Veteran players return to USA Men’s Sevens roster for 2024 Perth SVNS

Wed, Jan 17, 2024, 9:10 PM
by Taylor Dean
USA Rugby
USA Rugby

The USA Men’s Sevens squad heads to the 2024 Perth SVNS with a full roster as four veteran players make their return following a fall break.

Kevon Williams returns as captain for the third stop on the 2024 HSBC SVNS tour as the Eagles eye improvement in the ranks. Competition kicks off Friday, January 26. All action will be available on RugbyPass TV, with semifinals and finals also live on Peacock

Joe Schroeder, Stephen Tomasin, and Perry Baker join Williams in their first SVNS stop of the season. Maka Unufe, who last played for the sevens in Toulouse last May, is back on the pitch after a break from rugby spent with family. 

The squad of 13 head to Perth following tough results in Dubai and Cape Town. Reconnected and reflected on the past weeks, the team’s focused mindset will be in full force in Australia. 

Comments from Head Coach Mike Friday heading into Perth: 

“It is a huge boost to have the entire squad to select from following the player load decisions we had to contend with at the back end of 2023. The senior boys are well rested and excited for the challenge ahead in Perth. 

We are under no illusions how important this tournament is and the competitive brutality of the SVNS Series, when on any given Sunday any team from 12 can win. We have worked hard on being true to our attacking strengths and acknowledging that we cannot make the number of unforced possession errors that we made in the last two tournaments.”

Tournament Preview

The Dawgs begin their Perth SVNS tour against hosts Australia, who won their last meeting in Dubai, 12-26. The Aussies will be putting on a show in front of their home crowd, so the USA will look to make a statement in their first match of the weekend. 

The USA meets Ireland on the pitch next, who have had solid results in the first two tournaments. The Eagles will aim to match the dominance Ireland put out in their last matchup to come out with a win. The Eagles’ last Pool B matchup is against Great Britain, who is 2-1 in wins against the USA so far this season.

USA Men’s Sevens Roster | 2024 Perth SVNS
Name Position HSBC Tournaments
1. Aaron Cummings Forward 16
5. Joe Schroeder Forward 32
6. Kevon Williams (C) Halfback/Wing 47
7. Naima Fuala’au Halfback 24
8. Malacchi Esdale Wing/Center 20
9. Stephen Tomasin Utility 54
11. Perry Baker Wing 65
12. Lucas Lacamp Center 15
13. Orrin Bizer Forward 2
14. Marcus Tupuola Halfback/Center 26
17. Lance Williams Forward 4
30. Madison Hughes Halfback 54
77. Maka Unufe Center/Halfback 48
USA Men’s Sevens Traveling Staff | 2024 Perth SVNS

Head Coach | Mike Friday 

Strength & Conditioning | Josh Schnell

Athletic Trainer | Brian Gardner 

Team Manager | Scott Novack 

USA Men’s Sevens Schedule | 2024 Perth SVNS

Friday, January 26

v Australia | 3:14 am ET v Ireland | 7:50 am ET

Saturday, January 27

v Great Britain | 12:48 am ET

Knockouts begin at 4:05 am ET

Sunday, January 28

Knockouts continue