Dartmouth 1960/2005 – In November 1960, Dartmouth won the second, New York RFC’s Sevens’ tournament. Notable was that Tom Conger ’61 became the first rugby player since 1939 to be mentioned in a sports article by the NY Times about a rugby game played on US soil. In 2005, Dartmouth opened the Corey Ford rugby complex in honor of this sophisticated writer who lived in Hanover and donated his house... Read More
In Part I, in the 1880s, France began playing rugby to strengthen its male youth after the disastrous result of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871. But Britian trained its youth in team sport, particularly rugby football. Rugby made gains in Paris in the last years of the 19th century, among the top echelons of the elite lycées, and, later into the exclusive Racing Club and Stade Francais.
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(As the Women's Rugby World Cup will start August 1 in France, Rugby Today looks back at the history and growth of the sport in that country.)
An Englishman, John Wilson, wrote these memorable words in 1829, "The sun never sets on the British Empire." But the sun had set over the hundred of years of claimed English possessions in France when the Brits left the port of Calais in 1558. No local... Read More
Harvard-Yale 1875 – In the Boston Globe in 1892, some seventeen-years after the 1875 event, Walter Camp of Yale, the “father” of gridiron football, wrote about the “concessionary” game, one half played as soccer with a round ball, and the second half rugby rules with the oval ball. Yale had never seen nor played rugby, and when a few oval balls arrived, he recorded the team’s odd reaction:
“After... Read More
The first rugby contest played in Canada was in 1864. By 1868, the Montreal Football Club was formed, and most of the new teams later came from Quebec and Ontario. The sport established a foothold at McGill University, which, in 1874, traveled to Cambridge to play Harvard in the first rugby game played by an American squad. (This home and away contest repeats to this day.)
British Columbia picked... Read More
For the last nine seasons the Washington Renegades have boasted a winning record in Men’s DIII competition. 2013-2014 was one of their finest seasons to date, with the Renegades earning an 18-1 record and a berth in the national tournament. While many people know about the club's success on the field, many people do not know that the Washington Renegades were the first ever club in the United... Read More
The United States is 0-3 versus Scotland in previous test matches.
November 4, 2000, Edinburgh: Scotland 53 – Eagles 6.
The first game kicked off the 2000 Eagles’ tour of the United Kingdom, which began with the Scotland game and ended with a loss to Wales 42-11. In between these tests there were three winning contests against UK club sides: Aberdeen (49-17), Cross Keys (22-7) and Neath (46-20... Read More
The website Rugby Today represents A. Jon Prusmack's latest version in a 47-year mission to provide exciting rugby news and information to the American reader. The first beginnings came in 1967 when he conceived of a glossy, quarterly magazine called Scrumdown with black and white photographs and articles about domestic and foreign games, personalities, and opinion. (At the same time, on the west... Read More
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 to me, I asked what it represented. A nearby standee responded, “Scotland... Read More