The world glows optimistic that rugby in all forms, for women and men, boys and girls, sevens and fifteens, college and club, youth and masters, and, professional expansion will witness an increase both in participation and in attendance because of the recent Rio Olympic tournament.
In the Lebanon, New Hampshire’s Valley News, the sub-headline to a recent article stated, “NEW CLUB GROWS WITH... Read More
New Zealand continued its dominance of Australia, defeating the Wallabies 42-8. Six All Blacks scored tries as the Kiwi side continued its unbeaten run since winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
The All Blacks led 32-3 at the break after a first period which saw three Aussies leave the pitch with injuries. Coach Steve Hansen’s side moved further ahead of second place England in World... Read More
In France, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) announced an ambitious ten-year plan to expand the sport. Since 2007, when France hosted a successful World Cup, attendance to major rugby events has risen dramatically; the Top 14 (T14) professional clubs witnessed a gain of 40%, while D2 (second tier) league increased 68% in these past nine-years.
The term “rugby man” has become the standard for... Read More
One of the least known facts about rugby is that it is also played in a ten player version with similar rules. The oddity is that it was invented not in a traditional rugby playing nation, but in Malaysia. In fact, east Asia is home to most of the important tournaments.
As seen in the diagram below, most formations include five forward and five backs. But variations have also witnessed a three... Read More
Fiji captured Olympic gold in rugby sevens to the world's delight and acclaim. They beat Great Britain handily 43-7, in a terrific display of speed and power. Great Britain won the silver medal.
Seven players scored tries: Captain Osea Kolinisau, Jerry Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua, Leone Nakarawa, Vatemo Ravouvou, Josua Tuisova and Viliame Mata. The multiple players scoring was indicative of the team... Read More
Photos By Rob Cornelius
For the USA Women, the Olympic medal song is over but the rugby melody lingers on. In Rio, two games remain, a match today against Fiji at 1 p.m. ET with the victor to play the winner of the France versus Spain match for fifth place in the tournament.
For the Eagles, the Fiji rematch will afford an opportunity for revenge after the opening round loss in Pool A. Fijiana... Read More
News has broken recently of the Guinness Pro 12 considering an American franchise. This isn’t a new idea, but the fact that the CEO of the Irish Rugby Football Union is talking about it, as is outgoing USA Rugby Board chairman Bob Latham, lends more weight to the possibility.
Here’s a story from the Welsh media on why the move might make sense for the Pro 12, despite the obvious logistical... Read More
Before checking out of USA Rugby altogether, outgoing CEO Nigel Melville re-upped a sanctioning deal with William Tatham, Jr., extending him exclusive sanctioning to own, operate, and globally broadcast professional 7s in the United States through 2024.
Tatham’s Grand Prix Rugby idea, which has morphed into a 24-team, three-day tournament with $1 million in prize money, has been on the table... Read More
Here are some apps to expedite your Olympic 2016 viewing.
The iOS, Android or Windows 10 user can view Olympic news via the app from the IOC (International Olympic Committee), which is free in iOS and Android at:
Olympics App - Mobile App for Rio 2016
In addition, NBC offers its own app, also free to iOS and Android, at NBC Sports but this requires an existing cable... Read More
The full listing of Olympic coverage has been revealed, so we know now which rugby matches will be show when and on which channels. All of Team USA's men's and women's pool games will be shown live on television, and every single match in both competitions will be streamed live online.
It's important to remember these listings are all subject to change. If Team USA finds itself in the semifinals... Read More