Once upon a time, American football and rugby were pretty much one and the same. Then came Walter Camp and the 1880 college football rules convention that replaced scrums with an uncontested line of scrimmage, and a subsequent century of increasing delineation and mutual indifference: hard plastic helmets and the domestic dominance of Monday Night [...]
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There’s been a lot of talk in rugby and football circles about the influence of one sport over the other in terms of tackling and converting crossover athletes, and ATAVUS Coach Emilie Bydwell said there are certainly approaches that work best for rugby coaches. The Rugby World Cup has brought up, yet again, the concept [...]
By Robert Zullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On a sweltering night last week, Alicia Trump leaned over the railing of her porch on North Franklin Street and looked out over the field that runs behind Manchester school. A cloud of dust rose from the bone-dry dirt as the Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club’s men’s team slugged its [...]
Botha has no regrets about his failed NFL career bid as young bloods make the crossover NICK KARIUKI IN 1983 Naas Botha left South Africa and rugby to try to make it in the US as a place kicker in American football. The day he was meant to try out for the Chicago Bears, [...]
A post by our very own: Matt Trouville Tonight I received one of the greatest honors I could ever dream of, the chance to wear the USA jersey in a Rugby World Cup match. Just to say those words is indescribable! I remember sitting in my lounge room as a kid with a ball under [...]
Seattle was already an epicenter for rugby-inspired tackling methods. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll champions the cause with his “Hawk Tackle” video, and Washington coaches, after experimenting with some rugby drills in the past, adopted them wholly last year, too. For Rex Norris, the art of tackling goes beyond the act of burying a ball carrier [...]
Program designed to parallel USA Rugby Developmental Pathway and increase competitiveness throughout player pool SEATTLE (October 5, 2015) – ATAVUS (rugby.atavus.com) has launched its two newest ATAVUS Academy locations in Minneapolis and San Diego to provide sustained, year-round player development. Initially both locations will focus on women’s (18+) programs, designed to parallel the USA Rugby [...]
Shalom Suniula checks in post game one The RWC experience so far has been breathtaking.The highlight of my week was being announced on the roster to play against Samoa. Being Samoan myself, this game had extra meaning to it. I have family back in Samoa sending me messages and pictures wearing USA gears showing their support for the [...]
As the World Cup begins in England, more football coaches stateside look to rugby to improve tackling By Jonathan Clegg Sept. 15, 2015 12:41 p.m. ET For most Americans, the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off Friday, is a strange curiosity. Here’s a sport that looks a little like the NFL. But with no helmets, [...]
What a week I just had! The lowest of lows and then the highest of highs all within a seven day period. Returning from Philly after the Harlequins match, on Wednesday I was called by our team manager informing me that I would be returning to the squad to prepare for the historic Wallabies match [...]