August 30, 2015 |
As part of the U.S. national rugby team's preparation for the World Cup next month, the Eagles will host Harlequins F.C. on Sunday in a warm-up match at PPL Park. "We look forward to welcoming Harlequin to the USA," said Nigel Melville, chairman and chief executive of USA Rugby. "This fixture is an exciting opportunity for both teams. Philadelphia has become a rugby hotbed and we are excited to be back there. " This is the first appearance by the USA Eagles in Philadelphia since they faced the Maori All Blacks in Nov. 2013.
November 11, 2013 |
Before USA Rugby's exhibition match against the Maori All Blacks - a high-level club from New Zealand - U.S. captain Todd Clever emphasized to his teammates that they have no regrets once all was said and done. Despite falling, 29-19, before a sellout crowd at PPL Park in Chester on Saturday night, the squad's performance against a top team indicated that Clever's request had been fulfilled. "Guys want to be here and put their bodies on the line," Clever said. The Maori All Blacks identify with New Zealand's top-ranked national team, but are a separate entity whose players are chosen based on genealogical descent.
May 11, 2012 |
They flew to Ireland to test their game. They will play for their first national title this weekend. And then they will compete in the first state championships. The Lady Dingoes, the under-19 girls' team from the Downingtown Rugby Football Club, clearly have taken off. Their sport has been going places, too. "I tell them all the time that this is an unbelievably special year of rugby because I can't think of any other year where you can have the opportunity to represent your country, the area where you are, and then be able to take our program and go out and compete for a national championship," Dingoes coach Matt Dziunycz said.
June 2, 2011 |
If you're one of the millions of Americans who have never seen a rugby sevens match, who might not even know the sport exists, you'll probably be surprised to learn that NBC is devoting 14 hours to this weekend's 2011 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships at PPL Park in Chester. Is this a slow week for celebrity poker? The answer is simple. Rugby sevens will become an Olympic sport in 2016, and NBC has long carried a torch for anything related to the Games its multimillions support.
June 12, 2008 |
By any measure, the Brandywine Rugby Club's 25th season was its most successful. Brandywine, based in West Chester, reached the senior men's national championship game of USA Rugby's Division II in Glendale, Colo. It lost to Red Mountain (Ariz.), 41-18, on June 1. A day earlier, Brandywine topped Detroit, 31-8, to reach the final for the first time. "It was just a phenomenal experience," Brandywine president Chris Vely said. "It was a complete team effort, starting with head coach George Betzler and captain Owen Gardner.
May 29, 2008 |
Two months ago, the St. Joseph's Prep rugby team was in Ireland, learning techniques, working basic skills with international coaches, and seeing the Cliffs of Mohr. Tomorrow morning at 10, the Hawks will play Jesuit High School of Sacramento, Calif., the top seed and multiple national champion, at USA Rugby's high school national championships at Founders Field in Pittsburgh. The St. Joe's team, which was started in 2005, is making its first appearance at the championships.
September 15, 2007 |
When fans show up today in the parking lot at Lakeside Field in Charleston, Ill., they will follow the normal September Saturday ritual: tailgating, waving the colors of their favorite teams, and watching a contact sport involving an oblong ball. They will also be witnesses to history. That's because 21 women from West Chester University, among others, will be part of the first NCAA-sanctioned women's rugby game. The Golden Rams will play Eastern Illinois. Although nearly 350 colleges and universities have women's rugby clubs - teams that are financially independent of the school - West Chester and Eastern Illinois are two of only four that sponsor (and support)
April 12, 2003 |
Only four years into its existence, the St. Joseph's University women's rugby team is headed to the Elite Eight of USA Rugby's collegiate Division II tournament. And by now, winning is nothing new for the Hawks (16-1). "The way we've been playing, we feel there's not a team that we cannot beat," said senior fly halfback Alison D'Amour, the team captain. D'Amour and her teammates are seeded No. 3 among the Elite Eight and will meet Providence, seeded No. 6, next Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
August 12, 2001 |
After graduating from Connecticut's Trinity College in 1996, Chris Bonny packed his Jeep and headed west. California was his destination, but Denver was where he stopped, stayed, and has lived ever since. Bonny, a native of Chadds Ford and a 1992 graduate of Tower Hill Academy in Delaware, has played rugby for 11 years. Since 1996, he has played for the Denver Barbarians, who are in Conshohocken this weekend for the USA Rugby seven-man club championships. The Philadelphia-Whitemarsh Rugby Football Club has hosted the event every year since 1995 at A.A. Garthwaite Field.
June 5, 2000 |
Debbie Hillenbrand was looking for something to do for a service project required of all Downingtown High School students before they can graduate. The project must be something that benefits the school community or the community at large. Hillenbrand, now a junior, remembered watching her older brother Kevin play for the Downingtown boys' rugby club team when she was in middle school. That gave her an idea. "I watched him play, and there was a certain excitement about the game," Hillenbrand said.