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USA Men's Sevens win Bronze in London for seventh podium finish of the season

LONDON, ENG. - Two points. That's all the separate the No. 2 United States and No. 1 Fiji in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. After winning their pool, qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and beating France in the Bronze Final to take their seventh medal of the season, the Men's Eagles Sevens have the chance to do something even more remarkable in Paris next weekend. 

Winning the World Series title would mean everything to the group of men who started the season with the primary focus of Olympic qualification. It could be argued that anything beyond that is extra; or conversely, it could be realized that the opportunity to win a Series title is invaluable. 

"Yeah we got the Olympic qualification written off for this weekend, going into next weekend it's all to play for," said USA Sevens' Stephen Tomasin.  "We're two points behind Fiji so if we win the tournament next weekend, we end up winning the whole thing. It's the first time we've been in a position to win the World Series, so it's extremely exciting for us." 

The United States fell only once in the London tournament -- to Fiji in an intensely tight Semifinal round. After that, the side boosted a valiant effort against France, keeping the opposition locked out of the try zone until the middle of the second half. 

Space, possession and ball handling were strengths for the Eagles Sevens as was demonstrated in the opening minutes. A long run by Ben Pinkelman took the U.S. within 22 meters where Stephen Tomasin threw a pass to Folau Niua for the score, 5-0. 

Another long run by Stephen Tomasin opened the gates for Danny Barrett to slide into the tryzone for his first of two in the match. Barrett added his second despite sharp defensive pressure by France to make it 19-0 at halftime. 

When play resumed, much of the same continued. Maceo Brown added a clean break on the wing and then France caught up with one of their own, 24-7. 

The French try was answered immediately by Stephen Tomasin, who nabbed a Dream Team nomination for his excellent performances on both sides of the ball this weekend. 

With a 31-7 lead, the USA were far ahead. As the final minute ticked down, France broke through a gap in the middle and ended the final score at 31-14. 

The USA Men's Sevens have now medaled in seven of nine tournaments this season and are still the only team to have finished top four in every tournament this season. Ranked second at only two points behind first-place Fiji, the Eagles Sevens have a massive weekend ahead.

HSBC Paris Sevens will mark the conclusion of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 and also the most successful season of all time for the USA men. The U.S. will face Canada, Samoa and Spain in Pool C. 

Schedule and details will be available at world.rugby/sevens-series. Matches are all broadcast LIVE on ESPN's family of Networks. 

MEN’S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF

Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | Phil Greening
Assistant Coach | Anthony Roques 
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Jon Hood
Athletic Trainer | Brian Green
Team Manager | Scott Novack

HSBC LONDON SEVENS 2019

Pool D | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN Networks
vs Spain | 29-5 (W)
vs Wales | 28-26 (W)
vs Australia | 19-17 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs Canada | 29-14

Cup Semifinals
vs Fiji | 10-17 (L)

Bronze Final
vs France | 31-14 (W)

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