The world of rugby mourned the recent death of South African great Joost van der Westhuizen who succumbed to motor neurone disease at age 45. He played in three World Cups, most notably, the historic home win against the All Blacks in 1995, which provided the dramatic sports narrative for the movie "Invictus." He captained the national team in the 1999 RWC.
At six foot one, he was an unusually... Read More
by Gavin Hickie, Dartmouth Men's Head Coach
This month’s blog is the first in a series featuring the skills and responsibilities of each of the positions in a rugby team. We start with the ‘fly half’ (also called ‘out half’ or ‘number 10’) role which is responsible for executing the team’s strategy on the field.
The Role of Fly Half
The ‘King’ and key decision maker of the team, so what they say... Read More
This weekend offers a dynamic quartet of international rugby, three of which involve USA Men and Women's teams.
Sydney Sevens - The USA Women have already advanced into the quarter final round, with the next game against Ireland to be played later this evening (6:22 p.m. Eastern Time). The men will also play later today.
American Rugby Championship - Saturday will see the Men's XV open the second... Read More
America Rugby Championships (ARC) Television -To find dates and times to view this winter’s second season of the upcoming America’s Rugby Cup Championship, link to: http://www.punditarena.com/rugby/jotoole/americas-rugby-championship-aired-espn-rugby-channel/. ESPN will carry three of the Eagles’ matches on a delayed basis, showing replays of these matches against Uruguay, Brazil and Canada... Read More
After a serendipitous 1988 Plate victory in the Hong Kong 7s, the Eagles were keen to perform well again at the 1989 event, and the Sydney 7s, the following week. To ensure that veteran and new players received optimum instruction, USA's 7s coach, Emil Signes, conducted a special camp in February 1989 at Arizona State University in Tempe.
Thirty-six invitees attended, comprised of twenty-two... Read More
Judgmentally, if there is one overworked cliché that undermines the understanding past, present, and future of rugby in the USA it is that the sport is a "sleeping giant." When anyone wants to narrate the state of rugby in America, invariably the term is trotted out like a stale bowl of mac and cheese at the start of a written article or the beginning of a broadcast interview. It is also the... Read More
by Gavin Hickie, Head Coach, Dartmouth Men
World Rugby New Tackle Laws
Don’t lose your head about the new tackle laws
The New Year brings with it the much discussed ‘zero tolerance’ enforcement of the new penalty guidance for high tackles.
Like many I have followed developments and the reaction to them but if you need to catch up I recommend you read a recent article by former England captain... Read More
The Fabulous Prizes
First Prize = $100 USA Sevens Merchandise
Second Prize = $75 USA Sevens Merchandise
Third and Fourth - Carlin Isles Drawstring Bag
Your entry and name will be printed in the results win or lose.
The All Blacks intimidate foes with their pre game ritual of the haka.
How should the Eagles respond to the All Blacks' haka? (Using a distinctly "AMERICAN" cultural ... Read More
In 2016, the American rugby community learned new and vital information for the first time, the average number of people attending a professional rugby game in the United States. That total for last year’s PRO RUGBY debut tallied 1,700 average. (Reportedly, 51,00 attendees in 30 games across five stadiums.)
How does this number compare with other professional leagues; rugby and otherwise? (Data... Read More
Almost two-decades after the founding of USA Rugby organization, a first ever conference was arranged for the presidents of all the local Unions. Held in the Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, over two-days in January 1993, the event proved a great success with 39 administrators, representing 28 local unions attending.
The purposes of the conference were to share information, network, and confront... Read More