USA Rugby interim board chair Barbara O’Brien appeared on Rugby Wrap Up recently – her first media appearance in the role. The brief interview was revealing to some degree.
O’Brien humbly admitted she wasn’t cut out for the role of board chair for USA Rugby, given her lack of experience in the sports business world, and that she accepted the responsibility on the condition of it being interim.... Read More
If Team USA’s clean sheet is to stay unblemished through the end of the year, it’s going to take some doing. There are two games in which the Eagles will be favored, and two in which they’ll be heavy underdogs.
USA Rugby confirmed the Nov. 17 match with Romania in Bucharest Wednesday. The Eagles last met the Oaks in 2016, falling 23-10 in Bucharest. All-time, the Americans are 6-2 in the series.... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week features a deep dive into the governance issues plaguing USA Rugby. Everything from RIM's collapse to Gus Pichot's appointment to USA Rugby's board are on the table, and a bevvy of questions from the community get answers.
Author's note: Above is a map of USA Rugby's Congress sorted by region, with... Read More
USA Rugby confirmed the appointment of World Rugby vice chairman and Rugby Americas president Agustin Pichot to its board of directors Friday. He represents World Rugby’s interests on the board, as USA Rugby’s creditor.
World Rugby’s seat on the board was part of the deal for World Rugby to financially back July’s Rugby World Cup Sevens, which lost in the range of $1.7-2.4 million. World Rugby... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week, head coach of the back-to-back Super Rugby champion Crusaders Scott "Razor" Robertson and USA attack coach and Yale head coach Greg McWilliams discuss team culture. They met working with the famed Barbarians last summer, and now Robertson is coming Stateside to conduct a coaching clinic, meet with... Read More
World Rugby vice chairman Agustin Pichot is expected to be named to USA Rugby’s board any day, pending ratification by USA Rugby’s Congress. Email votes to approve Pichot’s appointment are due this week.
If ratified, the controversial Argentine will serve as representation for World Rugby, which purchased its seat on the American board as collateral when it stepped in to cover losses from last... Read More
In 2014, underfunded, undertrained and unprepared, Team USA’s boys and girls finished 1-4 and 1-2-1, respectively, at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The boys’ only win came over Japan, which they lost to in pool play. The girls’ lone win came over Tunisia, and they drew with Spain.
The girls aren’t participating in the Games in Buenos Aires Oct. 6-18, but the boys team representing... Read More
Major League Rugby’s second season kicks off in just over five months. Some details are still being ironed out, while others are set, and some seem to be set, but the concrete’s still drying.
There will almost certainly be nine teams. The league office isn’t publicly concerned about the wherewithal of its original seven clubs, though there are murmurs of New Orleans and Austin running lean. So... Read More
For the fourth time in three years, the search is on for a new Team USA women's 7s coach, as Richie Walker's time has come to an end. The change has been announced as a resignation.
Walker took over midway through the 2015/2016 season for Julie McCoy, who served just two World Series tournaments before being jettisoned. She replaced the late Ric Suggitt in September of 2015.
Walker led the Eagles... Read More
The Bulldogs bested Belmont Shore to 19-7 to claim the men’s club 7s national championship at Columbia University in New York, NY. The side comprised of mostly College All-Americans went 6-0 on the weekend in route to a title.
The Colorado based side coached By Steve Lewis battled Belmont Shore in the final game of pool play. They overcame a 7-0 lead to win 15-7 and claimed the top spot in the... Read More