The date was September 26, 2015, and it ended badly for Ian Ritchie the CEO of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the national governing body of the sport. England, the host nation of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, had been eliminated from advancing to the quarterfinal round after losing to Home Nation rival Wales 28-25 in Twickenham.
The unexpected, the unthinkable, the now unacceptable outcome had... Read More
The World Cup draw took place Thursday in Japan, with three of the five teams in each pool being cemented, and the likely landing spots for the United States revealed. While certainly no pool in the Rugby World Cup is going to be easy, it appears the USA's best path to success is to actually lose the qualifiers to Canada this summer to avoid the pool of death.
The top-qualifying team out of the... Read More
Jake's Take is a regular column from Jake Feury. A recent graduate from Middlebury College, Jake has been involved in rugby for a number of years. Some of his playing experience includes stints with the Morris Lions (NJ), the GPS Gallopers (Australia), Middlebury College (VT), Trinity College (Dublin), Atlantis, the Northeast Academy and various age-grade All-American trials and tours.
In wake... Read More
Rugby worldwide is fortunate to have Prince Harry of Great Britain act as its unofficial number one booster. Nothing generates as much good global publicity for the sport as the interaction of the Prince with rugby teams and rugby fans whether in Great Britain or abroad.
The Prince and his brother Prince William watched the 2007 Rugby World Cup from box seats at the Stade de France, Paris. Eight... Read More
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