When United World Sports moved the USA Sevens from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2006, it decided to add on an ancillary event for clubs and colleges called the San Diego Invitational. The matches were played on fields situated away from Petco Park, the Padres baseball stadium that housed the big sevens tournament.
After three-years in San Diego, the Invitational followed the USA Sevens by moving... Read More
During this early January lull of matches at home and abroad, it’s time to assess the state of key elements of rugby in the United States and compare it to remarks from years gone by. At the outset, with the cessation of Gainline, Kurt Oeler’s informative USA rugby blog that offered the community a platform for internecine comments, the drumbeats for criticism and change have all but disappeared... Read More
Samu Manoa's time with the Cardiff Blues has come to an end, as the club has granted the 33-year-old forward a compassionate release. Manoa signed with Cardiff in July, started the season late due to a lingering injury, played sparingly for the Blues, as well as the Eagles during the November tests, and has returned to his home in California.
Manoa signed his first international contract with... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby.
This week, AJ MacGInty's boss, Steve Diamond, is under fire for repeatedly bullying reporters. Samu Manoa returns home. Falcons in South America. Arrows Mafia? And we continue the... Read More
The 2019 edition of the European Six Nations Championship will begin Friday, February 1 when Wales visit France for a 2 p.m. match in the Stade de France, Paris.
Ireland aim to retain their 2018 title, a Grand Slam, undefeated season against the other five teams. That tournament victory, and their win in Dublin over the All Blacks last November, have secured the Irish a firm second place in the... Read More
The Japan Times has reported that over half of the total tickets for this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan have been sold. Over 1 million of a total 1.8 million tickets available for the 48 games over 12 venues have been sold. The local organizing committee is aiming to sell out every match, with the remaining tickets to be put on sale this month.
Sales began in January 2018 with priority group... Read More
Mark Bingham was one of the passengers on United 93’s flight on Sept. 11, 2001, who helped take down the plane before it was able to reach its target in Washington, D.C. He was gay and an active rugby and flag football player.
The new hour-long documentary from World Rugby spends time with various people in IGRAB, as well as Bingham’s mother, Alice Hogland, who has embraced the gay-rugby movement... Read More
A sports column in the New York Times this past October featured this lead: “The earliest football game between two eventual members of the Ivy League took place when Columbia played Yale in 1872.” The article continued about Dartmouth eschewing football contact tackling in favor of moving dummies.
The problem with the sportswriter’s sentence is the imprecise use of the term “football,” which, in... Read More
The New England Patriots named former Eagle Nate Ebner the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award Thursday. The honor is bestowed annually upon an inspirational player from each team who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship. He and the other 31 recipients will receive their award at a ceremony in March in Baltimore, where the namesake of the trophy worked as an athletic... Read More
Major League Rugby’s second season kicks off Jan. 26. Many of the stars from the league’s first rendition are gone. Utah’s Paul Lasike and Glendale’s Sam Figg, Bryce Campbell and Ben Landry, amongst others, won't be back.
Below are four newcomers picked by head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette on the latest episode of the Giant’s Conscience podcast to help fill the star void in... Read More