By Kent Ozmanski
Pro rugby made its debut in the Bronx, New York, on a chilly spring evening with snow on the touch line. The first professional rugby match in New York City between Rugby United of New York (RUNY) and Mystic River (playing as Boston) was broadcast on ESPN, which is significantly increasing its coverage of US rugby.
The game served as a curtain raiser for the annual charity match... Read More
Major League Rugby Exhibition, NYC - Although Rugby United New York will not be one of the new teams in the 2018 launch of MLR this April, it continues to schedule matches as a team poised for a potential entry in 2019. This Saturday, March 24, Rugby United play a visiting Boston XV in Gaelic Park, Bronx. The match begins at 3 p.m. and tickets are thirty-dollars. The day will also feature the... Read More
The Class of 2018:
Dr. John ChaseReldon "Bing" Dawson
Denis Shanagher Sr.Alexandra "Alex" Williams
The seven newest members of the United States Rugby Hall of Fame will be honored at the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Dinner to be held in Houston on Friday, June 15, the night before the U.S. Eagles host Scotland. More induction dinner details will be... Read More
At Saranac Lake, New York, the USA Eagles defeated Canada convincingly 28-16 in the 13th Can-Am game in June 1988. The victory reversed a Canadian four-game win streak.
The match was contested at North Community College, and included one thousand spectators, many waving the Maple Leaf national flag.
Long time rugby promoter and Olympic Bobsled television commentator, John Morgan (former Old Blue... 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
Ireland versus England: Men’s Six Nations- At the start of this year’s Six Nations tournament, the prediction was that England would roll through the first four contests undefeated and meet Ireland to decide the championship. Few perceived that Ireland would be 4-0, and England a mediocre 2-2. None would have guessed that the Irish would claim the title at the end of the fourth round, and... Read More
Las Vegas Sevens Awards: For the first time, three Americans were named to the Dream Team at last week's HSBC World Rugby Las Vegas Sevens; Danny Barrett, Ben Pinkelman, and Perry Baker. Also selected were Cecil Africa (SA), Matias Ozadczuk (Arg), Jerry Tuwai (Fiji), and Luke Morgan (Can).
In addition, Barrett was named Player of the Finale for his fine gold medal match performance. He tallied... Read More
When Dan Payne took the reins, I was torn. There was obvious excitement – after a decade of the untrustworthy Nigel Melville, we now had a person in USA Rugby’s top position who understood grass roots rugby in America from recent first-hand experience, he’d worked at a high level in sports administration, and most importantly, he was someone I trusted to always act tirelessly, selflessly and... Read More
California versus University of British Columbia - This Saturday, the Bears (12-0) host the Thunderbirds (16-4) from the University of British Columbia in a two match, home and away contest that historically denotes the unofficial college rugby championship of North America. The contest awards the rugby "World Cup" to the winner in an aggregate tally, stemming from the scores of the two games.... Read More
In the Winter Olympics in South Korea, once again, American television audiences warm to the expert bobsled commentary of John Morgan (born in 1950) who has narrated the complexities of this sport since 1984. What is less known about Morgan is he has been a life long rugby player, and also a successful rugby entrepreneur.
Morgan was born into a bobsledding family from upstate New York, including... Read More