The Chris Brown era began with a bang over the weekend, as his Eagles won silver in the season opener in Glendale, Colo. The feat sets the team up with an unexpectedly good start to Olympic qualification.
It comes as a surprise because it was the team’s first-ever tournament under the rookie head coach. Brown took over for the jettisoned Richie Walker this summer, and while he has a track record... Read More
Women's 7s Begin in Glendale - The HSBC Women's 7s returns to Glendale's Infinity Park this weekend after a two-year hiatus from the USA after having been cobbled in during the HSBC Las Vegas Sevens in March of 2016. Prior to that, the tournament was played in Georgia. World Rugby wants to maintain a six-tournament schedule for the Women to maximize competition, especially now that rugby for both... Read More
Americas Pacific Challenge Finals - The third and final matches of the 2018 Americas Pacific Challenge event in Uruguay ends Sunday with three games. If Samoa (2-0) defeat Uruguay (2-0), they will be the new champions, dethroning Argentina, which won the first two tournaments.
In the second round, USA XV lost to Uruguay A 33-18, and enter the final contest winless (0-2). The Eagles will face... Read More
Rugby Championship Finale - The sixth and final games of the 2018 southern hemisphere Rugby Championship conclude this Saturday. New Zealand (4-1) have already won the title on total points even if they lose to South Africa (3-2) away. That match will be played in the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria.
A game with more importance is the Argentina (2-3) and Australia (1-4) match scheduled for... Read More
The continuing interest in Major League Rugby both at home and abroad bodes well for the USA's second attempt to launch a professional rugby league that is both popular and profitable.
The inaugural season witnessed seven clubs participating, all west of the Mississippi River. The final was held in San Diego where Seattle defeated Glendale in front of a crowd of 2,800.
New city-based teams have... Read More
Additional reporting from France reveals that the leading professional organization, the League National of Rugby (LNR), has formed a new partnership with Major League Rugby in the USA. The article from Midi-Olympique, the bi-weekly rugby newspaper (88,000 circulation), contained interviews with Alain Tinguad, director of the LNR, and Dean Howes, commissioner of the MLR.
The affiliation will... Read More
By Kerri Heffernan, WRCRA Chair and Board Member, USWRF
"At 6:00 p.m. on a Monday evening 30 women gather on the sidelines of a turf field, they change into their cleats, laugh, talk and warm-up. Beyond the well-developed shoulders and powerful legs there is something else remarkable about the 30 women passing rugby balls. The majority of them are women of color; Black, Latina, Asian, Pacific... Read More
Rugby Championship - Game 5 - The southern hemisphere returns to action this Saturday when South Africa (2-2) welcome Australia (1-3) and Argentina (2-2) host New Zealand (3-1). The Springboks and Wallabies will play in Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Los Pumas and the All Blacks will compete in Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos Aires. It will be interesting to learn how the Kiwis... Read More
The newest wrinkle in World Rugby’s ongoing efforts to change the structure of the game, and to seek new initiatives to monetize the sport will be its recommendation that Test friendlies be replaced by a newly created, 12-nation north and south league.
In the past, these summer to November friendlies represented 56-percent of total annual Tests. Nations, especially, the top ten ranking, chose... Read More
SALT LAKE CITY (September 20, 2018) – Major League Rugby announced today the acceptance of two new member teams based in Atlanta and Boston, two cities known for their passionate sports fans. The new teams will begin play in the 2020 season, the third season for the young league.
Atlanta’s team joins recently successful teams from Major League Soccer and Lacrosse in a city known for its love of... Read More