In the autumn of 1980, the Mbabalas made a tour of the United states, marking the first ever American appearance of a black rugby club from South Africa. The team was comprised of workers employed in the nation's mining industry.
The visit followed a stopover in Great Britain where the team trained at Oxford University. Both trips came at a time when the world’s sport organization prohibited... Read More
Women's Test Internationals - Three Tests are scheduled for this weekend.
England v. USA, Allianz Park, London, November 9 - The Red Roses are ranked second behind the Black Ferns. Game on FLORugby at 2:45 p.m. (EST), Friday, November 9.
France v. New Zealand, Stade Felix Mayol, Toulon, November 9
Wales v. South Africa, Cardiff Arms Park, November 9
Men's Test Internationals - A full complement... Read More
When you first played rugby at college, you assumed that after graduation, the rugby career would end. Then, you discovered there were many club teams in cities throughout the USA, which would extend your rugby playing, probably, into the mid-thirties. Maybe then you would hang up the boots and take up a non-contact sport like golf.
But the yen to continue playing rugby spurred on the formation... Read More
Technically, Saturday marked the second “The Rugby Weekend”. The first time USA Rugby used the moniker to promote a home test was 2016, when Ireland upset New Zealand at Soldier Field and the Eagles fell to the Maori at Toyota Park. But if you define The Rugby Weekend as anytime you welcome a New Zealand team to play in Chicago and rent Soldier Field with a lot of fanfare, Saturday marked the... Read More
Triple Header in Chicago - Tomorrow, Saturday, November 3, will serve up a three-course feast of first class rugby matches at Soldiers Field. The action begins at noon (Central Time) with the USA Women versus New Zealand, the top ranked team in the world, and winners of the last Women's World Cup in Ireland. The Black Ferns have dominated the sport since missing out on the semi-final round in the... Read More
The Rugby Weekend will air live on FloRugby, meaning all three of Saturday’s matches – USA women against New Zealand, Ireland versus Italy, and the USA men against the Maori All Blacks – will only be viewable behind a paywall.
That’s not a new development. This year, only one Eagles test will air live on domestic linear television. It was USA versus Scotland in June. The other two summer tests... Read More
International Matches in Japan - Today, October 26, Japan take on a World XV side. Tomorrow, October 27, New Zealand and Australia meet in Yokohama for the third match of the 2018 Bledisole Cup, which the Kiwis have already won.
Since the first Test match in 1903, New Zealand are 187-49 (72%) against the Wallabies
Candidates for Breakthrough Player of the Year - World Rugby announced the three... Read More
The bonus point system used in many rugby international group tournaments will possibly determine the pool advancement in the Japan Rugby World Cup that begins September 2019. Since rugby union employs no overtime periods or other sudden death scenarios for game ending ties, bonus points determine who advances.
In rugby tournaments, points are given as follows:
Four points for a win
Two points... Read More
USA Rugby presents "Eagles Chicago" at the Drake Hotel on Thursday, November 1 to Kickoff Your Rugby Weekend
USA Rugby is proud to present Eagles Chicago at the iconic Drake Hotel on November 1, 2018 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Join the USA Rugby Eagles Men and Women, global guests and rugby leaders for an evening cocktail reception. Eagles Chicago will be co-hosted by past Eagles Dallen Stanfordand ... Read More
The Chris Brown era began with a bang over the weekend, as his Eagles won silver in the season opener in Glendale, Colo. The feat sets the team up with an unexpectedly good start to Olympic qualification.
It comes as a surprise because it was the team’s first-ever tournament under the rookie head coach. Brown took over for the jettisoned Richie Walker this summer, and while he has a track record... Read More