Uruguay A handled the USA Selects easily and won Sunday’s Americas Pacific Challenge match 47-15. A central factor in the match was Uruguay’s scrum, which was dominant throughout.
The match started in a promising fashion for the Selects, as they moved the ball confidently in attack in their first opportunity. They then stole a Uruguayan lineout, and Mateo Sanguinetti was sin-binned for a tip... Read More
The USA Selects outplayed Canada A in the second half and came back to win 47-37. The first half was dominated by Canada A, and well into the second half it looked to be Canada’s day.
At the 49 minute mark, Canada A was up 30-13, and the Selects had a prop in the sin bin for scrummaging infractions. However, the last 30 minutes belonged to the Selects.
The comeback effort was steered, in large... Read More
A prop being yellow carded in Montevideo? A penalty try conceded from a scrum in Montevideo?
Hmmm. Yes, there is a familiar taste in the mouth after Saturday.
The USA Selects started the Americas Pacific Challenge poorly, losing to the Fiji Warriors by 50 points. The 62-12 final seems a fair enough reflection of the difference between the two sides on the day. Given that this tournament is... Read More
This Monday, I had my first conversation with relatively new USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne. This is mostly a record of that conversation, though I find it difficult not to toss in a little commentary. The impression Payne made on me was of a man who is realistic and passionate, who understands where rugby in America is right now and where it might go.
The first thing I was curious about was Payne’s... Read More
The creation of Rugby International Marketing became public at the tail end of 2014 – USA Rugby was forming a for-profit subsidiary for which it could sell equity to outside investors and pursue commercial opportunities more aggressively. Nearly two years later, it’s time to check in on the fledgling company.
In 2015, the first chunk of equity was sold to the Rugby Football Union, USA Rugby’s... Read More
We’ve just had six days of good rugby at the Olympics. Lots of people outside the rugby community have been drawn to sevens and commented on how much fun it is to watch. There seems no doubt that this Olympic tournament was a good thing for rugby and its fans.
Still, I am working hard to feel satisfied. And it is silly that I need to do any work at all to feel satisfied with something so clearly... Read More
In Pool A in Rio, USA plays Argentina first up on Tuesday, August 9. Later on Tuesday, they face Brazil. Fiji awaits on Day Two.
The last three stops of the 2015-2016 HSBC World Series were won by Kenya, Samoa, and Scotland respectively. That shows that the men's sevens world is such that in any given tournament, there are many teams who have the talent to win.
At the Olympics, with only 12... Read More
Before checking out of USA Rugby altogether, outgoing CEO Nigel Melville re-upped a sanctioning deal with William Tatham, Jr., extending him exclusive sanctioning to own, operate, and globally broadcast professional 7s in the United States through 2024.
Tatham’s Grand Prix Rugby idea, which has morphed into a 24-team, three-day tournament with $1 million in prize money, has been on the table... Read More
Dan Payne is excited, and he wants you to be, too. The newly minted CEO of USA Rugby, who officially takes over as the top man in American rugby next Monday, has to be tired. Between weekly flights from his current home in Atlanta to USA Rugby’s headquarters in Lafayette, Colo., to helping his wife with a newborn and finishing up his duties as Life’s athletic director, he hasn’t gotten a lot of... Read More
The new CEO for USA Rugby is Dan Payne, someone anyone paying close attention to the search for American rugby’s top executive should be well familiar with. Payne played for the Eagles, coached the Eagles and helped build one of the top rugby programs in the country at Life University.
So he’s got the job, but what does that mean, and what are we supposed to think about the hire? I’ll throw in my... Read More