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
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. A miniature hiatus comes to an end as the guys discuss the Mathieu Bastareaud signing, Women's Eagles vs. BaaBaas, Rugby X, the effect of MLR on the 7s USMNT, College Rugby's Final 4 and... Read More
Major League Rugby is still working the bugs out of its core business – selling a compelling professional 15s competition to America. A few markets are drawing significant crowds and seeing improved attendance. Some are struggling mightily to get any traction at all.
For now, and the near future, the league needs to affix some sort of tunnel vision toward attracting more fans and generating more... Read More
Team USA still stands in first place after a fourth-place finish in Singapore Sunday. The Eagles’ lead over second-place Fiji, though, was trimmed from seven points to three with two tournaments left. South Africa, which eliminated the Eagles from gold medal contention, came back from a 19-0 deficit to beat Fiji and claim the cup title.
Unlike last week, the Eagles started well, beating Wales, 31... Read More