Eagles go for Hawkins

04th Aug 2013, 14:03

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New coach: Matt Hawkins

New coach: Matt Hawkins

USA have announced that Matt Hawkins will take over as the Eagles Sevens head coach, replacing Alex Magleby on a two-year deal.

USA have confirmed that Matt Hawkins will take over as the Eagles Sevens head coach with a two-year contract, replacing Alex Magleby in the position.

As an Eagle, Hawkins played in 37 rounds of the Sevens World Series, scoring 56 tries and 280 points. He captained the Eagles during their most successful campaigns in 2013, winning the Plate at Tokyo Sevens and Glasgow Sevens.

Hawkins also led the team in their fight to be amongst the core teams for the 2013/14 Sevens World Series as they look ahead to qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games.

"We wanted experience on the IRB HSBC Sevens World Series Circuit, and Matt obviously has several years' experience on the circuit and has been part of the squad for a long time," USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer and President of Rugby Operations Nigel Melville said.

"The Series is very unique in many ways; it's incredibly challenging. Matt understands the demands of the circuit and the demands of the year."

Hawkins added: "My approach to the Sevens program ever since I first joined way back when in 2006 was: I want to do anything I can in my capacity to help the program be better and be more successful."

"Whatever that means, I'm happy to seek out that role and perform that role. This is that next role for me and I'm extremely excited about the opportunity and look forward to it."