And you thought USA Rugby was in bad shape from huge financial losses stemming from RIM's faulty investment strategy, and, more shocking, the significant deficit from hosting the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.
Well, these domestic problems do not compare to the possible bankruptcy of one of the most storied rugby unions in the world, South Africa. Recent reports question whether the... Read More
For all rugby programs in the country, the work never stops. Whether it’s planning for the next season, recruiting the next prospect, or preparing for the next match, the game on Saturday may be the simplest task. As one of few independent clubs in the top tier of college rugby, Central Washington University is welcoming the tough test and challenge of a new season.
In Ellensburg, Wash., the fall... Read More
The second round of the 2018 U-20 Trophy tournament took place in Bucharest, Romania. The eight-team, annual championship saw Fiji, Namibia, and Samoa continue unbeaten, all teams at 2-0. Portugal and Uruguay are 1-1, while Romania, Hong Kong and Canada fell to 0-2.
Owing to the format of regional qualification, the eight sides do not necessarily represent the top second tier, eight nations. One... Read More
Starting on Saturday, DI Club 15s are back. The last time we saw the league in action Mystic River captured its second national championship in three years with a gutsy 25-24 victory over Belmont Shore in Glendale, Colo. The three eastern conferences begin the fall 2018 season this Saturday with many new additions and intriguing matchups, while the west and Red River starts in the spring.
The... Read More
With summer 7s almost over, fall 15s are here. For the Labor Day weekend, the preseason for the college ranks is in full effect while Women’s Premier League entered its third week of competition. The schedule opens up next weekend as men’s DI club action starts, D1A college continues its ramp-up to the regular season, DII college has a full slate, and the WPL chugs on with four games.
For D1A... Read More
USA Rugby confirmed the appointment of World Rugby vice chairman and Rugby Americas president Agustin Pichot to its board of directors Friday. He represents World Rugby’s interests on the board, as USA Rugby’s creditor.
World Rugby’s seat on the board was part of the deal for World Rugby to financially back July’s Rugby World Cup Sevens, which lost in the range of $1.7-2.4 million. World Rugby... Read More
U20 Trophy Games Continue - This Saturday, the second round of the U20 Trophy tournament continues in Bucharest, Romania, with the following four matches:
Uruguay vs. Canada
Namibia vs. Hong Kong
Samoa vs. Romania
Portugal vs. Fiji
Can Samoa remain unbeaten in this tournament; having never lost a match in two previous events?
USA Women Announce Test Schedule - The Eagles confirmed a three-match... Read More
The U20 Trophy Tournament kicked of this past week in Bucharest, Romania, with eight teams vying to win this second tier youth championship. The winner advances next year to the U20 Championship, comprised of the world's top 12 sides.
The highest ranked team is Samoa, which was relegated last year. Interestingly, Samoa have never lost a match in their two past U20 Trophy rounds, played in 2011... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week, head coach of the back-to-back Super Rugby champion Crusaders Scott "Razor" Robertson and USA attack coach and Yale head coach Greg McWilliams discuss team culture. They met working with the famed Barbarians last summer, and now Robertson is coming Stateside to conduct a coaching clinic, meet with... Read More
The expectations have changed at Iona. The Gaels racked up an 11-2 record last fall, their first in the Liberty Conference. So when UMass comes to town Thursday for the season opener streamed live on ESPN+ at 5pm ET, the home team is expected to come out with an easy win.
But the Minutemen are well coached. Last fall, just 15 points separated Iona and UMass, with the Gaels winning 32-17 in... Read More