The RFU announced it had hired Bill Sweeney to become the new head of the Union. Since 2013, Sweeney was CEO of the British Olympic Association (BOA) where he oversaw the successful London-based Games in 2012, and, witnessed England's excellent medal showing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Sweeney held previous corporate titles at Shell, Mars, adidas, and Unilever. He played rugby as a youth.
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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, they discuss the opening weekend of Super Rugby, including the return of Will Genia and Quade Cooper as a dynamic duo and whether or not Toni Pulu's injury will land him in an... Read More
The Major League Rugby contest between RUNY and NOLA Gold was aired on last Saturday’s ESPN+ television schedule. It provided a look at the broadcast and offered an example of the difference in rugby television in America from today compared with before.
Any viewer turning in rugby two decades ago, would have seen video that resembled the amateur taping of a high-school football game. The angle... Read More
Rugby Europe Championship – The second-tier tournament to the Six Nations continues with fhree games among the six fifteens. Also, Portugal meet Poland. The lineup:
Romania (18) vs. Germany (27)
Russia (19) vs. Belgium (23)
Georgia (12) vs. Spain (20)
Women’s April Sevens in Japan – The pools have been announced for the April 20, 21 HSBC Women’s Sevens in Kitakyushu, Japan. The Eagles rank third... Read More
USA Rugby has announced the restructure of its commercial strategy with Rugby International Marketing (RIM) becoming reintegrated into the national office and renamed USA Rugby Partners, LLC. A press release said that “after careful evaluation of how USA Rugby can best be supported by commercial efforts, bringing the department and commercial director directly under the NGB leadership tree allows... Read More
Women's Six Nations- The 2019 title could be on line early this week in the second round of the event when England (1-0) host France (1-0). The Red Roses are ranked second in the world and the Les Bleues third. The French XV are credited with the upset of 2018 when they beat the Black Ferns of New Zealand for the first time in a game played in France. The match will be at Castle Rock Rugby... Read More
World Rugby's radical expansion plans for a newly created world league comprised of the twelve leading rugby nations received a definitive thumbs down from the Six Nations group. The rejection, expressed in strong terms from Ben Morel, head of the Six Nations, effectively ended World Rugby's master plan to take over international rugby, reducing the power and independence of country unions.
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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 guys discuss their MLR honor rolls for the opening two rounds, the signing of Eagle Tony Lamborn, Australia's Charlotte Caslick shooting the boot at Sydney 7s, the very un-... Read More
Pacific Coast rugby, especially, California, enjoyed the advantage of being able to meet fifteens from British Columbia, the most proficient rugby playing of all Canadian provinces. In addition to the long-standing home and away collegiate rivalry between Cal-Berkeley and the University of British Columbia, BC province teams often made forays south of the border,
In December 1983, the British... Read More
The second week of Major League Rugby’s sophomore season ushered in the Americas Rugby Championship era. For about six weeks, all nine teams will struggle to replace players lost to international duty. The dynamic is one of the bigger storylines to follow as the league settles into its chosen window.
Couple the ARC absences with early injuries and teams still waiting on some of their foreign... Read More