New Zealand retained its first U-20 title in three years, defeating England 21-16, the game played at Giovanni Zini Stadium in Cremona, Italy. The Baby Blacks led narrowly 11-10 at the half, and held on for the win. This tournament has been dominated historically by the Baby Blacks and Red Roses, with only South Africa taking the crown one time.
The Junior Springboks enjoyed a relatively easy... Read More
New Zealand and England will meet in the U-20 finals this Saturday, June 20th in Italy, the tournament host. Both squads advanced with semi-final victories. The Baby Blacks defeated France 45-7, while England were eight points better than the Junior Springboks 28-20.
It will be the fourth final in eight total that New Zealand and England have met for the championship. These teams total six of... Read More
The third and qualifying round of the 2015 U-20 tournament in Italy witnessed four powerhouses advancing into the semis. New Zealand, South Africa, France, and England are the four sides that can win the title in the twelve-nation competition.
On Wednesday, the Baby Blacks* defeated Ireland 25-3, the Junior Springboks romped over Ireland, and France handed England a stinging defeat 30-18. England... Read More
The second round of the U-20 Tournament in Italy resulted in all favorites winning, and, surprisingly, the six teams that are 2-0 will meet each other in the final round on Wednesday, June 10th. On that day, England play France in Pool A, Australia play South Africa in Pool B, and New Zealand play Ireland in Pool C.
New Zealand won a thrilling contest against Argentine 32-29, while, in the other... Read More
Today, continues the second day of the 2015 World Rugby’s U-20 championship in two Italian cities. This competition amalgamated former U-19 and U-21 events into one tournament.
Twelve nations are competing for the title, last won by England. Four teams play in three pools as follows:
Pool A: England, France, Wales, and Japan
Pool B: South Africa, Australia, Samoa, and Italy
Pool C: New Zealand,... Read More
Tom Conger, Dartmouth RFU ’61, and a former player for the Pittsburgh Rugby Club, and later, for the Hawaii Harlequins, was moderately disappointed that neither of his two sons picked up the sport. Conger holds the distinction of being the first rugby name mentioned in the NY Times after 1940, when the Big Green won the second, New York Sevens in November 1960. The wonderful Dartmouth rugby... Read More
For U-19 teams, and/or high schools sides for boys and girls, there still is time to travel to Paris for this year’s June 19 to June 21 Tournament of Capitals (www.tournoisdescapitales), the seventh year for this rugby event.
This is the first time that sevens will be featured for boys born in 2000 and 2001. And sevens for girls will be comprised among females born in 1998, 1999, and 2000. This... Read More
Yet another report is touting the rapid growth of rugby participation in the United States. Bloomberg says the Sports & Fitness Industry Association's U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report, released earlier this week, has rugby as the fastest growing team sport in America.
The report shows rugby growing by 81-percent from 2008-2013 and lacrosse growing by nearly 66-percent, while basketball,... Read More
A new rugby documentary is in the works. Try is about a high school rugby program in a rough part of Fresno, Calif., where a volunteer coach has helped positively impact the lives of his players. It caught the eye of the Huffington Post, and the sizzle reel for the film is below.
(Submitted by Ted Kunkel)
North Bay Rugby CLU in Aberdeen, MD offers rugby for all ages and both genders. The Youth touch summer program (organized 16-years ago) teaches boys and girls, starting at age seven, the basic principles of the game, but most importantly, the love for the sport. Over 100 youngsters are involved in this summer program.
The young children eventually move up to the North... Read More