For US or Canadian high schools looking for an early September 2019 tour to Europe, the premier event is the Paris-operated Tournoi des Captiales, the prestigious 7-a-side tournament for U16 Boys and U18 Girls. This biannual event has welcomed teams from twenty countries since its inception in 2006.
In 2017, the Boys winners were the Manly Marlins from Sydney, and the Girls division was won by... Read More
Major league Rugby’s highly-anticipated second season kicks off in a couple of weeks. Friday through Sunday, all but one of the league’s nine teams are in preseason action. As week one approaches, watch this space as we examine top storylines, project breakout players and prognosticate the season.
Three big-picture narratives will dominate the MLR’s second go – sustainability, expansion and... Read More
Today, an obituary for A. Jon Prusmack is in the NY Times. This posting followed a generous outpouring of sympathy and tributes from the world's rugby community on his passing. Many heartfelt comments appeared on the USA Sevens Facebook page.
An in house memorial remembrance was held last week at United World Sports, the company Jon founded that operates the USA Sevens in Las Vegas, the Penn... Read More
What happens to Cal when Jack Clark and Tom Billups retire? How would Arkansas State go if Matt Huckaby ever took his hands off the wheel completely? What would a Scott-Lawrence-less Life look like, or a Mazzarella-free Bowling Green? Chances are, if you’re an alumnus, fan or stakeholder of any of those programs, you don’t want to find out.
For the first time since the mid-‘80s, the Cougars are... Read More
When United World Sports moved the USA Sevens from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2006, it decided to add on an ancillary event for clubs and colleges called the San Diego Invitational. The matches were played on fields situated away from Petco Park, the Padres baseball stadium that housed the big sevens tournament.
After three-years in San Diego, the Invitational followed the USA Sevens by moving... Read More
During this early January lull of matches at home and abroad, it’s time to assess the state of key elements of rugby in the United States and compare it to remarks from years gone by. At the outset, with the cessation of Gainline, Kurt Oeler’s informative USA rugby blog that offered the community a platform for internecine comments, the drumbeats for criticism and change have all but disappeared... Read More
Samu Manoa's time with the Cardiff Blues has come to an end, as the club has granted the 33-year-old forward a compassionate release. Manoa signed with Cardiff in July, started the season late due to a lingering injury, played sparingly for the Blues, as well as the Eagles during the November tests, and has returned to his home in California.
Manoa signed his first international contract with... Read More
Giant's Conscience is a new podcast featuring Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton and contributor Jake Frechette. The two seasoned rugby journalists will talk about the news du jour in American and world rugby.
This week, AJ MacGInty's boss, Steve Diamond, is under fire for repeatedly bullying reporters. Samu Manoa returns home. Falcons in South America. Arrows Mafia? And we continue the... Read More
The 2019 edition of the European Six Nations Championship will begin Friday, February 1 when Wales visit France for a 2 p.m. match in the Stade de France, Paris.
Ireland aim to retain their 2018 title, a Grand Slam, undefeated season against the other five teams. That tournament victory, and their win in Dublin over the All Blacks last November, have secured the Irish a firm second place in the... Read More
The Japan Times has reported that over half of the total tickets for this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan have been sold. Over 1 million of a total 1.8 million tickets available for the 48 games over 12 venues have been sold. The local organizing committee is aiming to sell out every match, with the remaining tickets to be put on sale this month.
Sales began in January 2018 with priority group... Read More