Necessary disclaimer: the same
people that sign my paycheck sign those of USA Sevens
In the press release announcing
the 15 teams invited to the third-annual Collegiate Rugby Championship,
Texas 7s coach Jacob Lieberman called the CRC the pinnacle of American
rugby. I couldn’t agree more. I truly believe it is.
USA Sevens in Las Vegas is still
the most fun... Read More
This is something that’s been worth considering every World Cup – look at
history and see who has been the best over time.
You could measure it by World Cup championships, in which case New Zealand
now joins Australia and South Africa as the tops with two each. You could
measure it by appearances in the final, where New Zealand, Australia,
France and England all have three.... Read More
Fall should be about 15s rugby.
Things that we never used to see: Above, single-school high school
teams playing 7s in Iowa. Below, college teams playing college-only
7s tournaments in the middle of the fall.
RUGBYMag.com's parent company also owns and runs the USA 7s and
the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby... Read More
Well all the talk is of THAT red
I got a letter from one ready
complaining about the sissification of the sport. Refs weighed in –
I am on a referee discussion group and if you ever want to see a
regular stream of invective about incompetent referees, check out
what refs have to say. They... Read More
(The original version of this article inorrectly said Cal was not
competing in USA Rugby's 7s championship becuase its athletic director
wouldn't green light the team competing during two finals
periods. Cal head coach Jack Clark says the Bears are going to
play in a qualifier, California 7s, and have not made a decision on
whether or not they'll compete at nationals Dec. 16-17,... Read More
As editor of RUGBYMag.com I am proud to see what we’ve been able to offer
readers in recent weeks. We’ve had columns from several very intelligent
observers of the game, with thoughts on training (Aaron Manheimer),
nutrition (Heather Mason), coaching (Gavin Hickie), game philosophy (see AW
Scott’s observations on the RWC), and High Performance (Bruce McLane).
Interestingly, many of... Read More
You know I remember I used to write
this column on a regular basis, and crazy things intervened over
the years; it seemed like there was never enough time, and often
far too many items to just throw them into one small piece like
Running Touch was always designed to
be a series of quick notes (... Read More
The DII college playoff structure was
recently unveiled, and it’s inclusion of the GU is interesting enough
to rouse up a few opinions.
With DI, the territorial unions were cut out
of the picture a little more drastically and immediately than in DII, as no
TU, save arguably the Midwest, managed a pathway to nationals last year.
(The Midwest and Mideast conferences are... Read More
And so ends, most likely, the tenure of the USA Men’s National Team Head
Coach, Eddie O’Sullivan.
It’s unlikely he will return because three years is often long enough for a
coach these, days; because O’Sullivan has some other jobs offers to pursue
in Ireland or the UK; and it seems likely that USA Rugby will pursue a more
even salary structure among its coaches, meaning that one... Read More
Samoan rugby star Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu tweeted earlier this week that he
thought the disparity between rest period for his team (three days) and
Wales (six) was unfair and contributed to the 17-10 Welsh victory.
likened the situation to slavery, the holocaust and apartheid. Hyperbole
certainly, but his point was made – it’s an injustice.
As we’ve seen in... Read More