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?
TOOWOOMBA, Queensland - The USA Rugby Men's Collegiate All Americans defeated Darling Downs 31-17 in the opening game of a three-match tour of Australia, sponsored by WellDog.
The numbers don't lie - Southeast Polk is, in the last five years, 71-0-3 in the Iowa Youth Rugby Association Boys 2A competition, and once again emerged winners of the state championship this past weekend.
Davenport and Lindenwood met up Saturday for the Labry Memorial Shield game between the two teams.
Uruguay defeated the USA 29-25 Saturday in the Americas Rugby Championship, capitalizing on some USA mistakes, penalties, and inexperience to mount a comeback for a big home win.
This was only the second time Uruguay has beaten the Eagles - the other time was 10-9 in 2002 in Montevideo. In 2014, the two teams tied in Montevideo.
Two USA U20 players have been brought into camp with the senior men's national team in Florida.
Former SE Polk HS star Deion Mikesell, the top player in Iowa's 7s season last year, will start at wing for the USA U20s Saturday evening in Austin against Canada.