On Saturday night, about 25 minutes into the USA v Russia match, my wife poked her head into the room and asked, “How are they doing?” I didn’t know what to say. They were winning. They clearly looked the better side. But they hadn’t scored any tries yet. Was that good or bad?
I didn’t know how to feel during the match, and I am not sure how to feel now. Was the win over Russia a “good” win?... Read More
On Saturday night, when The Rugby Channel’s feed cut out with the USA Eagles down by one point to Italy with less than 10 minutes to play, there was so much steam coming out of my ears that it condensed into a little cloud above me and then rained on me.
Were this a problem watching one match, it would be easy to be outraged for a moment and then move on. This is about more than one match, though... Read More
As I was watching Italy v Argentina and thinking ahead to Italy v USA, I thought, “Well, if the Eagles tackle as well as Argentina is tackling, they will be in pretty good shape.” They did, and they were. The Eagles were in the match against Italy for 80 minutes, which is highly encouraging.
No matter how many positives one might see in the Italy match, and there are quite a few to be seen, it... Read More
Alex Magleby, USA Rugby’s Performance Director, has been at the center of many of the most visible things happening in USA Rugby for the last year, even if he hasn’t been the most visible figure. For that reason, I was eager to chat with him while he was in Philadelphia last weekend to talk about, among other thing, the Eagles Elite Training Squad, expectations for the Eagles this summer, and PRO... Read More
For the second year in a row, an impressive panel of speakers will lead a rugby seminar in conjunction with the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. The event, which has become a valuable attraction in its own right, is Friday, June 3rd at 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Downtown in Philadelphia and is free to college and high school coaches, players and administrators.
The seminar is broken into... Read More
The future of the American game hangs in the balance as major changes are in the works at USA Rugby. Within months, USA Rugby will have a new CEO, as will its commercial subsidiary Rugby International Marketing, and there will be at least one new USA Rugby board member, as well as a new chairman. And a new strategic plan is being crafted in the meantime.
That’s an incredible amount of change... Read More
Mike Friday has named his squad for the upcoming Paris stop on the HSBC Sevens World Series May 13-15, and there are some changes. Pinkelman and Palamo come back, and Ebner earns his first outright selection.
The New England Patriot did play on the Asian leg, but he was last-minute injury cover for Carlin Isles, who still is not with the team. This marks the first time Friday appointed to a 12-... Read More
Longstanding USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville is leaving the United States to become the director of professional rugby for the Rugby Football Union, English rugby's governing body. Melville was already stepping down as CEO of USA Rugby to take on the same role with Rugby International Marketing, the governing body's new for-profit arm. Now, he will be out of American rugby altogether in any formal... Read More
Rugby International Marketing’s over-the-top rugby channel has quietly gone live. TheRugbyChannel.tv is up, and subscriptions are available for about $5 monthly and $50 annually.
Rumblings about the site have been ongoing for over a year, since it became known that USA Rugby would indeed create RIM, its commercial arm. It’s supposed to be a significant chunk of RIM’s portfolio.
While there is a... Read More
In their final tune-up before the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the USA Eagles fell to the Australian Wallabies 47-10 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The Eagles kept it close in the first half with a try from Mike Petri, but a lot of mistakes and turnovers cost them in the second half, as most of those blunders led directly to Wallabies points.
The Wallabies got out to a strong start, as they put continuous... Read More