CHULA VISTA, Calif. — While a majority of the athletes at the Olympic Training Center here preparing for the Olympics in London this summer, the USA Men’s Eagle Sevens team and local favorite Mike Palefau are focused on the final two stops of the 2011-2012 HSBC Sevens World Series in Scotland (May 5-6) and England (May 12-13).
The Eagle Sevens are in camp at the OTC preparing for the final two stops and will depart for the U.K. on Monday.
After climbing to No. 10 in the world at the Tokyo Sevens, the team will look to continue to build momentum into the home stretch of the Series.
At the camp, head coach Alexander Magleby looks to continue the progress made in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
“We remain a step late in certain aspects on the field. But to the players’ credit they continue to inch forward each session, and they have been doing that work since Tokyo. All set personal records in fitness and strength tests this week, a credit to those efforts and to the work of coach Dave Williams,” the coach said
Stability in the form of full-time contracted athletes may help contribute to the culture. The recent signings of Andrew Durutalo and Nu’u Punimata brings the total number of signed players to 11, but only nine are available for Scotland and England as Blaine Scully and Garrett Bender are unavailable due to injury.
Southern Utah grad and former Provo Steelers and Utah Warriors player, Palefau is a utility player brought in for the camp and has been excellent this season for the Eagles.