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In 1967, Jon Prusmack began Scrumdown (1968/69 photo above), the first authentic magazine devoted to rugby in the United States. He assembled a team of top reporters and columnists to report on the sport here and abroad. By 1975, Ed Hagerty assumed the Editor-in-Chief position. The two men agreed that the new name should be Rugby Magazine, which continued for thirty five-years, ending publication in 2010.
Rugby Today, started in June 2014, is the digital heir to the applauded Rugby Magazine, maintaining the established tradition of informative, and topical articles. The contributing writers are diverse and experienced, offering many years of playing, coaching and writing about rugby. Here is the lineup:
PAT CLIFTON (Associate Editor) – Heads up the expansive writing staff. Concentrates on all aspects of rugby in the United States. Writes “Cliff Notes,” an insightful and perceptive column. Club: Kansas City Rogues. Founded: KC Cougars high school team. Education: U. Central Missouri NB: Now, the head rugby coach at Lindendwood-Bellville.
EVAN LAPPEN (Writer) – Concentrates on the college game, especially, the Mid-Atlantic, Potomac, Keystone, Empire and Rugby East conferences. Club: Rocky Gorge RFC. Education: Coastal Carolina
BRETT ANKER (Writer) – Covers the College Rugby Championship and the Varsity Cup in addition to eastern rugby from DC to Maine. Education: Vassar, Georgetown, Masters in Sports Management
JASON RUTLEDGE (Writer) – Oversees the Mid-West College and high school game. Club: Cleveland Eastern Suburbs RFC. Education: Bowling Green U.
PHIL TERRIGNO (Writer) – Special Assignments. Sports Journalism: High School Sports Editor, the Lubbock, Texas, Avalanche Journal. Education: Marist College, Columbia School of Journalism
PHAIDRA KNIGHT (Writer/Columnist) – Women’s rugby. USA Eagles: (1999 to 2010), Three World Cups, 34 caps. Clubs: Wisconsin Women’s RFC, New York RFC, Old Blue Sevens. Coach: Columbia and Princeton Universities. Education: Alabama State University, University of Wisconsin School of Law
GAVIN HICKIE (Columnist) – The game of rugby. Coach: Dartmouth Men, USA All Americans (U20), Player: Ireland A 15s and 7s. Clubs: Leinster, London Irish, Leicester Tigers, Belmont Shore. Education: St. Mary’s
TONY SCOTT (Columnist) – New Zealand and SANZAR. Sports Journalism: Partner in Rugby Magazine (1975-1987), Rugby World. USARFU: Media Director. Club: Sudamericano RFC (DC). Coach: Eagle Rock RFC. Education: USC
BLAKE MANNION (Videos) – USA Sevens and CRC Facebook Editor. Club: Lansdown, NY. Education: Rochester Institute of Technology
ALLYN FREEMAN (Columnist) – International/History. Writing: Television (“M*A*S*H*,” “Hart-to-Hart,” etc.), fourteen business books. Club: Manhattan RFC. Education: Brown, Columbia Business School.
In 2013, Ed Hagerty and Jon Prusmack were inducted into the US Rugby Hall of Fame. The current group of Rugby Today writers and columnists will maintain that high standard.