(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
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
Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s new competition, rebranded as Global Rapid Rugby, has received the green light from World Rugby. Forrest announced the sanction approval on Twitter via a studio-produced video Thursday, following the World Rugby Council’s vote to sanction the league.
“The name Global Rapid Rugby, it does suit the philosophy of fast moving, free-scoring, festival of entertainment,” said... Read More
Reigning World Rugby 7s Player of the Year Perry Baker is a finalist for the same accolade this year, World Rugby announced Monday. The annual award ceremony takes place Nov. 25 at Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo.
Joining Baker as nominees are Fiji's Jerry Tuwai and Australia's Ben O'Donnell. Last year, Baker had a pretty big stat to back up his nomination, having led the world in tries. This... Read More
USA’s remarkable run to the HSBC USA 7s tournament title was stopped short as New Zealand stretched its unbeaten streak to 33 games with a 33-7 victory in the cup final at Infinity Park in Glendale. The Black Ferns’ Portia Woodman scored a hat trick in the test and their support play was unmatched all tournament long.
“[We] were playing against the best team by a long way,” USA head coach Chris... Read More
The dramatic Sunday at the HSBC USA 7s continued for the Eagles as they came from behind on the last play to beat France, 21-19, in the cup semifinals. The victory sets up a pool play rematch against New Zealand in the cup final at 5:30 m MT.
France scored as the hooter sounded giving the USA one last attempt to claim victory. All of Team USA worked together across the field that ended in the... Read More
Avenging its loss in the bronze medal match at the Rugby World Cup in San Francisco, the USA used immense defensive pressure and a hat trick by Ilona Maher to beat top-seeded Australia, 26-5, in the cup quarterfinals at the HSBC USA 7s in Glendale, Colo. The Eagles barely made it to the cup rounds and proved they belong with a physical outburst against Australia. The USA will face France in the... Read More
Needing a victory or to keep it close in its final match of day one of the HSBC USA Women’s 7s in Glendale, Colo., the USA lost to New Zealand 35-12. After the match, the magic number was 47 for the USA. For the Eagles to advance to the cup quarterfinals, Spain couldn’t beat Mexico by 47 points. At halftime, Spain led 24-0 and won 46-0. That means the USA advances to the cup quarterfinals by one... Read More
After dropping its first match of the HSBC USA Women’s 7s in Glendale, Colo., the USA rebounded to beat China, 24-21. Following a 7-7 first half, reserve Ilona Maher made her presence known scoring back-to-back tries to open up a 17-7 lead. China bounced back with a try, but Alev Kelter’s try after returning from the sin bin sealed the match for the Eagles.
“After the first game against England,... Read More
USA’s first match at the HSBC USA Women’s 7s in Glendale, Colo. began with excitement but ended in disappointment as the women fell to England on the last play, 12-10. USA’s Ilona Maher and Naya Tapper scored in the first and led 10-7 at the half. Defense dominated the second half and England’s aggressive play at the end of the game proved to be the decider when Ellie Kildunne scored the game-... Read More