(Current World Rugby ratings in parentheses)
After the autumn Test match internationals, mainly, played in Europe, the surprise result was Scotland’s (6) eight-try rout of Australia (4) 53-24. The Wallabies played with 14-men after a red card reduced the side, and Scotland put 31 points on the board to Australia’s 7 in a runaway second half.
New Zealand (1) defeated Wales (7) to go three wins... Read More
The recent autumn internationals played in Europe witnessed no upsets but many close matches in highly competitive games.
Perhaps the greatest shock of the day was England’s rout of Canada 79-5. The Red Roses finished second in the recent Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, losing to New Zealand in the finals. Canada, suffering a poor pool position, did not finish in the top four places at... Read More
As rugby continues to proliferate around the globe, one of the newest hot spots for growth and development is Brazil. With a population of over 200 million, and a country infused with a significant sport culture, the nation is making conservative but goal-oriented strides for success on the world rugby stage.
The CEO of Brazil’s Rugby Confederation is Agustin Danza a native of Argentina, where he... Read More
The USA will play a Test match against a German XV for the first time this Saturday at Brita Arena, Weisbaden. It marks a substantial milestone of the recent improvement of the German team, which, this year rose to mid-pack in the European Championship Division, the second tier of rugby in that continent.
Germany has a long but unknown history playing rugby, dating to 1878 and the... Read More
A huge slate of intriguing matches is bookended by a pair of international women's tests, as England's women and Canada's women play Friday and next Tuesday. Between them are numerous fall tests and continued Aviva Premiership action.
The first week of 2017 Autumn Test matches occurred last week in Europe with no major upsets but some surprisingly close game results.
For the USA (which did not play), the key contest was Germany’s home victory against Brazil 45-12. The Eagles play Germany away thist week (Saturday, November 18) for the first time. Rugby in Germany is on the upswing in team performance and fan interest.
The most... Read More
The inaugural Silicon Valley Sevens gets under way Saturday and Sunday in San Jose, Calif. Not only will the occasion mark the return of international sevens competition to the golden state, it will see one of the sport’s true powerhouse nations make its first trip to the United States to compete in the short code.
Fans of Irish rugby will have a lot to look forward to. The past year has proven... Read More
No team enters Silicon Valley 7s this weekend shrouded in more mystery than China. This will be the nation’s first major 7s tournament outside of Asia since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, in partnership with World Rugby, announced a little over a year ago that it would be investing $100 million over 10 years to boost rugby across the country.
That figure would even make the RFU blush. The... Read More
The first post- John Mitchell era Eagles lineup has been named, with 28 players being tabbed for the extended roster headed to take on Germany in Frankfurt Nov. 18 and Georgia Nov. 25 in Tbilisi. The team is very seasoned, with just a single uncapped player in the mix.
The 28-man roster has shrunk to 27 since being announced, as flanker Tony Lamborn has been suspended four matches for his part in... Read More
A second-string Australia XV defeated the touring Barbarians 31-28 in a patchy, non-Test exhibition match of two disparate halves. The Baa-Baas jumped out to a 21-5 lead at the 32nd minute and seemed headed for an upset and a big win, when the Wallabies narrowed the score to 21-12 at the break, the try coming just as the horn sounded.
In the second half, Australia outscored the opponents 19-7,... Read More