After a weekend off for the Rugby World Cup 7s, club teams from four regions completed their qualification for Nationals in New York City, N.Y. on August 11-12. With 19 spots already wrapped up, the Frontier, Midwest, Pacific North, and Red River held their final tournaments on Saturday and now the likes of the Denver Barbarians, Metropolis, Life West, and the Washington Athletic Club and more... Read More
Many of you are probably jetlagged, hungover or otherwise still reeling from a frenetic three days of World Cup rugby in San Francisco. Like Haz, I was seemingly one of few American rugby diehards unable to attend, so the only thing still haunting me is the image seared into my brain by New Zealand’s shorts.
Those things were tighter than the try zones at AT&T Park. So tight, in fact, Kurt... Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - During the Women’s Eagles Sevens Captain’s Run, Kelsi Stockert sustained a minor upper body injury that will force her to miss Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Stockert was originally intended to replace Alev Kelter.
In her stead, Kelly Griff has flown to San Francisco and joined the team in time for their first match against China at 12:34 PM PT on NBC Sports Gold. Griff last... Read More
When head coach Mike Friday first sat down with a calendar in preparation for Rio 2016, he knew his players would have a long, intense run of training and playing leading into the Olympics, which would be separated from 7s’ other major quadrennial, the World Cup, by an insufficiently short couple of seasons. The World Cup would also be sandwiched on the other end by Olympic qualification and... Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - Last time they were on home soil, the Men's Eagles Sevens achieved greatness alongside crowds of screaming American fans when they won Gold in the Cup Final at 2018 USA Sevens. Now, with a fifth place seeding, Head Coach Mike Friday, his 12 starters and two injury reserves will travel to AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA for the first ever U.S. hosted Rugby World Cup at... Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Under the direction of team medical staff, Alev Kelter will remain out of competition for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Kelter has been continuing recovery from an injury sustained during the 2017-18 season and will continue to support the group from the bench throughout the tournament.
In her stead, Kelsi Stockert has been activated and will travel to San Francisco tomorrow.... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular pdcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this week's episode, Eagle stars Danny Barrett, Alev Kelter and Naya Tapper come on to talk World Cup. Barrett tells us how the Eagles will attack the win-or-go-home format, what it's gonna be like playing at the home of his childhood baseball team, and how it's been having the HSBC cameras following the boys... Read More
The club 7s circuit had only two tournaments on the docket this weekend. The newly minted Eastern and Western qualifiers, with the winners getting automatic spots to nationals, took place with Dallas taking the eastern tournament and Belmont Shore taking home the western bid.
In Leesburg, Va, eight teams were divided into two pools. In Pool A the Chicago Lions, Schuykill River Exlies, Optimus and... Read More
Although no teams punched their ticket to nationals this weekend, it was a busy week of action across the country. Seven of the eight regions held qualifiers and for the most part the traditional powers took care of business.
In what is hands down the toughest qualifying region in the country, the Bulldogs drew first blood. A team that in years past competed in the Northeast took a new... Read More