Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, the nation will be preparing for the annual turkey dinner repast, watching the Macy's Day Parade in Manhattan live, and viewing football on television. And another activity will occur in New York City, the final detailed preparations of the New York RFC's Seven-A-Side tournament on Saturday, November 26.
The NYRFC, founded in 1929 and the USA's oldest rugby only club,... Read More
The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) announced yesterday that it was withdrawing its bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. This leaves Ireland, France, and South Africa as the remaining countries seeking to host the tournament.
The Italian withdrawal did not come as a surprise since Rome had also retracted its bid for the 2024 Olympics. Many perceived that both proffers were linked together, and if one... Read More
Rugby has been played in Bermuda since the 19th-century. American club visits to the Island began in the 1930s when Harvard, Yale, and Princeton 15s journeyed south, usually in March or April for some competitive rugby and some fun.
The touring continued into the 1950s with Dartmouth founding a rugby club mainly to take an athletic spring break where the college co-eds also came on vacation.
When... Read More
The recent illustration of the 2018 World Rugby Sevens World Cup logo, specifically designed to depict the hosting venue of San Francisco, represents another testament to the growth in stature of rugby in the United States. Admittedly, it's seven-a-side that has led the worldwide awareness that rugby thrives in the States. (Fastest growing team sport in the nation.)
In the last Sevens world cup... Read More
The IOC announced the pools for men and women in the upcoming Rio Olympics that will begin in August. Basically, twelve teams will compete in three pools with the top eight teams moving on to the quarter-final round. After that, four move ahead to the semis, and, then the final. A gold, silver and bronze medal will be awarded to the top three teams.
The USA Women are in Pool A with 2016 ... Read More
The 2015/2016 HSBC World Rugby 7s tournament ended last weekend in London with Scotland the unexpected winner, marking the first time the Scots have ever won on the circuit. The victory capped the last three event surprises with Kenya winning in Singapore (first ever win), Samoa’s comeback win in Paris over Fiji, and, finally, Scotland defeating South Africa at Twickenham.
A few squads – namely,... Read More
The USA advanced into the Cup round at the London 7s with a 1-1-1 record, the tie coming in the last match against Canada. The Eagles with face New Zealand tomorrow.
It was an unusual first round with three draws.
The USA beat Samoa 12-5 in the opening match, lost 14-10 to South Africa, and then held off the Canadians for a 12-12 tie to advance on point differential into the Cup Round.
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For the second year in a row, an impressive panel of speakers will lead a rugby seminar in conjunction with the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. The event, which has become a valuable attraction in its own right, is Friday, June 3rd at 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Downtown in Philadelphia and is free to college and high school coaches, players and administrators.
The seminar is broken into... Read More
The Paris Sevens for Men ended the ninth stop in the HSBC World Rugby circuit, with London next weekend for the tenth and last event. Then, the sixteen team repechage will occur June 18 and June 19 in Monaco to determine the 12th Olympic place (Samoa favored).
Although the past two tournaments have witnessed upsets for the Cup title (Kenya in Singapore, Samoa in Paris), there was no change among... Read More
It was a day of major upsets as the three of the top four 7s sides were eliminated in their opening round of Cup play. Only top of the charts Fiji made it into the Cup final. But, again, the mighty, muscular Fijians lost to rival Samoa 29-26 in the Cup final, after leading 26-7 at the half.
The Samoans put on a 22 point second half spree and stopped the Fijians a few meters from the try line in... Read More