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
USA Rugby confirmed the appointment of World Rugby vice chairman and Rugby Americas president Agustin Pichot to its board of directors Friday. He represents World Rugby’s interests on the board, as USA Rugby’s creditor.
World Rugby’s seat on the board was part of the deal for World Rugby to financially back July’s Rugby World Cup Sevens, which lost in the range of $1.7-2.4 million. World Rugby... Read More
World Rugby vice chairman Agustin Pichot is expected to be named to USA Rugby’s board any day, pending ratification by USA Rugby’s Congress. Email votes to approve Pichot’s appointment are due this week.
If ratified, the controversial Argentine will serve as representation for World Rugby, which purchased its seat on the American board as collateral when it stepped in to cover losses from last... Read More
The dog days of summer for rugby freaks are upon us. The 7s season is over for all but 32 teams headed to the Big Apple for a couple of trophies this weekend, and 15s season is probably still a couple of weeks off for even the earliest of worms.
Nonetheless, last weekend presented a rugby day for me in the form of the Mid-America Geographic Union’s annual general meeting. Most every men’s and... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This week, former Eagle and founder of the Eagles XV Club Tony Ridnell comes on to discuss the Rugby World Cup Sevens and the possibility of hosting the big show in 2027. Two years ago, Ridnell kickstarted the movement to peel back the layers on Rugby International Marketing and the governance issues at USA... Read More
A former policeman who broke in as a rugby executive with the Premiership’s Harlequins and later put on three World Cups with World Rugby, Ross Young’s first foray into the American game came as a surprise addendum to a speaking engagement. Four years later, another surprise opportunity landed him the interim role of CEO for USA Rugby.
The door swung open for Young while the national governing... Read More
Joe Taufete’e likely never scores those two tries in the now famous win over Scotland if Mike Tolkin doesn’t fly across the country to watch a Belmont Shore match and give Taufete’e his first cap and select him for the 2015 World Cup. Tolkin, the former USA head man who just finished coaching Major League Rugby’s first expansion team, Rugby United New York, in their first exhibition season, as... Read More
USA Rugby Congress member Steve Lewis sat with Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton for an hour-long episode of the Rugby PatCast to discuss the developing and ongoing story of USA Rugby’s governance failures. Lewis unloads on the outgoing board, his fellow Congress members, and the nonsensical organizational structure that allowed it all to happen.
What’s left of USA Rugby’s leadership structure... Read More