Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan will again feature 20 teams. Twelve teams qualified directly by virtue of finishing in the top three of their respective pools at RWC 2015 in England. They are champions New Zealand, hosts Japan, Argentina, Australia, England, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.
The remaining eight places will be determined by a process of... Read More
The Paris 7s, the ninth stop on the HSBC World Rugby circuit, is a month away, but for all intents and purposes, this year’s championship has already been decided from the earlier eight round results. South Africa, with 158 points, lead Fiji in second place by 25-points, a margin that would be difficult to surmount with two contests (Paris and London) remaining. Fiji, last year’s winners, and... Read More
The main takeaway from the recent Hong Kong Sevens was Fiji’s shutout Cup victory 22-0 against reigning 2016-2017 Men’s tour leader South Africa. Fiji had been somewhat somnolent for the first six events, finishing second three times and garnering no victories, an aberrant result for the past two-year's World Rugby circuit winner and 2016 Olympic Men's gold medal champion.
But Hong is a special... Read More
A revitalized Australian team beat the USA 26 -19 to take the bronze medal in Hong Kong. The Aussies broke out to a 14-0 lead and never lost it although the Eagles twice reduced the gap at 14-12, and 21-19. The USA previously held Australia to five points in other games in the 2016-2017 series. Australia now trail the USA by only two points in the circuit standings where the Eagles are fifth.... Read More
The Rugby World Cup Sevens will kick off July 20 through July 22 of next year! You can start planning your summer vacations now, rugby fans!
“We are proud to play host to the Rugby World Cup Sevens. This event will bring the world’s best and put them in front of a large audience of rugby fanatics and showcase our great sport to a new batch of sports fans," said USA Rugby CEO Dan... Read More
The Hong Kong 7s of 1992 continued the Fiji Men’s dominance as they won their third consecutive Hong Kong event (their seventh overall) going 5-0 in tournament play. The Fijians outscored opponents 144-16, winning matches by a 26 point per game average.
Fijian fly half Waisale Serevi led all scorers with 72 points on eight tries, and 20 conversions. His teammate, Mesake Rasari, the 235 pound, 6’5... Read More
Last weekend, continued two other European championship matches, the RBS Six Nations Women's event, and the second tier Men's European Championship.
England and Ireland prevailed to go 4-0 and to set up the grand finale in two weeks for the 2017 Six Nations' title. England had an easy time thumping Scotland 64-0 in a shutout. Ireland narrowly beat Wales 12-7. Elsewhere, France beat winless... Read More
The results of the recent Men's (3rd) and Women's (4th) Las Vegas Sevens boosted Eagles squads higher in the HSBC World Rugby standings. The Women rank sixth, tied with Russia at 34 points, where 32 of the USA's points have come in the past two-events.
The Men move into a fith place tie with Australia, both totaling 52 points, and, if a good showing in Vancouver this weekend, a chance to go past... Read More
Scottish eyes are smiling for a change. The Men’s and Women’s sides achieved rare, double Six Nations victories on the weekend as both teams beat Wales. The Men had an easy time downing the Welsh 29-13 and moved up the fifth place in World Rugby standings, their highest placement in many years. It was Scotland's first victory at home in Murrayfield in ten-years.
The Women won their first Six... Read More
The second round of the 2017 Rugby Europe Championshp, the second tier tournament on that continent, took place last weekend. Georgia, the reigning champion, easily defeated Germany 50-6. The Germans have their sights set on booking a place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. To do so, they will probably have to surpass Romania and/or Russia in Test match play.
Last weekend, Russia beat Belgium... Read More