USA Rugby’s board of directors is requiring its Congress members to sign non-disclosure agreements in order to participate in this weekend’s annual meeting in Denver. Even standard preparatory information is being withheld until contracts are signed.
The introduction of the gag order, according to multiple congress members, is a response to leaks of information to the press. The national office... Read More
(AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is a follow-up column to the June story titled, “The Truth About USA Rugby’s Participation”, which includes the national governing body’s true participation numbers. In summary, we have fewer registered participants than we have since 2011, and we’re down about 12-percent over just the last two years. High school, college and senior registration set to decline for the fourth... Read More
USA Rugby’s membership is in sharp decline. With a little over two months left in the national governing body’s year, which runs September through August, USA Rugby is on pace to have its lowest member total since 2011, according to a database USA Rugby shared with its congress.
The bleed has come exclusively in the last two years, with the organization set to lose 14,000 members since 2017,... Read More
USA Rugby has found a title sponsor for its men's and women's national teams through the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. EY deals in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. As Principal Partner, EY will provide business strategy, digital and technological transformation services to USA Rugby. This includes fan and player engagement and experience capabilities, marketing and analytics, and... Read More
World Rugby’s leadership is under extreme scrutiny for its proposed ‘world league’ concept. Last week, a now-disputed report detailing a plan to include the rich markets of Japan and the USA and exclude the traditionally-stronger pacific island nations of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga from a lucrative competition went viral, drawing widespread criticism from every corner of the world.
The world league is... Read More
For the USA’s men’s and women’s developmental 7s teams, the Las Vegas Invitational has provided the backdrop for the perfect weekend. They went a combined 12-0, claiming the titles of both the men’s and women’s elite divisions.
Though the end result was the same, the finals couldn’t have been more different. The women dominated Scion 36-0, while the men had to claw for a 21-17 comeback win over... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This episode is a tribute to the late A. Jon Prusmack, pioneer. Jon, a grassroots, volunteer rugby man who found success in business, founded RUGBY Magazine, built the USA Sevens, invented the CRC and became the greatest catalyst for growth American rugby has ever known. Hear anecdotes from former USA 7s head... Read More
The end of the year is a time for reflection, and shortly after the men’s USA fifteen’s team wrapped up their year, Pat Clifton and others asked why 2018 was the best year ever. What follows here is a look at some of the how the men’s Eagles won 10 of their 12 matches.
In order to achieve a winning record in 2019, the Eagles will need to win all five Americas Rugby Championship matches, plus... Read More
They all have it. Like a class openside flanker launches a shoulder into a meaty hip, grappling the ball carrier to the ground only to spring up instantly, readying for another go with no regard for oxygen supply, trailblazers, pioneers and people compelled to do what no one has before, are driven by a supernatural tenacity.
Phil Knight struggled to secure loans and flirted with going out of... Read More
You’ve all heard it. After being stuffed repeatedly, a scrum or lineout inside the attacking 22 provides a rare scoring opportunity. To make sure the sense of occasion isn’t lost or wasted, someone points out the newfound proximity to the try line, hoping to inspire hyper focus.
After 42 years of hard yards, the ‘look where we are’ moment for American rugby has arrived. The men’s Eagles have... Read More