January 7, 2014 |
The USA Rugby Sevens tournament in Las Vegas later this month promises lots of excitement on the field and plenty of things to do in the run-up to the game. This relatively new form of rugby features seven players to a side, instead of the usual 15. Teams from 16 nations will square off in the competition Jan. 24-26. Forty-four games will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium , about 10 miles east of the Strip at 7000 E. Russell Road in Las Vegas . The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 when members of Team USA will gather with supporters for a pep rally at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
October 1, 2013 |
For those clamoring for more rugby on television, your wish has been granted. USA Rugby has announced a broadcasting partnership with FOX Sports for the upcoming men's Eagles match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks Nov. 9 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The inaugural Black and Blue Match, presented by USA Rugby and New Zealand Rugby Union sponsor AIG, will kick off at 4 p.m. PST Nov. 9, with the broadcast to be aired on FOX Sports 1 Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. “USA Rugby is very excited about FOX Sports 1 airing the match from Philadelphia,” USA Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Jon Persch said.
January 4, 2013 |
Rugby takes center stage next month in Las Vegas as teams from around the world gather for the USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament . The action takes place Feb.8 - 10 at Sam Boyd Stadium on the eastern edge of the Las Vegas Valley and includes a variety of related events before, during and after the matches. The game, which will return as an Olympic sport in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 for the first time since 1924, differs from traditional rugby in that teams of seven, instead of 15, compete in fast-paced matches consisting of seven-minute halves.
July 9, 2012 |
RUGBY URBAN LEGEND : A player used a blood capsule to fake a cut as part of an elaborate scheme by his team. One of the more annoying aspects of sports like football and basketball is the concept of "flopping," players pretending to be fouled when they did not actually get foul. How can the referees possibly tell what happened when the "flopper" does a good acting job? After all, it is easy enough to pretend that you were hit by someone. However, it is a whole other story to try to fake being cut and bleeding.
April 21, 2012 |
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Hammer throwers don't have many places to practice their sport. So Britney Henry is happy to have this vast, green field overlooking the Lower Otay Reservoir, complete with a concrete throwing ring and, on this particular morning, a built-in audience. A duck watches her fling one metal ball after another into the air. When she walks out to retrieve the hammers, her impromptu fan follows along, quacking. "It's nice having this facility," Henry says.
April 19, 2012 |
A Welsh urban legend says that "Every time Wales wins the rugby grand slam, a pope dies, except for 1978, when Wales were really good and two popes died. " A grand slam in rugby occurs when one nation beats all the others in the Six Nations League in one year. The six nations are England, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy. Although many men on the street in Wales appear to believe the legend, Dr. Gareth Payne of University Hospital Wales and his colleagues disproved it -- sort of. In a 2008 article in the BMJ, they concluded that this event occurs only about 62% of the time.