In July of 1968, I started tending bar at Drake's Drum in Manhattan at Second Avenue and East 84th Street. Teammate Jimmy Duke, Manhattan RFC, and friend Frank Casa, New York RFC, partnered to open this English-styled pub restaurant that would become the thriving social hub of New York City rugby
On Friday evenings, Jon Prusmack was the first person to enter The Drum, always punctually at 5:30 p.... Read More
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont has expressed his gratitude and says that he is “honoured and humbled” after being awarded a knighthood for services to rugby in HM The Queen’s New Year’s honours list.
The honour is in recognition of a champion of rugby, who has dedicated his life to the betterment of the sport on and off the field in both a domestic and global context.
The announcement comes... Read More
The end of the year is a time for reflection, and shortly after the men’s USA fifteen’s team wrapped up their year, Pat Clifton and others asked why 2018 was the best year ever. What follows here is a look at some of the how the men’s Eagles won 10 of their 12 matches.
In order to achieve a winning record in 2019, the Eagles will need to win all five Americas Rugby Championship matches, plus... Read More
They all have it. Like a class openside flanker launches a shoulder into a meaty hip, grappling the ball carrier to the ground only to spring up instantly, readying for another go with no regard for oxygen supply, trailblazers, pioneers and people compelled to do what no one has before, are driven by a supernatural tenacity.
Phil Knight struggled to secure loans and flirted with going out of... Read More
A. Jon Prusmack, a successful entrepreneur of many companies, and the respected and admired owner of United World Sports (USA Sevens, Collegiate Rugby Championship, Rhino Rugby USA, and Rugby Today), died on Friday. He was 77.
He had battled cancer for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Patrice.
It is a sad day for worldwide rugby to lose this... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. 56-cap Louis Stanfill comes on to reminisce about his three World Cup appearances, playing for accomplished coaches at Cal, NYAC and with the USA, the advances within the USNMT, playing Major League Rugby, Jiu Jitsu, and growing HS rugby in NorCal.
Listen to the full episode here
In November 2006, Rugby Magazine announced the new venue and the dates for the 2007 USA Sevens tournament., scheduled for February 10 in Petco Park, San Diego. Previously for three-years, the tournament under ownership and operation by USA Rugby, had run the event in the Home Depot Center Los Angeles.
The rights to the tournament had been purchased by entrepreneur Jon Prusmack (founder and... Read More
The key event in Women's rugby in 2018 was New Zealand's dominant win in the Rugby 7s World Cup in San Francisco. The Black Ferns marched through the tournament undefeated, trouncing France 29-0 to secure the Gold medal. They nipped the USA 26-21 in the semifinal round. Australia captured the Bronze for third place with 24-14 win against the Eagles.
The Kiwis continued their sevens' superiority... Read More
The Year of the Irish - Ireland was named "Team of the Year" by World Rugby, after having achieved an 11-1 record in 2018. The wins included a Six Nations title with also a Grand Slam (beating the other five nations), two victories away on tour in Australia, and, finally, a decisive win at home against the All Blacks in November.
Ireland amassed 370 points versus only 184 against, or a 31-point... Read More
SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets, New York Jets and all things New York sports, is now also the home of New York City’s first professional rugby franchise, Rugby United New York (RUNY).SNY will televise nine games of RUNY’s inaugural season, with the premiere game airing LIVE Sunday, January 27th at 5:00 PM EST.
“As the home of New York Sports, we are excited to team up with... Read More