by Brian Vizard, President, U.S. Rugby Foundation
"What a Night!" The Stars Come Out for the 2019 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Dinner
Infinity Park’s Event Center in Glendale, Colorado was the site for this past weekend’s 2019 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, and what a venue it was. With state-of-the-art amenities and space for the record-setting 360 Hall of Fame Dinner attendees,... Read More
It is twenty-years ago when the USA sent a seasoned, multi-capped fifteen to play in that year’s 1999 Rugby World Cup. Preliminary five pool (A,B, C, D, E) matches were contested in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, and France.
Cal’s Jack Clark coached the USA National team, which consisted of two Oxford Blues, two Woodley award winners, and many national champion California, Berkeley, rugby... Read More
Pan Am Games - This weekend, the Pan Am Games will again feature rugby sevens. Eight Men and eight Women's sides will compete for the three-medals. The matches are in Lima, Peru, at the Villa Maria del Triunfo complex.
Women- USA, Canada, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil
Men - USA, Canada, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Guyana, Jamaica, Chile
Pacific Nations Cup - The... Read More
Last month, witnessed the debut of the Premiere Lacrosse League (P.L.L.), a player-based initiative that seeks to become the dominant organization in the sport. Led by star Paul Rabil, former four-time All-American from Johns Hopkins, and frequent professional MVP, the new entity marks a radical departure in concept from previous lacrosse or rugby start up leagues.
At the outset, the new league... Read More
USA Rugby’s board of directors is requiring its Congress members to sign non-disclosure agreements in order to participate in this weekend’s annual meeting in Denver. Even standard preparatory information is being withheld until contracts are signed.
The introduction of the gag order, according to multiple congress members, is a response to leaks of information to the press. The national office... Read More
USA U20 Women in Tri-Nations Cup - Age Grade USA Women play England in a three-nation (Canada) U20 tournament in Loughborough, UK. Ricardo Ramirez is the coach. The England contest is today. The USA will play Canada on July 24th.
Can-Am at Saranac Lake- The popular upstate New York event welcomes nine divisions to the annual rugby fete from August 2 to 4. Matches are played on 16 fields. More... Read More
Jack Kinderdine died at age 80. His passing will be grieved by friends and family, by Dartmouth 1961 classmates, other Dartmouth alumni, including varsity football and Rugby Club teammates, and by me.
I encountered Kinderdine only one time at the title match for the Eastern Rugby Union (ERU) Championship when Dartmouth met Brown in the end of May 1961. Both college fifteens were undefeated.
In... Read More
(AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is a follow-up column to the June story titled, “The Truth About USA Rugby’s Participation”, which includes the national governing body’s true participation numbers. In summary, we have fewer registered participants than we have since 2011, and we’re down about 12-percent over just the last two years. High school, college and senior registration set to decline for the fourth... Read More
USA Women Fall to New Zealand- In the Women's Super Rugby Series contested in San Diego among five nations (USA, Canada, France, England, and New Zealand), the Eagles lost their second match, a shutout by New Zealand 33-0.
The USA previously lost to England 38-5 in the opening match. The point totals to-date are 5-71, the Eagles failing to score from a tepid offense.
Next up is Canada on July... Read More
On this Fourth of July 2019, amid the celebrations with fireworks and bar-b-que, Americans will head to the beach, where a few will take a rugby ball for some impromptu play.
What is little known in the USA is the organized European Beach Rugby Association (EBRA) that sponsors Beach Fives tournaments throughout the continent. Players are barefoot. No goal posts so points count for tries only. ... Read More