By Paul D. Bowker | March 09, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Perry Baker competes at the 2017 Wellington Sevens on Jan. 28, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand.


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Just one week after winning the Las Vegas Sevens tournament on home turf, the USA Eagles rugby team heads to Vancouver, British Columbia, this week for the Canada Sevens. It is the sixth stop in the HSBC World Rugby Seven Series.

The United States topped Argentina by a score of 28-0 in last week’s final in Las Vegas to earn its second championship in World Rugby Sevens Series history. The Eagles also won a tournament in 2015 in London.

The Eagles are in sixth place in the series standings with 58 points. They are one point ahead of England.

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Among those leading the fast-charging Eagles are 2016 Olympians Perry Baker, Folau Niua, Carlin Isles, Danny Barrett and team captain Ben Pinkelman.

The Eagles face Uruguay, Canada and Australia in pool play on Saturday in BC Place Stadium before heading into the playoff round.

“We are not looking past Uruguay as we strive to show a pride in consistency of performance — that is the holy grail for us,” said coach Mike Friday. “Having the grit and resilience to work hard and stay focused will allow us to reach for that.”

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