There is no memorable record - official or anecdotal - that after William Webb Ellis first picked the ball up at The Close, Rugby School, Warwickshire, England, he stopped off afterward at the town pub for a beer with his schoolmates. But, from the sport's earliest beginnings, downing brewskis has married the centuries old beverage with rugby football. For all the rugby matches since then, and... Read More
The year 1976 witnessed the 10th Cherry Blossom Rugby Tournament sponsored by the Washington DC RFU. The event expanded beyond its Eastern states attraction to include California and foreign sides competing in the spring classic in the nation’s capitol. The tournament, started in 1966, just three-years after the founding of the Washington club in 1963, offered American clubs a view of what... Read More
The squib or grubber kick gains popularity as offenses attempt to penetrate the straight, flat line of defenders. With more loose play seeing defenses drop back, knowing the other team will gain or already have possession, attacking ball movements make but a few yards a la Rugby League play before a swarm of tacklers halts the action.
The grub kick tends to be unpredictable and erratic, the... Read More
By Kent Ozmanski
Pro rugby made its debut in the Bronx, New York, on a chilly spring evening with snow on the touch line. The first professional rugby match in New York City between Rugby United of New York (RUNY) and Mystic River (playing as Boston) was broadcast on ESPN, which is significantly increasing its coverage of US rugby.
The game served as a curtain raiser for the annual charity match... Read More
Major League Rugby Exhibition, NYC - Although Rugby United New York will not be one of the new teams in the 2018 launch of MLR this April, it continues to schedule matches as a team poised for a potential entry in 2019. This Saturday, March 24, Rugby United play a visiting Boston XV in Gaelic Park, Bronx. The match begins at 3 p.m. and tickets are thirty-dollars. The day will also feature the... Read More
The Class of 2018:
Dr. John ChaseReldon "Bing" Dawson
Denis Shanagher Sr.Alexandra "Alex" Williams
The seven 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 in Houston on Friday, June 15, the night before the U.S. Eagles host Scotland. More induction dinner details will be... Read More
At Saranac Lake, New York, the USA Eagles defeated Canada convincingly 28-16 in the 13th Can-Am game in June 1988. The victory reversed a Canadian four-game win streak.
The match was contested at North Community College, and included one thousand spectators, many waving the Maple Leaf national flag.
Long time rugby promoter and Olympic Bobsled television commentator, John Morgan (former Old Blue... Read More
A mild upset of Spain by Belgium has snatched the attention of the rugby world. The 18-10 result sees Spain miss out on qualification for the Rugby World Cup, an achievement which seemed well in hand going into the contest.
The reason the game is famous, though, is because of what happened at the end – several Spanish players aggressively confronted the referee, with multiple appearing to grab or... Read More
Ireland versus England: Men’s Six Nations- At the start of this year’s Six Nations tournament, the prediction was that England would roll through the first four contests undefeated and meet Ireland to decide the championship. Few perceived that Ireland would be 4-0, and England a mediocre 2-2. None would have guessed that the Irish would claim the title at the end of the fourth round, and... Read More
Las Vegas Sevens Awards: For the first time, three Americans were named to the Dream Team at last week's HSBC World Rugby Las Vegas Sevens; Danny Barrett, Ben Pinkelman, and Perry Baker. Also selected were Cecil Africa (SA), Matias Ozadczuk (Arg), Jerry Tuwai (Fiji), and Luke Morgan (Can).
In addition, Barrett was named Player of the Finale for his fine gold medal match performance. He tallied... Read More