While most global rugby attention was focused on the Australia vs. England contest in Brisbane, Ireland scored the surprise test upset with a 26-20 away win over South Africa. The Springboks played with only eight men from their third place Rugby World Cup team under new coach Allister Coetzee. But plucky Ireland, playing with fourteen men for a long period of time, took the game to South Africa... Read More
Events are happening at World Rugby that signal new beginnings and potential changes for the sport.
On May 11, elections will be held for the posts of Chairman and Vice-Chairman of World Rugby. It is for certain that Bill Beaumont, former chairman of the RFU, will assume the top role, succeeding the outgoing Bernard Lapasset, who retires after eight-years at the helm. The changeover will take... Read More
There's action from five differen continents viewable in the United States this weekend. Domestic college playoffs, PRO Rugby, European club championships, Super Rugby and the Junior World Trophy are all on offer. Here's when and where you can catch them.
Rugby Today joins people the world over today to congratulate Queen Elizabeth II on her 90th birthday. She is the longest serving British monarch, and that nation’s oldest ruler.
Two of her grandsons, the princes William and Harry, have been demonstrably supportive of rugby, especially the younger, who served in an honorary capacity for the past World Cup in 2015, hosted by England.
The spectacular and surprising Kenyan win in the Singapore 7s generated worldwide media acclaim. Every newspaper or rugby blog expressed praise that the East African team won its first Cup title since joining the circuit in Dubai in 1999.
The Kenyans had finished runners-up twice before, in Adelaide 2008/2009 and then Wellington 2012/2013. Third time proved the charm as they routed Fiji 30-7 in... Read More
Bernard Lapasset’s eight-year chairmanship of World Rugby will end in 2016, when England’s Bill Beaumont assumes the position. Lapasset leaves behind an impressive legacy of growth and development unequalled in all past years of the venerated organization.
It will be helpful to recap some of his substantial highlights:
Brand Name Change – The name International Rugby Board stood for years, but... Read More
After a thirteen-year wait, England won the Grand Slam in this year’s Six Nations’ championship, defeating France 31-21. The Red Roses scored three tries, two conversions, and four penalties against France’s seven penalties, all off the foot of scrumhalf Machenaud.
England had already clinched the championship with four wins (8 points) before the start of the match at the Stade Francais. But... Read More
It is appropriate to review in March how the August Olympic rugby matches in Rio probably will occur, regarding pools, placement, and the anticipated rules for moving forward into the medal round.
At the outset, 12-nations will compete in three pools, with eight teams advancing over the three-day schedule. The Women’s event will begin first, August 6, 7, and the medal round on August 8. This will... Read More
Three Americans played for the Saracens in the first ever Premiership match held on United States soil. Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith started and played the full eighty minutes while youngster Titi Lamositele came on for the second half. All three represent the past, present and future of the American international side.
Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith have both retired from international competition... Read More
In the first ever Premiership match held outside of England, the Saracens defeated the London Irish 26-16 at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. Despite being at opposite ends of the table, the teams provided American fans with a good taste of pro rugby.
Coming into the match the London Irish was in the relegation zone while the Saracens were at the top of the standings. The first half, however, the... Read More