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The induction of the 1920 and 1924 USA rugby teams into the IRB Hall of Fame is a significant nod from the sport's international governing body toward the contributions the USA has made to the game.

Along with helping popularize the use of the overhand lineout through and scrumhalf spin pass, the United States won two gold medals in the Olympic Games, in 1920 and 1924. In neither year were they expected to win.

Now that the Olympics will be welcoming rugby (7-a-side this time) in the Games in 2016, it's appropriate to give a nod to a group of young men who paid their own way to Antwerp in 1920 and Paris in 1924 to play a game most Americans paid no attention to. They won in a way that still works today - by being aggressive, athletic, and fearless.

You can read all about this quest in the book Try for the Gold (click on image at right). 

See also the newspaper article below and the video at bottom.