NBC Sports offered the start of the English Aviva Premiership professional league last weekend, airing four contests. Most of the matches were streamed while some were delayed and shown on NBCSports.
On Saturday, Saracens, last year’s league winners, easily defeated Worcester 35-3, the game played at Twickenham. On Sunday, a more interesting match at Richoh Arena (32,000, Wasps home grounds) took... Read More
With the All Blacks winning back-to-back Rugby World Cups (2011 and 2015), could the movie biography of their captain Richie McCaw be far behind? The answer is “Chasing Great,” a theatrical released documentary that opens September 1 in New Zealand that details McCaw’s rise to rugby stardom. Memorably, he closed out a career holding aloft the William Webb Ellis trophy at Twickenham last October.... Read More
The second week of the first round in the southern hemisphere rugby championship witnessed Argentina beating South Africa 26-24 at home in Salta, and New Zealand’s continuing dominance over Australia 29-9. The Wallabies have now lost six straight games (three to the All Blacks and three to England), the last win coming in the semifinal game of last year’s Rugby World Cup.
For Los Pumas, it was a... Read More
The world glows optimistic that rugby in all forms, for women and men, boys and girls, sevens and fifteens, college and club, youth and masters, and, professional expansion will witness an increase both in participation and in attendance because of the recent Rio Olympic tournament.
In the Lebanon, New Hampshire’s Valley News, the sub-headline to a recent article stated, “NEW CLUB GROWS WITH... Read More
New Zealand continued its dominance of Australia, defeating the Wallabies 42-8. Six All Blacks scored tries as the Kiwi side continued its unbeaten run since winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
The All Blacks led 32-3 at the break after a first period which saw three Aussies leave the pitch with injuries. Coach Steve Hansen’s side moved further ahead of second place England in World... Read More
In France, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) announced an ambitious ten-year plan to expand the sport. Since 2007, when France hosted a successful World Cup, attendance to major rugby events has risen dramatically; the Top 14 (T14) professional clubs witnessed a gain of 40%, while D2 (second tier) league increased 68% in these past nine-years.
The term “rugby man” has become the standard for... Read More
One of the least known facts about rugby is that it is also played in a ten player version with similar rules. The oddity is that it was invented not in a traditional rugby playing nation, but in Malaysia. In fact, east Asia is home to most of the important tournaments.
As seen in the diagram below, most formations include five forward and five backs. But variations have also witnessed a three... Read More
Fiji captured Olympic gold in rugby sevens to the world's delight and acclaim. They beat Great Britain handily 43-7, in a terrific display of speed and power. Great Britain won the silver medal.
Seven players scored tries: Captain Osea Kolinisau, Jerry Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua, Leone Nakarawa, Vatemo Ravouvou, Josua Tuisova and Viliame Mata. The multiple players scoring was indicative of the team... Read More
Photos By Rob Cornelius
For the USA Women, the Olympic medal song is over but the rugby melody lingers on. In Rio, two games remain, a match today against Fiji at 1 p.m. ET with the victor to play the winner of the France versus Spain match for fifth place in the tournament.
For the Eagles, the Fiji rematch will afford an opportunity for revenge after the opening round loss in Pool A. Fijiana... Read More
News has broken recently of the Guinness Pro 12 considering an American franchise. This isn’t a new idea, but the fact that the CEO of the Irish Rugby Football Union is talking about it, as is outgoing USA Rugby Board chairman Bob Latham, lends more weight to the possibility.
Here’s a story from the Welsh media on why the move might make sense for the Pro 12, despite the obvious logistical... Read More