The comment under the French Women’s rugby romp against the USA in “L’Equipe,” the daily French sports newspaper, asked, “Who Are These Women?” The rhetorical inquiry pondered the true capability of Les Bleues who beat the Black Ferns but lost to Canada in this five-nation Women’s rugby Super Series contested in San Diego.
France handily defeated the Eagles 53-14, walking in seven tries and... Read More
Just when everyone thought the young, USA Women XV would possibly not win a match in the five-nation Super Series in San Diego, the team beat Canada 20-18. The USA had lost to the Black Ferns and the Red Roses without appearing as competitive as the top ranked fifteens.
Of note is that two of the USA Women's sevens stars, Kelter and Thomas, scored a try a piece. The versatile Kelter notched a... 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
In Grenoble, France, last November, Les Bleues upset the Black Ferns for the first time with a narrow 30-27 win. New Zealand, then, as now were the reigning champions, the top ranked Women’s fifteen’s side.
This past weekend, in the five-nation Super Series in San Diego, the French Women scored an impressive upset 25-16 against these same world rugby leaders. The French notched three tries to... Read More
Last Friday in San Diego, England Women defeated the USA XV, winning 38-5 from six tries. There were no second half points from an outclassed USA fifteen.
The English victory also earned a bonus point in this five-nation (Canada, USA, New Zealand, England, and France), Women’s Rugby Super Championship, which continues the rest of July.
England lead 26-5 at the break. In the match, Heather Kerr... Read More
Tomorrow, Friday, June 28, the USA Women's XV will begin their first match in the Women's Rugby Super Series, comprising five-nations, New Zealand, Canada, England, France, and the USA.
The Eagles kick off against England (ranked 2nd) at 1 p.m. (PT) at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California.
Canada play New Zealand at 4 p.m.
Both contests will be streamed live on FloRugby.... Read More
Bridesmaids for four-years in the annual USA National Women’s Collegiate championship, Penn State, coached by Peter Steinberg, defeated Radcliffe 22-20 in the Cup finals of the 1997 match. State College, Pennsylvania, Penn State’s home town, hosted the event.
The fifth time proved to be the charm for the Nittany Lions who prevailed on penalty kicks to edge out a plucky Radcliffe fifteen.
Megan... Read More
For some rugby players there is the memory of the pre-game ritual of scouring the pitch for glass and other metallic objects. New Yorkers ruggers will remember the slanted field at Randall’s Island that also featured two, manhole covers that were usually covered in Astroturf but not always.
But these protective measures do not compare with the plight of the men and women rugby players of Laos... 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
With the conclusion of the last tournament in Biarritz, France, World Rugby announced a list of awards for the Women’s outstanding performances.
Gilbert Try Scorer – Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe, Ireland (35)
Rookie of the Year – Lide Erbina, Spain
Fair Play (Team) – New Zealand
TAG Heuer Don’t Crack Under Pressure -Ghislaine Landry, Canada
DHL Impact Player – Alena Mikhaltsova, Russia
Capgemini Coach... Read More