In the early 1930s, a few eastern rugby clubs (New York, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton) traveled to Bermuda for spring rugby games against local clubs, mainly composed of British ex-Pats working or teaching on the island.
Bermuda learned that visiting rugby fifteens proved important to the island’s tourism economy. After organizing a successful Easter Old Boys match in the 1970s, the Bermuda Rugby... Read More
The current and continuing headline story out of Australia is not about preparation for this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan this September. The narrative follows the dismissal of Aussie rugby star Israel Folau, who has been fired by the country's union for writing homophobic remarks on social media, announcing to gays, "Hell awaits you." Folau is demanding a code of conduct meeting and... Read More
One of history's memorable rugby nations, Australia, has been facing serious problems sustaining the game amid competition from other domestic sports, and growing disinterest among the Aussie fan base. Critics point out that the Wallabies have not captured a Rugby World Cup since 1999 (Losers to New Zealand in the 2015 RWC final) and have not won the annual Bledisole Cup against archrival New... Read More
Nigel Melville, acting CEO of the English RFU, called World Rugby's Nations Championship of a twelve team northern and southern hemisphere championship "catastrophic," as long as it insists on relegation and promotion. A new RFU assessment - admittedly conjecture - posits the possible sale of Twickenham should, one day, England be forced out by relegation and eliminated from the Nations... Read More
With Wales mounting a clinical 18-11 victory over Scotland, the 4-0 Welsh fifteen can clinch the 2019 Six Nations Championship with a victory at home against Ireland next Saturday, March 16. Wales are on a 13-game unbeaten streak, having lost last to Ireland a year ago 37-27 when the Irish were on route to the 2018 Six Nations crown via their own Grand Slam.
England routed Italy 57-14, and... Read More
Last week, the European Rugby Championship, the second-tier event on that continent, witnessed the favorites winning all three matches. Georgia, the highest-ranking nation, defeated Spain 24-10. The Lelos rank 12th behind Japan and in front of the USA. They will compete in the 2019 World Cup in Pool D, the easiest of the four pools, against Wales, Australia, Fiji, and Uruguay.
Romania, ranked... Read More
The European sports media, especially, the UK, lauded England's successful game plan against France, routing the opposition 44-8. It was not the significant difference in scoring that the media emphasized but the consistent smart decisions on the field by the entire Red Roses fifteen in this Six Nations contest.
Earning special praise was England's kicking game that featured two aspects, the high... Read More
England beat France - England advanced closer to the Six Nations 2019 title with an excellent performance against third ranked France 41-26 at home. Les Bleues were the defending champion from 2018 and could also boast of a rare victory against New Zealand in France last year. England led 24-0 at the break, which effectively was a margin that not even a 26-point French second half surge... 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. On this week's episode, the guys discuss the weekend of rivalry games in the Pro 14 and a dust-up between Ireland's flyhalves, Greg Peterson's move to France, some observations from the... Read More
The Year of the Irish - Ireland was named "Team of the Year" by World Rugby, after having achieved an 11-1 record in 2018. The wins included a Six Nations title with also a Grand Slam (beating the other five nations), two victories away on tour in Australia, and, finally, a decisive win at home against the All Blacks in November.
Ireland amassed 370 points versus only 184 against, or a 31-point... Read More