If you ask residents of Illinois, which is the state’s oldest public university, most will say the University of Illinois founded in 1867, and celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017. But the fact is that Illinois State University (ISU) is older by ten-years, started in 1857 as Illinois Normal. The “normal” in the 19th Century served as a term to designate a training college for teachers. This... Read More
As the dust settles on an incredible Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 final and a tournament that captured the imagination of fans in host nation Ireland and around the globe, a Dream Team has been selected by the World Rugby TV commentators.
Six nations are represented across the 15 players, who will each receive a special jersey to commemorate their selection in the Dream Team.
World champions New... Read More
New Zealand won the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup defeating defending champions England 41-32 in Kingspan Stadium Belfast. It marked the fifth gold medal in eight tournaments for the Black Ferns, and, again, placed them atop the rankings for the year.
The game was a tale of two halves with the Red Roses leading 17-5 in the first period, retaining a seven-point advantage (17-10) at the break. But... Read More
The bronze medal match in the Women’s Rugby World Cup saw France defeat USA, 31-23. France started slowly but eventually found their attacking dynamism. USA, meanwhile, never found enough attacking space out wide. France was prepared for the threat of Kristen Thomas and Naya Tapper and tackled well.
It was a frenetic opening five minutes to the match with no break until a scrum in that fifth... Read More
Team USA's quest for the cup ended with a 45-12 semifinal loss to New Zealand Tuesday at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. The game was competitive through the first 40 minutes, with the Eagles staying within two scores at halftime, and it could have been closer. However, the Black Ferns exploded for 30 points in the second half to put the game out of reach. All-World winger Portia Woodman tallied an... Read More
Tomorrow, Tuesday August 22, at noon Eastern time, NBC Sports will televise the USA vs. New Zealand Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals. The other semifinals of England vs France kicks off at 2:45 p.m. (ET). Both games in Belfast, Ireland.
The Black Ferns, ranked second in the world, are heavily favored to win the match. New Zealand did not advance to the semis in the 2014 WRWC, losing to Ireland... Read More
The pool stages are over, the semi-finalists are confirmed and Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 has arrived in Belfast after Dublin delivered on all fronts.
Records fell, new standards were set and friendships were made as fans, current and new, were treated to some breath-taking rugby.
Three sell-out match days delivered drama and compelling action as Japan and Hong Kong captured hearts, Ireland,... Read More
The USA Women advance to the semi-final round of the 2017 Women's World Cup as the fourth and final team.
Losing to England 47-26, allowed the Eagles to pick up an unnecessary bonus point (four tries in a game), which might have been important if Canada or Ireland also achieved bonus points. But New Zealand routed Canada and France easily beat Ireland, with neither losing side gaining a bonus... Read More
Both England and USA came into their final pool match of the Women's Rugby World Cup 2-0, each with the maximum 10 points claimed from the matches against Italy and Spain. Currently ranked best in the world, the matchup against England was always daunting for the Eagles. The match was never close, but the Eagles scored four tries and, therefore, a bonus point in the 47-26 loss.
Early on, Katy... Read More
It will be informative to review some of the data from the first two rounds in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Dublin, Ireland.
Tries (116) and Penalties (3): This statistic reflects the try scoring bonanza of top tier nations against the lower ranking twelve team entrants. The routs:
NZ 121 – Hong Kong 0
Canada 98 – Hong Kong 0
England 56 – Spain 5
England 56 – Italy 13
France 72 - Japan 14... Read More