The USA earned a clean sweep in Day One in Cape Town, winning all three-pool games. The Eagles shutout Japan 54-0, beat Spain 31-14, and, finally, Argentina 31-14, after being behind at the half to Los Pumas. With a 3-0 clean sheet, they advanced easily into tomorrow's quarterfinals round where they will play England.
The other elite eight games will see Australia v. New Zealand, South Africa v.... Read More
The initial tournament of the ten scheduled HSBC 2018/2019 Men’s Sevens event concluded in Dubai, where New Zealand defeated the USA to take the title. The victory represented the first All Blacks win in Dubai since 2009, ending a nine-year draught.
England beat Australia for the Bronze medal. Of note, England 7’s star Dan Norton became the first player to notch 300 tries in the HSBC annual event... Read More
In January 2001, at Mar del Plata, Argentina, the USA were ranked 24th out of the 24 teams competing in the third, Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament. The Eagles qualified for the event by finishing third in the prior Americas Qualifiers, held the previous May in Santiago, Chile.
Before the trip, the team received a spate of disappointing news starting with the resignation of Coach Tommy Smith.... Read More
Canadian rugby, which has been beset by subpar Men's performances, stands one game away from becoming the final team in the next RWC for Japan 2019. World Rugby created a four-nation repechage tournament to decide the 20th entrant in the quadrennial event.
Canada stand 2-0, having amassed 10 points with wins over Kenya and, last Saturday, Germany, 29-10. The two victories tallied eight points,... Read More
The first round of the Rugby World Cup Repechage saw Germany upset Hong Kong 26-9 while Canada romped against Kenya 65-19. The winners will meet this Saturday, November 17, in Marseille, France. Probably, the victor will advance into the last 2019 World Cup slot, to play in Pool B against New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, and Namibia.
The German XV were the lowest ranked among the four teams in... Read More
This Saturday, November 11, begins the repechage tournament to decide the twentieth, and final fifteen to play in next September's 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The four sides in round robin play are Hong Kong, Canada, Kenya, and Germany. The matches are slotted in the Stade Pierre-Delort, Marseille, France (5,000 capacity). The winner will compete in Pool B with New Zealand, South Africa,... Read More
At the 24th Monterey Tournament, played at Pebble Beach, California - the tournament that defined top flight club rugby in the United States, - witnessed mostly parity but also few upsets. In the final, perennial winners B.A.T.S. (Bay Area Touring Side), defeated the upstart San Jose Seahawks 18-0 for the 1982 title. The B.A.T.S. fifteen went through the event without ceding a point.
As usual,... Read More
In 1993, the eighth Golden Oldies gala was held in Dublin, Ireland, that attracted 160-teams from 25 countries. More than 5,000 plus players and their entourage arrived for this popular, week-long Old Boys event. Australia led in numbers, sending 66 squads, while the home country provided 31 teams.
The USA sent 12, spread out throughout the country, including, the Alaska Oosiks, and the Quad... Read More
The third annual Americas Pacific Challenge produced a mild upset when Samoa A won all three games to become the only undefeated team of the six countries entered in the event. From an opening round victory over Argentina XV, the Pacific Islanders, once they had defeated the past two years’ champions 36-31, enjoyed victories against the USA XV and then Uruguay A to go 3-0 and take the crown.... Read More
It’s eleven months until the beginning of the 2019 RWC in Japan, and not too early to place a wager on the winner. As in the past, there is one clear favorite, New Zealand, and many other mid and long-range prices for most of the other possible competitors. Here are the UK bookies average odds on the outcome.
New Zealand (1-1) – In eight World Cups, the All Blacks have won three finals and lost... Read More