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
The six-team, Americas Pacific Challenge tournament, comprised of secondary sides, began play last Saturday at Estadio Cahrrua Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay. The results of the first encounter:
Tonga A 39 – USA XV 30
Samoa A 36 – Argentina XV 31
Uruguay A 35 – Canada A 21
The Samoan win ended defending champion Argentina’s unbeaten two-year run in this event. The Pacific Islanders scored two... Read More
Impact Beyond 2019 programme on track to greatly accelerate growth of rugby in Asia
900,000 new rugby participants involved in Asia 1 Million project with one year to go
Tag rugby introduced to 1,982 schools in Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities
Asia is home to 60 per cent of world’s youth population
With one year to go, Japan 2019 is on track to be the most impactful Rugby World Cup to date having... Read More
The popular West Coast 7s autumn tournament will take place on two weekends in two venues. The first one on October 6 is at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, with four pools of three-sides each, a five team secondary contest, and a women's event.
Two weeks later, a two-day tournament on October 20 and October 21 features a full 16-team contingent at the pitches on Treasure Island, San Francisco, which... Read More
The Hong Kong Sevens Tournament in April 1990 represented a watershed moment when the IRB (renamed World Rugby) announced it would schedule the first Sevens World Cup in 1993. That event would take place in Scotland, the birthplace of seven-a-side rugby in Melrose on the Scottish border. The Sevens World Cup would be played every four-years following the same pattern as the Rugby World Cup. The... Read More
The final two teams to qualify for 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will reach some determination when the six-nation Africa Gold Cup continues over the next two weekends. The winner of this event becomes the Pool B Africa 1 entrant to play New Zealand, South Africa, and Italy.
The fifteen that finishes second in the Africa Gold Cup will become the fourth and last team to compete in the Repechage... Read More