PRO Rugby try leader Aaron “Spike Davis” has reportedly been banned for four years by World Rugby for doping. Davis popped positive on a January test, the report says, for metabolites.
A former defensive tackle at SMU, Davis exploited a massive size advantage as a wing, pulverizing his way to 14 tries for the second-place Ohio Aviators. Mysteriously, Davis hadn’t joined any of his former PRO... Read More
For the fourth time in three years, the search is on for a new Team USA women's 7s coach, as Richie Walker's time has come to an end. The change has been announced as a resignation.
Walker took over midway through the 2015/2016 season for Julie McCoy, who served just two World Series tournaments before being jettisoned. She replaced the late Ric Suggitt in September of 2015.
Walker led the Eagles... Read More
World Rugby has put out a report that states 63-percent of rugby fans in Asia, North America, South America and Africa became interested in the sport due to discovery of the "shorter form" (read: sevens) of rugby. Much of this new interest stemmed from the inclusion of Sevens for Women and Men in the 2016 Summer Rio Olympics.
However, there are no current data that indicate a parallel... Read More
Paraguayan rugby this week announced the hiring of former Jaguares coach Raúl 'Aspirina' Pérez as new head coach of its Yacarés. He will not have to wait long to see his team in action as, on Sunday, Paraguay will take the field against México in the first round of the Americas Rugby Challenge.
The Americas Rugby-organised tournament is for continental Tier 2 teams, a step below the successful... Read More
In 1986, Emile Signes realized that seven-a-side rugby needed a newly created entity for the faster game. To that end, he created “Atlantis,” to bring together four disparate rugby-playing groups: (1) existing 7s players, (2) young sevens players new to the game, (3) players without any 7s experience, and, (4) players with minimum 7s’s skills.
The crux of the idea was to create numerous sevens... Read More
A recent pro soccer statistic from England carries significant long-term importance regarding a professional club’s revenue stream; specifically, a sports organization can be profitable without fans in the stands. Original NFL owner, Tex Schramm, forecast way back in the early 1980s that a football game could be played on a field-sized soundstage minus attendees.
The annual share of television... Read More
Three-cap Paul Mullen has been signed to the Newcastle Falcons on a four-month trial contract. The Irish-born, American-educated scrum specialist played sparingly for the Houston Sabercats during the inaugural MLR season, but he follows Paul Lasike, Bryce Campbell and Ben Landry in the move from the budding American league to overseas.
"Paul has broken through to the full international scene in... Read More
The San Diego Surfers captured their third sevens national championship with a 19-12 victory over the Scion Sirens. The California side jumped out to an early 19-0 lead and withstood a late charge to become the first program with three 7s titles in history.
The Surfers were dominant on day one, going 3-0 in pool play and only yielding five points. They were put to the test, however, in the cup... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week, Memphis Inner City Rugby co-founder and executive director Shane Young breaks exciting news for arguably the most impressive rugby organization in the country, as well as the day-to-day of improving kids' lives through the sport. Shane also talks about recruiting Cam Dolan, then a backup QB, off the... Read More
To honor longtime rugby player and supporter, Terry O'Reilly, the United States Rugby Foundation is pleased to announce the third year of the Terry O'Reilly Memorial Scholarship Program.
USRF Accepting Terry O'Reilly Memorial Scholarship Applications Through September 30, 2018
In 2016, the USRF introduced the Terry O'Reilly Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a deserving high school senior rugby... Read More