USA Rugby is reaching new heights as it looks to compete with the rest of the world in this exciting, intense sport. The team, nicknamed the Eagles, have reached 17th in the world rankings, its second highest position. The team ranked as high as 14th in 2007 after qualifying for that year’s Rugby World Cup. Though rugby is considered a club sport in the U.S., www.directtelevisionpackages.com, the national team is trying to change that image, scoring a television contract that allows viewers from across the country to see the national team in action as it plays the top squads. In fact, the U.S. is considering hosting a Rugby World Cup some time in the next two decades. The Eagles have had some success at this major international event, which is held every four years. Though the U.S. still has a long way to go to catch world rugby leaders New Zealand and Australia, the Eagles can point to some good results this past year, including two victories over Russia, one in the Churchill Cup. Led by coach Mike Tolkin, the U.S. will host friendlies throughout the summer of 2012 as part of mid-year tests. These matches should help propel the team forward in 2013.Related Article : Isaia Toeava to play rugby in Japan
The United States Eagles rugby squad has appointed a new head coach. Mike Tolkin will lead the team as it prepares to qualify for and compete in the next Rugby World Cup. Tolkin may have just taken the reins of the team, but he isn’t a new face. He was the Eagle’s defensive coach for the last three seasons including the Eagle’s time in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Mike Tolkin is also a high school teacher. Since 1987, Tolkin has been an English teacher at New York’s Xavier More …
If the Eagles, the American rugby team, are any indication then clearly rugby has the potential for a bright and prosperous future in the States. However, despite the evidence, and the fact that our major satellite tv providers even have channels devoted to it, there are still those in this country who really don’t see much future in rugby.
Based on a poll we took recently, we found out some of the reasons and listed below are some of the more popular ones that came up.
Reasons why, apparently, rugby won’t work in the US:
1.) There are no American rugby superstars to root for. A kind of subjective reason but one that came up the most in our poll. To be clear, there are plenty of rugby superstars out there – just not a whole lot of established American ones. However, that’s soon to change.
2.) It’s too dangerous for American television. This is kind of a funny reason when you stop to remember that this is a country that allows things like hockey and roller derby. Rugby isn’t any more dangerous than American football.
3.) There’s not enough buzz. By buzz, it is implied that there isn’t enough drama and controversy. Far be it for anyone out there to enjoy a sport purely for the sake of enjoying the sport, but there is plenty of controversy in the world of rugby. Just like any other sport out there.
As it stands, despite whatever naysayers might actually be saying, there is plenty about the sport of rugby to not only suggest a future in the States but almost guarantee it. Those who play rugby, love rugby, and are not quiet about it. The sport’s popularity will surely spread. Rugby very much CAN work in the US.
Retired American rugby star, Mike Hercus, still remains the USA Eagles top scorer. He holds that position by a considerable margin over the next several players. Hercus is not only the all-time leading scorer for the Eagles, but currently sits at 20th on the all-time international scoring list. Although Hercus is American, he mostly grew up in Australia, where Rugby has much greater support. In 2010, at the age of thirty-one, although never officially making the announcement, More …
USA Rugby continues to build on its reputation, earning a bigger following in its home country and around the world by competing in top international tournaments such as the Rugby World Cup and the Churchill Cup.
The Churchill Cup was an invitational tournament that lasted from 2003 to 2011. The U.S., Canada and England were all permanent fixtures in the tournament, with top teams from other countries invited to vie for the top prize. The final event included teams from Italy, Russia and Tonga. The last Churchill Cup was held in several cities around England.Confused? Here ‘s a little help . America hosted or co-hosted the event a total of four times.
USA Rugby enjoyed a strong result in the final Churchill Cup, scoring the Men’s Bowl, essentially finishing in fifth place. The Eagles were able to defeat Russia to secure the trophy, the second such time the U.S. has bought home hardware from the event. America’s best showing occurred in the Cup’s first year, when the Eagles lost to England in the final. England has dominated the event since its inception, winning the tourney title six times.
After the 2011 tournament, the International Rugby Board decided to start including the U.S. and Canada in its international test schedule, thereby eliminating the need for the tournament.
The U.S.A. National Rugby Team, otherwise known as the Eagles, are internationally known. They belong to North American and Caribbean Rugby Association. Going into this year they were ranked 17 in the world after a strong showing in the 2011 World Cup, defeating Russia in their second match. Coached by Mike Tolkin, players like Chris Wyles, captain Todd Clever, and James Paterson are all known for their rugby prowess. Rugby has existed in the U.S. since the 1880′s and a national team was formed for More …
The game of Rugby is one of the most competitive sports on the planet; but also one of the most grueling on the human body. So what does a professional rugby player do after they can no longer compete on the highest level due to age and/or injuries? Its hard to say what many players go on and pursue, but I can tell you about Nigel Melville; current CEO and President of Rugby Operations for USA More …
USA Rugby is reaching new heights as it looks to compete with the rest of the world in this exciting, intense sport. The team, nicknamed the Eagles, have reached 17th in the world rankings, its second highest position. The team ranked as high as 14th in 2007 after qualifying for that year’s Rugby World Cup.
Though rugby is considered a club sport in the U.S., the national team is trying to change that image, scoring a television contract that allows viewers from across the country to see the national team in action More …