The Harlequins confirmed the signing of Eagle Paul Lasike Friday, making it four Americans to have inked their first overseas deal off the back of Major League Rugby. Ben Landry signed with the Ealing Trailfinders, joining Andrew Durutalo, and Bryce Campbell is with the London Irish.
Both Landry and Campbell will play in the RFU Championship, England's second-tier professional competition.... Read More
The rules of engagement are set. By playing in Major League Rugby, a player becomes a pro, and therefore forfeits his collegiate eligibility forever. That’s the current understanding between the league and USA Rugby.
It needs to be reconsidered to everyone’s benefit. MLR has planted its flag in the spring, as its second season will establish a January-through-June season, putting college rugby,... Read More
Many of you are probably jetlagged, hungover or otherwise still reeling from a frenetic three days of World Cup rugby in San Francisco. Like Haz, I was seemingly one of few American rugby diehards unable to attend, so the only thing still haunting me is the image seared into my brain by New Zealand’s shorts.
Those things were tighter than the try zones at AT&T Park. So tight, in fact, Kurt... Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - During the Women’s Eagles Sevens Captain’s Run, Kelsi Stockert sustained a minor upper body injury that will force her to miss Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Stockert was originally intended to replace Alev Kelter.
In her stead, Kelly Griff has flown to San Francisco and joined the team in time for their first match against China at 12:34 PM PT on NBC Sports Gold. Griff last... Read More
When head coach Mike Friday first sat down with a calendar in preparation for Rio 2016, he knew his players would have a long, intense run of training and playing leading into the Olympics, which would be separated from 7s’ other major quadrennial, the World Cup, by an insufficiently short couple of seasons. The World Cup would also be sandwiched on the other end by Olympic qualification and... Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - Last time they were on home soil, the Men's Eagles Sevens achieved greatness alongside crowds of screaming American fans when they won Gold in the Cup Final at 2018 USA Sevens. Now, with a fifth place seeding, Head Coach Mike Friday, his 12 starters and two injury reserves will travel to AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA for the first ever U.S. hosted Rugby World Cup at... Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Under the direction of team medical staff, Alev Kelter will remain out of competition for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Kelter has been continuing recovery from an injury sustained during the 2017-18 season and will continue to support the group from the bench throughout the tournament.
In her stead, Kelsi Stockert has been activated and will travel to San Francisco tomorrow.... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular pdcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this week's episode, Eagle stars Danny Barrett, Alev Kelter and Naya Tapper come on to talk World Cup. Barrett tells us how the Eagles will attack the win-or-go-home format, what it's gonna be like playing at the home of his childhood baseball team, and how it's been having the HSBC cameras following the boys... Read More
A former policeman who broke in as a rugby executive with the Premiership’s Harlequins and later put on three World Cups with World Rugby, Ross Young’s first foray into the American game came as a surprise addendum to a speaking engagement. Four years later, another surprise opportunity landed him the interim role of CEO for USA Rugby.
The door swung open for Young while the national governing... Read More