Team USA’s journey at the 2019 Pan-Am Games begins Friday, with the men kicking off against Guyana and the women against Trinidad & Tobago. The men close out pool play Saturday against Chile and Brazil, and the women draw Argentina and Colombia, with the knockout and medal rounds saved for Sunday.
The women have a clear path to the final with a good chance to win it all. They’ll be heavily... Read More
That was close, wasn’t it? The semifinal in Paris wasn’t, so much. Fiji was too menacing in the breakdowns, too potent in attack, and the Eagles missed Folau Niua a little too much. But they came within a couple wins of being named world champions for the first time since the women won the inaugural World Cup in 1991 and the men won Olympic gold in 1920 and 1924.
It’s truly a remarkable feat.... Read More
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Is it really going to be on TV? Are they really going to let us play in the stadium? Those are the questions Rocco Mauer remembers he and his Bowling Green teammates asking each other before the inaugural... Read More
Lindenwood locked in back-to-back Penn Mutual Women’s Collegiate Rugby Championship titles Sunday, beating Army 34-12 in the final at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. The Lions were dominant throughout the tournament, conceding points exclusively in the final.
For Lindenwood, that’s become business as usual. The Lions have now won the CRC, USA Rugby’s 7s title and the D1 Women’s Elite... Read More
Lindenwood repeated to win the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, besting rival Life 21-12 in a contentious final. Wesley White scored twice in the final and was awarded the Mark Dombroski Award as the tournament’s most valuable player.
Both Lindenwood and Life earned their way to the final with five consecutive wins. In pool play, the... Read More
When Mike Friday arrived in 2014, he was told by the United States Olympic Committee’s people who analyze these sorts of things that his team had a 10-percent chance of qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Expectations for the women were more fluid – they were much closer, routinely finishing in the top six on the World Series, but coaching turnover and player unrest were key ingredients for... Read More
Team USA lost grip of first place on the HSBC Sevens World Series over the weekend, finishing third in London. First place came down to the semifinal bout with Fiji, who defeated the Eagles 17-10 en route to the tournament title to usurp them in the standings by two points with one tournament left. Team USA bounced back with a comprehensive defeat of France in the bronze-medal match, taking home... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. Olympic hopeful Ilona Maher comes on to discuss Team USA qualifying* for Tokyo 2020 and her upcoming 1-year anniversary of being capped. The 4x national champion and MA Sorenson Award winner also talks about growing up the daughter of a rugby-playing father and navigating the forks in the road to becoming an... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a weekly podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. Head coach of the second-place 7s USWNT Chris Brown joins Jake and Pat to talk about qualifying for Tokyo 2020. We look back on the accomplishment and ahead towards Tokyo. The guys also talk the usual array of topics, touching on a new video game, the Premiership finale, Scully's... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. University of Minnesota head coach Sean "Snacks" Lindersmith comes on to discuss the Golden Gophers making their first trip to 7s nationals. Sean wears many hats, though, so we also talk about his decade of working with international 7s teams as a liaison officer, his time with USA Rugby as a manager, and we... Read More