When the British and Irish Lions take the field in Auckland, New Zealand's Eden Park Stadium, they will play in a venue where the host All Blacks have not lost a game since July 1994, after reeling off 37-victories and one draw. International visitors have won Test matches in Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch, Dunedin, and New Plymouth but not at the venerated Eden Park.
The first of three Tests... Read More
The television announcer of the final match in this year’s World Rugby U-20 championship made a witty statement after New Zealand trounced England 64-17. He stated, “Black is the new gold.”
The Black in this instance referred to the Baby All Blacks whose ten-try romp of reigning U-20 champ England proved an unexpected rout from the two undefeated sides in the annual tournament, this year, held in... Read More
The British and Irish Lions managed a win and a loss in their third and fourth game on this 2017 tour of New Zealand. All four games came against local professional sides. Next up is the fifth contest against the Maori All Blacks this Saturday at Rotorua Stadium.
After splitting the first two-matches, the Lions beat the Crusaders 12-3 at Ami Stadium in Christchurch from four penalty goals by Owen... Read More
The much awaited British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand started on a disappointing note for the All-Star visitors whose record in the two opening games is one victory and one defeat with eight matches (three Tests) remaining.
The squad, made up of the top echelon of players from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England, have so far failed to jell as a smooth-running team.
Past historic outcomes... Read More
NBC and World Rugby have inked a major deal that gives the network giant exclusive rights to the 2019 and 2023 Rugby World Cups, the 2017 and 2021 Women's Rugby World Cups, the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Sevens, and the World Rugby U20 Championships from 2017-2023.
This is a landmark marriage between rugby and an American broadcaster. The partnership spans seven years, and it will see some of the... Read More
The date was September 26, 2015, and it ended badly for Ian Ritchie the CEO of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the national governing body of the sport. England, the host nation of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, had been eliminated from advancing to the quarterfinal round after losing to Home Nation rival Wales 28-25 in Twickenham.
The unexpected, the unthinkable, the now unacceptable outcome had... Read More
The World Cup draw took place Thursday in Japan, with three of the five teams in each pool being cemented, and the likely landing spots for the United States revealed. While certainly no pool in the Rugby World Cup is going to be easy, it appears the USA's best path to success is to actually lose the qualifiers to Canada this summer to avoid the pool of death.
The top-qualifying team out of the... Read More
Jake's Take is a regular column from Jake Feury. A recent graduate from Middlebury College, Jake has been involved in rugby for a number of years. Some of his playing experience includes stints with the Morris Lions (NJ), the GPS Gallopers (Australia), Middlebury College (VT), Trinity College (Dublin), Atlantis, the Northeast Academy and various age-grade All-American trials and tours.
In wake... Read More
Rugby worldwide is fortunate to have Prince Harry of Great Britain act as its unofficial number one booster. Nothing generates as much good global publicity for the sport as the interaction of the Prince with rugby teams and rugby fans whether in Great Britain or abroad.
The Prince and his brother Prince William watched the 2007 Rugby World Cup from box seats at the Stade de France, Paris. Eight... Read More
There are two major decisions coming down from World Rugby that will send ripple effects through the global game – the new calendar and proposed changes to the residency rule. The former is already done and dusted and will take effect in 2020, and the latter will be decided on next month and could have more sudden, sweeping ramifications for American rugby.
The calendar change... Read More