The Hong Kong Sevens Tournament in April 1990 represented a watershed moment when the IRB (renamed World Rugby) announced it would schedule the first Sevens World Cup in 1993. That event would take place in Scotland, the birthplace of seven-a-side rugby in Melrose on the Scottish border. The Sevens World Cup would be played every four-years following the same pattern as the Rugby World Cup. The... Read More
Yale University’s Men’s Rugby club, for many years a leader in eastern rugby circles from its founding in 1875, withdrew into the background of Ivy League rugby, ceding supremacy to Dartmouth, Brown, and Harvard. But recent signs of change under the leadership of coach Greg Williams, indicate a revival of Eli’s historic rugby past.
Williams assumed the position in 2014 after having achieved a... Read More
World Rugby vice chairman Agustin Pichot is expected to be named to USA Rugby’s board any day, pending ratification by USA Rugby’s Congress. Email votes to approve Pichot’s appointment are due this week.
If ratified, the controversial Argentine will serve as representation for World Rugby, which purchased its seat on the American board as collateral when it stepped in to cover losses from last... Read More
Argentina handed new coach Mario Ledesma a wonderful gift with a splendid win over South Africa 32-19 at Estádio Malvinas in Mendoza. It was Ledesma’s first home Test victory. The win represented the third Puma success against the Springboks in the last three-years and was their fourth victory in 35 games of their southern hemisphere Rugby Championship history.
A rugby nomenclature trivia... Read More
As in most years, the DII college landscape continues to change. Some teams have changed conferences, some teams have joined the division and a new conference has formed.
Division II was the first level to switch to a fall only championship and it remains the case today. All of the conferences but one across the country adhere to the fall schedule.
Things have been a little difficult to track in... Read More
There is already turmoil in DIAA with the announcement that the fall and spring champions will not meet to determine a true national champion. However, there is still plenty of great rugby to be played in both seasons. Here is the breakdown of the current conferences and division shifts.
The fall features six conferences and a pair of independent teams.
The Chesapeake remains... Read More
Americas Rugby Challenge - Two matches are scheduled for Saturday, August 25, in Colombia at the Estádio Cincuentenario in Medellin when host Colombia welcome Guyana and Paraguay meet Mexico in the doubleheader.
The U20 Trophy - The second tier of U20 matches starts this weekend in Bucharest, Romania, in the eight team Trophy contest. The USA is not a participant and will not become an entry... Read More
It's a sad day for Dartmouth Men's Rugby with the passing of Richard "Dick" Liesching, a true rugby innovator at the college, and also, importantly, a pioneer in the history of the sport in the United States.
Liesching, a high school student at Blundell’s School, Devon, England, decided to attend an American university, choosing Dartmouth, and entering in the fall of 1955.
Four-years later in the... Read More
In 2014, underfunded, undertrained and unprepared, Team USA’s boys and girls finished 1-4 and 1-2-1, respectively, at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The boys’ only win came over Japan, which they lost to in pool play. The girls’ lone win came over Tunisia, and they drew with Spain.
The girls aren’t participating in the Games in Buenos Aires Oct. 6-18, but the boys team representing... Read More
With over 240 matches between 80 teams from eight conferences, the 2018-2019 D1A collegiate season begins this weekend and the excitement for the new start is building. Across the nation, college campuses are alive with clubs preparing for their first games by welcoming new players into the fold and integrating veterans back into the system. Most of the games have been announced, but there are... Read More