When Dan Payne took the reins, I was torn. There was obvious excitement – after a decade of the untrustworthy Nigel Melville, we now had a person in USA Rugby’s top position who understood grass roots rugby in America from recent first-hand experience, he’d worked at a high level in sports administration, and most importantly, he was someone I trusted to always act tirelessly, selflessly and... Read More
California versus University of British Columbia - This Saturday, the Bears (12-0) host the Thunderbirds (16-4) from the University of British Columbia in a two match, home and away contest that historically denotes the unofficial college rugby championship of North America. The contest awards the rugby "World Cup" to the winner in an aggregate tally, stemming from the scores of the two games.... Read More
In the Winter Olympics in South Korea, once again, American television audiences warm to the expert bobsled commentary of John Morgan (born in 1950) who has narrated the complexities of this sport since 1984. What is less known about Morgan is he has been a life long rugby player, and also a successful rugby entrepreneur.
Morgan was born into a bobsledding family from upstate New York, including... Read More
As rugby proliferated in America in the 1950s and the decades after, colleges and clubs started to make first-time-ever tours abroad, starting with Dartmouth’s 1958 trip to England. The Big Green racked up a 5-2 record, and surprised the locals with their spirit and rugby knowledge. In 1968, Manhattan RFC was the first American club to tour South America, playing games in Brazil, Uruguay,... Read More
A full schedule of Test rugby this Saturday, February 10, both in the Americas and Europe.
Rugby Europe Championship - The second tier of European Rugby kicks off its season with a berth in the Japan Rugby World Cup hanging in the balance for one team. Georgia, which tied for the 2017 championship - the first time the Lelos did not win it outright since 2010 - have already booked a place for... Read More
One of the most successful city-based rugby organizations in the world is Ile de France Rugby Committee (CIFR) that governs the sport in and around Paris. Founded in 1925, it is one of the the oldest rugby organizations in France. It numbers over 140 participating clubs for women and men, boys and girls high school age, seniors, and rugby for age groups aged 6,8,10, and 12. In addition it... Read More
For almost a decade in the 1930s, rugby flourished in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, numbering as many as ten sides (club and college) whose games results were reported in the New York City newspapers, especially, The Times.
The rugby renaissance commenced with the founding of the New York Rugby Football Club in 1929, the first American organization dedicated solely to rugby membership... Read More
Rugby is safer than football. That’s what they say, typically categorically so, as if it’s as tried and true a reality as Newton’s law of gravity. High school and youth coaches squawk it to parents of potential new recruits. Rugby people say it to their ignorant friends and family. Players do it when trying to get others to join their ranks. Administrators, too.
This completely wild, unproven... Read More
The United States Rugby Foundation is accepting nominations for the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The nomination criteria are set forth below. Nominations for the Class of 2018 must be received by February 16, 2018.
The U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 by the United States Rugby Foundation. To date, 53 individuals and three teams have been enshrined, including the Class of... Read More
Rugby World Cup 2019 Mascot - World Rugby introduced Ren-G, the newly created mascot for the Japan RWC in 2019. The lion-like creature emanates from Japanese mythology.
Sydney Sevens Women Update - New Zealand shutout the USA Women 31-0 in a poorly played game by the Eagles. The team finished 1-2 in pool play, with a victory over Japan 38-0, and a loss to England 28-24. But the Eagles will... Read More