Before checking out of USA Rugby altogether, outgoing CEO Nigel Melville re-upped a sanctioning deal with William Tatham, Jr., extending him exclusive sanctioning to own, operate, and globally broadcast professional 7s in the United States through 2024.
Tatham’s Grand Prix Rugby idea, which has morphed into a 24-team, three-day tournament with $1 million in prize money, has been on the table... Read More
Here are some apps to expedite your Olympic 2016 viewing.
The iOS, Android or Windows 10 user can view Olympic news via the app from the IOC (International Olympic Committee), which is free in iOS and Android at:
Olympics App - Mobile App for Rio 2016
In addition, NBC offers its own app, also free to iOS and Android, at NBC Sports but this requires an existing cable... Read More
The full listing of Olympic coverage has been revealed, so we know now which rugby matches will be show when and on which channels. All of Team USA's men's and women's pool games will be shown live on television, and every single match in both competitions will be streamed live online.
It's important to remember these listings are all subject to change. If Team USA finds itself in the semifinals... Read More
The crowd at Deodoro Stadium near Rio won’t all be rugby fans for the six days of sevens. Many will be experiencing the Olympics as a whole, perhaps without much thought to the details of rugby beforehand.
One way to get into the sevens spirit – no game knowledge required – is by donning some dress-up. The official fan guide advises: “Did You Know? Fans usually watch matches wearing costumes,... Read More
The odds are that no sporting book in Las Vegas is going to offer wagering odds on the 2016 Olympic rugby contests for Women and Men. But in the U.K., the Olympic rugby betting line for who will win the gold medal has been posted with few surprises.
GB 10-1... Read More
For the most part, the Men’s summer test match series have ended. But, with the exception of New Zealand’s three victories over Wales, it was not the same old, same old results.
Foremost in the surprise column, were England’s three wins away against Australia (44-40, 23-7, and 39-28), marking the Red Roses first away test victory against the Wallabies. These fifteens met in the RWC a scant seven... Read More
England completed a 3-0 mark in their test match series against the Wallabies in Australia, defeating the home XV 44-40. It represented the most points England ever scored against Australia in the two nations' long rugby history. The Wallabies hold a 25-21 record, the series starting in 1909.
The whitewash proved sweet revenge for the Australian victory against England in Pool A of the 2015 Rugby... Read More
Go back in time to the last weeks of October, 2015, when England had not qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, an unthinkable outcome for the nation that gave us rugby. Stiff upper lips and all that did not erase the national angst of disappointment.
Quickly, the RFU sacked Stuart Lancaster, the coach. But where to find a replacement since most of the other top ranked nations had... Read More
Spain upset Samoa 22-19 to secure the 12th and final spot in the Men’s sevens Rio 2016 Olympics. Monaco hosted the repechage tournament, consisting of twelve teams, including three core teams on the World Rugby HSBC circuit, Canada, Russia, and Samoa, which won the Paris Sevens in May in a thrilling come-from-behind win against Fiji.
But, this past weekend, it was Spain that dominated play after... Read More
The touring Wales XV, without fourteen men who played against New Zealand last Saturday, were trounced by the Super League’s Chiefs 40-7 in Hamilton. The new Welsh players failed to show any consistency, losing badly to the superior professional club that played without eight of its All Blacks.
The Chiefs scored six tries to only for the visitor in the New Zealand’s team’s first ever... Read More