Dartmouth put on a clinic to win the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship qualifier division of the Las Vegas Invitational, defeating Colorado 20-5 in the final Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. The Big Green were among the first 15 teams to be extended at-large bids to the main event in June, so the LVI’s automatic bid will go back into the kitty of remaining at-large berths.... Read More
For the USA’s men’s and women’s developmental 7s teams, the Las Vegas Invitational has provided the backdrop for the perfect weekend. They went a combined 12-0, claiming the titles of both the men’s and women’s elite divisions.
Though the end result was the same, the finals couldn’t have been more different. The women dominated Scion 36-0, while the men had to claw for a 21-17 comeback win over... Read More
A methodical 19-10 win over France Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium sees the USA to a seventh-consecutive quarterfinal. The win sees the Eagles take second in their pool. They’ll likely face the winner of England vs. outh Africa.
On the opening kickoff, Folau Niua tried to exploit the space directly in front of him, but the ball didn’t go 10 meters, giving France a midfield free kick. The American... Read More
Argentina’s converted try at the death with just six men on the field ended Team USA’s eight-game winning streak on home soil, as the Eagles fell 26-24 Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. They led by 12 at halftime and the entire match until full time.
The Eagles are now 1-1 in Pool B. In order to advance to a seventh-consecutive quarterfinal, they’ll need to beat France, also 1-1... Read More
Colorado stormed out of nowhere into the Las Vegas Invitational final, and now the Buffs sit one win away from punching their first-ever ticket to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. Standing in their way is a team that’s already got an invite to the big dance, Dartmouth.
The Buffs are the talk of the tournament, not yielding a single point until their semifinal upset of Kutztown,... Read More
Both the men's and women's USA Falcons have reached the finals of their respective divisions at the Las Vegas Invitational undefeated. The women outscored their opponents by a whopping 215-14, their closest match being a 28-7 win over the Stars to open the tournament. The men accumulated an aggregate score of 159-59, with a few tougher contests.
The women saw familiar foes in the semifinals, as... Read More
Team USA opened its title defense with a 26-10 defeat of Kenya Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. The Eagles never trailed, and posterboy Carlin Isles secured a brace in the opening half to secure the lead.
Kenya spent the first minute in attack. The Eagles won the first kickoff, but an errant pass from Folau Niua gave Kenya possession in the American end. After a darting run just... Read More
Anniversaries have a way of sending us on a road trip to the past. As I prepare to board my flight to the 10th USA Sevens, I’m taking both lanes.
A handful of months post-graduation, I was trying to string together enough work to credibly call myself a freelance sportswriter when I convinced my mom that if she would let me borrow a couple of hundred bucks to fly to a rugby tournament in Las Vegas... 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 the guys discuss the Six Nations, college results, give a refresher course on why Eagle matches are on Flo, discuss the USA's squeaker against Brazil and next bout with Uruguay.... Read More
The key game from last weekend’s Americas Cup Championship was the USA registering a narrow victory over pesky Brazil 33-28. With six minutes remaining, the win could have become an embarrassing loss to a nation much lower in World Rugby standings.
Played at Dell Stadium in Round Rock, Texas, the Eagles showed some flash on offense but were contested in the scrum and the loose. Hanco Germishuys... Read More