The Hong Kong 7s are but one week away, marking the 41st anniversary of this, the grandparent of all the international sevens circuits that came after it. (Melrose, Middlesex and New York sevens’ tournaments came before). So, it’s important to return to 1998, which marked the “new era” of this memorable event.
The pre-tournament apprehension was caused by these substantial changes:
China took... Read More
March of 1997, witnessed the beginning of rugby matches of the new hope for improving the caliber of play in America, the Super League. Rugby Magazine categorized the goals of the league as the…significant effort of on the part of top clubs searching for a higher challenger in the US game.” The “US game” then, and until this April, was void of any professional squads.
The league initially found... Read More
In 1968, A. Jon Prusmack, a graphic artist who played rugby for the Westchester (NY) RFC, decided to publish a glossy magazine in New York City for what he perceived was the burgeoning rugby-playing market in the United States. He titled it “Scrumdown,” selling it for $1.50. He managed to put out a four issues in 1968 and 1969 before suspending publication.
In the years that followed, the... Read More
On January 31, 1976, eight-thousand spectators entered Glover Field in Anaheim, California, to watch the first test match between a USARFU national side and an international XV from Australia. The Wallabies were returning home via Canada from a successful 25-match tour of the UK and Ireland, winning 17 of those games.
Once the decision had been made to schedule the game, a beehive of activity (... Read More
(In 1976, the Pacific RFU scheduled a game against the Australians. But the newly formed USARFU decided to substitute an official national XV for the regional side in this first ever test match for the newly formed Union founded in 1975.)
"Storer thinks Yanks won't do badly."
In January of 1976, the United States of America Rugby Football Union announced surprising news, the first official... Read More
Once the decision had been made to explore a move of the USA Sevens to Las Vegas from San Diego, the IRB (World Rugby) had to approve the new venue. From the outset, there existed a problem with the narrow width at the football field in San Boyd Stadium and its closeness to the stands. Tournament Director, Dan Lyle, gave assurances that there was enough space for wide runs, and, if necessary, the... Read More
Our Olympic Sevens hopes turn to Cary, North Carolina, next weekend when, if the script falls into place, the USA Eagles will meet Canada in the finals of the NACRA qualifier for the North American place in Rio 2016. One nation advances, the other waits for the final repechage to determine the twelfth, and final tournament spot.
With a week to wait, it's time to think nice thoughts about our... Read More
Forty-years ago in September 1975, witnessed the formation of the United States Rugby Union in Chicago. The many years of attempting to form a single, national rugby organization had been met with regional wrangling and sectional distrust that took a decade to unravel. Finally, the USARFU was born.
The then four existing charter unions (Eastern, Midwest, Western, and Pacific Coast) decided to... Read More
In January 1975, A. Jon Prusmack brought out Scrumdown magazine about rugby in the United States. The initial publication only totaled eight pages, but it set the style for future editions, combining international news, results in America from both coasts, instruction, club lists, and a dash of national rugby history.
Inside were insert pictures of UCLA’s tour to England, Old Blue winning the New... Read More
(Thanks to Steve Cohen at Nscro for much of the information and the photo.)
Scotland hosted England in the first rugby union international on March 27th in 1871.
On that day, Scotland defeated England. The match was played at Raeburn Palace, home to the Edinburgh Academicals. Rugby in those days consisted of twenty players a side. England came with ten graduates from Rugby School.
The match,... Read More