Technically, Saturday marked the second “The Rugby Weekend”. The first time USA Rugby used the moniker to promote a home test was 2016, when Ireland upset New Zealand at Soldier Field and the Eagles fell to the Maori at Toyota Park. But if you define The Rugby Weekend as anytime you welcome a New Zealand team to play in Chicago and rent Soldier Field with a lot of fanfare, Saturday marked the... Read More
The Rugby Weekend will air live on FloRugby, meaning all three of Saturday’s matches – USA women against New Zealand, Ireland versus Italy, and the USA men against the Maori All Blacks – will only be viewable behind a paywall.
That’s not a new development. This year, only one Eagles test will air live on domestic linear television. It was USA versus Scotland in June. The other two summer tests... Read More
The Chris Brown era began with a bang over the weekend, as his Eagles won silver in the season opener in Glendale, Colo. The feat sets the team up with an unexpectedly good start to Olympic qualification.
It comes as a surprise because it was the team’s first-ever tournament under the rookie head coach. Brown took over for the jettisoned Richie Walker this summer, and while he has a track record... Read More
The rules of engagement are set. By playing in Major League Rugby, a player becomes a pro, and therefore forfeits his collegiate eligibility forever. That’s the current understanding between the league and USA Rugby.
It needs to be reconsidered to everyone’s benefit. MLR has planted its flag in the spring, as its second season will establish a January-through-June season, putting college rugby,... Read More
In the 46th minute of the Major League Rugby final Saturday, Chad London suffered a concussion as a result of being kneed in the back of the head by Seattle second row Cam Polson. The Glendale center then exited the game and didn’t return. It was the second time in the match Polson, who was allowed to play the full 80 minutes, used his knee to strike an opponent laying on the ground.
On the... Read More
A mild upset of Spain by Belgium has snatched the attention of the rugby world. The 18-10 result sees Spain miss out on qualification for the Rugby World Cup, an achievement which seemed well in hand going into the contest.
The reason the game is famous, though, is because of what happened at the end – several Spanish players aggressively confronted the referee, with multiple appearing to grab or... Read More
The state of California gets a lot. No, I’m not talking about the beaches, celebrities or enviable weather. In terms of major rugby events, California gets plenty.
Since their first-ever match in 1976, the Eagles have played 33 full tests in the Golden State. That’s more than the next five states combined – Illinois (8), Colorado (7), Texas (7), New York (4), Georgia (3) and Florida (3).
It makes... Read More
The worst-kept secret in rugby is out – Las Vegas will be home to the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series, thanks to some collaboration between World Rugby, USA Rugby and United World Sports, the parent company of USA Sevens (and Rugby Today).
This won’t be the first time an international women’s component has been a part of the Vegas experience. For many years there has been an elite division of the Las... Read More
The seven years between the announcement that rugby would rejoin the Olympics and the first kickoff in Rio seemed more like decades. Think back to 2009, when the IOC voted yes on rugby – the Black Eyed Peas had the top song on the charts, the second season of Breaking Bad was airing, Jone Naqica was still actively playing for the Eagles and Carlin Isles was three years from touching a rugby ball... Read More
What an incredible three days that was. The hours, days and weeks of anticipation leading up to Saturday’s first kickoff seemed more like months, years and decades, but the games themselves zipped by at the speed of light. At the end of it, Team USA’s women finished 3-2-1 and in fifth place.
A medal was the goal, but the women who poured it on the line have to walk away with their heads high.... Read More