It was a splendid idea whose time had come, the first USA national rugby referee school. The event was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June 1986. More than 115 people attended with at least twenty coming from each of the Territorial Unions. The gathering, the first ever, was stewarded by the Tulsa Rugby Football Club that efficiently managed hospitality and transportation
The main theme of the... Read More
World Rugby Players of the Year
The shortlist for World Rugby Players of the Year has been announced.
Romane Menager, France
Lydia Thompson, England
Safi N’Diaye, France
Kelly Brazier, NZ
Portia Woodman, NZ
Israel Folau, Australia
Beauden Barrett, NZ
Mano Itoje, England
Rieko Ioane, NZ
Owen Farrell, England
Everyone is eligible to choose one Woman and one Man. To vote, link to... Read More
World Rugby Hall of Fame 2017 - The five inductees (with induction number and country) are: Felipe Contepomi (133, Argentina), Al Charron (134, Canada), Rob Andrew (135, England), Fabien Pelous (136, France) and Phaidra Knight (137, USA).
Autumn Test Internationals - The fall Test and Tour matches commence this Saturday as follows:
Barbarians vs Tonga at Thomond Park, Limerick, Ireland
French... Read More
The first Village Lions (NYC) tournament, staged in 2004, turned out to be an inaugural success. The club founded in 1989 by Alan Whelan, Greenwich Village Red Lion pub owner and rugby coach, filled a niche of a fun social club in New York City for women and men.
The Lions decided that March would be a good, starting month for a New York City-based fifteens tournament, which it named the Four-... Read More
New Zealand vs. Barbarians - The Autumn international series begin with a non-Test match (no caps awarded) between the invitational Barbarians against a second side New Zealand XV at Twickenham, England. The match celebrates the 125th anniversary of the New Zealand Rugby Union. These teams have played ten games since 1954 with New Zealand ahead 7-2-1. All Black star Beau Barrett at fly-half, will... Read More
World Rugby declared the three finalists for the 2017 Women's and Men's Sevens Player of the Year, in association with HSBC, the sponsor of the ten-nation circuit. The winners will be announced on November 26 in Monte Carlo.
MICHAELA BLYDE (NEW ZEALAND)
Blyde ended the season as the top try scorer with forty. She continues the scoring tradition of teammates Portia Woodman and Kayla... Read More
South Africa has been recommended to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup ahead of Ireland and France, the tournament's organizing board has announced.
The World Rugby Council will now meet on 15 November in London to vote on the next host.
The board made its recommendation following detailed consideration of the host candidate evaluation report.
Ireland has vowed to "compete to the final whistle",... Read More
Barbarians Return - The invitational All-Star side, the Barbarians, have reappeared in a three-match series, the first of which was played yesterday when they beat the Classic Wallabies 26-24 in Lismore, Australia. The contest served as a prep match for this Saturday's non-Test game against Australia in Allianz Stadium, Sydney. On November 4, the Barbarians will meet the All Blacks in Twickenham... Read More
World Rugby has always staged age grade U-19 (now U-20) international championships to give younger players an opportunity to travel and to compete against other nations with players of the same age. In March 2002, the USA U-19 XV visited Italy for the Group B Junior World Championships.
The team would go 2-2 with close wins over Holland and Ukraine, and losses to Canada (semi-finals), and,... Read More
Australia vs. New Zealand, Bledisole Cup - The All Blacks have already won the 2017 Bledisole Cup, the best of three matches between these Down Under rivals, The Kiwis defeated the Wallabies twice this year in the first two games of the Rugby Championship.
The game will be this Saturday, October 21, in Brisbane, Australia's Lang Park, a 52,500 capacity stadium, known primarily for hosting... Read More