By Paul D. Bowker | April 27, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Carlin Isles runs with the ball during a training session at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on July 14, 2016 in Chula Vista, Calif.

 

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The U.S. Men’s Eagles Sevens head into the Singapore Sevens with eyes on moving up to fourth in the standings of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

The Eagles are in sixth place with three stops left in the season. They trail Australia by just four points and Argentina by five. Following Singapore, the final two stops are in June in London and Paris.

Rio 2016 Olympians Perry Baker and Carlin Isles — the top two try scorers on the team — lead the Eagles into this weekend’s competition. The U.S. faces 10th-place France in its opening match (12:30 a.m. ET Saturday), then faces No. 8 England and No. 7 Kenya in pool play.

The playoffs and championship matches are Sunday.

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“We have a huge physical challenge to progress out of our group with Kenya, who has made the last two finals,” said U.S. coach Mike Friday, “as well as France, who has a big physical team further strengthened with Terry Bouhraoua — the ‘Little Magician’ — back for them. England will be a totally different proposition in Singapore after the bronze medal they won at the Commonwealth Games, and will be hugely determined to right the wrong of a disappointing Hong Kong.”

Also in the Eagles lineup for this week are 2016 Olympian Folau Niua, the second-highest scorer on the team, and Stephen Tomasin. Maka Unufe, a 2016 Olympian, is out with an injury. He is being replaced by Malon Al-Jiboori. 

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.