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Seattle defend Major League Rugby crown before season three expansion

After the Seawolves’ dramatic win over San Diego, work will go on to address weaknesses – and build on evident strengthsThe Seattle Seawolves retained their Major League Rugby title on Sunday, beating San Diego 26-23 on the Legion’s home turf. It took …

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‘We were attracted by the aggression’: how rugby rescues lives in America

Cristian Rodriguez found the game in Hawaiian Gardens, California through a programme called Alternatives to Gang Membership. After this weekend’s Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, he’ll head home to pay it backCristian Rodriguez grew up i…

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‘We were attracted by the aggression’: how rugby rescues lives in America

Cristian Rodriguez found the game in Hawaiian Gardens, California through a programme called Alternatives to Gang Membership. After this weekend’s Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, he’ll head home to pay it backCristian Rodriguez grew up i…

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USA sevens sparkle at Twickenham to secure Olympic spot

Eagles and Fiji ensure qualification for Tokyo Games next yearCoach Mike Friday: ‘I’m so proud and pleased for all the boys’ USA have become the first men’s rugby sevens team to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, after winning their thre…

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Major League Rugby expands with care – is the Premiership watching? | Martin Pengelly

The US competition is adding three teams but it is also switching to conferences, aiming for sustainable growthMajor League Rugby will add three teams for its third season, allowing for the creation of two six-team conferences. Related: Coney Island, b…

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Scottish Rugby Union takes stake in Washington DC team

MLR documents confirm near-30% stake in Old Glory DCCo-owner suggests deal may produce talent for both sidesThe Scottish Rugby Union has taken close to a 30% stake in Old Glory DC, a Washington-based team preparing to enter Major League Rugby next year…

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Coney Island, baby: New York wait for pro rugby ends with win over Toronto

MLR came to the Big Apple and it seemed to fit right in: rough, raucous and at the end, to home fans, a genuine nailbiting thrillOut on the turf at MCU Park, by the mock dirt of the baseball diamond and the covered pitcher’s mound, James Kennedy puffed…

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Coney Island, baby: New York wait for pro rugby ends with win over Toronto

MLR came to the Big Apple and it seemed to fit right in: rough, raucous and at the end, to home fans, a genuine nailbiting thrillOut on the turf at MCU Park, by the mock dirt of the baseball diamond and the covered pitcher’s mound, James Kennedy puffed…

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USA hit second Vegas jackpot to stand on top of the rugby sevens world

A win without Perry Baker and Danny Barrett will alarm the super powers: the Americans are starting to find some depthIn Las Vegas on Sunday, the USA men’s Eagles beat Samoa 27-0 to win a second USA Sevens title in a row. It was their first gold medal …

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‘Growing as men’: Mike Friday on how USA rugby went top of world sevens

Ahead of Vegas showpiece, Eagles coach discusses diversity, psychology and why his team has made four finals in a rowIn the HSBC World Rugby Men’s Sevens Series, the USA have reached four finals in a row. Going into their home event in Las Vegas this w…

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‘This rugby?’ MLR offers a close and precious look at pro game in the raw | Martin Pengelly

As the Six Nations enters its rest weekend, it’s worth watching MLR online to see a league which is beginning from rugby’s glorious basicsRecently, Major League Rugby commissioner Dean Howes called rugby union “a great stadium sport”. Related: Major Le…

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Major League Rugby: New York and Toronto expand reach in season two

Seattle seek to repeat feat as pro competition’s first champions while RUNY look to flourish in a city that demands successMajor League Rugby kicks off its second season this weekend with two new teams to watch. The Toronto Arrows will join Rugby Unite…

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Danny Barrett’s brutal brilliance puts USA top of the rugby sevens world

The Eagles look well set for an automatic Olympic place. Rugby’s sleeping giant is most definitely stirringThe USA men’s sevens team has found a way to win – or at least to lead – while losing. Related: Twickenham considers NFL-style plan for elite to …

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Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees

Now that the autumn internationals have been completed we take a look at the prospects for the opening stage in JapanIreland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa Continue reading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the final round of autumn Tests

Ireland have much to thank Schmidt for, Italy bear the brunt of All Blacks’ frustrations and Fiji look ominous foes for AustraliaEngland’s autumn ledger reads as follows: P4 W3 L1; tries scored 10, tries conceded six. They have looked both excellent an…

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Andrew Conway’s hat-trick steers Ireland past USA to extend home record

• Ireland 57-14 USA• Joe Schmidt’s side complete autumn clean sweepAndrew Conway’s hat-trick sealed a second straight autumn series clean sweep as Ireland extended their record home winning run to 12 matches. Jack Conan, Tadhg Beirne, Stuart McCloskey,…

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Andrew Conway’s hat-trick steers Ireland past USA to extend home record

• Ireland 57-14 USA• Joe Schmidt’s side complete autumn clean sweepAndrew Conway’s hat-trick sealed a second straight autumn series clean sweep as Ireland extended their record home winning run to 12 matches. Jack Conan, Tadhg Beirne, Stuart McCloskey,…

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Rugby union power rankings: All Blacks still No 1 despite rare defeat | Gerard Meagher

A year from the World Cup New Zealand look good for a hat-trick of wins but Ireland, South Africa and Wales are all on the rise with England and Australia heading in the other directionDefeat by South Africa in Wellington reminded the world that the Al…

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New Zealand to face France in women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens final

Black Ferns concede first points before beating US EaglesFrance shock world series champions AustraliaAmerica’s women fell in the semifinals of their own Rugby World Cup Sevens, losing an entertaining game to New Zealand at AT&T Park in San Francis…

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Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco will be a knockout – guaranteed

At AT&T Park, men and women will share the stage. Under sudden-death rules, there will be no second chances for anyoneIt is perfectly possible that the USA men’s and women’s sevens teams will bring home two world titles this weekend, when the Rugby…