Four Men's Falcons forced to miss AF International Sevens

MANCHESTER, U.K. – Following a final medical evaluation, four Men’s Falcons will be forced to miss the AF International Sevens taking place this weekend in Manchester.

Matai Leuta, Stephen Tomasin and Travion Clark will stay behind to continue rehabilitation for minor injuries sustained in training Saturday. Though team personnel had anticipated all three to be at full strength, precautionary measures were taken to ensure injuries did not worsen and players would be fit ahead of the new season.

Leuta, Tomasin and Clark are expected to be fully training within 10-14 days.

In addition to injuries, Garrett Bender will also miss the AF International Sevens due to personal reasons.

With four athletes out, Head Coach Mike Friday and the Men’s Falcons travel to Manchester with a team of 12. The round-robin competition runs from Oct 6-7 with the Falcons beginning Day One at 5:40 AM ET against Spain.

Score updates will be provided by following @USARugby on Twitter.

Men’s Falcons Roster

Athletes were selected from last week’s Men’s Sevens high performance training camp.

1. Pat Blair*
2. Chris Frazier
3. Vili Helu
4. Madison Hughes*
5. Naima Fualaau*
6. Cody Melphy*
7. Kevon Williams*
8. Chris Mattina*
9. Maceo Brown
10. Ryan James
11. Marcus Tupuola
12. Eric Sykes

*Senior Men’s Sevens player

Men’s Falcons Staff

Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | Phil Greening
Strength & Conditioning | Matt Long
Athletic Trainer | Alex Burke


Men’s Falcons Schedule

vs Spain
Sat, Oct 6 – 5:40 AM ET

vs England
Sat, Oct 6 – 8 AM ET

vs Germany
Sat, Oct 6 — 11:40 AM ET

vs Ireland
Sun, Oct. 7 – 5:20 AM ET

vs France
Sun, Oct 7 – 8 AM ET

Final rounds begin with 5th place vs 6pth place on Sun, Oct. 7 at 11 AM ET.