerged after their first ever title in the HSBC sevens world series at Twickenham.
Gone are the days of calling the USA Eagles minnows of world rugby. They have incredible pace out wide that can splinter any defence if possession is turned over.
In the pool stages of the competition, the USA eagles beat the log leaders South Africa and Fiji convincingly. They followed up these impressive performances by thrashing hosts England in the semi-finals and humiliating Australia 42-22 in the final.
The more they play, the better they become. It was incredible to see so much composure in a team only playing in their second final ever. Fiji may have won the HSBC sevens world series but it’s the emphatic and dominant display by the USA Eagles that will force the old rugby super powers to never take them lightly again.
Rugby Union hasn’t featured at the Olympics since 1924 but since it has been announced that it will be making a comeback at the 2016 games in Rio it certainly has reinvigorated and grown the sport globally. The result at Twickenham certainly demonstrates this point.
The IRB must be really proud of the fact that with such results the sport is bound to grow in popularity. Mike Friday the Eagles coach has orchestrated his team brilliantly he has given them confidence and the tools to succeed.
With superstar athletes like Danny Barret, Perry Baker and Carlin Isles the USA Eagles are real medal contenders in Rio.