World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont has hailed 2016 as a special and game-changing year for rugby that inspired record numbers of young people to get into rugby and anticipates continued record participation and fan growth in 2017 as he continues to implement key pillars of his mandate to strengthen the global game for the betterment of all.
During a golden 2016, rugby sevens made a... Read More
International 2017 Rugby - First Quarter - The January through March schedule offers a wealth of international matches in fifteens and sevens. Here is a preview of the New Year's first three-months:
Jan 28-29 Wellington
Feb 3-4 Sydney (Women)
Feb 4 -5 Sydney
Mar 3-4... Read More
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...How the Eagles should respond to the All Blacks' haka? (Using a distinctly "AMERICAN" cultural concept of a song, a dance, or what not, etc.)
(With your usual wit and humor.)
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For the end of 2016 “Down Memory Lane” column, we turn to the first December issue of Rugby Magazine in 1977. The publication began in 1975 as Scrumdown, a restart by Publisher A. Jon Prusmack after a seven-year hiatus from 1968 when he printed two issues in a glossy format. When Ed Hagerty came aboard as Editor-in-Chief, he suggested the publication change to the more recognizable “Rugby” name.... Read More
WINTER HOLIDAY READERS CONTEST
“Australia incensed the New Zealanders doing the haka when the Wallabies blew kisses and stuck their tongues out at the All Black players.”
What should USA Eagles’ sides do that is distinctly American in response to the haka?
The All Blacks always perform the haka pregame ritual.
What could be the USA Eagles’ uniquely American response?
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These are some of the important domestic rugby stories in 2016.
Women’s and Men’s Sevens in Olympics - The inclusion of rugby was voted in by the IOC in October 2009, and then there was uncertainty that both Men’s and Women’s sides would qualify for the Rio Games. The Men’s team – starting with Coach Alex Magelby and currently with Coach Mike Friday - improved substantially, including the team’... Read More
Women: Japan and Hong Kong Qualify for World Cup - The final two slots in the 2017 World Rugby Women's World Cup have been decided with Japan and Hong Kong booking a place for the August tournament in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Japan beat Hong Kong 20-8 to secure the Number one Asia/Oceania spot. The pools are:
Pool A - Canada, New Zealand, Wales, and Hong Kong
Pool B - England, USA, Italy,... Read More
News reports have been percolating since spring of this year, which indicate that a second US professional league is being planned with a possible 2017 debut. This is officially called the Major Rugby Championship (MRC), a southwestern and Rocky Mountain regional league, to include the Austin Huns, Glendale Raptors, Rugby Utah, the Texas Griffins (Dallas-based), and the New Orleans (NOLA) club.... Read More
After the schism of 1895, northern English clubs broke away from the Union to create Rugby League, forming the Northern RFU. Professionalism entered the game as these northern clubs – mostly comprised of working class men – began to pay monies to their teams. Saturday game pay was colloquially referred to as “broken time payments.” These were deemed unacceptable by the Union and its southern... Read More
Cape Town Sevens This Weekend - Round two of the Men's HSBC World Rugby Sevens moves to Cape Town, South Africa. This marks the second year in that city, which produced a dynamic 2015 event with 35,000 attending each day. South Africa will seek its second gold medal after triumphing in Dubai last week.
Small College Awards - Alabama's senior and captain Ross Depperschmidt has been named 2016 SCRC... Read More