A mild upset of Spain by Belgium has snatched the attention of the rugby world. The 18-10 result sees Spain miss out on qualification for the Rugby World Cup, an achievement which seemed well in hand going into the contest.
The reason the game is famous, though, is because of what happened at the end – several Spanish players aggressively confronted the referee, with multiple appearing to grab or... Read More
The state of California gets a lot. No, I’m not talking about the beaches, celebrities or enviable weather. In terms of major rugby events, California gets plenty.
Since their first-ever match in 1976, the Eagles have played 33 full tests in the Golden State. That’s more than the next five states combined – Illinois (8), Colorado (7), Texas (7), New York (4), Georgia (3) and Florida (3).
It makes... Read More
The worst-kept secret in rugby is out – Las Vegas will be home to the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series, thanks to some collaboration between World Rugby, USA Rugby and United World Sports, the parent company of USA Sevens (and Rugby Today).
This won’t be the first time an international women’s component has been a part of the Vegas experience. For many years there has been an elite division of the Las... Read More
The seven years between the announcement that rugby would rejoin the Olympics and the first kickoff in Rio seemed more like decades. Think back to 2009, when the IOC voted yes on rugby – the Black Eyed Peas had the top song on the charts, the second season of Breaking Bad was airing, Jone Naqica was still actively playing for the Eagles and Carlin Isles was three years from touching a rugby ball... Read More
What an incredible three days that was. The hours, days and weeks of anticipation leading up to Saturday’s first kickoff seemed more like months, years and decades, but the games themselves zipped by at the speed of light. At the end of it, Team USA’s women finished 3-2-1 and in fifth place.
A medal was the goal, but the women who poured it on the line have to walk away with their heads high.... Read More
Mike Friday picked a team to win Gold. He didn’t pick a safe team. He didn’t pick a team that he knew would acquit itself well but probably didn’t have the firepower to take down Fiji or New Zealand in the knockout rounds. He is swinging for the fences.
To be fair, there’s not much difference between what would have been considered a safe team and the one he picked. A number of guys would... Read More
Officiating is supposed to be just another condition you overcome, like the strength of the wind, the bumps of the pitch, the bounce of the ball and the intensity of the heat. And just like no one wants to hear how you lost because it was windy, you’re not supposed to blame the result on the referee. For many in sport, and especially in rugby, that’s a line you do not cross. Be forewarned, I’m... Read More
Some 120 or so players are now in pre-season training for PRO Rugby. Their first pay checks are supposed to be disseminated at the end of the month. Professional rugby, it appears, has arrived.
Not all five teams, in San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Denver and Columbus, have inked all their players or have all of them in camp. But the coaching staffs are finally in place, and the players are... Read More
The idea of a World Cup cycle is dangerous. It’s hurt the national team in the past, it’s poisoning the decision-making now, and as long as the USA Rugby powers-that-be look at the Eagle schedule as one month long with a three-year preseason, it will remain an issue.
Currently, the obsession with the quadrennial event is in the process of tying the Eagles’ shoelaces together in the starting... Read More
Author's note: This column felt redundant. I've written many, many stories over the last five or so years about college rugby's awkward restructuring period, but seeing as college rugby changes with every fall freshman orientation and spring commencement, I figured I'd revisit it. Plus we know more now than we did one, two or five years ago. This story contains a short history lesson, some... Read More