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 lament the USA's lopsided defeat at the hands of Argentina XV, go over some college results, check in on The RFU Championship to see how our Eagles' teams are doing, we discuss... Read More
The first 15 teams for the 10th Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship May 31-June 2 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia have been named. Nine more spots remain on offer for the crown jewel of college rugby, including automatic qualifiers at the Las Vegas Invitational Feb. 28 - March 2nd, the Heart of America in Kansas City March 30-31, and the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference... Read More
The 19th Beast of the East Tournament, hosted by Rugby Imports and the Providence RFC, took place in 2002 at the usual venue in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Then, there were four divisional championship (Today, five with a D3 Men’s event) in the largest college rugby tournament (fifteens) in the country.
Most of the sides historically have come from New England colleges.
Harvard won the DI Men’s... Read More
What happens to Cal when Jack Clark and Tom Billups retire? How would Arkansas State go if Matt Huckaby ever took his hands off the wheel completely? What would a Scott-Lawrence-less Life look like, or a Mazzarella-free Bowling Green? Chances are, if you’re an alumnus, fan or stakeholder of any of those programs, you don’t want to find out.
For the first time since the mid-‘80s, the Cougars are... Read More
They all have it. Like a class openside flanker launches a shoulder into a meaty hip, grappling the ball carrier to the ground only to spring up instantly, readying for another go with no regard for oxygen supply, trailblazers, pioneers and people compelled to do what no one has before, are driven by a supernatural tenacity.
Phil Knight struggled to secure loans and flirted with going out of... Read More
This week (starting last Saturday) marked the 60th anniversary of the historic Dartmouth RFC tour to England in 1958, the first American college or club rugby tour to Europe. An All-American tour from California visited Australia in the first decade of the 20th century, but no other US fifteen had ventured abroad (U. Cal visits to British Columbia not-with-standing) since those early days.
The... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. Newly signed Glendale Raptor Malon Al-Jiboori comes on to talk about the next chapter of his career. From HSAAs and U20s through Lindenwood and USA 7s, Malon discusses it all. We also discuss the powerhouse Tulsa Union program, where Malon got his start, being the middle brother in a rugby family, and being... Read More
The top NSCRO squad is Christendom College (Front Royal, Virginia), which finished the season with a 9-0 record and received five first place votes.
In the previous poll, Christendom was ranked #3, but thanks to a dominant performance in the 2018 NSCRO Men's 15s Mid-Atlantic South Region Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd, the Crusaders jumped two spots.... Read More
Guinness brewery announced it would take over as title sponsor of the prestigious Six Nations tournament a few days before the British pound dropped to $1.26, its lowest rate since June of 2017.
The title sponsorship was once the sole purview for 14-years of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). But, since the world-wide financial debacle of 2008, RBS could not continue to justify a sponsor’s expense on... Read More
For the second consecutive week, the United States reached the cup final on the HSBC 7s World Series. After falling to New Zealand last week, the Eagles once again came up short falling 29-15 to Fiji.
The United States dominated possession in the first half but errors and penalties marred opportunities to score. Fiji completed one pass in the first half yet led 17-0 at the break.
After the... Read More