More Rugby World Cup Quick Facts

1. Ireland, a country with a serious chance of winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup and easily a top 4 favorite, probably a top 2 favorite, has never beaten the All Blacks.

2. The first try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup was a penalty try – the first try scored by a player was by Michael Jones, NZ v Italy in 1987

3. In the 1995 World Cup, The All Blacks recorded the largest WC winning margin with a 145 – 17 win against Japan, this included 21 tries and 6 alone from Marc Ellis. It also was a record for conversions with 20 from Simon Culhane.

4. In both 1995 and 2007 Rugby World Cup where South Africa won the cup. They played against Samoa and had a winger score four tries. Chester Williams (1995) and Bryan Habana (2007).

5. France is the only team to have played in a final without ever winning one… and they have done that three times.

Rugby Deaths and Head Injuries

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One of the reasons many people are attracted to the game of rugby is because of its physicality. With that, obviously comes inherent dangers.

Unfortunately, these dangers can lead to more than just a broken bone or black eye. In late June of 2015, Aaron Kohring died from playing rugby in Fairbanks, Alaska.

This is no isolated incident either. In June of 2015, James Ackerman died after sustaining a blow to the head playing for the Australian Rugby League.

The rise of rugby related head injuries have been on the rise in the past few years according to a number of sources. Referenced from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 5,794 head injuries were grouped together with Lacrosse in the U.S. to bring rugby to the 17th spot of most reported injuries in 2009.

In 2011, it was reported that 110 players were paralyzed during the course of the game in the United Kingdom alone. one of which was Daniel James, who suffered a heart wrenching injury after a scrum collapsed on his head and paralyzed him, he took his own life for not being able to cope with his loss.

In 2010, Allyson Pollock actually called for all scrums to be banned in her country after discovering that 37 injuries occurred over a duration of just 190 rugby matches at select Scottish schools.

The UK’s Telegraph reported in 2011 that rugby union play in schools had an injury rate three times that of Soccer. David Allen, Director of Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow, went on record stating  “We used to get one case every three years but that has risen to three a year since 2006” as reported in the same article.

And with all of this information it would be very easy to conclude that rugby is a very dangerous sport. However, incomplete information always leads to incomplete answers.

The same report that said 5,794 head injuries in the U.S. came from rugby play, also stated that Horseback riding was ranked Number 1 in hospital admissions. It was even noted that every year, more than 500,000 people visit emergency rooms in the United States due to Bicycle related injuries.

Sure, rugby has inherent dangers as stated before. But relative to other sports I’d say it is fairly safe.

Furthermore, more awareness has blown up the number of head injuries across all sports. It is not just rugby that is reporting high numbers of these same kind of accidents.

And with rugby as the fastest growing sport in America, it is likely more attention will be given to the subject as more and more incidents occur like the one in Fairbanks, Alaska this past month.

The best plan of action to take is education and proper enforcement of certain rules. President Obama made a fairly good point in light of this subject a few years ago when he said “I tend to be more worried about college players than NFL players in the sense that the NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies.”

Maybe we should look into at least modifying the scrum for children under 18 who play rugby in the U.S.

Maybe we should also budget for the proper technicians to be at every sporting event in case events like this do happen, so that they can be recognized and treated.

However we go about the problem, the first step is to actually have a dialogue about it. Without people talking about the subject, nothing can happen.

With that said, sports are a vital part of growing up. To become overprotective as  society will do us more harm than good as it strips away important aspects of life. Maybe this article is just here to bring awareness to an issue that is largely ignored. Reacting to every bad thing that happens in this country is one of the reasons why we find ourselves quarreling amongst each other so much. For now, we should celebrate that we are still living, fighting, and playing rugby on Saturday morning.

American Rugby Scholarships – Top 5

So it is not a huge secret that American Rugby is not as popular as collegiate American football here in the States. But if you find yourself reading this, that might be a good thing.

The competition in the rugby talent pool for most American schools is slim pickings. That means you can capitalize on some pretty sweet scholarships if you’re a hard working, smart, fairly athletic rugger. Unlike trying to compete for a full ride at the University of Alabama for football…

The growth of American Rugby is the fastest of all collegiate sports. And though some schools recognize it and others just endorse it, some go above and beyond their call of duty.

