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New inductees into USA Hall of Fame - Congratulations to this year's, 2016 class inducted into the USA Hall of Fame. The least recognized name is the 1935 Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger, an All-American football star at the University of Chicago who played rugby for the Chicago RFC. Berwanger and the Chiacgo rugby team were featured in "Life" Magazine, the first time that American rugby reached such national magazine attention. (The Chicago, New York Select, and Hollywood Rugby All Stars' rivalry for a national title in the late 1930s is a story for another day.)
World Rugby Announces June Test Matches - World Rugby announced a full June month of matches between tier one and also tier two nations. The Eagles will welcome Italy at Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California, on June 18, and then Russia at Bonney Stadium, Sacramento, California, on June 28. England make a tour to Australia for three games in that month.
The Luck of Eddie Jones - Jones, who took over the head coaching position for England after the RWC, scored brilliantly with a Grand Slam (undefeated) in the Six Nations Championship. The former coach of a Japan XV that beat South Africa (Undisputedly, the biggest upset ever on the world's rugby stage), will have a better idea how much the Red Roses have improved when they meet the Wallabies away.
New York City - The recent London Irish v. Saracens matched played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, a short tube ride away from Manhattan, generated a crowd stated at 14,800. Many hundreds of spectators were London Irish fans from England who came over for the event. This marked the first high profile Metropolitan New York rugby match since 2010 when the Churchill Cup was held at Red Bull, but to practically an empty crowd. So, the two questions asked are whether more rugby contests will come into the area (which, historically, sports a large rugby community), and whether Red Bull's MLS stadium will host these events?