Alan Whelan, a fifty-year plus fixture of rugby in New York City died at age 79.
He is most remembered for founding the Village Lions RFC in 1989, as an adjunct to his Red Lion pub on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. Whelan imported Anglo-Irish rugby talent by offering bartender and waiter positions at the restaurant.
From the outset, the Lions offered competitive rugby and outstanding... Read More
One of the more unusual aspects of international rugby is the fact that some nations use nicknames for their fifteens. Many are well known to the American rugby community, and emerge often in media reports like All Blacks and Springboks from New Zealand and South Africa. The Eagles are the name for the USA, but the Canadians use no nickname.
England mostly employs the nation’s title but... Read More
In the 46th minute of the Major League Rugby final Saturday, Chad London suffered a concussion as a result of being kneed in the back of the head by Seattle second row Cam Polson. The Glendale center then exited the game and didn’t return. It was the second time in the match Polson, who was allowed to play the full 80 minutes, used his knee to strike an opponent laying on the ground.
On the... Read More
Are you a punter in the English racing nomenclature sense, a horseracing bettor?
Today, Saturday, July 7, at Belmont Race Track on Long Island, New York, there's a horse with the telling name of Rugbyman, a gray/roan colt who's running in the one-mile, Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes. This son of Tapwit and Zaftig (out of Gone West) has finished in the money in three starts with a win, a place, and a show.... Read More
World Rugby 7s Series 2018/2019 – World Rugby announced the official schedule for the HSBC Women’s and Men’s Sevens in 2018/2019. One significant change; Glendale, Colorado, will be added to the Women’s venues as a sixth stop. The Women met in Las Vegas in 2016/2017, and years before in Hosuston and later, at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia. Glendale will begin the series this... Read More
The Baker Athletics Complex at Columbia University in New York City has been selected as the venue for the 2018 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship, to be held August 11-12.
Located in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, the Baker Athletics Complex features both the 3,500-seat Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium and the 17,000-seat Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien... Read More
Major League Rugby Playoffs - This Saturday, June 30, features the two semifinal matches in the inaugural season of Major League Rugby. The League offered an eight-game season among its seven teams. On top were the Glendale Raptors at 7-1. Second were the Seattle Seawolves at 6-2. Both matches will be played at Infinity Park, Glendale. The final will occur next week on July 7 at Torero Stadium... Read More
They came. They saw. They perspired.
They played a Rugby League International inside the NFL Denver Broncos’ Mile High Stadium in sweltering 86-degree heat.
The score saw England win 36-18 against New Zealand. But the important number was 19,320 attendees, or 25.2-percent of stadium capacity listed at 76,125 seats.
Again, in non-All Black scheduled rugby matches in the USA, the 20,000 number (... Read More
Rugby League International: Kiwis vs. England in Denver – June 23 Denver’s Mile High Stadium (NFL Broncos) welcomes the New Zealand and England’s Rugby League XIIIs. First North American League match in 18-years. The Kiwis are ranked second, and England third. In sixteen previous encounters, New Zealand lead 9-6-1. Gates open at noon. Haka at 2:05 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $109. Broadcast... Read More
Eagles host Scotland in Houston - The USA, fresh off a rousing 62-13 rout of Canada, welcome sixth ranked Scotland to BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas (22,000 capacity). The game is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, at 8 p.m. CT. The match will be streamed on FloRugby and broadcast live via CBS Sports.
Scotland are 4-1 in their last five Tests:
Win - 32-26 v. France
Win - 25-13 v. England
Loss... Read More