In the second issue of the revised “Scrumdown” (later renamed “Rugby Magazine”), dated March 1975, the feature on the front page detailed the upcoming spring season for the six, New York City Metropolitan Clubs: NYRFC, Westchester, Manhattan, Old Blue, Old Maroon, and Essex.
New York City had always been a prime city for rugby participation owing to its large population, and commercial centers... Read More
America Pacific Challenge Cup: Round Three - The third round of the 2017 America Pacific Challenge Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay, ends this Sunday, October 15 with three matches. All games are against regional rivals. Undefeated Argentina XV (2-0) play Uruguay A (1-1), the USA Select (1-1) meet Canada A (0-2), and Tonga A (1-1) will play Samoa A (1-1). The junior Pumas from Argentina play in a... Read More
The loss of the USA Men's soccer team to Trinidad and Tobago eliminated the national squad from participating in the FIFA Soccer World Cup scheduled for Russia in in 2018. The tournament exclusion will represent a substantial revenue loss to American broadcasters and merchandisers. With US soccer out of the most viewed sports event on the planet (45-billion global television viewers), important... Read More
This weekend sees the start of the European Champions and Challenge Cups, and ESPN 3 will again be carrying the competition. Unfortunately, each match won't be made available. Instead, it appears there will be a small selection of matches each round. In the opening round, we get two Champions matches and one Challenge game.
The Americas Pacific Challenge will continue on The Rugby Channel, with... Read More
The Rugby Championship Finale 2017 - This Saturday, October 7, marks the sixth and final game in the four-nation Rugby Championship for southern hemisphere teams. New Zealand have already won the title, going 5-0 in the first five rounds. They are away in South Africa, a team they whipped 57-0 in a shutout beating of the Springboks (2-1-2). Argentina (0-5) host Australia (1-2-2) in Buenos Aires.... Read More
On a Saturday, November 5, 1959, at Twickenham Stadium, 58,000 rugby fans attended the annual Oxford versus Cambridge Varsity Match. It was then as celebrated a game as any of the annual four England Test matches against the other three Home Countries and France. These two universities had played this match since 1872.
What fans saw that day was an astonishing long throw, a revolutionary lineout... Read More
Rugby Championship Game 5 - The southern hemisphere championship continues this Saturday when South Africa host Australia and Argentina welcome New Zealand. It will be game five of the six game tournament with the All Blacks undefeated at 4-0, Springboks at 2-1-1, Wallabies at 1-2-1, and Los Pumas last at 0-4. The RSA versus Australia contest should determine second place, as it is highly... Read More
The recent media and political storm concerning NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem resurrects the single most controversial event in US rugby history: The South African tour of 1981. Then as now, divided attitudes collided head on in the arena of public opinion, debating whether sports and politic should mix.
Background – South African Apartheid
Most importantly, in the 1980s, South... Read More
Rugby World Cup 2023 Decision - The final bids are in from the three nations - Ireland, France, and South Africa - vying to host the 2023 RWC. France increased the minimum bid of £120.0MM ($162.0MM) by £30.0MM ($40.5MM).
France ran the 2007 RWC to record numbers at that time until topped by England's 2015 successful tournament. The French promise 300,000 more seats than Ireland, which has fewer... Read More
Those who attended the Saracens vs. Newcastle Aviva English Premiership match at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia on Saturday watched a professional match hampered by hot and humid weather that contributed to a slippery ball and numerous knock-ons. The temperature rose to 86 degrees (30 C) on an Indian summer's day.
The game received full media coverage in the U.K., particularly, because of... Read More