It is generally recognized that black men have been playing rugby since as early as 1900, when James Peters played for the Knowle Rugby Club in England. That is a long time ago. Speed up to present day, even a casual viewer would recognize that the top tier teams have all featured black athletes in their starting 15. On the flipside, USA lags woefully behind.
The question is why?
Lindenwood University (St. Charles, Mo.) rebounded from a somewhat humbling loss to Central Washington University a week ago with two victories on a trip to Colorado.
The Lions defeated the University of Colorado 84-0 on Thursday, and the United States Air Force Academy 53-7 on Saturday.
When USA MNT Coach John Mitchell gave the jerseys out to the USA U20s on Feb. 12, he had a few words of encouragement and praise for the team, and one thing stuck in a few heads:
Statistics show that 10% of the current U20 team will go on to play in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Center Lorenzo Thomas’s ears perked up at that.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (USA Rugby Release) – Men's Eagles Head Coach John Mitchell will continue the trend of awarding caps in the team's final home match of the inaugural Americas Rugby Championship Saturday, Feb. 20, when Chile visits Lockhart Stadium.
JD Stephenson did, by all accounts, a remarkable job in getting the USA U20 team ready to play Canada.
Never mind that the Junior All Americans won the game, just think on the fact that had Ben Cima’s final kick not made it over, it would still have been 18-16, and a very close contest.
Two USA U20 players have been brought into camp with the senior men's national team in Florida.
The USA U20s have qualified for the World Rugby Junior Trophy with a wild and improbably 19-18 victory over Canada.
While there were several good performances in the game, the hero had to be flyhalf Ben Cima, who kicked four penalty goals, including the game-winner with no time left, from about 52 meters away.
Lindenwood travels to Texas to take on Arizona this weekend in a non-conference clash of two DIA hopefuls.
In this week's Game Breakers, we look at the DI Men's College players who made an impact for their teams over the past weekend.
Bowling Green flanker McNamara was big on defense and became a crucial weapon for the Falcons in winning his teams own restarts, helping them to a 44-22 win over Ohio State.
In our feature Game-Breakers, we highlight some players who made an impact on the field this past week.
This is our weekly HS Boys section. If you think we need to look at someone, let us know.
The Union HS team out of Oklahoma won the Heart of America tournament HS boys bracket, coming back to defeat rivals Kansas City Junior Blues in the final.
Union defeated Olathe 43-3 in their opening pool and then defeated the Shawnee Mission East Lancers 21-0.
Despite losing one player to the HS All Americans and three more to the Stars & Stripes assembly, the Union Rugby Club HS team out of Tulsa, Okla., won the Parrothead 7s this past weekend. Union played well, said coach Jason Todd, but actually played better earlier in the Tornado Alley 7s, when their split their squad and finished 1st and 2nd.