For the Air Force Academy in 1989, maybe it was playing in front of the home crowd. Most certainly, it was not having to play Cal Berkeley. But, after ten frustrating years with six appearances in the Final Four, Air Force triumphed in the National Collegiate final, a 25-7 victory against Cal State Long Beach.
Army defeated Penn State 18-9 in the consolation match.
In May, the Final Four was held... 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. On this week's episode, the guys discuss the weekend of rivalry games in the Pro 14 and a dust-up between Ireland's flyhalves, Greg Peterson's move to France, some observations from the... Read More
The ball dropped. The New Year clicked down one number. It's 2019 today.
A countdown of 8-months and 19-days until the kickoff of the next Rugby World Cup in Japan. The first RWC in Asia.
Opening match is Japan vs. Russia on September 20.
Twenty teams in four pools will compete for the William Webb Ellis Trophy.
New Zealand have won the last two cups, England 2015, and New Zealand 2011.
Can... Read More
A few of the highlights both home and abroad.
US Defeat Scotland30-29- First victory for the Eagles against a Six Nations fifteen and first win against Scotland after five prior losses.
US Defeat Samoa30-29- First victory for the Eagles against Samoa after five prior losses.
Ireland Defeat All Blacks - A second victory after the first ever win in Chicago.
Eagles Win USA Sevens - Finally, a... Read More
In July of 1968, I started tending bar at Drake's Drum in Manhattan at Second Avenue and East 84th Street. Teammate Jimmy Duke, Manhattan RFC, and friend Frank Casa, New York RFC, partnered to open this English-styled pub restaurant that would become the thriving social hub of New York City rugby
On Friday evenings, Jon Prusmack was the first person to enter The Drum, always punctually at 5:30 p.... Read More
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont has expressed his gratitude and says that he is “honoured and humbled” after being awarded a knighthood for services to rugby in HM The Queen’s New Year’s honours list.
The honour is in recognition of a champion of rugby, who has dedicated his life to the betterment of the sport on and off the field in both a domestic and global context.
The announcement comes... Read More
The end of the year is a time for reflection, and shortly after the men’s USA fifteen’s team wrapped up their year, Pat Clifton and others asked why 2018 was the best year ever. What follows here is a look at some of the how the men’s Eagles won 10 of their 12 matches.
In order to achieve a winning record in 2019, the Eagles will need to win all five Americas Rugby Championship matches, plus... Read More
They all have it. Like a class openside flanker launches a shoulder into a meaty hip, grappling the ball carrier to the ground only to spring up instantly, readying for another go with no regard for oxygen supply, trailblazers, pioneers and people compelled to do what no one has before, are driven by a supernatural tenacity.
Phil Knight struggled to secure loans and flirted with going out of... Read More
A. Jon Prusmack, a successful entrepreneur of many companies, and the respected and admired owner of United World Sports (USA Sevens, Collegiate Rugby Championship, Rhino Rugby USA, and Rugby Today), died on Friday. He was 77.
He had battled cancer for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Patrice.
It is a sad day for worldwide rugby to lose this... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. 56-cap Louis Stanfill comes on to reminisce about his three World Cup appearances, playing for accomplished coaches at Cal, NYAC and with the USA, the advances within the USNMT, playing Major League Rugby, Jiu Jitsu, and growing HS rugby in NorCal.
Listen to the full episode here