Additional reporting from France reveals that the leading professional organization, the League National of Rugby (LNR), has formed a new partnership with Major League Rugby in the USA. The article from Midi-Olympique, the bi-weekly rugby newspaper (88,000 circulation), contained interviews with Alain Tinguad, director of the LNR, and Dean Howes, commissioner of the MLR.
The affiliation will... Read More
By Kerri Heffernan, WRCRA Chair and Board Member, USWRF
"At 6:00 p.m. on a Monday evening 30 women gather on the sidelines of a turf field, they change into their cleats, laugh, talk and warm-up. Beyond the well-developed shoulders and powerful legs there is something else remarkable about the 30 women passing rugby balls. The majority of them are women of color; Black, Latina, Asian, Pacific... Read More
Rugby Championship - Game 5 - The southern hemisphere returns to action this Saturday when South Africa (2-2) welcome Australia (1-3) and Argentina (2-2) host New Zealand (3-1). The Springboks and Wallabies will play in Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Los Pumas and the All Blacks will compete in Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos Aires. It will be interesting to learn how the Kiwis... Read More
The newest wrinkle in World Rugby’s ongoing efforts to change the structure of the game, and to seek new initiatives to monetize the sport will be its recommendation that Test friendlies be replaced by a newly created, 12-nation north and south league.
In the past, these summer to November friendlies represented 56-percent of total annual Tests. Nations, especially, the top ten ranking, chose... Read More
SALT LAKE CITY (September 20, 2018) – Major League Rugby announced today the acceptance of two new member teams based in Atlanta and Boston, two cities known for their passionate sports fans. The new teams will begin play in the 2020 season, the third season for the young league.
Atlanta’s team joins recently successful teams from Major League Soccer and Lacrosse in a city known for its love of... Read More
At Brown University's RFC's 50th reunion in 2010, Rugby Imports' owner Bob Hoder, set up a small table to sell rugby gear to the one hundred plus Brown rugby alumni returning for the ceremonial event.
He listened as I narrated purchasing my first pair of boots in 1965. I visited Soccer Sports Supply in New York City, and the salesperson handed me a pair of boots saying, "We recommend this model... Read More
Rugby Championship, Round Four - The fourth match in the four-nation, southern hemisphere contest will take place this Saturday when New Zealand welcome South Africa and Australia host Argentina. The All Blacks match will be played in Westpac Stadium (34,500), Wellington while the Wallaby game is at Cbus Stadium (27.400) in Robina.
The Kiwis are 3-0 to date in this 2018 event, and have won the... Read More
Expanding the Rugby World Cup from 20 to 24 teams is being given serious consideration by the game’s governing body. World Rugby says four more teams could feature in France in 2023, although the 2027 tournament would appear more likely.
As things stand Canada, Kenya, Hong Kong and Germany will be involved in a play-off event this year with the winners advancing to the 2019 tournament in Japan.... Read More
In June and July of 1996, the fifth High School All-Americans embarked on a tour to New Zealand, a 21-day, six match local schedule. The squad was comprised of 26-players from 16 clubs and ten states. Mark Bullock and Tony Smeeth served as coaches, and Rex Norris acted as manager. George Hook, National Coaching Director, aided in the selection process.
The team featured five returnees from the... Read More
Rugby Championship - Third Match: Two games return to the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship when New Zealand (2-0) host Argentina (1-1) in Trafalgar Park, Nelson, and Australia (0-2) welcome South Africa (1-1) in Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. The Wallabies have lost four Test matches in a row, two to Ireland, and two to the All Blacks. Argentina will be pumped after their upset victory against... Read More