Once upon a time, the only people familiar with Nate Ebner were rugby fans attending the College Rugby Championship in Philadelphia. His first CRC appearance occurred in 2010 for Ohio State, and he returned in 2011.
Previously, Ebner had been a rugby USA U-19 and U-20 standout at fullback, voted MVP of those squads in 2006 and 2008. He was the youngest player to participate in the U-19 program.... Read More
Last fall, the US Rugby Foundation awarded 10 $1,000 Kevin Higgins College Scholarships to deserving high school seniors who went on to play rugby in college, bringing the total number of Higgins Scholarships awarded to 82 since the program was created in 2008. This year, the USRF will provide up to 10 Higgins Scholarships.
These independent scholarships are open to all graduating... Read More
In June 1979, the third annual Can-Am Test match took place in Toronto in front of a crowd of 7,500. Canada won 19-12 in a match that was dragged to a crawl by 37 penalties. It represented the only North American international played that year,
Ray Cornbill coached the USA, a team that was dominated by veterans of the Pacific Coast squad. Of the 21 selected, 16 came from the Pacific Coast, two... Read More
The 10 newest members of the United States Rugby Hall of Fame will be inducted on Friday, June 30, 2017 in San Diego at the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner being held the day before the U.S. Men's National Team face Canada in the second of two 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifying matches. The dinner will be held at the San Diego Mission Valley Marriott. Individual seats can be purchased... Read More
By Gavin Hickie, Dartmouth, Head Coach
The Role of Lock
The ‘Big Fellas’ of the team traditionally, modern locks are now tasked with not just securing the ball for his team at lineouts and kick off, and providing support in the scrum but also act as extra Back Rows.
Mobility and versatility are essential for a lock to be successful in open play where they need to be strong ball carriers. While... Read More
Jake's Take is a regular column from Jake Feury. A recent graduate from Middlebury College, Jake has been involved in rugby for a number of years. Some of his playing experience includes stints with the Morris Lions (NJ), the GPS Gallopers (Australia), Middlebury College (VT), Trinity College (Dublin), Atlantis, the Northeast Academy and various age-grade All-American trials and tours.
In wake... Read More
Women's College D1 Elite Playoffs - May 5th will see the semifinal matches between the four teams in this year's Women's College D1 Elite championship. The four - Penn State, Life, BYU, and Lindenewood - won their quarter final rounds by large margins. The final will be on May 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET and will be televised for subscribers of The Rugby Channel.
Penn State vs. BYU
Lindenewood... Read More
That 1995 Rugby World Cup photo of Nelson Mandela presenting the Web Ellis trophy to South Africa captain Francois Pienaar offered the promise that sport in that nation had witnessed the end of racial apartheid.
But twenty-two years later, via an unexpected and different sort of national sports proposal, the South African government has demanded racial quotas that increase the number of black... Read More
Women’s Japan 7s - The fourth leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s 2016/2017 circuit continues when the twelve core teams assemble in Kitakyushu, Japan. The USA find themselves in the same pool as arch rival Canada, a team that defeated the Eagles in the last two events, Las Vegas and Sydney. Currently, the USA stand tied for fifth with Russia in the standings. Canada are third. Of importance to... Read More
There are two major decisions coming down from World Rugby that will send ripple effects through the global game – the new calendar and proposed changes to the residency rule. The former is already done and dusted and will take effect in 2020, and the latter will be decided on next month and could have more sudden, sweeping ramifications for American rugby.
The calendar change... Read More