Thursday, August 15, 2013
USA Rugby returns to Charleston on Saturday for a must-win Rugby World Cup qualifier against the Canadian National Team inside Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $15 to $100 via http://www.usarugby.org. All ages are welcome to come to visit Blackbaud Stadium for this special event.
Rugby is a rare and exciting athletic spectacle, an international contact sport played without pads or helmets –– often with bigger hits than football. The level of athletic intensity, physical fitness and mental courage required to play rugby is considerable. For the third time, USA Rugby is returning to South Carolina.
On Aug. 9, 2008, the United States National Rugby Team played its first-ever match on South Carolina soil against ASM-France at Blackbaud Stadium.
On July 4, 2009, the USA Eagles defeated Canada in Charleston, another first for USA Rugby in South Carolina. Charleston mayor Joe Riley declared it “Rugby Day in Charleston.”
Although rugby is a grass roots, nonprofit effort in the United States, interesting developments in the sport have evolved in the past 50 years. Young men and women are playing more rugby more seriously, growing rugby clubs everywhere –– whilst bringing large rugby tournaments to the United States. High school rugby has also flourished nationally.
The ultimate goal in rugby is to receive the call to play for your country. In fact, many SEALs, Berets, Air Force pilots, and other elite military operators have played rugby at the highest levels throughout America.
Getting to know each of our current USA Eagle rugby player backgrounds via USARugby.org is most interesting reading, akin to NFL or NHL bios. Most elite players enroll in universities with outstanding rugby programs and endowments. Some go on to play rugby professionally, and internationally.