Japan won the 2017 U-20 Trophy title defeating a plucky Portugal 14-3 in the rain. The annual contest was hosted by Uruguay, which clinched the bronze medal with a 34-12 win over Namibia.
For the Junior Brave Blossoms, the championship victory promotes them to the U-20 Junior World Championship next year, two years after being relegated to the Trophy event in 2016.
Japan must rank as the most... Read More
Tonga qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, making them the last side to be slotted in Pool C, along with England, France, Argentina, and the USA. The Tongans made it as the Oceania 2 nation.
In this year’s Pacific Nations Cup, Tonga beat Samoa, which will compete in a RWC 2019 playoff against a European fifteen, either Portugal or the Czech Republic. All three Pacific Nations sides... Read More
Fiji and the USA became two more qualifying teams for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Fijians won the Pacific Nations Cup against Samoa and Tonga while the USA defeated Canada to advance into the Americas 1 slot in Pool C. Fiji moved into Pool D.
Pool C awaits one more nation for the Oceania 2 slot, either Samoa or Tonga. The loser of this series will have a repechage opportunity to... Read More
World Rugby has announced record-breaking fan figures for the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, after another compelling season on and off the field.
The 2016-17 series, the first after rugby sevens’ Olympic Games debut at Rio, saw massive crowds in cities including Dubai, Cape Town, Sydney, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Hong Kong and London as the total attendance over the 10 rounds increased by... Read More
The 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship concluded with a new attendance record for the event in its eighth year (Seven in Philadelphia, One in Columbus, Ohio). The tournament expanded its footprint from the two “Academy” fields that abut the Talen Energy Stadium, where many of the preliminary games were played to large crowds of fans.
NSCRO continued to hold its Men's National... Read More
In June of 2011, the College Rugby Championship would move to PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia. It marked the second year of the CRC sevens event, first held in Columbus, Ohio, to a sparse crowd. That initial contest – aired on NBCSports – witnessed a ding-dong battle between Cal and Utah, tied at the whistle, and won in overtime by Utah 31-26. Utah’s football and rugby ace... Read More
The end of this year’s exciting HSBC World Rugby Men’s Sevens series produced the selection of a Dream Team of seven players. During the ten-event circuit, each contest generated its individual Dream Team and a Man of the Final recognition.
The 2016/2017 Dream Team features two Eagles, Perry Baker and Danny Barrett, another illustration of the success of this season’s fifth place Eagle squad.... Read More
The USA Men’s Eagles Sevens finished in fifth place in the just concluded 2016/2917 HSBC World Rugby 7s championship. It represented the highest ranking ever for the team, and congratulations are due to Coach Mike Friday, his staff, and all the players who participated in the ten events.
South Africa were the winners this year, replacing Fiji as the top men’s squad in the world. The Blitzboks... Read More
South Africa have won the HSBC World Rugby 2016/2017 Men’s Sevens after the ninth tournament, winning the Paris 7s. Next week the capper on the ten circuit event ends in London, May 20 and May 21 at Twickenham. Congratulations to the talented Blitzboks on their first championship since 2009.
South Africa overcame sevens’ stars moving over to the Springboks fifteen, but found new blood from four... Read More
This week's draw for the Rugby World Cup in Japan finds nine of the top ten currently ranked nations slotted in the four pools. Only Fiji, the 10 ranked team, will have to qualify in the Oceania tournaments because they failed to finish in the top three places in RWC 2015.
Remember that Fiji played in that last tournament's "Pool of Death," where they met Australia, England, and Wales, all ranked... Read More