Here are two important facts that are sidebars to the 2019 Major League Rugby attendance figures to date: (1) Major League Lacrosse does not begin its 2019 season until May 31, and (2) the English Championship League (the second tier RFU league) generates attendance lower (in most cases) than Major League Rugby.
The 2019 MLR attendance averages, part observation, part conjecture, are down from... 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. This week, the Grandaddy of them All takes center stage, as the Eagles pick up bronze in Hong Kong and retain first place with three tournaments to play. The guys also discuss a new... Read More
Hong Kong Sevens: Women's 2020 Qualifier - The first event in the 2019 HSBC Hong Kong Sevens concluded with Brazil defeating Six Nations Scotland 28-19 to qualify for the 2020 Women's Sevens circuit. Brazil has made rugby development a top sports priority for its Men and Women's sides. The Brazil Rugby Union (CBRu) is lead by the experienced Augustin Danza, an Argentinian with an MBA degree from... Read More
Did you blink an eye?
Then you missed the first and last season of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), the most recent attempt to start a professional football league in the United States. The league, with an initial $70 million investment from Carolina Hurricanes hockey owner Tom Dundon, operated eight teams in the south.
The two main reasons cited for the demise after but a few weeks were... 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. Pat helped with a grassroots tournament over the weekend and learned of the swift demise of a HS powerhouse, prompting a brutally truthful discussion on the reality of USA Rugby's growth... Read More
Last Friday, March 29, 2019, will not be remembered as a day that lives in infamy, since, on that day, Britain did not exit the European Union (EU). When the final divorce papers will be signed is not known, and no one can state with any exactness when the permanent split will occur.
For all the potential difficulties and problems that this unprecedented action will entail, one of the least... Read More
Major League Rugby: Ninth Week – The season is mid-way for some teams and there remain many clubs that have a chance at the playoffs. NOLA Gold and RUNY are 6-1 with the former ahead 31-28 counting bonus points.
NOLA 6-1 31 points
RUNY 6-1 28
Seattle 5-2 25
Glend, 3-2-2 23
S,Diego 4-2-1 22
Toront 3-4 17
Houst. 2-5 10
Utah 1-4-1... 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. This week, Jake fills us in on a couple of first-hand MLR firsts, as he took his sons to watch RUNY vs. Glendale and attended the Old Glory DC combine. The guys do the usual dissection of... Read More
It’s the type of question that appears easy to answer but isn’t. Qualify for the USA by World Rugby’s eligibility standards and be really good would seem sufficient, but plenty can build a case they did that and were never rewarded with a cap.
Some will point to the age-grade national teams as stepping stones on a pathway, and though they may be, it’s a path many have skipped entirely. The true... Read More
As the debate and discussion continue concerning World Rugby’s World League/Nations Championship concept takes center stage for the next two weeks, it’s time to review the three suggestions already put forth about the new initiative.
A Twelve Team League - The initial proposal was a twelve-team league, including, the current Six Nations, the four Rugby Championship teams, Japan, and the USA.... Read More