During this early January lull of matches at home and abroad, it’s time to assess the state of key elements of rugby in the United States and compare it to remarks from years gone by. At the outset, with the cessation of Gainline, Kurt Oeler’s informative USA rugby blog that offered the community a platform for internecine comments, the drumbeats for criticism and change have all but disappeared... Read More
Mark Bingham was one of the passengers on United 93’s flight on Sept. 11, 2001, who helped take down the plane before it was able to reach its target in Washington, D.C. He was gay and an active rugby and flag football player.
The new hour-long documentary from World Rugby spends time with various people in IGRAB, as well as Bingham’s mother, Alice Hogland, who has embraced the gay-rugby movement... Read More
On the first page of today's NY Times"Sports Thursday," is an article that details a two-hour lecture on safe tackling delivered inside the home of the Dallas Cowboys. More than 450 Texas high school football coaches attended this seminar to familiarize the state's junior high and high school coaches with the innovative rugby-tackling system proposed by Atavus.
Atavus, a familiar name to the... Read More
For the Air Force Academy in 1989, maybe it was playing in front of the home crowd. Most certainly, it was not having to play Cal Berkeley. But, after ten frustrating years with six appearances in the Final Four, Air Force triumphed in the National Collegiate final, a 25-7 victory against Cal State Long Beach.
Army defeated Penn State 18-9 in the consolation match.
In May, the Final Four was held... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby. On this week's episode, the guys discuss the weekend of rivalry games in the Pro 14 and a dust-up between Ireland's flyhalves, Greg Peterson's move to France, some observations from the... Read More
A few of the highlights both home and abroad.
US Defeat Scotland30-29- First victory for the Eagles against a Six Nations fifteen and first win against Scotland after five prior losses.
US Defeat Samoa30-29- First victory for the Eagles against Samoa after five prior losses.
Ireland Defeat All Blacks - A second victory after the first ever win in Chicago.
Eagles Win USA Sevens - Finally, a... Read More
In July of 1968, I started tending bar at Drake's Drum in Manhattan at Second Avenue and East 84th Street. Teammate Jimmy Duke, Manhattan RFC, and friend Frank Casa, New York RFC, partnered to open this English-styled pub restaurant that would become the thriving social hub of New York City rugby
On Friday evenings, Jon Prusmack was the first person to enter The Drum, always punctually at 5:30 p.... Read More
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont has expressed his gratitude and says that he is “honoured and humbled” after being awarded a knighthood for services to rugby in HM The Queen’s New Year’s honours list.
The honour is in recognition of a champion of rugby, who has dedicated his life to the betterment of the sport on and off the field in both a domestic and global context.
The announcement comes... Read More
They all have it. Like a class openside flanker launches a shoulder into a meaty hip, grappling the ball carrier to the ground only to spring up instantly, readying for another go with no regard for oxygen supply, trailblazers, pioneers and people compelled to do what no one has before, are driven by a supernatural tenacity.
Phil Knight struggled to secure loans and flirted with going out of... Read More
A. Jon Prusmack, a successful entrepreneur of many companies, and the respected and admired owner of United World Sports (USA Sevens, Collegiate Rugby Championship, Rhino Rugby USA, and Rugby Today), died on Friday. He was 77.
He had battled cancer for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Patrice.
It is a sad day for worldwide rugby to lose this... Read More