Saturday, a surging Brazil hopes to recreate the greatest upset in the history of World Rugby’s rankings by defeating a wounded USA at Dell Diamond in Austin, Texas. The Tupis are riding high, having upset Canada, 18-10, before the competition’s mandated bye week. The Eagles are reeling from a 45-14 loss to Argentina XV the same day.
In 2016, 42nd-ranked Brazil defeated 16th-ranked USA, 24-23.... Read More
The RFU announced it had hired Bill Sweeney to become the new head of the Union. Since 2013, Sweeney was CEO of the British Olympic Association (BOA) where he oversaw the successful London-based Games in 2012, and, witnessed England's excellent medal showing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Sweeney held previous corporate titles at Shell, Mars, adidas, and Unilever. He played rugby as a youth.
The... 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, they discuss the opening weekend of Super Rugby, including the return of Will Genia and Quade Cooper as a dynamic duo and whether or not Toni Pulu's injury will land him in an... Read More
The USA Sevens is a week and change away, celebrating its tenth anniversary in Las Vegas. It marks the fifth tournament on the HSBC World Rugby circuit, the halfway stop of the 2018/2019 sevens championship. Vancouver is the next and sixth event on March 9 and 10.
The USA are tied for first place with New Zealand at 76 points each. The Eagles won this tournament last year, and return home as... Read More
Last week, the European Rugby Championship, the second-tier event on that continent, witnessed the favorites winning all three matches. Georgia, the highest-ranking nation, defeated Spain 24-10. The Lelos rank 12th behind Japan and in front of the USA. They will compete in the 2019 World Cup in Pool D, the easiest of the four pools, against Wales, Australia, Fiji, and Uruguay.
Romania, ranked... Read More
The Major League Rugby contest between RUNY and NOLA Gold was aired on last Saturday’s ESPN+ television schedule. It provided a look at the broadcast and offered an example of the difference in rugby television in America from today compared with before.
Any viewer turning in rugby two decades ago, would have seen video that resembled the amateur taping of a high-school football game. The angle... Read More
Rugby Europe Championship – The second-tier tournament to the Six Nations continues with fhree games among the six fifteens. Also, Portugal meet Poland. The lineup:
Romania (18) vs. Germany (27)
Russia (19) vs. Belgium (23)
Georgia (12) vs. Spain (20)
Women’s April Sevens in Japan – The pools have been announced for the April 20, 21 HSBC Women’s Sevens in Kitakyushu, Japan. The Eagles rank third... Read More
Preparations for France’s hosting of Rugby World Cup 2023 continue to gather pace with World Rugby delighted with strong progress following the first official coordination meetings of the year in Paris.
With France set to receive the hosting rights ‘pass’ from Japan in less than nine months, the World Rugby delegation, led by Chief Executive Officer Brett Gosper and Tournament Director Alan... Read More
In the second round of 2019's Americas Rugby Championship, the Argentina XV 45-14 routed the Eagles. The loss effectively ended the previous skein of victories and memorable upsets from last year, specifically, a 30-29 first time win against Scotland, a 30-29 first time victory against Samoa, and a first time win 17-10 against the same Argentina XV side.
The Argentina XV, the second tier national... Read More
At historic Saranac Lake, New York, in 2002, the USA Women Eagles avenged an earlier year loss to rival Canada with a narrow 22-21 victory. Previously in Ottawa, the USA lost convincingly to Canada 24-3, when some Eagle starters were unavailable for the game.
A crowd of 1,800 watched the contest, with vocal supporters for both teams shouting encouragement.
The closeness of the match could be seen... Read More