As the debate and discussion continue concerning World Rugby’s World League/Nations Championship concept takes center stage for the next two weeks, it’s time to review the three suggestions already put forth about the new initiative.
A Twelve Team League - The initial proposal was a twelve-team league, including, the current Six Nations, the four Rugby Championship teams, Japan, and the USA.... Read More
World Rugby Women's Sevens 2020- The Women's Sevens Series expands next season to eight events, instead of the current six. Combination Men's and Women's tournaments will occur in Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand, Sydney, Paris, and Hong Kong. Two, stand alone events will continue as before in Glendale, Colorado, and Langford, British Columbia. Of note is that this year's French sevens will be... Read More
The United States Rugby Foundation is pleased to announce the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Class of 2019:
Jay "Tyke" Nollman
The eight newest members of the United States Rugby Hall of Fame will be honored at the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Dinner to be held at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO on Friday, July 26,... Read More
Seven months before the September start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, rugby's commercial outlook remains clouded in disarray. The on-going conflict is mutli-faceted; clashes between northern and southern hemispheres, control dispute between World Rugby and some national unions, and internecine disagreements among the Six Nations participants.
And, it's all about the money. Or, more... Read More
Six Nations Finale- The exciting end to 2019's championship will take place this Saturday with three teams in contention for the title. They key game will be Wales (4-0, ranked 3rd) hosting Ireland (3-1, ranked 2nd) in Principality Stadium.
A Wales victory ensures the crown plus a Grand Slam result (e.g.; a clean slate beating the other five nations). Ireland are 11-8-1 versus Wales in the... Read More
by Kent Oszmanski
A new store opened for Rowing Blazers located in SOHO, New York, on Grand Street, which featured an exhibition of the history of the rugby jersey. The retailer packed the store with memorabilia, art, and antiques. A panel discussed the topic, including, Phaidra Knight, former national team player, James English GM of Rugby United, Jacob Gallagher Men’s fashion editor for Wall... Read More
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 go over some college scores from the weekend, wrap up their thoughts on the Americas Rugby Championship, try to keep from getting too excited about the 7s team's possibilities, ... Read More
Rugby, rugby everywhere this weekend.
Women- Two undefeated fifteens meet when England welcome Italy in Sandy Park, Exeter. The Red Roses are favored to beat the Azzurre. Matches:
England (3-0) v. Italy (2-0-1)
Ireland (1-2) V. France (2-1)
Scotland (0-3) v. Wales (0-2-1)
Men- All eyes will be watching Scotland hosting Wales. A Welsh win would move them to 4-0 with Ireland left to... Read More
The drums of doubt and derision continue to beat loudly concerning World Rugby's plan for a 12-team "Nations' Championship," which would unite the Six Nations with the four team southern Rugby Championship plus Japan and the USA into an every two-year global contest.
Most pointedly, New Zealand Rugby and Australia took direct aim at the inclusion of the USA into this twelve-nation mix. The... Read More
"Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come." Victor Hugo
But there is also an opposite statement of an idea whose time has NOT come. And that pertains to World Rugby's calamitous decision to promote an annual World League competition among twelve nations, which would upset the existing November Test landscape, and, most damaging, diminish the importance of the highly profitable,... Read More