Here are the TOP 5 American Rugby Scholarships

5. University of Central Florida –

The UCF Alumni Rugby Scholarship is a $250 payout every season. You can renew this every year and essentially make $1000 over your course of playing for the Knights. That might not sound like much, but it can at least buy you beer for a little while. Plus it’s UCF…

4. Arkansas State University –

Arkansas offers partial scholarships to it’s rugby athletes in the form of waivers. They allow out of state players pay for in state tuition. This amounts to quite a bit. Both men and women can apply.

3. Idaho State University –

Idaho State University has one of the best rugby teams in the Nation, consistently going to the National championship. They also offer in state waivers to their rugby players like Arkansas. Their out of state tuition is around $7500 while their in state tuition cost $2200 making the rugby scholarship amount to over $4800 a semester.

2. Kutztown University –

I’m wasn’t even sure if this was a real place… But it definitely is. They offer their rugby students scholarships totaling over $10,000. That’s a big chunk of change for some people and a generous amount for such a humble sport.

1. Furman University –

Okay the best place to go to school if you’re a rockstar rugby player and you want to go tuition free is Furman University. Their scholarship can average over six figures over the period of 4 years. That’s unheard of, even in some rugby dominant countries. This little school is located in Greenville, SC and is known for being the most selective private university in South Carolina. It enrolls about 2700 students every year and has a ton of clubs on campus, including Rugby.

Why is American Rugby so Unpopular?

After playing the game for a while it becomes somewhat of a mystery why Americans haven’t taken to Rugby the way the rest of the world has. It seems to have everything a drunk American sports fanatic would love: Tradition, drinking culture, and blood, lots and lots of blood.

So why is it that the United States has found itself as the last frontier of world class rugby? Has the so called “Melting Pot” of the world lost some of its steam? Is dinner served as baked American Football topped with a sprinkling of baseball and maybe a side of steamed basketball? I thought the whole idea of the American way of life resembled more of a buffet than a TV dinner.

America, it seems, has a love affair with sports. We pay our professional athletes some astounding sums of money. Our Universities have become brand names for some of the best teams in the Country. We give our students full ride scholarships to throw a ball around. Instead of enrolling our children in guitar lessons or French classes, we generally sign them up for baseball camp during the summer. We idolize our sports and watch them with tenacity, becoming irrationally attached and incessantly emotional about the outcome of a game.

But still, rugby has alluded our TV screens and peanut galleries since it’s inception. Why is this?

The easy and most obvious answer is…MONEY

When your eyes are glued to the screen as the University of Alabama wins another National Title, we take for grant it the countless commercials we see. Hell, the Super Bowl, one of the most watched events on television is famous for it’s original commercials. This means money for a lot of people.

But taking a closer look at the structure of a rugby game brings up some questions about the ability to live stream a prominent match. The game itself is 80 minutes long with only one half, known for its continuous play. On the contrary, American Football is played with four 14 minute quarters, built to stop and go throughout the plays. As a capitalist company trying to make the most out of their marketing budget, American football is the obvious choice to place an ad.

Rugby’s salary CAP isn’t the most attractive to the actual athletes either, and we can even compare to the best in the world. One would think the Leicester Tigers in the UK get paid pretty good, and they do compared to a teacher’s salary. But it’s dwarfed standing side by side to even the NFL’s bench. We have some of the best athletes in the world, but if Rugby doesn’t make any money then our athletes will continue to play something else that does.

So is all hope lost for American rugby fans? Will our cry for the Eagles continue to be muffled by the sound of “take me out to the ball game”?


But rugby IS the fastest growing sport among our youth, as reported by the Boston Globe. From 2008 to 2013 it beat out other sports like Lacrosse and Hockey by 81 percent. Carlin Isles, America’s famous winger, has a video on YouTube that has over 6 Million views. Countless clubs are popping up all over, in big cities and small towns alike. We even have a professional league premiering this year in Philadelphia.

I conclude with the fact that nobody likes to do something they aren’t good at. And as an American, it has been hard to watch a game of the USA Eagles play a match, just to get creamed by the opponent.

But this is changing. I invite everyone to tune into a match to check up on our guys to see how they are doing. You might be surprised.

We have built a team that is winning games. We have a really good shot this year to qualify for the World Cup in Rio. And the more support we give, the more momentum we’ll have going in.

