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
The United States Rugby Foundation has begun a multi-million-dollar campaign to benefit grassroots rugby across America. The Foundation has been supporting domestic rugby in the United States since its founding in 1963. Over the years, this non-profit organization has poured more than two million dollars into United States rugby at the grassroots level. Now it looks to multiply its efforts... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. Houston Sabercats (and future Eagle?) flyhalf Sam Windsor comes on to discuss life as a player/coach in the MLR, the progress on and off the pitch heading into season two, and his rugby journey that's led him from Australia to England, Ireland and eventually the USA.
Listen to the full episode here.
Hamilton 7s- The third round of the HSBC, ten circuit sevens tournament begins this weekend in Hamilton, New Zealand. Tonga qualified as the last of the 16th nations and they will open their 2018/2019 debut against the USA.
The Eagles will then take on Samoa and end the pool play with England.
To follow the action, and to learn the time schedule for your time zone, access www.worldrugby.org.
The... Read More
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has prematurely ended the trial of a new tackle height law after an increase in the number of concussions.
Matches in the Championship Cup were subject to new rules with players not allowed to tackle above the armpit.
But instances of concussion rose among players tackling opponents who were bent at the waist carrying the ball.
The line of the shoulders will again... Read More
The beautiful game is currently mired in dissent as the president of FIFA (the global soccer football federation), Gianni Infanto, is experiencing serious push back from European clubs about the organization's expansion plans. He seeks to gain approval for two new tournaments, a World Cup for clubs, and, in addition, a new league for national teams.
Last November, Infanto proffered a radical idea... Read More
Major league Rugby’s highly-anticipated second season kicks off Saturday. Three big-picture narratives will dominate the MLR’s second go – sustainability, expansion and seasonality. The first column took a dive into sustainability, while the second focuses on expansion.
There are more teams and a higher salary cap, but the biggest difference in year two may well be the scope of the season. 2018... Read More
Hamilton Men's Sevens Next Week- The 2019 rugby season kicks off next weekend in Hamilton, New Zealand, for the first tournament of the year, the HSBC New Zealand 7s for Men. This will be the second time in Hamilton, which replaced Wellington last year as the venue.
The USA lead the ten-city event after the first two matches (Dubai and Cape Town) with 38 points. This is the first occasion that... Read More
Oh, brave new world of pro rugby commercial sponsorship.
Marvel Comics, publishers of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Avengers, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, the Punisher, The Defenders, S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Deadpool, Legion,etc., have partnered with Super Rugby in South Africa.
The initial crossover of Marvel... Read More
Deadline for Nominations is February 1, 2019
The U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 and 60 individuals and three teams have already been enshrined. The Class of 2018 included Dr. John Chase, Reldon "Bing" Dawson, Don Haider, Gary Lambert, Mike Saunders, Denis Shanagher Sr., and Alexandra "Alex" Williams.
The Class of 2019 will be honored at the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Dinner... Read More