The Seattle Seawolves won the inaugural Major League Rugby title with a 23-19 defeat of the Glendale Raptors at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif Saturday. There were five lead changes in the back-and-forth contest, with the result not finalized until full time. Seattle openside flanker Vili Toluta'u was named the MVP of the championship game.
Seattle drew first blood in the 10th minute via a... Read More
A former policeman who broke in as a rugby executive with the Premiership’s Harlequins and later put on three World Cups with World Rugby, Ross Young’s first foray into the American game came as a surprise addendum to a speaking engagement. Four years later, another surprise opportunity landed him the interim role of CEO for USA Rugby.
The door swung open for Young while the national governing... Read More
HALIFAX, N.S. - Less than one week ago, the U.S. Men's National Team was making history for the second time this year. After a thrilling 30-29 upset of No. 6 World Ranked Scotland, the Eagles earned their largest victory in 94 years. Now with one final test of the Summer this Saturday (June 23) against No. 22 rival-Canada, the United States (No. 15) will make three adjustments to the starting... Read More
Joe Taufete’e likely never scores those two tries in the now famous win over Scotland if Mike Tolkin doesn’t fly across the country to watch a Belmont Shore match and give Taufete’e his first cap and select him for the 2015 World Cup. Tolkin, the former USA head man who just finished coaching Major League Rugby’s first expansion team, Rugby United New York, in their first exhibition season, as... Read More
Historically, Rugby Test matches played in the USA invariably fell under the American media radar unless that game included the All Blacks. But a Test with New Zealand scheduled this weekend in Denver has not raised even the smallest of blips.
Why no media coverage of a Kiwi versus England Test?
Because it's a Rugby League game, the first League international played in North America in 18-years.... Read More
Like probably most of you, in the wake of the USA’s 30-29 upset win over Scotland, I’m still stuck somewhere between disbelief and the urge to clothe myself in Old Glory, head-to-toe, celebrating right on through Independence Day. Between shopping for a fake mullet attached to a red-white-and-blue headband and scouring the internet for plus-sized, star-spangled budgy smugglers, I have distilled... Read More
The United States Men’s National Team claimed its first-ever tier one scalp Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, beating sixth-ranked Scotland 30-29. The Eagles had to overcome a yellow card and an 11-point halftime lead to seal the upset, their first-ever over a Home Nation.
Scotland quelled early hopes for an upset with a try right at 60 seconds. Scotland created an overload... Read More
Capped Eagle, Houston Sabercats captain, former Sacramento Express captain, former BYU captain and four-time national champ, two-time MVP and five-time All-American Kyle Sumsion, as well as Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton, talk rugby from time to time and record, constituing the Monday Morning Halfback (MMHB).
This time, they discuss Kyle's irrational hatred for the All Blacks, Scott LaValla... Read More
Arrive Sunday, typically from all over the world. A prop might fly in from France, a flanker from Ft. Lauderdale and a hooker from Bloemfontein. No matter how many hours of travel they’d just endured, they've got to boot up for training as quickly as possible, because they’ll be asked to play international test rugby in five days.
That’s what an Eagle assembly usually looks like. This June,... Read More
USA Rugby Congress member Steve Lewis sat with Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton for an hour-long episode of the Rugby PatCast to discuss the developing and ongoing story of USA Rugby’s governance failures. Lewis unloads on the outgoing board, his fellow Congress members, and the nonsensical organizational structure that allowed it all to happen.
What’s left of USA Rugby’s leadership structure... Read More