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
USA Rugby has two new board members in Jim Brown and Julie Lau. They were put forth by the nominating committee and approved by the board. At Saturday’s biannual Congress meeting, they were ratified by Congress by comfortable margins.
The third candidate put forward by the nominating committee, Jim Eats, was not approved by the board, leaving one seat open. This may mark the first time a nominee... Read More
The three candidates for USA Rugby’s open board seats surfaced over the weekend – Julie Lau, Jim Eats and Jim Brown. The process now moves to the current six board members, who will vote on their appointments. If approved by the board as expected, it’s up to Congress to vote on the candidates at this weekend’s Congress meeting in Denver.
Lau is one of four candidates put forward by the U.S. Women... Read More
USA Rugby interim board chair Barbara O’Brien appeared on Rugby Wrap Up recently – her first media appearance in the role. The brief interview was revealing to some degree.
O’Brien humbly admitted she wasn’t cut out for the role of board chair for USA Rugby, given her lack of experience in the sports business world, and that she accepted the responsibility on the condition of it being interim.... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week features a deep dive into the governance issues plaguing USA Rugby. Everything from RIM's collapse to Gus Pichot's appointment to USA Rugby's board are on the table, and a bevvy of questions from the community get answers.
Author's note: Above is a map of USA Rugby's Congress sorted by region, with... Read More