Major League Rugby is still working the bugs out of its core business – selling a compelling professional 15s competition to America. A few markets are drawing significant crowds and seeing improved attendance. Some are struggling mightily to get any traction at all.
For now, and the near future, the league needs to affix some sort of tunnel vision toward attracting more fans and generating more... Read More
Team USA still stands in first place after a fourth-place finish in Singapore Sunday. The Eagles’ lead over second-place Fiji, though, was trimmed from seven points to three with two tournaments left. South Africa, which eliminated the Eagles from gold medal contention, came back from a 19-0 deficit to beat Fiji and claim the cup title.
Unlike last week, the Eagles started well, beating Wales, 31... Read More
Hong Kong was a mixed bag for Team USA. The Eagles had their worst day-one of the season, losing to Wales and England, getting a lone pool win over Spain. However, they won the three-way via superior point differential, advancing them to the quarterfinals. An uplifting comeback win over South Africa in the semifinals was followed by a loss to second-place Fiji, which was followed by a bronze... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby. This week, the Grandaddy of them All takes center stage, as the Eagles pick up bronze in Hong Kong and retain first place with three tournaments to play. The guys also discuss a new... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby. Pat helped with a grassroots tournament over the weekend and learned of the swift demise of a HS powerhouse, prompting a brutally truthful discussion on the reality of USA Rugby's growth... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby. The guys go over some college scores from the weekend, wrap up their thoughts on the Americas Rugby Championship, try to keep from getting too excited about the 7s team's possibilities, ... Read More
Team USA went 1-2 Sunday at BC Place to finish fourth at Vancouver 7s. The day started with a titillating 21-19 win over England in the quarterfinals, but it was uphill from there, as France was dominant in a 33-5 dismantling of the mistake-riddled Eagles in the semifinal, ending the USA’s season-long run of making the championship match.
The Eagles fell short against Fiji in the bronze-medal... Read More
Team USA finished pool play 2-1 in Vancouver Saturday, good for second in the group and a trip to Sunday’s quarterfinals. The Eagles defeated Wales and Chile before falling to South Africa in the pool finale.
The result sees them draw England in the quarterfinals at 2:52 p.m. ET. If they win, they’ll face the winner between Samoa and France.
The tournament opener against Wales started with the... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This is a special episode celebrating Team USA's second-straight gold medal at the USA Sevens.
Hear from head coach Mike Friday, Dream Team selections Stephen Tomasin and Ben Pinkelman, and rising Falcons star Travion Clark. Tomasin talks about missing out on last year's Vegas title due to injury, Pinkelman... Read More
Team USA claimed its second-consecutive USA Sevens title Saturday, blanking Samoa 27-0 in the final at Sam Boyd Stadium. The win sees the Eagles perched atop the World Series standings alone halfway through the season. With five tournaments left, they're five points clear of second-place New Zealand, who they beat in the semifinals. They're now 3-3 against the All Blacks on the season and 3-2 in... Read More