The debut of Major League Rugby (MLR) will occur this April with seven teams, which will play a twelve game schedule followed by a four-team play off for the championship. CBS Sports will air a "Game of the Week" on one of its network platforms. In the wings to join MLR in 2019, awaiting the outcome of this inaugural 2018 season, are new teams coming potentially from Vancouver, Toronto, Boston,... Read More
Second Round of Sudamerica Sevens - This weekend, January 13 and 14, will see the second round of the Sudamerica Sevens, a qualifying event for 2018 Rugby World Cup coming to San Francisco in July. The venue takes place in Chile in Viña del Mar. The USA Falcons also compete in this tournament.
Five of the 12 teams entered will compete for two open spots: Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, and... Read More
As of January 1, 2018, World Rugby published a new, concise, and revitalized Law Book.
The easier-to-understand work:
- Contains approximately 40% fewer text;
- Written in plain English;
- Translated into many language; and,
- Written with the average player in mind.
An eight-person committee worked two-years to review former books and simply the publication of... Read More
Men's World Rugby Rankings, January 2018 - The top two spots in the World Rugby rankings go to New Zealand and England, which held these one/two placements during 2017. Should these same rankings continue throughout 2018, then the Test between England and the All Blacks next autumn should determine who finishes the year in first place. The standings are:
Scotland... Read More
Editor's Note: The author is the former head coach of Lindenwood-Belleville, one of the independent programs referenced in the column.
It all started back in 2010 with the creation of the Atlantic Coast Rugby League, the first collegiate rugby conference. Prior to the ACRL, everyone belonged to a local area union, which was overseen by one of seven territorial unions. These bodies not only... Read More
The rugby hit video of 2017 turned out not to be a try like Canada's Magali Harvey's field-length beauty in the Women's RWC of 2014 or the 2003 RWC Cup winning dropkick off the foot of England's Jonny Wilkinson. No, the online film that generated the most interest was the haka performed by New Zealand Women before the World Cup final in Ireland. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzg4rJJNX30)
After... Read More
France RWC 2023 Estimated Payouts - The ten tier-one nations will each earn a $26.0 million windfall from the France 2023 Rugby World Cup. That totals $260 million of the total French proffer of $525 million, or 49.5 percent. Those ten nations are England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Argentina. The balance of the monies - $265 million - will... Read More
Rugby has been a vibrant club staple at the nation’s military academies, beginning with West Point’s start in 1961. The main institutions - Navy, Army, and Air Force - have constantly advanced in the D-1 college playoffs to the championship semi-final and final rounds.
Much less known is the annual Military Club Championships, played by rugby fifteens at the nation’s military bases. In 1993, the... Read More
The United States Rugby Foundation is accepting nominations for the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The nomination criteria are set forth below. Nominations for the Class of 2018 must be received by February 16, 2018.
The U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 by the United States Rugby Foundation. To date, 53 individuals and three teams have been enshrined, including the Class of... Read More
The definition of a slow (make that very slow) rugby news is to announce that the only international match on the World Rugby web site for this weekend is Morocco versus Tunisia.
Revamp at World Rugby Museum, Twickenham - The world's largest museum of rugby memorabilia is undergoing a significant renovation that will increase its vast collection threefold. Located at Twickenham, England, the... Read More