There are two major decisions coming down from World Rugby that will send ripple effects through the global game – the new calendar and proposed changes to the residency rule. The former is already done and dusted and will take effect in 2020, and the latter will be decided on next month and could have more sudden, sweeping ramifications for American rugby.
The calendar change... Read More
A secondary tournament took place in Hong Kong this past weekend, a Men’s event for a new sevens qualifying team in the HSBC World Rugby circuit in 2017-2018. The winner, as anticipated, were Spain, which defeated Germany 12-7 in the Cup final. Spain had been the last Men’s team to qualify in the 2016 Rio Olympics, winning that berth in Monaco two months prior to the August games.
Spain beat... Read More
Scotland will welcome a new coach this June. He is Gregor Townsend, a former Scottish national player and coach of the Glasgow Warriors. He replaces New Zealand's Vern Cotter, who will move to Montpelier in the French Top 14.
Cotter's three-year contract was due to end, and the Scotland RFU desperately wanted to appoint a Scotsman to the head-coaching role. Townsend was the only home grown... Read More
The Georgia Advancement Express derailed last Saturday when Romania defeated Georgia 8-7 in Arch of Triumph Stadium in Bucharest. The win also handed Romania the European Rugby Championship, as both nations went 4-1. Romania won the title on their direct confrontation victory against Georgia.
Both sides scored tries in the first half, and then, both teams missed several penalty opportunities... Read More
Ireland Men defeated England 13-9 in Dublin, thereby ending England’s 18-game win streak. It also prevented the Red Roses from gaining their second RBS Six Nations Grand Slam. England had to settle for achieving a second consecutive Six Nations’ title, finishing the season at 4-1.
Ireland deserve to have the number “18” set on the green jersey for Saturday’s victory marked the second time in less... Read More
Saturday, March 18, at 5 p.m. local time in Dublin, Ireland will play England in the match of the new millennium. The visitors will attempt to set a new world record for consecutive Test match wins at nineteen. To date, England have tied New Zealand with eighteen victories, and need one but more.
Ireland, playing on home ground, are determined to end England's streak in the same successful upset... Read More
Last Saturday at Twickenham, England proved they were the best fifteen in Europe, and deserving of the high, second place World Rugby ranking behind number one, New Zealand. England thumped visiting Scotland in the Calcutta Cup 61-21, a forty-point rout that witnessed the Red Roses running in seven tries.
The victory assures England of their second RBS Six Nations title in a row, and... Read More
In Saturday's England 36-15 victory over Italy at Twickenham, the visitors employed an unusual, but perfectly legal, maneuver in the second half to confuse the home side. The Italians did not contest English rucks, which allowed them to place men along side English backs, thus, disrupting passes or balls kicked back from the ruck. (See photo above.)
The offside law prohibits players moving... Read More
Twelve months' ago at last year's Wellington Sevens (the third leg of the ten-city circuit), the hometown side rewarded their fans with a tournament victory and 22-points. (The team's third consecutive Wellington title.) A week later in Sydney, the All Blacks won again and seemed on a familiar path to win the World Rugby HSBC 7s title. A third victory would come in Vancouver in March.
But the... Read More
The apogee for French rugby occurred six-years ago when they played the All Blacks for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. After a terrible 2-2 pool record, including an upset by Tonga, the French moved through the quarters and semis to meet New Zealand for the championship. But the All Blacks prevailed in a dull contest.
Since then, it has been downhill for a team known for its élan. In the 2015... Read More