The first week of 2017 Autumn Test matches occurred last week in Europe with no major upsets but some surprisingly close game results.
For the USA (which did not play), the key contest was Germany’s home victory against Brazil 45-12. The Eagles play Germany away thist week (Saturday, November 18) for the first time. Rugby in Germany is on the upswing in team performance and fan interest.
The most... Read More
The inaugural Silicon Valley Sevens gets under way Saturday and Sunday in San Jose, Calif. Not only will the occasion mark the return of international sevens competition to the golden state, it will see one of the sport’s true powerhouse nations make its first trip to the United States to compete in the short code.
Fans of Irish rugby will have a lot to look forward to. The past year has proven... Read More
No team enters Silicon Valley 7s this weekend shrouded in more mystery than China. This will be the nation’s first major 7s tournament outside of Asia since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, in partnership with World Rugby, announced a little over a year ago that it would be investing $100 million over 10 years to boost rugby across the country.
That figure would even make the RFU blush. The... Read More
The first post- John Mitchell era Eagles lineup has been named, with 28 players being tabbed for the extended roster headed to take on Germany in Frankfurt Nov. 18 and Georgia Nov. 25 in Tbilisi. The team is very seasoned, with just a single uncapped player in the mix.
The 28-man roster has shrunk to 27 since being announced, as flanker Tony Lamborn has been suspended four matches for his part in... Read More
A second-string Australia XV defeated the touring Barbarians 31-28 in a patchy, non-Test exhibition match of two disparate halves. The Baa-Baas jumped out to a 21-5 lead at the 32nd minute and seemed headed for an upset and a big win, when the Wallabies narrowed the score to 21-12 at the break, the try coming just as the horn sounded.
In the second half, Australia outscored the opponents 19-7,... Read More
Since 1984, there have been nine Summer Olympic Games, and the Chinese Men’s gymnasts have won six medals (3 Gold, 2 Silver, and 1 Bronze). Quite a feat for a country that had not previously been competitive in the sport.
The Men’s success – for China’s Women also to a lesser result – occurred after the government decided to expend money and free up time for a country gymnast initiative. The... Read More
Under dark, cloudy skies, the Lang Park, Brisbane, pitch dripping wet, the underdog Wallabies upset the All Blacks 23-18, ending a seven-game losing streak against their Down Under rivals. New Zealand had already won the Bledisloe Cup, twice defeating Australia 54-34 and 35-29 during The Rugby Championship in 2017.
Aussie coach Michael Cheika, criticized for the first match pounding when the All... Read More
The state of California gets a lot. No, I’m not talking about the beaches, celebrities or enviable weather. In terms of major rugby events, California gets plenty.
Since their first-ever match in 1976, the Eagles have played 33 full tests in the Golden State. That’s more than the next five states combined – Illinois (8), Colorado (7), Texas (7), New York (4), Georgia (3) and Florida (3).
It makes... Read More
The second round of European action is this weekend, and there are two Champions Cup matches on offer and one Challenge Cup match. This will be the last week of European competition until December.
Popping up for comsuption for the first time this weekend are the Mitre 10 Cup and the Currie Cup. The Mitre 10 is the best domestic compeition in New Zealand, a step below Super Rugby. Likewise, the... Read More
The enthusiastic rugby fans in Cape Town, South Africa, waited nine-years for a return of the All Blacks versus Springbok rivalry, and witnessed an exciting but disappointing result as New Zealand beat South Africa 25-24.
For the Kiwis, they ended the 2017 Rugby Championship undefeated at 6-0. The Springboks and Australia tied for second place at 2-2-2, when the Wallabies beat Argentina 37-20 in... Read More