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
The DII College final four took place over the weekend with North Carolina State knocking off defending champions Wisconsin Whitewater. The Wolfpack take the top spot in the rankings after capping off an impressive undefeated season.
Iowa Central gave NC State a tougher game than Whitewater in the semifinals and move into the second spot.
Things get tricky from here down. On the second day of a... Read More
In May of 1999, U. Cal Berkeley won its 16th national D1 Men’s championship, defeating Penn State 36-5 in the final. The championship match was played in San Francisco’s Balboa Stadium.
The win represented the Golden Bears’ ninth consecutive title and reaffirmed the University’s dominance over USA college rugby.
Sixteen teams started out, playing in the opening round in three venues; Berkeley,... Read More
NSCRO powered by Penn Mutual crowned its women’s 15s champions this past weekend and saw three of the four teams earn a place in the men's Champions Cup slated for April 27 and 28 in the spring.
The women’s competition took place entirely in the fall. The four region winners were Salve Regina, Catholic University, Minnesota-Moorhead, and Wayne State.
After all the dust settled, Wayne State... Read More
NC State captured the DII men’s national title with a convincing 57-12 win over two time reigning champions Wisconsin-Whitewater. It was the first national championship in program history.
To get to the finals the Wolfpack had to dispatch a tough Iowa Central squad. The game was 21-17 early in the first half but NC State pulled away for a 33-17 victory over the Tritons.
The Warhawks reached their... Read More