(Parts of this article in Italics first appeared in Rugby Today in 2014.)
It’s time to reminisce about my first test match, the time I saw Scotland v. England play in the Calcutta Cup of 1963 at Twickenham. I spotted rugby posters advertising the game in the London Underground, trained to the stadium on Saturday, and paid four-shillings ($.56) for a standing ticket.
Noticing a blue flag unknown... Read More
It was an excellent idea whose time had come; to organize the first national rugby coaching school offered in the United States. The concept originated with Gene Roberts USARFU Director in the Western RFU.
Roberts prevailed upon the Athletic Director of Kansas State University to host the conference. Four days were chosen in late July from Thursday to Sunday and the word went out to American... Read More
Last Saturday, June 4th in Philadelphia, the United States Rugby Foundation inducted eight new people into the Hall of Fame, bringing the total number up to 44-members.
The induction was preceded by a cocktail reception and dinner banquet, which was attended by the current group, previous inductees, friends and family.
The eight selected were:
Kathy... Read More
The Hong Kong 7s are but one week away, marking the 41st anniversary of this, the grandparent of all the international sevens circuits that came after it. (Melrose, Middlesex and New York sevens’ tournaments came before). So, it’s important to return to 1998, which marked the “new era” of this memorable event.
The pre-tournament apprehension was caused by these substantial changes:
China took... Read More
March of 1997, witnessed the beginning of rugby matches of the new hope for improving the caliber of play in America, the Super League. Rugby Magazine categorized the goals of the league as the…significant effort of on the part of top clubs searching for a higher challenger in the US game.” The “US game” then, and until this April, was void of any professional squads.
The league initially found... Read More
In 1968, A. Jon Prusmack, a graphic artist who played rugby for the Westchester (NY) RFC, decided to publish a glossy magazine in New York City for what he perceived was the burgeoning rugby-playing market in the United States. He titled it “Scrumdown,” selling it for $1.50. He managed to put out a four issues in 1968 and 1969 before suspending publication.
In the years that followed, the... Read More
On January 31, 1976, eight-thousand spectators entered Glover Field in Anaheim, California, to watch the first test match between a USARFU national side and an international XV from Australia. The Wallabies were returning home via Canada from a successful 25-match tour of the UK and Ireland, winning 17 of those games.
Once the decision had been made to schedule the game, a beehive of activity (... Read More
(In 1976, the Pacific RFU scheduled a game against the Australians. But the newly formed USARFU decided to substitute an official national XV for the regional side in this first ever test match for the newly formed Union founded in 1975.)
"Storer thinks Yanks won't do badly."
In January of 1976, the United States of America Rugby Football Union announced surprising news, the first official... Read More
Once the decision had been made to explore a move of the USA Sevens to Las Vegas from San Diego, the IRB (World Rugby) had to approve the new venue. From the outset, there existed a problem with the narrow width at the football field in San Boyd Stadium and its closeness to the stands. Tournament Director, Dan Lyle, gave assurances that there was enough space for wide runs, and, if necessary, the... Read More
Our Olympic Sevens hopes turn to Cary, North Carolina, next weekend when, if the script falls into place, the USA Eagles will meet Canada in the finals of the NACRA qualifier for the North American place in Rio 2016. One nation advances, the other waits for the final repechage to determine the twelfth, and final tournament spot.
With a week to wait, it's time to think nice thoughts about our... Read More