NEW YORK, NY – There’s always a ton of Rugby News to track down at anytime. So we are here to help and you, our dedicated readers out. With that, here are 13 Rugby Headlines – with links – that I thought you might find worthwhile.
2016/2017 7s Dream Team – England’s Dan Norton, USA’s Mike Friday (stepping in for the unavailable Danny Barrett); Fiji’s Kalione Nasoko and Jerry Tuwai; Series champions South Africa’s Chris Dry and Rosko Specman, and 2016-17 series top try scorer Perry Baker of the USA.2) World Rugby HSBC 7s Series Awards – The 2016/17 World Rugby HSBC 7s Series awards were given out following the London leg, including the naming of the series Dream Team.
3) Billy Vunipola withdraws from the British and Irish Lions; Haskell called up – Vunipola re-injured his shoulder in the Aviva Premiership playoff game. England teammate James Haskell has been called in as a replacement.
4) Ghana is now official WRO member – In a story close to my heart, the African nation has been an associate member since 2004 and runs a 10-team domestic 15s league.
5) Sudamérica Rugby A Championship – Uruguay and Chile will once again battle for the Sudamérica Rugby A Championship crown in 2017 after overcoming Brazil and Paraguay respectively to remain unbeaten after two rounds.
6) Pro 12 Playoffs – It will be an Irish side versus a Welsh side for the Pro 12 title.
8) Aviva Premiership playoffs – And then there were only two left to battle for the title of the best team in Aviva Premiership.
9) Champions Cup qualifying – Four teams faced off for the right to play in the Champions cup next season.
10) World Rugby Rankings – Has updated results which includes the weekend’s Tier 2/3 results.
11) World Rugby & NBC – World Rugby and NBC announced details of an unprecedented seven-year partnership for exclusive rights to present the world’s biggest international rugby events, including Rugby World Cup and Women’s Rugby World Cup in the United States.
12)USA Rugby College 7s Championship Series – Results of the weekend’s championship matches.
13) USA Rugby Club Championship Series – The final teams in the 3 men’s divisions and 2 women’s have been confirmed. matches.
Not part of the list but I would love the thoughts of our referee friends on this pathetic display of reffing and being a TMO in the Super Rugby Blues versus Stormer match. Here is a clip of the most egregious calls and no calls.
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