For plucky Portugal, it’s wait until next year. Ahead 34-28 with the clock running down, Japan scored from a maul at the try line to eke out a thrilling 35-34 victory. The Baby Brave Blossoms will return to the U20 Championship next year to replace a demoted Scotland, which will compete in the 2021 U20 Trophy.
Portugal were up at the half 21-14, continuing the lead in the second period to 29-21,... 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
Twelve USA Girls High School All-Americans (U18) have been named for a NextGen Sevens tournament in Langford, B.C., taking place alongside the senior HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens from May 10-12.
Led by Women’s Eagles Captain and 2018 USA Rugby High School Coach of the Year Kate Zackary, the Girls High School All-American sevens (GHSAA 7s) will face Rugby Canada Development Academy (RCDA), Canada... Read More
Every year, Girls and Boys High Schools compete for the USA national championship. The top tier Boys bracket often included perennial powers Jesuit, Sacramento, and Highland from Salt Lake City. The Girls were dominated by Divine Savior Holy Angeles from Milwaukee and Kent from Seattle.
The 2005 Boys Division also featured a Tier B championship in Stanford, California, which was won by... Read More
After stumbling out of starting blocks in its first match at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, USA’s second match was a game of momentum swings that ended in a 24-24 draw against Samoa.
The Eagles built a 12-0 lead only to have Samoa score three tries in the last three minutes for the 19-12 advantage at the half. Samoa opened up the second half with a try but the USA battled... Read More
It was a nightmare start for the United States at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires this afternoon. The junior Eagles gave up four first half tries and two in the second during an error plagued 38-0 loss to France.
The United States had very little possession in the first half and France was clinical during their four-try breakout.
The Eagles first looked dangerous in the second half after the... Read More
The article in Rugby Magazine’s June 1999 issue described the successful blueprint that Ontario, Canada, employed to spur the growth of its high school program for girls. In many ways, this experience served as a guideline for the USA’s efforts a decade later to introduce rugby for girls into the national school system.
In 1988, Ontario fielded only four girls’ sides, and, 12-years later, the... Read More
The second round of the 2018 U-20 Trophy tournament took place in Bucharest, Romania. The eight-team, annual championship saw Fiji, Namibia, and Samoa continue unbeaten, all teams at 2-0. Portugal and Uruguay are 1-1, while Romania, Hong Kong and Canada fell to 0-2.
Owing to the format of regional qualification, the eight sides do not necessarily represent the top second tier, eight nations. One... Read More
The U20 Trophy Tournament kicked of this past week in Bucharest, Romania, with eight teams vying to win this second tier youth championship. The winner advances next year to the U20 Championship, comprised of the world's top 12 sides.
The highest ranked team is Samoa, which was relegated last year. Interestingly, Samoa have never lost a match in their two past U20 Trophy rounds, played in 2011... Read More
In 2014, underfunded, undertrained and unprepared, Team USA’s boys and girls finished 1-4 and 1-2-1, respectively, at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The boys’ only win came over Japan, which they lost to in pool play. The girls’ lone win came over Tunisia, and they drew with Spain.
The girls aren’t participating in the Games in Buenos Aires Oct. 6-18, but the boys team representing... Read More