USA Rugby Announces Men’s Olympic Rugby Sevens Team for Paris

Mon, Jul 1, 2024, 3:29 PM
by Taylor Dean
USA Rugby
USA Rugby

USA Rugby announced today the 2024 U.S. Olympic Men’s Rugby Sevens Team as they prepare to compete at the Olympic Summer Games Paris 2024, with match dates set for July 24-27, live on Peacock and the NBC networks. 

Captain Kevon Williams leads the team as they pursue the USA Men’s Rugby Sevens’ first Olympic medal, 100 years after the USA won its last Olympic gold in rugby. The USA finished ninth and sixth at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, respectively. 

The team is composed of 12 starting athletes and two traveling alternates. Perry Baker and Madison Hughes are set to compete in their third Olympics. 2016 Olympian Maka Unufe will head to his second Olympic Games, as well as 2020 Olympians Kevon Williams and Stephen Tomasin. 2020 Olympian Matai Leuta, who joined the team for their high performance camp last month, will also compete in his second Games. Naima Fuala’au and Malacchi Esdale join the starting squad for their first Olympic selection, having traveled to Tokyo as alternates. Aaron Cummings, Orrin Bizer, Marcus Tupuola, and Lucas Lacamp are set to make their Olympic debut. Traveling reserves Pita Vi and Adam Channel will also travel with the team to Paris. 

2020 Olympian Joe Schroeder withdrew from eligibility for selection as he continues to recover from a knee injury sustained at Singapore SVNS. Also a 2020 Olympian, Maceo Brown announced his retirement from rugby following a knee injury sustained in Singapore. 

Head Coach Mike Friday and high performance staff selected the team according to procedures approved by USA Rugby and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Selection procedures are available at

The team departs July 13 for Paris, where they will train at the High Performance Center ahead of their matches beginning on July 24. World Rugby announced Olympic pools on June 23. The USA are in Group C, and will play against Fiji, France, and Uruguay. Pool schedules will be announced soon. 

Comments from Head Coach Mike Friday: 

“It has been a rollercoaster 12 months for the squad since we started the build up to the RAN qualifier this time last year. We have had to deal with a lot on and off the pitch. Throughout the good and tough times, the squad showed their resilience and determination to stay in the battles in what has been an unforgiving SVNS Series and the format we had to play under. We have shown a level of consistency in our pool play and it is our ability to show the composure to match our ability in those moments in knock out games that we need to focus on coming into the Olympics. 

The togetherness and competition within the group continued right up to selection and they have all pushed one another. The balance and attacking threats in the squad is very exciting and the challenge to minimize errors when in possession is the focus together with a philosophy of ‘running our blood to water’ when we defend to give us the opportunities to physically ‘blow up’ breakdowns. 

We are under no illusion how tough a group we are with the reigning Olympic Champions, Series Champions, and hosts France, but as a pack we enjoy the underdogs tag and are confident on any day that we are able to compete with any team in the world as both these opposition teams felt the last time we met in Singapore. Uruguay are also a dogged team that we met in Madrid and asserted our possession game on.

Preparation continues to be intense in Chula Vista with the nonrostered players, known as ‘Animal Patrol,’ selflessly working hard to physically push the squad against each of the opposition we will face, whilst also emotionally challenging them. It’s certainly lively and the mutual love and respect in some of the sessions as they go at it is a pleasure to be a part of. Never is it more pertinent than right now that ‘the strength of the pack is the Dawg and the strength of the Dawg is the pack.’”

U.S. Men’s Olympic Rugby Team | Olympic Summer Games Paris 2024
Name Hometown Position
1. Aaron Cummings Muskegon, Michigan Forward
2. Maka Unufe Provo, Utah Utility
3. Orrin Bizer The Woodlands, Texas Forward
4. Matai Leuta Monterey, California Forward
5. Marcus Tupuola Carson, California Halfback/Center
6. Kevon Williams (C) Houston, Texas Halfback/Wing
7. Naima Fuala’au Hayward, California Halfback
8. Malacchi Esdale Newark, Delaware Wing/Center
9. Stephen Tomasin Santa Rosa, California Utility
10. Madison Hughes Lancaster, Massachusetts Halfback
11. Perry Baker New Smyrna Beach, Florida Wing
12. Lucas Lacamp Hong Kong Center
13. Pita Vi (traveling reserve) Sacramento, California Center/Wing
14. Adam Channel (traveling reserve) Long Beach, California Forward

U.S. Men’s Olympic Rugby Team Staff | Olympic Games Paris 2024

General Manager of High Performance | Tamara Sheppard

Head Coach | Mike Friday

Assistant Coach | Phil Greening

Analyst | Dave Gardner

Strength & Conditioning | Josh Schnell

Performance Coach | Pete Naschak

Nutritionist | Jacque Scaramella

Team Manager | Scott Novack

Team Doctor | Alex Myers

Physiotherapist | Bryan Gardner

Press Officer | Calder Cahill

U.S. Men’s Olympic Rugby Team Schedule | Olympic Games Paris 2024

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Wednesday, July 24

Pool matches begin 9:30am ET

Thursday, July 25

Pool matches continue 8am ET

Knockouts begin 2pm ET

Saturday, July 27

Knockouts continue beginning 8:30am ET

All matches will be live on Peacock TV with select games on NBC networks.