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
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. Canadian sensation John Moonlight is coming out of retirement to play for his hometown Toronto Arrows. He's played in XVs and 7s World Cups, Commonwealth Games and Pan-Am Games, and now Major League Rugby. Stick around to the end to hear his take on who'd win a bare knuckle brawl between him and Danny Barrett.... Read More
It wasn’t the busiest weekend for Americans overseas. Some were rested coming off a month with the Eagles. Some were rested because their team was involved in cup play. Of those that did see action Titi Lamositele saw good time again with the Saracens. Blaine Scully and Samu Manoa both started for Cardiff. Lastly, Andrew Durutalo and David Tameilau saw time for their respective squads.
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For the first time in ten matches, Fiji beat France 21-14, the game played at the Stade de France, Paris. Professional rugby in France's Top 14 employs ten of the 23 Fijian squad, a bitter irony for rugby in France.
The Fijians, acknowledged masters of the sevens game, fly under world rugby's radar as a fifteen's squad. But these South Sea Islanders are ranked in the top ten, and now eighth for... Read More
Canada went 3-0 in the initial World Rugby repechage tournament to determine the 20th and final qualifier for the Japan 2019 Rugby World. Cup. The Canadians defeated Kenya, Germany, and Hong Kong in Marseille, France.
The win advanced Canada into their ninth RWC, meaning the country has played in all past eight events along with the major rugby-playing nations.
Canada won 27-10 against Hong Kong... Read More
Ireland's splendid, hard fought win 16-9 against New Zealand put them emotionally on top of the world but, alas, not on top of the most recent World Rugby rankings. Here they still remain in second place behind the All Blacks, separated by a negligible .37 percentage points.
For the Irish - still celebrating probably today - it marked the first home win against the Kiwis in 113-years, and only... Read More