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
Tomorrow in Uruguay, on September 6, will end pool play in the Men’s World Rugby U-20 Trophy Championship, consisting of the second-tier rugby U-20 nations. The winner of the event will be promoted to the U-20 Junior World Championship (JWC) for 2018.
Currently, Namibia and Japan at 2-0 will meet for the Pool A title and advancement to the gold medal round. In Pool B, any of three teams –... Read More
The headline on the cover of Rugby Magazine of September/October 2009 trumpeted the news that the USA 7s event would move from San Diego to Las Vegas in 2010. The entertainment capital of the USA – also known as Sin City – would host the international event at Sam Boyd Stadium, the home football field for the University of Las Vegas.
With the San Diego experience of three-years contractually over... Read More
Women's World Cup Finalists - After three-years of waiting, New Zealand Women return to the finals of the World Rugby Women's World Cup tomorrow to face their main Nemesis, England. This marks the fourth occasion these fifteens will face off for the cup. The dominance of the two nations can be seen in the fact that in seven prior WRWC tournaments (total of14 finalists), the Red Roses and the... Read More
In July of 2000, USA Rugby celebrated the organization’s 25th anniversary by sponsoring a super “Conference on the Game” (COG) in Atlanta with 200 attendees. For this memorably important meeting, the IRB sent over its Development Officer, Lee Smith, and its Referee Development Officer, Steve Griffiths, to be keynote speakers.
The conference featured separate seminar tracks to cover all facets of... Read More
The proposed Super 7s anticipates that the decade-long success of sevens rugby (crowned by the 2016 Olympic participation) indicates a sevens variation will succeed commercially where prior global forays into pro fifteens did not. The three key variables for this new rugby league introduction are: (1) An innovative, four quarters of play to constitute a full game, (2) city-based teams of separate... Read More
The announcement of the forthcoming, new rugby Super 7s League - to debut in summer 2018 - represents the most significant and exciting innovation in the sport of rugby since the Melrose RFC of Scotland offered the initial, seven-a-side version in 1883.
Basically, Super 7s takes standard sevens play and transposes its two, seven minute halves (14-minutes total) into four... Read More