Japan secured a spot on the 2019 Men’s World Rugby’s ten-city, Sevens circuit by beating Germany 19-14 on the final play at the recent Hong Kong Sevens qualifier. Twelve teams started the event with Japan, Ireland, Germany, and Chile moving into the semifinal rounds.
In the semis, Japan beat Ireland in overtime 12-7. In this match, an unusual play occurred when Ireland squib kicked through. The... Read More
With the European pro rugby season about two thirds over, there are some reasonably close races with a few games left to contest. The Six Nations Championship has ended and players have returned to their home teams for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Aviva Premiership – England
Exeter and Saracens are going head to head for the title. The Exeter Chiefs have 65 points and lead Saracens by... Read More
Episode No. 2 features USA and Sale Sarks flyhalf AJ MacGinty, who returned from a torn MCL to help the Sharks put 58 points on Worcester in his first game back. Joining Pat and AJ is Bruce McLane, coach of Major League Rugby's Rugby United New York. We talk Eagles, MacGinty's time in the USA, and a whole lot more.
RUGBY PatCast is a new podcast hosted by our associated editor, Pat Clifton. It... Read More
Portugal held on for a narrow away win 25-22 against upstart Poland to clinch the Rugby Europe Trophy, the third-tier European event. The victory qualifies Portugal for a two-match, home and away contest with Germany, where the winner will play in the second tier European Championship. (NB: Germany competed this year and finished last. If Portugal win, they advance to the higher division.)
The... Read More
A mild upset of Spain by Belgium has snatched the attention of the rugby world. The 18-10 result sees Spain miss out on qualification for the Rugby World Cup, an achievement which seemed well in hand going into the contest.
The reason the game is famous, though, is because of what happened at the end – several Spanish players aggressively confronted the referee, with multiple appearing to grab or... Read More
It could have been any Saturday during the winter of the 2018 NatWest Six Nations championship, but March 17 turned out to be St. Patrick’s Day. And, on this special, celebratory occasion for the Irish, the national XV defeated England soundly 24-15 to secure a clean-sweep Grand Slam, after having already won the championship the week before.
The Irish victory included:
First Grand Slam since... Read More
English rugby fans are in despair, the Red Roses, they of the previous record-tying 18 straight wins, lost their second, NatWest Six Nations match in a row to a revitalized French XV 22-16 in Paris. The loss eliminated England's chance for a third-straight Six Nations title, as Ireland continued undefeated (4-0) with a 28-8 home win against Scotland.
The English press was unsparing in its... Read More
At the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C., Wales and South Africa officially announced the June 2nd international test at RFK Stadium, held in conjunction with Rugby International Marketing. The First Minister of Wales, Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones AM, and South Africa Ambassador to the United States, Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, announced the event at the embassy on behalf of their countries.
The... Read More
Scotland waited ten-years, a long and frustrating decade, to defeat England in the Calcutta Cup but that occurred, finally, last Saturday when they soundly beat the Red Roses 25-13 at Murrayfield. The win ended England's quest for a Six Nations Grand Slam, and sets up potentially, a fifth match, end of 2018 Championship game between Ireland and England. Of course, this scenario could change in... Read More
This Saturday's NatWest Six Nation's match of England versus Scotland is also the awarding of the Calcutta Cup, the world's oldest rugby union trophy, first presented in 1879. The cup memorializes a rugby game in 1872 played in Calcutta pitting an English side against a combined Scottish, Welsh, and Irish team.
Since 2000, England have won the cup 14 times with 3 losses and one draw. Importantly... Read More