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 u jour in American and world rugby. The pilot episode includes a deep dive into the USA's sterling 2018 campaign, the autumn internationals, some goings on with the RFU and Gallagher Premiership, as well as the men's and... Read More
For the second week in a row, Gary Gold's Eagles have broken the USA's all-time record for highest World Rugby ranking. The USA climbed to 13th last week off the back of a 9-0 test record, and Monday they moved up to 12th despite falling to No. 2 Ireland Saturday, 57-14.
The previous high mark was 14th, but that’s where the USA debuted when the rankings were rolled out in 2003. It took a few... Read More
The Rugby Weekend will air live on FloRugby, meaning all three of Saturday’s matches – USA women against New Zealand, Ireland versus Italy, and the USA men against the Maori All Blacks – will only be viewable behind a paywall.
That’s not a new development. This year, only one Eagles test will air live on domestic linear television. It was USA versus Scotland in June. The other two summer tests... Read More
The Chris Brown era began with a bang over the weekend, as his Eagles won silver in the season opener in Glendale, Colo. The feat sets the team up with an unexpectedly good start to Olympic qualification.
It comes as a surprise because it was the team’s first-ever tournament under the rookie head coach. Brown took over for the jettisoned Richie Walker this summer, and while he has a track record... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week features a deep dive into the governance issues plaguing USA Rugby. Everything from RIM's collapse to Gus Pichot's appointment to USA Rugby's board are on the table, and a bevvy of questions from the community get answers.
Author's note: Above is a map of USA Rugby's Congress sorted by region, with... Read More
Many of you are probably jetlagged, hungover or otherwise still reeling from a frenetic three days of World Cup rugby in San Francisco. Like Haz, I was seemingly one of few American rugby diehards unable to attend, so the only thing still haunting me is the image seared into my brain by New Zealand’s shorts.
Those things were tighter than the try zones at AT&T Park. So tight, in fact, Kurt... Read More
A mild upset of Spain by Belgium has snatched the attention of the rugby world. The 18-10 result sees Spain miss out on qualification for the Rugby World Cup, an achievement which seemed well in hand going into the contest.
The reason the game is famous, though, is because of what happened at the end – several Spanish players aggressively confronted the referee, with multiple appearing to grab or... Read More
When Dan Payne took the reins, I was torn. There was obvious excitement – after a decade of the untrustworthy Nigel Melville, we now had a person in USA Rugby’s top position who understood grass roots rugby in America from recent first-hand experience, he’d worked at a high level in sports administration, and most importantly, he was someone I trusted to always act tirelessly, selflessly and... Read More
Rugby is safer than football. That’s what they say, typically categorically so, as if it’s as tried and true a reality as Newton’s law of gravity. High school and youth coaches squawk it to parents of potential new recruits. Rugby people say it to their ignorant friends and family. Players do it when trying to get others to join their ranks. Administrators, too.
This completely wild, unproven... Read More
Editor's Note: The author is the former head coach of Lindenwood-Belleville, one of the independent programs referenced in the column.
It all started back in 2010 with the creation of the Atlantic Coast Rugby League, the first collegiate rugby conference. Prior to the ACRL, everyone belonged to a local area union, which was overseen by one of seven territorial unions. These bodies not only... Read More