The newest wrinkle in World Rugby’s ongoing efforts to change the structure of the game, and to seek new initiatives to monetize the sport will be its recommendation that Test friendlies be replaced by a newly created, 12-nation north and south league.
In the past, these summer to November friendlies represented 56-percent of total annual Tests. Nations, especially, the top ten ranking, chose... Read More
SALT LAKE CITY (September 20, 2018) – Major League Rugby announced today the acceptance of two new member teams based in Atlanta and Boston, two cities known for their passionate sports fans. The new teams will begin play in the 2020 season, the third season for the young league.
Atlanta’s team joins recently successful teams from Major League Soccer and Lacrosse in a city known for its love of... Read More
At Brown University's RFC's 50th reunion in 2010, Rugby Imports' owner Bob Hoder, set up a small table to sell rugby gear to the one hundred plus Brown rugby alumni returning for the ceremonial event.
He listened as I narrated purchasing my first pair of boots in 1965. I visited Soccer Sports Supply in New York City, and the salesperson handed me a pair of boots saying, "We recommend this model... Read More
Rugby Championship, Round Four - The fourth match in the four-nation, southern hemisphere contest will take place this Saturday when New Zealand welcome South Africa and Australia host Argentina. The All Blacks match will be played in Westpac Stadium (34,500), Wellington while the Wallaby game is at Cbus Stadium (27.400) in Robina.
The Kiwis are 3-0 to date in this 2018 event, and have won the... Read More
Expanding the Rugby World Cup from 20 to 24 teams is being given serious consideration by the game’s governing body. World Rugby says four more teams could feature in France in 2023, although the 2027 tournament would appear more likely.
As things stand Canada, Kenya, Hong Kong and Germany will be involved in a play-off event this year with the winners advancing to the 2019 tournament in Japan.... Read More
In June and July of 1996, the fifth High School All-Americans embarked on a tour to New Zealand, a 21-day, six match local schedule. The squad was comprised of 26-players from 16 clubs and ten states. Mark Bullock and Tony Smeeth served as coaches, and Rex Norris acted as manager. George Hook, National Coaching Director, aided in the selection process.
The team featured five returnees from the... Read More
Rugby Championship - Third Match: Two games return to the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship when New Zealand (2-0) host Argentina (1-1) in Trafalgar Park, Nelson, and Australia (0-2) welcome South Africa (1-1) in Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. The Wallabies have lost four Test matches in a row, two to Ireland, and two to the All Blacks. Argentina will be pumped after their upset victory against... Read More
And you thought USA Rugby was in bad shape from huge financial losses stemming from RIM's faulty investment strategy, and, more shocking, the significant deficit from hosting the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.
Well, these domestic problems do not compare to the possible bankruptcy of one of the most storied rugby unions in the world, South Africa. Recent reports question whether the... Read More
U20 Trophy Games Continue - This Saturday, the second round of the U20 Trophy tournament continues in Bucharest, Romania, with the following four matches:
Uruguay vs. Canada
Namibia vs. Hong Kong
Samoa vs. Romania
Portugal vs. Fiji
Can Samoa remain unbeaten in this tournament; having never lost a match in two previous events?
USA Women Announce Test Schedule - The Eagles confirmed a three-match... Read More
Americas Rugby Challenge - Two matches are scheduled for Saturday, August 25, in Colombia at the Estádio Cincuentenario in Medellin when host Colombia welcome Guyana and Paraguay meet Mexico in the doubleheader.
The U20 Trophy - The second tier of U20 matches starts this weekend in Bucharest, Romania, in the eight team Trophy contest. The USA is not a participant and will not become an entry... Read More