A mild upset of Spain by Belgium has snatched the attention of the rugby world. The 18-10 result sees Spain miss out on qualification for the Rugby World Cup, an achievement which seemed well in hand going into the contest.
The reason the game is famous, though, is because of what happened at the end – several Spanish players aggressively confronted the referee, with multiple appearing to grab or... Read More
Ireland versus England: Men’s Six Nations- At the start of this year’s Six Nations tournament, the prediction was that England would roll through the first four contests undefeated and meet Ireland to decide the championship. Few perceived that Ireland would be 4-0, and England a mediocre 2-2. None would have guessed that the Irish would claim the title at the end of the fourth round, and... Read More
Las Vegas Sevens Awards: For the first time, three Americans were named to the Dream Team at last week's HSBC World Rugby Las Vegas Sevens; Danny Barrett, Ben Pinkelman, and Perry Baker. Also selected were Cecil Africa (SA), Matias Ozadczuk (Arg), Jerry Tuwai (Fiji), and Luke Morgan (Can).
In addition, Barrett was named Player of the Finale for his fine gold medal match performance. He tallied... Read More
When Dan Payne took the reins, I was torn. There was obvious excitement – after a decade of the untrustworthy Nigel Melville, we now had a person in USA Rugby’s top position who understood grass roots rugby in America from recent first-hand experience, he’d worked at a high level in sports administration, and most importantly, he was someone I trusted to always act tirelessly, selflessly and... Read More
California versus University of British Columbia - This Saturday, the Bears (12-0) host the Thunderbirds (16-4) from the University of British Columbia in a two match, home and away contest that historically denotes the unofficial college rugby championship of North America. The contest awards the rugby "World Cup" to the winner in an aggregate tally, stemming from the scores of the two games.... Read More
In the Winter Olympics in South Korea, once again, American television audiences warm to the expert bobsled commentary of John Morgan (born in 1950) who has narrated the complexities of this sport since 1984. What is less known about Morgan is he has been a life long rugby player, and also a successful rugby entrepreneur.
Morgan was born into a bobsledding family from upstate New York, including... Read More
As rugby proliferated in America in the 1950s and the decades after, colleges and clubs started to make first-time-ever tours abroad, starting with Dartmouth’s 1958 trip to England. The Big Green racked up a 5-2 record, and surprised the locals with their spirit and rugby knowledge. In 1968, Manhattan RFC was the first American club to tour South America, playing games in Brazil, Uruguay,... Read More
A full schedule of Test rugby this Saturday, February 10, both in the Americas and Europe.
Rugby Europe Championship - The second tier of European Rugby kicks off its season with a berth in the Japan Rugby World Cup hanging in the balance for one team. Georgia, which tied for the 2017 championship - the first time the Lelos did not win it outright since 2010 - have already booked a place for... Read More
One of the most successful city-based rugby organizations in the world is Ile de France Rugby Committee (CIFR) that governs the sport in and around Paris. Founded in 1925, it is one of the the oldest rugby organizations in France. It numbers over 140 participating clubs for women and men, boys and girls high school age, seniors, and rugby for age groups aged 6,8,10, and 12. In addition it... Read More
For almost a decade in the 1930s, rugby flourished in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, numbering as many as ten sides (club and college) whose games results were reported in the New York City newspapers, especially, The Times.
The rugby renaissance commenced with the founding of the New York Rugby Football Club in 1929, the first American organization dedicated solely to rugby membership... Read More