For the USA women, Sydney marks the end of a season. At least, that’s how head coach Chris Brown sees it. He’s split the six-top series into two seasons, as more than 70 days separate this week’s tournament and the next. He’ll give the players some time off between, and they’ll have another "preseason" before starting back up in Kitakyushu, Japan. The goal is to enter the next "season", read last... 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, we talk about the 7s USMNT's third-straight silver medal performance in Hamilton, look ahead to Sydney for both the men and women, have quick glance at the USA's ARC opener... Read More
Ten points separated all eight active teams the opening week of Major League Rugby’s second season. San Diego's Paddy Ryan shoved New York's Paddy Ryan, Houston's Sam Windsor put his hand up for the MVP award as the Sabercats broke a seven-game losing streak, and both expansion teams showed well, one in victory and the other in defeat.
The quartet of matches kicked off Saturday with the NOLA Gold... Read More
Fiji opened the floodgates on Team USA in the final of Hamilton 7s Sunday, thrashing its way to a 38-0 victory. Jerry Tuwai set up two tries and scored two more, leading Fiji from the front. Despite the loss, the Eagles leave Hamilton ranked first in the world.
In the final, the Eagles won the opening restart and caught the first break, when Fiji was pinged in the breakdown for not releasing.... Read More
For the third time in as many tournaments, Team USA has reached the gold medal match. Wins over Scotland and host New Zealand in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, see the Eagles face Fiji in the final of Hamilton 7s at 2:10 a.m. ET live on ESPN+.
This marks the second tournament in a row the USA and Fiji will meet in the final. Fiji beat the Eagles 29-15 in Cape Town last month. No... Read More
Sporting black armbands to honor the late Jon Prusmack, Team USA began its defense of first place with a 3-0 performance in pool play at Hamilton 7s Friday. The Eagles downed Tonga and Samoa with relative ease before putting England to the sword to claim the group. Up next is a quarterfinal meeting with Scotland at 6:42 p.m. ET Saturday.
Though the team got the results it wanted, it did suffer a... Read More
None of the original seven teams turned their roster over more than the NOLA Gold in the offseason. Only 11 of the match-day-23 announced for their season opener against Toronto Saturday were involved in last year’s debut. For good reason, as the Gold finished 3-5 and in second-to-last place in 2018.
Injuries to vital players piled up on the Gold at the front end of last season, rendering them ... Read More
Expansion teams aren’t usually burdened by expectation, but when you’re just one season behind the pack, you ink the most decorated player in the entire league, activate half-a-dozen Eagles to make their MLR debut, assemble a roster void of glaring weaknesses, bring on a proven coach and represent Gotham, you can’t avoid it.
Sunday, Rugby United New York takes the field for the first time in... Read More
Hamilton 7s- The third round of the HSBC, ten circuit sevens tournament begins this weekend in Hamilton, New Zealand. Tonga qualified as the last of the 16th nations and they will open their 2018/2019 debut against the USA.
The Eagles will then take on Samoa and end the pool play with England.
To follow the action, and to learn the time schedule for your time zone, access www.worldrugby.org.
The... Read More
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has prematurely ended the trial of a new tackle height law after an increase in the number of concussions.
Matches in the Championship Cup were subject to new rules with players not allowed to tackle above the armpit.
But instances of concussion rose among players tackling opponents who were bent at the waist carrying the ball.
The line of the shoulders will again... Read More