A sports column in the New York Times this past October featured this lead: “The earliest football game between two eventual members of the Ivy League took place when Columbia played Yale in 1872.” The article continued about Dartmouth eschewing football contact tackling in favor of moving dummies.
The problem with the sportswriter’s sentence is the imprecise use of the term “football,” which, in... Read More
In June 1975, four diverse and distant American geographical areas came together with the stated goal to form “a more perfect union” of the rugby designation to be called the United States National Football Rugby Union (USARFU). In a historic sense, the joining paralleled the nation’s birthing in the latter part of the 18th century, uniting independent union states with their own agendas into one... Read More
The College D1-A final is two weeks away (May 13), and if St. Mary’s College can beat Arizona this Saturday (April 29) in the semifinals, it will compete for its third straight title. (The other semifinal also this Saturday, pits Life against BYU). The championship match will be played inside St. Mary’s stadium located in Moraga, California, across from San Francisco on the East Bay side. (N.B.... Read More
The article in Rugby Magazine's September/October issue of 2008 narrated the beginnings of rugby played in the United States. For the record, McGill University of Montreal, Canada, journeyed to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to play Harvard in May 1874. In April 1875, Harvard would travel to New Haven to introduce Yale to the rugby game. Rugby in the 1870s became the contact sport among several... Read More
By 1982, the USA had fielded several international teams playing national sides from other countries at home or away on tour. It was the accepted belief that these matches would give the American national and regional fifteens valuable experience against superior rugby competition.
In 1982, England embarked on an eight-game North American tour, playing six games in the States and two in Canada.... Read More
(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