The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week, newly-inked Utah Warrior and newly-capped Eagle Gannon Moore talks about his path to international and professional rugby. From Sioux Falls, SD to Southwest Minnesota State football to the Kansas City Blues to PRO Rugby to New Zealand to Utah, it's been a long, winding road for Moore. Also hear about... Read More
Head coach Chris Brown has picked his side for the Sydney stop on the HSBC Women's World Rugby Sevens Series Feb. 1-3. There are four changes to the lineup, with three players making their season debut. Two are World Series debutants, and the third is a returning veteran.
Meya Bizer hasn't played on the World Series since 2016. A torn ACL kept her out of action for a time, and she made her... Read More
CHULA VISTA, CA. - USA Rugby has announced the names of 24 athletes who will train full-time as part of the Women's Eagles Sevens Residency Program at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista, CA. Players will be available for selection for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 and PanAm Games 2019 with the potential to also compete in developmental Falcons tours.
The roster includes 19... Read More
The United States government has been shut down for just over a month, and the ripple effect has reached a number of Major League Rugby teams. With the season kicking off Saturday, some are still waiting for the visas of overseas players to be approved, and a visa issue has caused a last-second coaching change for the defending champions.
For the second year in a row, the Seattle Seawolves have... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby. They are back to take a look at the USA's rosters for the ARC and Hamilton, and they're giddy over the start of MLR's sophomore season. They pick the full slate of week 1 games, and make... Read More
The beautiful game is currently mired in dissent as the president of FIFA (the global soccer football federation), Gianni Infanto, is experiencing serious push back from European clubs about the organization's expansion plans. He seeks to gain approval for two new tournaments, a World Cup for clubs, and, in addition, a new league for national teams.
Last November, Infanto proffered a radical idea... Read More
The tour event was part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour, the first time the Webb Ellis Cup has visited Malaysia
· 18,000 people in Malaysia have had their first taste of rugby through World Rugby’s Impact Beyond programme, which has attracted over one million new participants across Asia
· Trophy received a colourful royal welcome from the King of Malaysia
· Visit comes as... Read More
(With thanks to Bob Phillips for the research.)
The oldest school rugby tournament is played in Great Britain comprised of four schools. The match is titled the Veterrimi IV, a fancy Latin term for “oldest” followed by a Roman numeral. The abbreviation of the event is “V IV.”
The group includes the four oldest school rugby clubs in the world.
Cheltenham College - Founded in 1841, Gloucestershire... Read More
World Rugby took a risk awarding the 2019 Rugby World Cup to Japan, the first Asian nation to host the event. Rugby is only moderately popular in Japan, and World Rugby executives were apprehensive that beyond a core of supporters, the general Japanese sports fan would not be interested in matches that did not include the national team.
In addition, there were worries about the distance from... Read More
Major league Rugby’s highly-anticipated second season kicks off Saturday. Three big-picture narratives will dominate the MLR’s second go – sustainability, expansion and seasonality. The first column took a dive into sustainability, while the second focuses on expansion.
There are more teams and a higher salary cap, but the biggest difference in year two may well be the scope of the season. 2018... Read More