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England versus Australia, Twickenham, Saturday - This should be called the Vitriol Bowl as both coaches have been slinging innuendo and nastiness since the Red Roses' three victory, first ever Test whitewash on their tour Down Under earlier this year. The match officially ends the 2016 year so there is no other major media attention this Saturday. England have won thirteen in a row and seek to notch number fourteen. The game begins at 2:30 GMT.
The Irish Triple - Historians noted that another team has not accomplished Ireland’s wins over the All Blacks, South Africa, and Australia in a single year since England way back in 1993. The key was Ireland's first victory over New Zealand since those nations hooked up in 1905. Could it have been the karmic winds blowing in Chicago, following the Cubs World Series marvel?
Las Vegas Sevens Sets Record Pre Sale - The March 3, 4, and 5 ticket sales of the USA Sevens in Las Vegas have set a record pace. This most attended rugby tournament in the country anticipates its eighth sell out crowd since the event moved from San Diego in 2010. Plenty of tickets still available at all prices.(www.usasevens.com)
HSBC World Rugby Women 7s Coming to Vegas - Last week, it was announced that World Rugby, in partnership with USA Rugby, and United World Sports LLC, will present a Women's 7s tournament in Las Vegas, beginning Friday, May 3, and played in Sam Boyd Stadium. This will represent the third of six Women's events in 2016/2017. The second tournament is in Sydney followed by the USA, Japan, Canada, and ending in France.
Rugby in the News (sort of) - We welcome any and all publicity about the sport, having seen a significant rise in media attention in the past two-years off of the splendid Rugby World Cup 2015 in England, and the global coverage of the Women's and Men's Rio Olympics. In the NY Times of Friday, December 2, there was an entertainment article that narrated how English actress Emma Watson (Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise) turned down a major role in the move "La La Land," so that, "she could remain close to her boyfriend...a star rugby player for Oxford University." Emma always demonstrated good taste.