USA Picks Men’s 7s Team for Quest for Gold – goffrugbyreport.com

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Stephen Tomasin is back to fight for a spot. David Barpal photo.

CHULA VISTA, Calif.—USA Men’s 7s Head Coach Mike Friday has named his squad for Quest for Gold Sevens, taking place this Friday, June 25 to Saturday, June 26 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles.

As the final event ahead of the Olympics, the tournament will be the last opportunity for players to vie for selection to the Games. 

Fans can watch LIVE and for FREE on facebook.com/lasevensrugby. Schedule and tickets for Saturday’s matches are available at questforgold.usa.rugby

The roster features familiar faces USA fans know and love including Folau Niua and Perry Baker who have both worked diligently to rehab from injuries. Niua last played international rugby at the HSBC Paris Sevens in 2019. 

Carson native Marcus Tupuola is also named to the squad and has a chance to play in his hometown for the first time since the Los Angeles Invitational in 2020.  

Friday will select match rosters game-by-game giving the full squad an opportunity to play in front of home fans. Following Quest for Gold, coaches will deliberate to make final selections for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The official Olympic team will be announced publicly on July 2. 

“There is some real excitement for the boys to finally be back on home soil, playing for their country in front of everyone they love,” said Friday. “Seizing these opportunities in front of a home crowd gives us the opportunity to put our best foot forward, as well as some needed perspective as we build into the Olympic challenge. 

“The Dawgs are committed to succeeding in that quest, not only for ourselves as a squad but for the community we represent by wearing the jersey. 

Matches on Friday will be played behind closed doors with a live stream available on the LA Sevens Rugby Facebook Page. Saturday will welcome fans at a limited capacity. The USA Women’s Sevens will also compete at Quest for Gold Sevens with players from their recently named Olympic roster. Tickets start at only $25 on questforgold.usa.rugby/tickets.

USA Men’s Sevens Roster For Q4G
Player Name Position World Rugby Sevens Events
Perry Baker Wing 47
Danny Barrett Prop/Hooker 54
Pat Blair Prop/Hooker 14
Ben Broselle Hooker/Wing 7
Maceo Brown Utility 14
Gavan D’Amore Morrison Forward uncapped
Christian Dyer Prop/Center uncapped
Malacchi Esdale Center/Wing uncapped
Naima Fuala’au Halfback/Flyhalf 8
Madison Hughes Halfback 52
Martin Iosefo Center/Prop 46
Carlin Isles Wing 57
Matai Leuta Forward 40
Cody Melphy Halfback/Flyhalf 6
Folau Niua Halfback/Flyhalf 69
Ben Pinkelman Forward 37
Joe Schroeder Forward 12
Brett Thompson Forward 32
Stephen Tomasin Utility 37
Marcus Tupuola Center/Wing 8
Anthony Welmers Prop 5
Kevon Williams Halfback/Wing 27

USA Men’s Sevens Staff 

Head Coach | Mike Friday

Assistant Coach | Phil Greening

Head of Physical Performance | John Hood

Performance Analyst | Dave Gardner

Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng

Mental Skills Coach | Clare Sadler

Team Manager | Scott Novack

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