USA Rugby men, women qualify for Rio 2016

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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 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.

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.

Requests for interviews can be made by contacting Communications Manager Nick Sero viansero@usarugby.org. Match reports will be available on USARugby.org.

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

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