The eleventh U20 Trophy Championship, the eight-team contest for second ranked youth sides, will take place in Romania. The tournament starts on August 24 and runs until September 10. The winner advances next year to the World Rugby Under 20 Championship, twelve-team event.
The eight participants represent world areas of rugby:
Samoa (relegated from the U20)
Portugal (... Read More
The Harlequins confirmed the signing of Eagle Paul Lasike Friday, making it four Americans to have inked their first overseas deal off the back of Major League Rugby. Ben Landry signed with the Ealing Trailfinders, joining Andrew Durutalo, and Bryce Campbell is with the London Irish.
Both Landry and Campbell will play in the RFU Championship, England's second-tier professional competition.... Read More
College rugby in Utah has been thrown in a blender over the last handful of years, and whether it’s able to come out on the other side whole remains to be seen. The University of Utah is still reeling from the program’s 2013 suspension, while four-time national champion coach David Smyth has left vaunted BYU for Utah Valley.
The upheaval has shredded two of the best rivalries in all of college... Read More
The Chicago Lions Rugby organization, established in 1964, will be fielding their first ever Women's Fifteens side this fall and compete in the Midwest Rugby Union and USA Rugby Division 2. While the Chicago Lions have fielded a highly competitive Women's 7's team since 2012 coached by Jeremy Nash, they have never assembled a fifteens team.
The Chicago Lions have been interested in expanding... Read More
There was a time when Michelob Beer sponsored the Bermuda Classic Tournament, an invitational, two-team event that welcomed All Star players from days past. What started out in 1972 as an Easter match for some touring teams, turned into a singular world class contest.
Players who participated in the Classic included the legendary Gareth Edwards from Wales, Mike Edwards, Fergus Slattery, and Tom... Read More
The 45th annual Can Am tournament welcomed over 100 Women’s and Men’s sides to the scenic Adirondack Forest region of upper New York State. Just a few miles from Lake Placid, the event continues to be the summer fun event for New England, New York State, Midwest, and visiting Canadian teams.
What has made the event such a popular, mid summer venue is the camaraderie and enthusiasm that... Read More
The rules of engagement are set. By playing in Major League Rugby, a player becomes a pro, and therefore forfeits his collegiate eligibility forever. That’s the current understanding between the league and USA Rugby.
It needs to be reconsidered to everyone’s benefit. MLR has planted its flag in the spring, as its second season will establish a January-through-June season, putting college rugby,... Read More
The World Rugby Council gave approval to the RFU to Law 9.13, altering the definition of a high tackle from above the line of the shoulders to above the armpit line, as an extension to a package of World Rugby lowered tackle height trials for its recent U20 Championship and U20 Trophy in August.
The game is committed to evidence-based injury-prevention and the three trials are designed to... Read More
After a weekend off for the Rugby World Cup 7s, club teams from four regions completed their qualification for Nationals in New York City, N.Y. on August 11-12. With 19 spots already wrapped up, the Frontier, Midwest, Pacific North, and Red River held their final tournaments on Saturday and now the likes of the Denver Barbarians, Metropolis, Life West, and the Washington Athletic Club and more... Read More
6. Bids Are Expensive
The out-of-pocket fees to bid for the 2023 RWC cost $2 million per nation. The two losing bidders - South Africa and Ireland - wasted that sum forever; a financial risk that each country knew at the start it would cost to pitch.
Assume USA Rugby generated a surplus of $2 million in the near future, what other domestic American rugby projects or initiatives could benefit more... Read More