Camp resumes at Olympic Training Center ahead of Toronto 2015

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Olympic-hopeful Eagles went back to work Monday as the final Men's Eagles Sevens High Performance Camp prior to the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games kicked off at the Olympic Training Center.

Though Mike Friday's Toronto-bound team will be without World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series regulars Danny Barrett, Andrew Durutalo, Folau Niua, and Zack Test due to the Men's Eagles' Pacific Nations Cup assembly, the Residents and young remote athletes in attendance will provide more than enough competition for selection.

"This is an opportunity for some of the guys who have been an integral part of the squad to put their hands up and challenge for a place on the Series next season," Friday said. "The Pan Am Games is a unique experience but also a competitive one, where players will have to perform under the pressures of competition as opposed to the training environment."

The U.S. will play Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay, respectively, in pool play Saturday, July 11, before the knockout rounds take place Sunday, July 12, at Exhibition Stadium. Core teams on the Series, Argentina and Canada will be joined by Rio 2016 host Brazil and Guyana in Pool B.

At Guadalajara 2011, two years after the announcement of rugby sevens being added to the Olympic Summer Games Program, the U.S. won bronze with a 3-1-2 overall record.

The Eagles go into Toronto 2015 on a run of 12 consecutive victories on the international stage. Following a defeat to England in the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens Third-Place Match, the U.S. completed its first undefeated Series stop with six victories and a Cup championship at Marriott London Sevens.

Earlier this month, the Eagles beat Barbados, Canada, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and Mexico at the 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships in Cary, N.C., to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games.

Not only will the U.S. go into Toronto with momentum from a season that saw the team improve from a 13th-place standing on the Series to sixth, it will also have the benefit of a 54-match Series preceding the Pan Am Games as opposed to the 48-match season played in 2010-11.

"The boys should be pleased and proud with what they have achieved this season as their commitment and hard work has paid off," Friday said. "We put high demands and expectations on them from day one and they have fronted up and met those challenges day in, day out, even in the dark times where they probably didn't want to or questioned us.

"The boys are under no illusion of the task that lies ahead as we move into the next phase."

Men's Eagles Sevens High Performance Camp | June 29-July 6, 2015





Nate AugspurgerOld BlueNortheast NDA5'7"165
Perry Baker1823Men's Eagles Sevens / Tiger Academy6'1"180
Garrett BenderOMBACMen's Eagles Sevens6'4"220
Pat BlairSeattle SaracensMen's Eagles Sevens / ATAVUS6'1"220
Nic EdwardsAt LargeMen's Eagles Sevens6'2"200
Will HolderOMBACWorld-Class Athlete Program - Army6'2"210
Martin IosefoUniversity of MontanaAIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans / Tiger Academy6'1"215
Carlin IslesAt LargeMen's Eagles Sevens5'8"165
Ben LeatigagaArmyWorld-Class Athlete Program - Army6'210
Kingsley McGowanSaint Mary's CollegeAIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans5'11"195
Aladdin SchirmerCentral Washington UniversityAIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans6'2"220
Mattie TagoArmyWorld-Class Athlete Program6'1"220
Mike Te'oBelmont ShoreMen's Eagles Sevens / Tiger Academy5'8"205
Brett ThompsonAt LargeMen's Eagles Sevens6'4"225
Stephen TomasinOMBACMen's Eagles Sevens5'10"200
Chris TuroriOMBACMen's Eagles Sevens6'4"225
Maka UnufeAt LargeMen's Eagles Sevens6'2"200

Men's Eagles Sevens High Performance Camp | Unavailable for selection

Danny Barrett (Men's Eagles assembly)

Andrew Durutalo (Men's Eagles assembly)

Madison Hughes (School)

Mataiyasi Leuta (Injury)

Folau Niua (Men's Eagles assembly)

Zack Test (Men's Eagles assembly)