(AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is a follow-up column to the June story titled, “The Truth About USA Rugby’s Participation”, which includes the national governing body’s true participation numbers. In summary, we have fewer registered participants than we have since 2011, and we’re down about 12-percent over just the last two years. High school, college and senior registration set to decline for the fourth... Read More
(Reprinted courtesy of USA Rugby.)
With just 100 days to go until Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, the USA Men’s Eagles have named their preliminary 50-man training squad which includes 40 players who will assemble next week in preparation for the Pacific Nations Cup.
The preliminary training squad comprises a pool of players who will be considered for the final 31-man roster traveling to Japan in mid... Read More
That was close, wasn’t it? The semifinal in Paris wasn’t, so much. Fiji was too menacing in the breakdowns, too potent in attack, and the Eagles missed Folau Niua a little too much. But they came within a couple wins of being named world champions for the first time since the women won the inaugural World Cup in 1991 and the men won Olympic gold in 1920 and 1924.
It’s truly a remarkable feat.... Read More
When Mike Friday arrived in 2014, he was told by the United States Olympic Committee’s people who analyze these sorts of things that his team had a 10-percent chance of qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Expectations for the women were more fluid – they were much closer, routinely finishing in the top six on the World Series, but coaching turnover and player unrest were key ingredients for... Read More
Team USA lost grip of first place on the HSBC Sevens World Series over the weekend, finishing third in London. First place came down to the semifinal bout with Fiji, who defeated the Eagles 17-10 en route to the tournament title to usurp them in the standings by two points with one tournament left. Team USA bounced back with a comprehensive defeat of France in the bronze-medal match, taking home... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. Olympic hopeful Ilona Maher comes on to discuss Team USA qualifying* for Tokyo 2020 and her upcoming 1-year anniversary of being capped. The 4x national champion and MA Sorenson Award winner also talks about growing up the daughter of a rugby-playing father and navigating the forks in the road to becoming an... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a weekly podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. Head coach of the second-place 7s USWNT Chris Brown joins Jake and Pat to talk about qualifying for Tokyo 2020. We look back on the accomplishment and ahead towards Tokyo. The guys also talk the usual array of topics, touching on a new video game, the Premiership finale, Scully's... 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.This week, the guys talk Alex Goode, the European final, Lindenwood-Belleville closing, USA Rugby's college 7s championships, intro a breaking news segment, updates on both Olympic national... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. Three-time Super Bowl champion Nate Ebner comes on to talk about his life as a rugby man, life as an All-Pro special teamer going into his 8th season in the NFL, 10th anniversary of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, playing in the Olympics, keeping up with the 7s Eagles, Major League Rugby and a... Read More