(Commentary also by Liv d'Alberti)
In the opening day of rugby in Rio, Fiji women defeated the USA 12-7 in an untidy played match by both teams. The game featured poor passing, especially, by the Eagles, whose last gasp throws often ended up either bouncing on the ground or dribbling into touch.
Fiji went ahead 5-0 in the first half from a clever cutback by Luisa Tisolo who split the US... Read More
Barring injury and the use of traveling reserves, only 24 members of Team USA's men's and women's rugby teams will be able to call themselves Olympians. Dozens have been left behind via selections. Men's head coach Mike Friday has made it clear, as have several players, that the teams will be playing for not just themselves, but those who didn't make the team. Really, the honor roll should be... Read More
After the October 2009 IOC vote to reinstate rugby into the Olympics for women and men, the salient concern for World Rugby (IRB) was how to introduce and also to expand women's seven’s play. At that time, there were few women's sevens' events, and many rugby-playing countries did not field a national team.
A few ad hoc women squads appeared at major men's tournaments, most noticeably, the Las... Read More
The women start off Saturday with Fiji at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. This is a massively important match as far as determining the knockout stages go, as these two teams figure to finish second or third. The USA won the last three meetings against Fijiana, beating them in France, Canada and Atlanta. All-time on the Women's World Series, the USA holds a 6-2 record over Fiji.
Recently,... Read More
We can all identify the alleged two fastest men in rugby, who both happen to be American. And we shall see these two - Baker and Isles - in the upcoming Rio Olympics next week. (Play begins, Tuesday, August 9).
But, can you name the alleged fastest woman in rugby? Hint: She originally trained as a track and field athlete. Second hint: She plays for Australia. Third hint: She will also be in the... Read More
Here is some context and some details for what the USA Women will face in pool play at the Olympics. The USA Women are in Pool A in Rio, along with Fiji, Columbia, and Australia. In the best-case scenario for USA, they defeat Fiji and Columbia--which would earn them a spot in the quarterfinals--and then play the final pool match against Australia with no pressure.
There were... Read More
The full listing of Olympic coverage has been revealed, so we know now which rugby matches will be show when and on which channels. All of Team USA's men's and women's pool games will be shown live on television, and every single match in both competitions will be streamed live online.
It's important to remember these listings are all subject to change. If Team USA finds itself in the semifinals... Read More
In 1998 in Amsterdam, Holland, the Women’s Eagles reached the final of the Women’s Rugby World Cup for the third time, posting victories against Russia (84-0), Spain (39-16) and Scotland (25-10). Then, they beat Canada 46-6 in the quarter finals round for the ninth time against no defeats.
At the same time, powerhouse New Zealand dominated opening round play with a 134-0 rout of Germany. The... Read More
The Women’s Eagles (fifteen) lost their third and final game in the four-nation Rugby Super Series event held in Salt Lake City. The USA were the only team not to win a game, losing to France 29-10, Canada 33-5, and, finally, England 39-13. The Eagles were coached by Peter Baggetta, the assistant, since Head Coach Pete Steinberg was unable to attend.
The Canadians outscored and outclassed their... Read More