The dog days of summer for rugby freaks are upon us. The 7s season is over for all but 32 teams headed to the Big Apple for a couple of trophies this weekend, and 15s season is probably still a couple of weeks off for even the earliest of worms.
Nonetheless, last weekend presented a rugby day for me in the form of the Mid-America Geographic Union’s annual general meeting. Most every men’s and... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week, former Eagle and founder of the Eagles XV Club Tony Ridnell comes on to discuss the Rugby World Cup Sevens and the possibility of hosting the big show in 2027. Two years ago, Ridnell kickstarted the movement to peel back the layers on Rugby International Marketing and the governance issues at USA... 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
Joe Taufete’e likely never scores those two tries in the now famous win over Scotland if Mike Tolkin doesn’t fly across the country to watch a Belmont Shore match and give Taufete’e his first cap and select him for the 2015 World Cup. Tolkin, the former USA head man who just finished coaching Major League Rugby’s first expansion team, Rugby United New York, in their first exhibition season, as... Read More
USA Rugby Congress member Steve Lewis sat with Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton for an hour-long episode of the Rugby PatCast to discuss the developing and ongoing story of USA Rugby’s governance failures. Lewis unloads on the outgoing board, his fellow Congress members, and the nonsensical organizational structure that allowed it all to happen.
What’s left of USA Rugby’s leadership structure... Read More
Chairman Will Chang and Rob King announced their resignations from the USA Rugby board of directors Thursday. This leaves the board with just two at-large members, freshman Barbara O’Brien and Robert Kimmitt, following a rash of resignations.
Chang and King follow Dean Barrett and Chad Keck on their way out the door as USA Rugby tries to bounce back from financial woes surrounding Rugby... Read More
Just last month, Dean Barrett, Chad Keck and Will Chang announced their exit from USA Rugby’s board of directors. Add that to the announced exits of CEO Dan Payne and David Sternberg, chief executive of Rugby International Marketing, USA Rugby’s for-profit subsidiary, and five high-level officials have fled the humbled national governing body in eight weeks amidst news of RIM’s financial ruin.... Read More
DUBLIN, IRE – World Rugby today announced the appointment of Dan Payne as Chief Executive Officer of Rugby Americas. Following his tenure as CEO with USA Rugby, Payne looks to continue his aspiration of growing rugby, in a new arena.
To ensure continuity through the transition, USA Rugby will be naming an Interim CEO in the very near future as the executive search for a permanent Chief Executive... Read More
USA Rugby has endured its fourth high-level resignation in the span of a month, with former McDonald's executive Dean Barrett stepping down. This comes in the aftermath of the magnitude of USA Rugby subsidiary Rugby International Marketing's financial failures going public.
USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne announced his impending resignation at the beginning of March, around the same time Chad Keck was... Read More
Two at-large seats to the USA Rugby board need to be filled, with Bob Kimmitt vacating his and Rob King terming out. The vacancies were announced at the end of February with a call for nominations, and the submission window closes Sunday.
Submissions go to the nominating committee, which is chaired by congress representative Marni Vath. It matches up the candidates to a matrix provided by a... Read More