On a Saturday, November 5, 1959, at Twickenham Stadium, 58,000 rugby fans attended the annual Oxford versus Cambridge Varsity Match. It was then as celebrated a game as any of the annual four England Test matches against the other three Home Countries and France. These two universities had played this match since 1872.
What fans saw that day was an astonishing long throw, a revolutionary lineout... Read More
Rugby Championship Game 5 - The southern hemisphere championship continues this Saturday when South Africa host Australia and Argentina welcome New Zealand. It will be game five of the six game tournament with the All Blacks undefeated at 4-0, Springboks at 2-1-1, Wallabies at 1-2-1, and Los Pumas last at 0-4. The RSA versus Australia contest should determine second place, as it is highly... Read More
The recent media and political storm concerning NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem resurrects the single most controversial event in US rugby history: The South African tour of 1981. Then as now, divided attitudes collided head on in the arena of public opinion, debating whether sports and politic should mix.
Background – South African Apartheid
Most importantly, in the 1980s, South... Read More
Rugby World Cup 2023 Decision - The final bids are in from the three nations - Ireland, France, and South Africa - vying to host the 2023 RWC. France increased the minimum bid of £120.0MM ($162.0MM) by £30.0MM ($40.5MM).
France ran the 2007 RWC to record numbers at that time until topped by England's 2015 successful tournament. The French promise 300,000 more seats than Ireland, which has fewer... Read More
Those who attended the Saracens vs. Newcastle Aviva English Premiership match at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia on Saturday watched a professional match hampered by hot and humid weather that contributed to a slippery ball and numerous knock-ons. The temperature rose to 86 degrees (30 C) on an Indian summer's day.
The game received full media coverage in the U.K., particularly, because of... Read More
Saracens vs. Newcastle in Philadelphia - Tomorrow, Saturday, September 16, will see the next English Aviva Premiership to be played in the USA. The match is between the Saracens (1-1) and the Newcastle Falcons (2-0). Kick off is at 5:10 p.m. A year ago, Red Bull Stadium in New Jersey welcomed the London Irish and the Saracens to enthusiastic crowds.
The game will be at Talen Energy Stadium in... Read More
England RFU Chairman Appointed - Steve Brown, the RFU finance director, was named chairman of England’s Rugby Football Union. Brown replaces retiring CEO Ian Ritchie. The executive pair operated the successful England Rugby 2015 World Cup, which saw record profits from a well-run, efficient tournament. Brown, an accountant, has been with the RFU 2011.
Cal-Berkley Rugby Freshman Class –... Read More
Throughout the world, rugby generously gives back to the community with youth-oriented programs and local charitable efforts. One of the most successful is the Serge Betsen Academy outreach in the country of Cameroon, West Africa. Using rugby as the prime focus, five centers in that nation provide health, education, and sport to underprivileged children.
Betsen was born in Cameroon, and moved to... Read More
Rugby players from the USA marvel at the rugby club complexes – manicured pitches, changing rooms, and bar/restaurant accommodations – that they experience in the UK. The historic London-based suburban clubs like London Welsh (founded 1885) and Richmond (founded 1861) feature expansive settings for training, game day play, and post-game hospitality.
These clubhouses permeate throughout the... Read More
By Gavin Hickey, Men’s Head Coach, Naval Academy
Rugby Positions: Prop
There is a lot of grind and very little glory in playing prop. Outside of their roles in the set piece, props perform a lot of the unseen work around the field, at breakdowns ensuring their team maintain their momentum in attack. Think being a prop is just about size? Think again.
The Role of Prop
As the engine of the team,... Read More