Editor’s note: The author worked in the admissions department and coached the rugby program at Lindenwood-Belleville, which is fully-funded and fits the mold of the varsity or quasi-varsity movement.
Varsity. It’s a word that gets used a lot in rugby circles nowadays. And it tends to rankle some, perhaps for different reasons. The idea is to deconstruct some of the misconceptions or hang-ups... Read More
For the past 54 years, the United States Rugby Foundation has remained dedicated to introducing the sport of rugby to thousands of young rugby players across the country. Because of your ongoing support and generous donations to the U.S. Rugby Foundation, rugby continues to be America’s fastest growing sport!
But our work here isn’t through! Help us continue to make a difference in the sport of... Read More
Cape Town 7s - This Saturday, December 9, begins the two-day Cape Town sevens tournament, the second stop on the HSBC World Rugby ten-city circuit. South Africa, winners of Sevens title in 2016/2017, are favored to win their second event, having triumphed last week in Dubai. Since moving to Cape Town from Elizabeth, the stadium welcomes a sell out crowd that approaches some 35,000 fans. The USA... Read More
The new rules book is the product of nearly two years’ work by a specially constituted group of experts and follows a comprehensive consultation and feedback process with World Rugby’s 121 member unions and all six regional associations. The eight-person group included law experts, referees, a club coach, a sports scientist as well as a web designer/illustrator.
The result is a law book that is... Read More
Looking for a terrific holiday gift that incorporates rugby into the spirit of the season? The place to go is Netflix, and the object to buy is the heart-warming film: “Red, White, Black & Blue Odyssey”; which narrates the inner-city rugby program in south Los Angeles. This special initiative, entitled the Inner-City Education Foundation (ICEF Rugby), was founded in 2002 by former USA Eagle... Read More
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