Rugby, rugby everywhere this weekend.
Women- Two undefeated fifteens meet when England welcome Italy in Sandy Park, Exeter. The Red Roses are favored to beat the Azzurre. Matches:
England (3-0) v. Italy (2-0-1)
Ireland (1-2) V. France (2-1)
Scotland (0-3) v. Wales (0-2-1)
Men- All eyes will be watching Scotland hosting Wales. A Welsh win would move them to 4-0 with Ireland left to... Read More
The drums of doubt and derision continue to beat loudly concerning World Rugby's plan for a 12-team "Nations' Championship," which would unite the Six Nations with the four team southern Rugby Championship plus Japan and the USA into an every two-year global contest.
Most pointedly, New Zealand Rugby and Australia took direct aim at the inclusion of the USA into this twelve-nation mix. The... Read More
"Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come." Victor Hugo
But there is also an opposite statement of an idea whose time has NOT come. And that pertains to World Rugby's calamitous decision to promote an annual World League competition among twelve nations, which would upset the existing November Test landscape, and, most damaging, diminish the importance of the highly profitable,... Read More
Anniversaries have a way of sending us on a road trip to the past. As I prepare to board my flight to the 10th USA Sevens, I’m taking both lanes.
A handful of months post-graduation, I was trying to string together enough work to credibly call myself a freelance sportswriter when I convinced my mom that if she would let me borrow a couple of hundred bucks to fly to a rugby tournament in Las Vegas... 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 guys discuss the Six Nations, college results, give a refresher course on why Eagle matches are on Flo, discuss the USA's squeaker against Brazil and next bout with Uruguay.... Read More
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont says that he is “honoured and humbled” after being formally knighted by Her Majesty The Queen for services to rugby at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
Sir Bill, who was named in The Queen’s New Year’s honours list in December 2018, was knighted at the investiture in the presence of his wife Hilary and sons Daniel, Sam and Josh.
The knighthood is bestowed for... Read More
Six Nations Championship - The third round commences this weekend. The key game is between Wales at home against England, a rivalry that began in 1881. England lead narrowly 62-57-12 in the series. Both fifteens are 2-0 with victories over France. Wales have yet to play Ireland, a team that England defeated in the opening game. The Red Roses last won the Six Nations title in 2017, Wales in 2013.... Read More
The RFU announced it had hired Bill Sweeney to become the new head of the Union. Since 2013, Sweeney was CEO of the British Olympic Association (BOA) where he oversaw the successful London-based Games in 2012, and, witnessed England's excellent medal showing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Sweeney held previous corporate titles at Shell, Mars, adidas, and Unilever. He played rugby as a youth.
The... 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, they discuss the opening weekend of Super Rugby, including the return of Will Genia and Quade Cooper as a dynamic duo and whether or not Toni Pulu's injury will land him in an... Read More
The Major League Rugby contest between RUNY and NOLA Gold was aired on last Saturday’s ESPN+ television schedule. It provided a look at the broadcast and offered an example of the difference in rugby television in America from today compared with before.
Any viewer turning in rugby two decades ago, would have seen video that resembled the amateur taping of a high-school football game. The angle... Read More