Le Figaro, the second largest newspaper in France, published an article that Pierre Arnald, former head of the Stade Francais French national stadium, has joined Rugby United New York as Director General of this Major League Rugby club. In addition, Arnald stated that he invested $1 million in the new enterprise started by RUNY president James Kennedy.
His reasoning for accepting the appointment... Read More
Twenty years ago, in May 1998, witnessed the finals of the Harp Super League in its second season. The game determined then the best club in the country among top 16-teams spread from coast-to-coast. Belmont Shore defeated Old Blue of New York 28-10, a convincing win for the Long Beach-based club. The game marked the second year Old Blue made it into the finals.
Belmont Shore at 6-1 advanced to... Read More
Starting on Saturday, DI Club 15s are back. The last time we saw the league in action Mystic River captured its second national championship in three years with a gutsy 25-24 victory over Belmont Shore in Glendale, Colo. The three eastern conferences begin the fall 2018 season this Saturday with many new additions and intriguing matchups, while the west and Red River starts in the spring.
The... Read More
Major League Rugby’s second season kicks off in just over five months. Some details are still being ironed out, while others are set, and some seem to be set, but the concrete’s still drying.
There will almost certainly be nine teams. The league office isn’t publicly concerned about the wherewithal of its original seven clubs, though there are murmurs of New Orleans and Austin running lean. So... Read More
PRO Rugby try leader Aaron “Spike Davis” has reportedly been banned for four years by World Rugby for doping. Davis popped positive on a January test, the report says, for metabolites.
A former defensive tackle at SMU, Davis exploited a massive size advantage as a wing, pulverizing his way to 14 tries for the second-place Ohio Aviators. Mysteriously, Davis hadn’t joined any of his former PRO... Read More
Three-cap Paul Mullen has been signed to the Newcastle Falcons on a four-month trial contract. The Irish-born, American-educated scrum specialist played sparingly for the Houston Sabercats during the inaugural MLR season, but he follows Paul Lasike, Bryce Campbell and Ben Landry in the move from the budding American league to overseas.
"Paul has broken through to the full international scene in... Read More
Rugby United New York has announced three signings in recent weeks – that of general manager James English, English star Ben Foden, and head coach Mike Tolkin. English is on the job, though unreachable for interview, and he and Tolkin are trying to assemble a team.
Foden, though, is embroiled in controversy, and it’s unclear if or when he’ll end up joining RUNY. News broke recently of an... Read More
The Chicago Lions Rugby organization, established in 1964, will be fielding their first ever Women's Fifteens side this fall and compete in the Midwest Rugby Union and USA Rugby Division 2. While the Chicago Lions have fielded a highly competitive Women's 7's team since 2012 coached by Jeremy Nash, they have never assembled a fifteens team.
The Chicago Lions have been interested in expanding... Read More
After a weekend off for the Rugby World Cup 7s, club teams from four regions completed their qualification for Nationals in New York City, N.Y. on August 11-12. With 19 spots already wrapped up, the Frontier, Midwest, Pacific North, and Red River held their final tournaments on Saturday and now the likes of the Denver Barbarians, Metropolis, Life West, and the Washington Athletic Club and more... Read More
Former Seattle Seawolves head coach Tony Healy has sued the team’s ownership group, Seattle Rugby, LLC, and owner Adrian Balfour for breach of contract, failure to pay wages, and willful withholding of wages. The suit, filed in King County Superior Court on June 28, is seeking $43,000 in pay, damages and legal fees.
Healy, a Canadian national, was announced as the Seawolves head coach in October... Read More