The Super Rugby final professional league playoffs of 2017 will occur August 5th when the Lions from South Africa meet the Crusaders from New Zealand at a sold out (60,000) Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. New Zealand teams dominated the semi final round of the southern hemisphere league, qualifying three of the four teams. Only one of the five Australian sides (Brumbies) made it into the... Read More
Newly Appointed Navy Men's Coach - Gavin Hickie, the Dartmouth Head Coach for the past five-years, is moving to the Naval Academy as Head Men's Coach and Director of Club Rugby. He was the forward’s coach of Belmont Shore Rugby Club and also coached the USA U20s to the Junior World Trophy title in 2012. He writes coaching columns for Rugby Today, The Rugby Site and LineoutCoach.com, his own web... Read More
Women's Age-Grade Sides in Can-Am Event - From August 1 to August 7, two USA Women's sides - Under 18 and Under 20 - will meet Canadian fifteens. The matches will be played at the University of Ottawa. The U-18s are coached by Farrah Douglas, and are named the Girls High School All-Americans. The team is sponsored by Atavus. The U-20s are coached by Wil Snape and are named the AIG Women's Junior... Read More
Tony Ridnell wants to chair the USA Rugby board of directors. Who cares, you might say? What does that have to do with me, you might ask? The entire goal of this column is for you, whether you’re a low-level senior club player, a newly minted collegiate recruit, a high school coach, a referee, a rugby parent, an Eagle or an old boy, to understand why this matters.
In order to get to that point, I... Read More
It’s time to review the past and potential future of professional rugby initiatives in the USA.
Almost a year ago, July 31, 2016 marked the last match in PRO Rugby’s five-team league, the nation’s first attempt to professionalize the sport. During that inaugural season, these five clubs played 12 matches from April to the end of July.
Attendance totals indicated that PRO Rugby... Read More
USA Sevens Las Vegas 2018 - The dates are set for next year's three-day event: March 2, 3, and 4. This will be the ninth consecutive tournament in Vegas, which has witnessed increased attendance annually. And the Las Vegas Invitational (LVI) showcases women's and men's, sevens and fifteens, college and club, and international sides in the USA's largest rugby event with over 250 sides competing. ... Read More
British and Irish Lions versus All Blacks - The match begins Saturday at 7:35 p.m. New Zealand time. A sell out crowd is expected at Auckland's Eden Park Stadium. It will be televised in Great Britain on the BBC (British Standard Time) and some predict it will generate the largest worldwide audience for a Test match not played in a Rugby World Cup.
The winner triumphs in the three-game series.... Read More
Canada-USA, Olympic Qualifier - The 58th rugby contest between Canada and the USA will take place Saturday, July 1 at Torero Stadium at San Diego University, which has a 6,000-seat capacity. The winner of this match will qualify for the Americas 1 place in the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup The Canadians lead the series by a wide margin: 38-17-2. However, in the past six games, the Eagles are 5-0-1... Read More
The famous Webb Ellis Cup has made the trip to San Diego and will be on display for this week’s crucial Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifier match between USA and Canada. After the first leg in Hamilton, Ontario, the contest could not be more evenly balanced on the scoreboard after that game ended in a thrilling 28-28 draw.
Both teams had late kick chances to win the match but neither was able to... Read More
USA and Canada in World Cup Americas Qualifying - Tomorrow June 24, at Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton, Ontario, the Eagles and the Canadians will meet in the first of two matches to determine which North American XV qualifies for the Americas 1 slot in the 2019 RWC in Japan. Tim Hortons lists a 45,000 capacity.
It will be forty-years and one month from the first game between these neighbors that... Read More