Check out some of my other articles following the USA Eagles and their road to the World Cup here

For a more in depth look at Rugby salaries check this article out

For Boston Globe’s inside look at the growth of American Rugby

American Rugby – Let’s Put This Into Perspective

“Watching Americans play rugby is like watching a dog walk on his hind legs. He doesn’t do it well but you’re impressed he can do it at all”

Okay… Let’s put this into perspective Mr. Funnyman

The first thing I want to clarify is that by no means is American rugby the best in the world. I’m not claiming that. But what I will claim, is that it’s arguably the most impressive. And here’s why.

The USA Eagles ranked 16th in the entire World prior to this World Cup, beating out 86 other teams in a period where rugby is looked at as a club sport to most.

Our USA Sevens Eagles are one in only 8 teams to have already qualified for the Olympics in 2016.

Did I mention we have the most Olympic Gold medals in Rugby? And are still the defending champs?

Look, we haven’t had a great showing in the World Cup since it’s beginnings. But we have qualified for every World Cup besides one in 1995.

Keep in mind the United States holds the record for most Olympic Gold Medals overall, with only the Soviet Union coming close ( which isn’t even close ). So even though there isn’t a strong American presence in International sports like Fútbol, Rugby and Cricket, there is still no doubt that the US produces a majority of the best athletes in the World.

As I’ve experienced extensive travel in my day, I’ve even noticed it in our culture. It’s something distinct, our love of sports.

The fact is that our best athletes aren’t playing rugby in this period of time. If our Michael Jordans, Tom Bradys, and Cy Youngs grew up playing rugby instead of traditional American sports, there would be no question that our Eagles would dominate the game.

I didn’t even know what rugby was until I made it to University. I had an idea. But my experience with rugby was limited to a few YouTube videos I randomly came across.

So this is why the Eagles are the most impressive team in the World Cup. Because it’s a rag tag team. It’s a team without money. It’s a team in it’s youth. It’s a team playing against all odds. Yet they are still there, putting up points on the scoreboard against the best in the World.

So to the Funnyman that has a strong opinion out there. I’m going to kindly ask you to check your facts.

Give it some time and American Rugby will be Rucking some shit up.

Furthermore, I’d like to give a big Congrats to every team out there this year. The fact that you went through hell to get there is impressive enough. Maybe the fellow who left this comment never played a game of rugby in his life. If he has, I think he would appreciate that.

And with that said, I wouldn’t mind to see Todd Clever punch him in the face. Followed by a bald eagle with an 11 ft wing span shit on his head after a full night of drinking Tennessee’s Jack Daniel Whiskey, so you know it would be the runs. Then suddenly, out of no where, Abe Lincoln runs him over with a Ford Model T, only to submit him to one of our hospitals to be treated by the best damn healthcare system on planet earth. But no one comes to visit. And he gets a little depressed. But American entrepreneurship allows him to meet up with a pretty girl from Facebook. Thank you Mark Zuckerberg. They go on a few dates and before long he falls in love. But alas, she cheats on him with none other than Todd Clever, the same guy who punch him in the head.

Yours truly,


Rugby 7’s Workout program

There will always be the conundrum of gaining STRENGTH and SPEED at the same time. Even outside of rugby, people are trying to lose weight while they stack on muscle, which is extremely hard to do (not impossible).

Rugby is a sport that clearly implies brute force and speed. It is a game that will not only leave you in the dust, but will bury you into the ground if you let it.

So what does a rugby 7s player workout routine look like?


Even though some of you may say this is not part of a workout routine… the only thing you will get from me is a smile and a “good luck”.

Diet is everything, because it not only dictates how your workout goes, it dictates how you recover as well.

I won’t get into here because it’s not the place… but if you’re interested. I will be following up on this topic at a later date.

2. Building Strength

This crucial for parts of the game that include scrums, tackling, rucking and lifting. Without any kind of real strength it’s difficult to compete.

try this: 


Back squats 5×5

Bench Press 5×5

Deadlift 5×5

Military Press 5×5

2. Explosion

In order to play rugby 7s with the pros, you will need to be able to explode off of a scrum, a ruck, or even touch. Acceleration is key. That one split second can be the difference in winning or losing a match.

try this


Pull ups 10×5

Box Jumps 10×5

Kleen and Jerk 10×5

25m Sprint 10×5

3. Endurance

This is a tricky one… How do you find endurance when you are trying to build power? The answer is being very careful not to overdo it. Really watch your heart rate and try and stay at a constant 135 or under for an extended period of time. Do this a few times a week, that’s all you need. Your workouts should be giving you that extra breath anyways. Combine these light jogs with eating a lot and you won’t go into a metabolic stage as much as you would think.

