Men's World Rugby Rankings, January 2018 - The top two spots in the World Rugby rankings go to New Zealand and England, which held these one/two placements during 2017. Should these same rankings continue throughout 2018, then the Test between England and the All Blacks next autumn should determine who finishes the year in first place. The standings are:
Scotland... Read More
Editor's Note: The author is the former head coach of Lindenwood-Belleville, one of the independent programs referenced in the column.
It all started back in 2010 with the creation of the Atlantic Coast Rugby League, the first collegiate rugby conference. Prior to the ACRL, everyone belonged to a local area union, which was overseen by one of seven territorial unions. These bodies not only... Read More
The rugby hit video of 2017 turned out not to be a try like Canada's Magali Harvey's field-length beauty in the Women's RWC of 2014 or the 2003 RWC Cup winning dropkick off the foot of England's Jonny Wilkinson. No, the online film that generated the most interest was the haka performed by New Zealand Women before the World Cup final in Ireland. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzg4rJJNX30)
After... Read More
France RWC 2023 Estimated Payouts - The ten tier-one nations will each earn a $26.0 million windfall from the France 2023 Rugby World Cup. That totals $260 million of the total French proffer of $525 million, or 49.5 percent. Those ten nations are England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Argentina. The balance of the monies - $265 million - will... Read More
Rugby has been a vibrant club staple at the nation’s military academies, beginning with West Point’s start in 1961. The main institutions - Navy, Army, and Air Force - have constantly advanced in the D-1 college playoffs to the championship semi-final and final rounds.
Much less known is the annual Military Club Championships, played by rugby fifteens at the nation’s military bases. In 1993, the... Read More
The United States Rugby Foundation is accepting nominations for the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The nomination criteria are set forth below. Nominations for the Class of 2018 must be received by February 16, 2018.
The U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 by the United States Rugby Foundation. To date, 53 individuals and three teams have been enshrined, including the Class of... Read More
The definition of a slow (make that very slow) rugby news is to announce that the only international match on the World Rugby web site for this weekend is Morocco versus Tunisia.
Revamp at World Rugby Museum, Twickenham - The world's largest museum of rugby memorabilia is undergoing a significant renovation that will increase its vast collection threefold. Located at Twickenham, England, the... Read More
Rugby Today will embark on a census of rugby clubs in the United States, the first undertaking of this important analysis since 2010. It will begin the week of December 19, and continue until completion in January 2018.
It is important that all the Unions, when contacted by our staff, respond with a tally. Only if ALL unions and state organizations respond with accurate data, can we publish the... Read More
Editor’s note: The author worked in the admissions department and coached the rugby program at Lindenwood-Belleville, which is fully-funded and fits the mold of the varsity or quasi-varsity movement.
Varsity. It’s a word that gets used a lot in rugby circles nowadays. And it tends to rankle some, perhaps for different reasons. The idea is to deconstruct some of the misconceptions or hang-ups... Read More
For the past 54 years, the United States Rugby Foundation has remained dedicated to introducing the sport of rugby to thousands of young rugby players across the country. Because of your ongoing support and generous donations to the U.S. Rugby Foundation, rugby continues to be America’s fastest growing sport!
But our work here isn’t through! Help us continue to make a difference in the sport of... Read More