The USA earned a clean sweep in Day One in Cape Town, winning all three-pool games. The Eagles shutout Japan 54-0, beat Spain 31-14, and, finally, Argentina 31-14, after being behind at the half to Los Pumas. With a 3-0 clean sheet, they advanced easily into tomorrow's quarterfinals round where they will play England.
The other elite eight games will see Australia v. New Zealand, South Africa v.... Read More
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Chris Mattina left New York to chase one dream, and he’s returned to go after another. After spending a year with the USA 7s team, the pull of playing professional 15s in his hometown proved too strong to ignore, as Mattina traded a full-time contract with the 7s Eagles for one with upstart Rugby United New York of the MLR.
His rugby journey... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this episode, Eagles from both the 15s and 7s teams discuss their new homes in Major League Rugby. Cam Dolan is settling in with the NOLA Gold following a big year for the 15s Eagles, and Chris Mattina just returned home to New York in time for the holidays and RUNY's inaugural season.
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HSBC Cape Town Sevens - The second event on the 2018-2019, ten-circuit sevens series commences tomorrow in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2017, the home country Springboks were favored but finished a disappointing third. New Zealand won the Cup with a 38-14 win against Argentina. Los Pumas are in the same pool this time as the USA. Eastern Standard Times for the three Eagles Saturday matches follow... Read More
The DII College final four took place over the weekend with North Carolina State knocking off defending champions Wisconsin Whitewater. The Wolfpack take the top spot in the rankings after capping off an impressive undefeated season.
Iowa Central gave NC State a tougher game than Whitewater in the semifinals and move into the second spot.
Things get tricky from here down. On the second day of a... 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. On the second episode, Jake & Pat talk some Americans overseas, Major League Rugby kit, the USA's results from Dubai and a look ahead at the men going into Cape Town, and we take a... Read More
The Women’s Rugby Coaches and Referees Association (WRCRA) will stage its first conference December 7, 8, and 9 at Queen's University, Charlotte. This is a much-anticipated event that will bring together hundreds of American women who want to foster the growth and development of rugby in the United States. The three-day session will welcome coaches, referees, players, administrators, journalists... Read More
To say it’s been a disappointing few months for fans of the U.S. National Rugby League team would be an understatement. First the team faltered in 2021 World Cup qualifying to Jamaica setting up a tough final qualification, but now outlets around the world are reporting that the rights to the 2025 Rugby League World Cup have been stripped from the United States and Canada.
The tournament was... Read More
It wasn’t the busiest weekend for Americans overseas. Some were rested coming off a month with the Eagles. Some were rested because their team was involved in cup play. Of those that did see action Titi Lamositele saw good time again with the Saracens. Blaine Scully and Samu Manoa both started for Cardiff. Lastly, Andrew Durutalo and David Tameilau saw time for their respective squads.
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In May of 1999, U. Cal Berkeley won its 16th national D1 Men’s championship, defeating Penn State 36-5 in the final. The championship match was played in San Francisco’s Balboa Stadium.
The win represented the Golden Bears’ ninth consecutive title and reaffirmed the University’s dominance over USA college rugby.
Sixteen teams started out, playing in the opening round in three venues; Berkeley,... Read More