USA Rugby announced the 12-player rosters for the men’s and women’s rugby team to represent Team USA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Monday. The rosters the diversity with athletes represented from across the country. (more…)
by Josh Gardner – After a long, hard 2015/16 season, the pro rugby players of the Northern Hemisphere are finally getting a few weeks of rest and relaxation.
Whether they’re on holiday, indulging in some unusual hobbies, or just getting odd jobs around the house, here are the Top 11 ways your favorite pro rugby players have been up to on their summer breaks…
11) Many players of course took advantage of their time off to get away from it all to have some fun in the sun. Case in point is Australia and Stade Francais scrum-half Will Genia, who’s certainly not taking it easy in Míkonos.
10) Meanwhile his former Wallaby teammate and current Bordeaux centre Adam Ashley-Cooper was also enjoying his time in Croatia – someone should probably tell him that’s not how you go snorkeling, mind…
9) Not every rugby star has been taking it easy by ocean this offseason, however – some rugby stars have been getting out on the water in a more active way. Sale and England centre Kyle Eastmond has been showing off both his guns and his jet ski skills in Barbados…
8) It’s not all about the water however – some rugby stars are more comfortable in the skies. Monster Clermont and France full-back Scott Spedding has been enjoying the Australian outback in a helicopter that, let’s be honest… is WAY too small for him.
7) Holidays aren’t just about seeing the sights chilling by the sea however, one rugby legend has been getting close to nature… real close! Recently retired 127-cap Springbok lock Victor Matfield has been making friends with a rhino, and he’s not the only one walking on the wild side…
6) Hot off the back of a victorious England summer tour, Jonathan Joseph has been channeling his inner Mowgli and making friends with the monkeys on holiday in Bali.
5) Unsurprisingly, many rugby stars have been taking advantage of their offseason breaks to indulge their passions for other sports, such as England flanker Chris Robshaw, who’s been enjoying the sunshine in Wimbledon.
4) Fresh off the back of a hard tour of New Zealand, Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau has wasted no time getting into the Euro 2016 spirit, heading straight over to Lille with fellow Wales teammate Hallam Amos, mixing with the fans ahead of Gareth Bale and company’s historic quarter-final clash with Belgium.
3) Not everyone has been spending their offseason off in exotic locales however – some rugby players have been spending their time in more productive ways, such as England, Lions and former Saints prop Alex Corbisiero, who’s been simultaneously hard at work in the garden and making the rest of us feel very inadequate.
2) Just because you’re an elite athlete doesn’t mean you can avoid the boring DIY jobs either, just ask England and Bath prop Rob Webber, who looks like he’s got a long afternoon ahead of him before he’ll be flipping burgers…
1) Finally, while the days of players boozing long into the night after a game are long gone, it’s nice to see that Wales teammates Paul James and Tom James can still have a few cold ones together on holiday in Dubai.
They might find many varied ways to enjoy it, but with the rigors of preseason training just around the corner, these rugby stars certainly deserve their time off…
The United States are the 2-time defending Olympic Gold Medalist having won the 1920 Antwerp and 1924 Paris Olympics in the 15’s version of the game. The Eagles face long-odds to repeat in the 7’s version debuting at Rio 2016 but recent form does not count them out. (more…)
New Zealand qualified for Rio 2016 with their 3rd place finish in the HSBC Sevens Series 2014/15 standings. The All Black Sevens will be playing to continue the recent run of form of New Zealand rugby with the men’s 15’s side winning the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and 2015. (more…)
Fiji head to Brazil as the overall #1 seed in the rugby 7’s competition after winning the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens Series, the qualifying tournament with the top 4 teams earning a place in Rio. (more…)
The Great Britain national rugby sevens team is a select team composed of players from England, Wales, and Scotland although the team qualified for Rio 2016 by virtue of England’s 4th place finish in the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens Series. (more…)
South Africa qualified for Rio 2016 by virtue of their 2nd place finish in the 2014/15 HSBC World Sevens Series standings. The Blitzboks could have a 15’s flair with Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana 1 of four 15’s players in the initial Olympic roster. (more…)
Australia qualified for Rio 2016 as the winner of the 2015 Oceania Sevens Championship. They were the 5th overall seed in the draw. (more…)
Argentina qualified for Rio 2016 by winning the 2015 CONSUR Men’s Sevens Championship, the annual South American championship. The team finished the 2015/16 HSBC World Sevens Series in 5th place. (more…)
Brazil’s national 7’s rugby team is the least experienced side in this summer’s field, qualifying as the host nation. Brazil only competed in 3 of the HSBC Sevens Series events, Vancouver, Paris, and London failing to win a game and taking the minimum 3 total points. (more…)
France qualified for Rio 2016 as the champion of the 2015 Rugby Europe Men’s Sevens Championship. France finished in 11th place in the 2015/16 HSBC World Sevens Series. (more…)
Japan qualified for Rio 2016 as the champions of the 2015 ARFU Men’s Sevens Championships. Japan finished in 15th place on the 2015/16 HSBC World Sevens Series but only played in 5 events. Their best finish came at the Las Vegas Sevens when the lost to New Zealand in the Plate Final. (more…)
Kenya qualified for Rio 2016 by winning the 2015 Rugby Africa Men’s Championship. They finished the 2015/16 HSBC World Sevens Series in 7th up from 13th the previous year. (more…)
Spain was the final team to qualify for Rio 2016 and earned their berth by virtue of winning the 2016 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament. (more…)
Rugby returns to the Olympic program this summer after a 92-year absence and the 12 men’s and women’s teams know their path to gold after the groups were announced today in Rio de Janeiro. (more…)
By Josh Gardner – With the June international break nearly over, the Super Rugby will soon return, and with it will return some of the nicest, most eye-catching jerseys in the game. (more…)
This summer’s Olympic Games will see the inclusion of rugby sevens for the first time. If you’re not that familiar with the short form of the game, or unsure why you should really care about it being on the slate in Rio 2016, here are 7 reasons to get you excited… (more…)
The collegiate rugby sevens season concludes this weekend with the playing of the 7th Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship from Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. NBC and NBCSN announced they will live coverage of select games on June 4 and 5. (more…)
The Irish Rugby Football Union and Vodafone Ireland announced a 4-year, $16.9 million partnership that will see the telecommunications company be the official telecom partner starting on June 1. (more…)