The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has prematurely ended the trial of a new tackle height law after an increase in the number of concussions.
Matches in the Championship Cup were subject to new rules with players not allowed to tackle above the armpit.
But instances of concussion rose among players tackling opponents who were bent at the waist carrying the ball.
The line of the shoulders will again... Read More
The beautiful game is currently mired in dissent as the president of FIFA (the global soccer football federation), Gianni Infanto, is experiencing serious push back from European clubs about the organization's expansion plans. He seeks to gain approval for two new tournaments, a World Cup for clubs, and, in addition, a new league for national teams.
Last November, Infanto proffered a radical idea... Read More
Major league Rugby’s highly-anticipated second season kicks off Saturday. Three big-picture narratives will dominate the MLR’s second go – sustainability, expansion and seasonality. The first column took a dive into sustainability, while the second focuses on expansion.
There are more teams and a higher salary cap, but the biggest difference in year two may well be the scope of the season. 2018... Read More
Hamilton Men's Sevens Next Week- The 2019 rugby season kicks off next weekend in Hamilton, New Zealand, for the first tournament of the year, the HSBC New Zealand 7s for Men. This will be the second time in Hamilton, which replaced Wellington last year as the venue.
The USA lead the ten-city event after the first two matches (Dubai and Cape Town) with 38 points. This is the first occasion that... Read More
Oh, brave new world of pro rugby commercial sponsorship.
Marvel Comics, publishers of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Avengers, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, the Punisher, The Defenders, S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Deadpool, Legion,etc., have partnered with Super Rugby in South Africa.
The initial crossover of Marvel... Read More
Deadline for Nominations is February 1, 2019
The U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 and 60 individuals and three teams have already been enshrined. The Class of 2018 included Dr. John Chase, Reldon "Bing" Dawson, Don Haider, Gary Lambert, Mike Saunders, Denis Shanagher Sr., and Alexandra "Alex" Williams.
The Class of 2019 will be honored at the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Dinner... Read More
On a slow day in rugby media - make that a very slow day – when the only global article of note was about South African players dressing up as Marvel Super heroes, Rugby Today offers “Now for Something Completely Different.” It’s the blowing up of the next to last section of the old Tappan Zee Bridge that connected Westchester and Rockland Counties on the Hudson River, north of New York City
“... Read More
A New Year’s resolution for everyone in rugby media, and for all others, too, is to stop using the term “sleeping giant” to describe the state of rugby in the United States. The term – now an inaccurate cliché – seems to have found a permanent home in the Anglo-Irish and ANZAC sports media. And, it is overused by many in the US media as well.
In the... Read More
Major league Rugby’s highly-anticipated second season kicks off in a couple of weeks. Friday through Sunday, all but one of the league’s nine teams are in preseason action. As week one approaches, watch this space as we examine top storylines, project breakout players and prognosticate the season.
Three big-picture narratives will dominate the MLR’s second go – sustainability, expansion and... Read More
Today, an obituary for A. Jon Prusmack is in the NY Times. This posting followed a generous outpouring of sympathy and tributes from the world's rugby community on his passing. Many heartfelt comments appeared on the USA Sevens Facebook page.
An in house memorial remembrance was held last week at United World Sports, the company Jon founded that operates the USA Sevens in Las Vegas, the Penn... Read More