U.S. Open Gold Medal Defense

May 11, 1924

The United States opened their campaign to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals with a 37-0 win over Romania on this day in rugby history in 1924.  It was the last Olympics to feature Rugby Union.

The Red, White and Blue were one of only three teams that entered the competition. The USOC contemplated not sending a team but decided to send one since they were the current gold medal holders.

Rugby @ Olympic Games 1924 – USA b France 17-3 from Frederic Humbert on Vimeo.

The U.S. team was composed mainly of players from California with 7 of the players members of the 1920 team as well.

Rugby Birthdays

1977 – Victor Matfield, South African rugby union footballer

Rugby Deaths

2004 – Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer and coach

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