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
SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets, New York Jets and all things New York sports, is now also the home of New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, Rugby United New York (RUNY).SNY will televise nine games of RUNY’s inaugural season, with the premiere game airing LIVE Sunday, January 27th at 5:00 PM EST.
“As the home of New York Sports, we are excited to team up with... Read More
Among the many famous people who played rugby in their lifetime, one story stands out as having global historic political impact; the rugby life and times of Ernesto Guevara. The Argentinean med student left behind the bourgeois life in Buenos Aires - including playing rugby - for a personal journey that would eventually create "Che" Guevara, the left-wing Marxist and Latin American revolutionary... Read More
The 1996 National Sevens Tournament played in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania in August, brought together sixteens teams from the USA’s Seven Territorial Unions. The path into the finals proved different from each of the seven territories with some offering tournaments, while others designated a squad.
The qualifying teams:
Northeast: White Plains, Montauk
MidAtlantic: NOVA, Maryland Exiles,... Read More
When the Irish Times writes, “The USA, World Rugby’s bagel with cream cheese…”. all in the local community should be aware of the recent focus on rugby in America from media entities around the globe. However, it is chancy today to sort out pragmatism based on fact or Pollyannaish thinking based on fancy concerning the nation’s rugby future.
“Facts,” Alfred P. Sloan, former CEO of General Motors... Read More
The U.S. Rugby Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarships. The $1,000 scholarships, named in honor of one of the U.S.A.'s all-time great players, Kevin Higgins, (pictured), are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have gone on to continue their education and rugby at the collegiate level. This year's recipients brings the total to 102 Higgins... Read More
You’ve all heard it. After being stuffed repeatedly, a scrum or lineout inside the attacking 22 provides a rare scoring opportunity. To make sure the sense of occasion isn’t lost or wasted, someone points out the newfound proximity to the try line, hoping to inspire hyper focus.
After 42 years of hard yards, the ‘look where we are’ moment for American rugby has arrived. The men’s Eagles have... Read More