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CARY, N.C. ““ The United States will be represented in the Rugby Sevens competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games in both genders after the...

CARY, N.C. ““ The United States will be represented in the Rugby Sevens competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games in both genders after the Men’s and Women’s Eagles Sevens won their respective competitions at the 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships Sunday.

Both teams defeated a border rival in the Championship matches, with the women beating Mexico, 88-0, before the men sent Canada home with a 21-5 victory. In 11 combined matches, the U.S. combined to score 588 points against their opponents while only conceding 15 points.

Rugby Sevens will make its debut at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a 92-year hiatus for the game of rugby. The United States won gold in Rugby Union in 1920 and 1924. Rugby for boys and girls of all ages is played in Nor Cal. Parents and Youth interested in trying rugby can find more information about both non-contact and contact opportunities at Rugby NorCal.

Nine nations were represented at the North America Caribbean Rugby Association regional qualifier in the nine-team men’s competition and eight-team women’s competition, including Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. Hosted in conjunction with Triangle Sports Commission and the Town of Cary, the tournament was streamed live online on USA Rugby TV.

Men’s Eagles Sevens | 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships 

1. Carlin Isles 
2. Chris Wyles
3. Danny Barrett
4. Garrett Bender
5. Zack Test
6. Andrew Durutalo
7. Folau Niua
8. Maka Unufe
9. Nate Augspurger
10. Madison Hughes (C)
11. Perry Baker
12. Martin Iosefo

Men’s Eagles Sevens | 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships 
v Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – W (forfeit) 
v Barbados – W 54-0 
v Mexico – W 50-0 
v Jamaica – W 40-5 
Cup Semifinal v Cayman Islands – W 64-0 
Cup Final v Canada – W 21-5

Women’s Eagles Sevens | 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships 
1. Joanne Fa’avesi
2. Kelly Griffin
3. Kate Zackary
4. Alev Kelter
5. Dana Meschisi
6. Lauren Doyle
7. Kristen Thomas
8. Richelle Stephens
9. Melissa Fowler
10. Hannah Lopez
11. Lorrie Clifford
12. Carmen Farmer

Women’s Eagles Sevens | 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships 
v. Jamaica – W 45-0 
v. Barbados – W 74-0 
v. Cayman Islands – W 50-0 
Cup QF v. Bahamas – W 59-0 
Cup SF v. Jamaica – W 53-5 
Cup Final v. Mexico – W 88-0


About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USARugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 100,000 active members, with more than 35,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit for more information.

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