Dubai Women’s Dream Team – World Rugby named seven players to the Dubai 7s Women’s Dream team:
Portia Woodman, NZ
Emma Tonegato, Australia, Player of the Final
Alev Kelter, USA
Evania Pelite, Australia, Player of the Tournament
Julia Greenfields, Canada
Elena Zdrokova, Russia
Baizat Khamidova, Russia
It marked the first tournament that two Russians were selected. For Portia Woodman, World Rugby’s... Read More
(From the Xavier High School newsletter.)
It is my sad duty to report that John Barnes passed away last night after a long battle with dementia and, most recently, lung cancer.
John Barnes was, quite simply, an American rugby legend. While still a player for New York Rugby Football Club, John founded the rugby program at St. Francis Prep in 1966 and served as head coach there for many years.... Read More
World Rugby, trying to recover prestige after the recent Rugby World Cup 2023 hosting debacle, suffered another stinging cut into its authority when it reversed a previous decision to disallow player wristband messages. The governing body had issued a ruling that prohibited any writing - personal, political, societal, etc. - on player wrist tape.
The announcement aligned World Rugby with the... Read More
The 2017 Rugby League World Cup will have its final this Saturday, December 2, in Brisbane Stadium (52,500) when Australia and England meet. Surprisingly, these two thirteens met in the opening match in the same pool when Australia triumphed 18-4.
The Aussies (Kangaroos), ten times previous winners of the RLWC, waltzed through their earlier matches, including a semi-final rout of Fiji 54-6.... Read More
World Rugby Men’s Player of the Year – Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)
World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year – Portia Woodman (New Zealand)
World Rugby Team of the Year – New Zealand Women’s 15s
World Rugby Coach of the Year – Eddie Jones (England)
World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year – Rieko Ioane (New Zealand)
World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year – Perry Baker (USA)
World Rugby... Read More
European Internationals - Final Round - The last round of autumn's internationals provides a good look at the status of teams midway to the next Rugby World Cup in Japan 2019.
The matches today:
Italy vs South Africa in Padua
Germany vs Chile in Offenbach
England vs Samoa at Twickenham
Scotland vs Australia at Murrayfield
Spain vs Brazil in Villajoyosa
Romania vs Tonga in Bucharest
Ireland vs... Read More
It was a splendid idea whose time had come, the first USA national rugby referee school. The event was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June 1986. More than 115 people attended with at least twenty coming from each of the Territorial Unions. The gathering, the first ever, was stewarded by the Tulsa Rugby Football Club that efficiently managed hospitality and transportation
The main theme of the... Read More
World Rugby Players of the Year
The shortlist for World Rugby Players of the Year has been announced.
Romane Menager, France
Lydia Thompson, England
Safi N’Diaye, France
Kelly Brazier, NZ
Portia Woodman, NZ
Israel Folau, Australia
Beauden Barrett, NZ
Mano Itoje, England
Rieko Ioane, NZ
Owen Farrell, England
Everyone is eligible to choose one Woman and one Man. To vote, link to... Read More
World Rugby Hall of Fame 2017 - The five inductees (with induction number and country) are: Felipe Contepomi (133, Argentina), Al Charron (134, Canada), Rob Andrew (135, England), Fabien Pelous (136, France) and Phaidra Knight (137, USA).
Autumn Test Internationals - The fall Test and Tour matches commence this Saturday as follows:
Barbarians vs Tonga at Thomond Park, Limerick, Ireland
French... Read More
The first Village Lions (NYC) tournament, staged in 2004, turned out to be an inaugural success. The club founded in 1989 by Alan Whelan, Greenwich Village Red Lion pub owner and rugby coach, filled a niche of a fun social club in New York City for women and men.
The Lions decided that March would be a good, starting month for a New York City-based fifteens tournament, which it named the Four-... Read More