World Rugby's Regulation 8, which outlines player eligibility for the international game, has been changed via a World Rugby Council special meeting Wednesday in Kyoto, Japan. The most glaring change is the increase of time a player has to reside in a country before becoming eligible for its national team.
“This is an historic moment for the sport and a great step towards protecting the... 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
The Exchange is a regular Q&A put together by Jake Feury that features interesting people in the American rugby community. Jake, a recent graduate from Middlebury College, has been involved in rugby for a number of years now. Some of his playing experience includes the Morris Lions (NJ), the GPS Gallopers (Australia), Middlebury College (VT), Trinity College (Dublin), Atlantis, the Northeast... 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
The United States fell 26-19 to Canada in the final of Singapore 7s Sunday. The Eagles let Canada get out to 19-0 advantage in quick order, then exhausted all energy to come level in the second half before Canada mustered the game winner.
Matt Mullins ran through an arm tackle from Ben Pinkleman and another from Folau Niua to break free. Perry Baker reeled him in as he crossed over for the try.... Read More
For the third time in history, Team USA is onto a cup final on the HSBC Sevens World Series. It took a quarterfinal upset over Fiji, 24-19, and a resounding semifinal win over Australia, 40-7, but the Eagles will play Canada at 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday for the Singapore 7s title.
Having finished second in Pool D, the USA drew the unenviable task of facing Fiji, winners last week in Hong Kong, in the... Read More
Team USA finished pool play 2-1 and in second place Saturday in Singapore, beating Wales 35-19 to open the day, downing Scotland 33-26 next, and then falling to New Zealand 21-14. The result is a quarterfinal pairing with defending World Series champion Fiji at 12:30 a.m. ET Sunday.
In the opening match, the Eagles were dominant at the onset, taking a 14-0 lead before Wales scored, and then... Read More
The on-going drastic decline in popularity and participation of rugby union in Australia bodes an ominous outcome in the Land of Oz, and for future international competition as well. The nation that won two Rugby World Cups and were RWC runners up on two occasions is experiencing a long slide into national disinterest.
Overall, total Australian sports participation declined 7% from 2001 to 2016,... Read More
I've looked into the crystal ball to see the future of our men's and women's Olympic programs, and it isn't pretty. The Men’s 7s Eagles are enjoying another fantastic year under head coach Mike Friday, which is why it might be difficult to look past the lipstick and see the warts. But they’re there, and if something’s not done to peek behind the mask of current success, a crash is imminent.
Under... Read More
Team USA opened and closed regulation time well in the semifinals Sunday in Hong Kong, but the middle bit is where things got away from the Eagles. They scored first, then conceded 24-straight points before mounting a comeback to force overtime, losing in the sudden death period, 29-24.
South Africa won the first possession of the game, but a big hit by Danny Barrett dislodged the ball and turned... Read More