Netflix is running past episodes of the hour long, political series, “The West Wing,” which debuted in 1999. In the show, actor Martin Sheen plays the role of Jeb Bartlet, President of the United States. His fictitious biography narrates an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame, a Nobel Prize in Economics, and a governorship of New Hampshire.
Nowhere does it indicate he played rugby nor expressed... Read More
Women's Sevens, Dubai - The Black Ferns continued their remarkable winning streak by going undefeated again and notching their second 2018/2019 sevens circuit HSBC Cup title with a 26-14 win over Canada. New Zealand extended their win streak to 27 games in world series matches (37 in all competitions). Canada vaulted to second place in the standings. The USA finished fourth and dropped to third... Read More
With the completion of the November tours, the Test window closed on 2018. Ireland's 11-1 record for the year earned them, deservedly, World Rugby's Team of the Year. The Irish defeated the All Blacks in Dublin (Their second win ever against New Zealand) and lost to Australia 18-9 in Brisbane, the sole defeat of a three-match tour.
Ireland rolled through the Six Nations Championship winning every... Read More
Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and France’s Jessy Trémoulière have been named World Rugby Men’s and Women’s 15s Player of the Year 2018 in association with Mastercard respectively at the World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo on Sunday.
On a night to remember in the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and greats of the game past and present, the rugby family celebrated some outstanding... Read More
New York RFC Sevens - Tomorrow, marks the 60th anniversary of the New York RFC Sevens, the oldest sevens event in the USA, and the longest continually operated rugby tounament in the country. It was started in 1958 when eight teams played in Manhattan. The final then was an all MIT affair with their A and B-sides competing for the title.
The genesis of the competition stemmed from the fact that... Read More
Ireland v. New Zealand: It's that rare match between the number one and number two ranked sides. The All Blacks won the last contest in Dublin 21-9 after Ireland's upset 40-29 in Chicago; The game will kick off in Aviva Stadium at 7 p.m. Irish time, Saturday. Both fifteens are healthy, and both experienced tough Test matches the week before. Odds: New Zealand 2-5. Ireland 2-1.
Ireland: Rob... Read More
In the autumn of 1980, the Mbabalas made a tour of the United states, marking the first ever American appearance of a black rugby club from South Africa. The team was comprised of workers employed in the nation's mining industry.
The visit followed a stopover in Great Britain where the team trained at Oxford University. Both trips came at a time when the world’s sport organization prohibited... Read More
Women's Test Internationals - Three Tests are scheduled for this weekend.
England v. USA, Allianz Park, London, November 9 - The Red Roses are ranked second behind the Black Ferns. Game on FLORugby at 2:45 p.m. (EST), Friday, November 9.
France v. New Zealand, Stade Felix Mayol, Toulon, November 9
Wales v. South Africa, Cardiff Arms Park, November 9
Men's Test Internationals - A full complement... Read More
When you first played rugby at college, you assumed that after graduation, the rugby career would end. Then, you discovered there were many club teams in cities throughout the USA, which would extend your rugby playing, probably, into the mid-thirties. Maybe then you would hang up the boots and take up a non-contact sport like golf.
But the yen to continue playing rugby spurred on the formation... Read More
Technically, Saturday marked the second “The Rugby Weekend”. The first time USA Rugby used the moniker to promote a home test was 2016, when Ireland upset New Zealand at Soldier Field and the Eagles fell to the Maori at Toyota Park. But if you define The Rugby Weekend as anytime you welcome a New Zealand team to play in Chicago and rent Soldier Field with a lot of fanfare, Saturday marked the... Read More