Scottish eyes are smiling for a change. The Men’s and Women’s sides achieved rare, double Six Nations victories on the weekend as both teams beat Wales. The Men had an easy time downing the Welsh 29-13 and moved up the fifth place in World Rugby standings, their highest placement in many years. It was Scotland's first victory at home in Murrayfield in ten-years.
The Women won their first Six... Read More
The second round of the 2017 Rugby Europe Championshp, the second tier tournament on that continent, took place last weekend. Georgia, the reigning champion, easily defeated Germany 50-6. The Germans have their sights set on booking a place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. To do so, they will probably have to surpass Romania and/or Russia in Test match play.
Last weekend, Russia beat Belgium... Read More
There is another European Men's fifteen's tournament that garners less interest and media coverage than the Six Nations event. It is called the Rugby Europe Championship comprised of six nations: Belgium, Georgia, Germany, Romania, Russia, and Spain.
But its lineup of teams has, potentially, a greater impact on the USA both in the next Rugby World Cup qualifying rounds, and, possibly, in RWC pool... Read More
A nineteenth century Greek politician stated that, “England (Britain) loses every battle except the last one.” In the twenty-first century, in 2017, that proclamation can be modified to state, “England rugby loses every minute until it wins at the death.”
The Red Roses won their 16th straight Test match in a classic thriller against long-time neighbor Wales, a rivalry that began in 1881.... Read More
In Round One of the 2017 Six Nations Cup (Men’s) England achieved its 15th victory in a row, defeating France at Twickenham 19-16. It was a dull slug fest, with France prevailing 16-12 late in the second half until Coach Eddie Jones sent in fresh legs to pull out the victory. The win represented the most consecutive victories for the Red Roses as they pursue the All Blacks record of 18 in a row.... Read More
The Men's Eagles lost the third pool match of the Sydney Sevens to Russia 17-14. The team at 2-1 advanced into the Cup quarterfinals and will play South Africa, the World Rugby HSBC number one ranked team. The Blitzbokkes were upset by England in pool play 21-15.
The eight teams that moved forward were:
England vs. Argentina
New Zealand vs. Fiji
USA vs. South Africa
Wales vs. Australia
The USA/... Read More
World Rugby faces a serious problem what decision to make – if any – regarding the sub par and unacceptable attendance at last weekend’s Wellington Sevens in New Zealand. The event, once a shining star on the HSBC sevens circuit, attracted barely 10,000 spectators, a steep decline from last year’s low tally.
The main reason for the significant fan shortfall stems from the decision to eliminate... Read More
South Africa won its second gold medal in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens event, soundly defeating Fiji 26-5. The Fijians, ranked second in the standings, have yet to win an event in the first three venues (Dubai, Cape Town, and Wellington.)
Scotland took the bronze defeating a surprisingly improved Canadian side, which enjoyed their best result in many years, earing 15 points for a fourth place... Read More
Tomorrow, Down Under, starts the Wellington 7s, the third leg of the 2016/2017 World Rugby HSBC tournament with Sydney, Australia, number four, next weekend. The current season's two gold medal winners (no more Cup, Plate, Bowl, and Shield awards) were South Africa in Dubai, and England in Cape Town. They stand atop the leader board with 41 and 39 points. The USA are off to a slow start with 18... Read More
The Wellington Sevens enters its 18th year with the daunting prospect that another sub-par attended event this weekend could be the Sword of Damocles that terminates the city’s long-time hosting. The metrics over the past few years have witnessed an ever-diminishing crowd that comes for the two-day event. This year, a pessimistic estimate is that only 15,000 spectators daily will see the... Read More