Try this out for at least 3 months. See what happens. Use big heavy weight on Mo-We-Fr and 50% wight on Tu-Th-Sa. You can also switch some things up once you’ve built a good routine. Watch Carlin Isles train for the USA Rugby Olympics in this short video.


DJI Inspire1 Review – You can Capture Rugby Games

Are you looking for one of the best cutting-edge quadcopter on the market so you can film any rugby games? Let us introduce to you Inspire 1. It is a flight control system that astonished us with its features, looks and technological achievements. You will surely have one of the best flights in your life with Inspire 1. Lets see why and go through all the specs of this wonderful product.


Height: 438mm
Width: 451mm
Flying Weight: 2935g
Flight time: 18 Minutes
Battery: 5700 mAh 22.8 V
Video: 12 MP 4000×3000

What’s in the DJI Inspire1 box

The whole package is neat packaged and a well stocked content. Comes with bundle set of accessories including:

  • Aircraft Body
  • Remote Controller
  • Camera with Gimbal
  • Propellers (Pair)
  • Intelligent Flight Battery (TB47)
  • Battery Charger
  • SD Card (16GB)
  • ND Filter
  • Manuals
  • Power Cable
  • Micro-USB Cables
  • Remote Controller Charging Cable
  • Harness
  • Camera with Gimbal Box
  • Carrying Case

Here you see everything you get when you order the single remote control version of the DJI Inspire 1. The box includes: Inspire 1, one battery 4500mAh, various cables, user manual, the gimbal + camera, 8 propellers (only 4 shown here), a screwdriver and some spare dampers, power supply, harness.

DJI Inspire1 assembly

The DJI Inspire1 is delivered pre-assembled to 99% and it is ready to fly quadcopter, however some things have to be done and properly prepare before your first take off:

1. Charge batteries – Charger comes with two outlets, one for the remote controller and one for the flight battery. It is important to charge them separately not both at same time, so start with charging the controller. LED charging status indicators will start blinking during this process and stop blinking when charging if finished.

The DJI Inspire1 comes with two different batteries, TB47 4500mAh and second one with 5700 mAh they both charge in the exactly same way. At the top of the battery there are four LED lights indicators and the button so if you press this button you will see how the battery is charged now. It has two connectors for battery charger outlet, remove the cap and connect it with TB47 battery. Charging process is exactly the same like for controller.

2. Preparing the gimbal – On the top of the gimbal there is a connectors protection cap which needs to be removed first. Unlock the cap from Inspire1 by turning the it in right side to and connect the gimbal in the holder then turn the lever in the left side.

3. Insire1 software update – It is important to update firmware update of your Inspire1 before taking your first flight. Take out the microSD card from camera and plug it inside of your computer (you will need microSD adapter for that). Go to DJI Homepage and download latest zip firmware from the website. Unzip the firmware file and copy the bin file in the root directory of the microSD card and USB stick which is needed to update the controller. Insert the microSD card inside Inspire1 and turn it on, connect the smart device with the controller (iPhone, Android) and start the DJI Pilot app and firmware will start upgrading the software.

The whole updating process takes around 20 minutes you will see that lights are flashing, it’s important to not touch anything during this process to avoid any damage.

4. Controller software update – Put the USB stick in and turn on the controller on, you will see blue flashing light which means that software update is running and this process takes around 3 minutes.

DJI Inspire1 features

The Main Controller – Ground Station

DJI Inspire1 features FPV when controller connected with smart device (iOS, Android). The main controller receives thousands of bits of data every second and it makes them into action as you fly. The controller is built in a way that it calculates any environmental conditions as you fly and it will enable you to manage the aircraft. The aircraft will respond instantly to your commands. The main controller is light, and you can manage it with ease. It is simple to use and understand.
You can adjust remote control master and slave settings. With master toggle you can adjust your RC status, name, connection password. When in slave mode the settings change enabling you to adjust the RC name, request control and search for the master controller. In RC settings you can adjust gimble wheel speed, stick exp curve, remote control calibration and stick mode as well customizing your C1 and C2 two empty buttons from a variety of selections including advanced camera settings, reset gimbal yaw, gimbal free/follow, toggle map/follow, clear flight mode and battery info.

Things that you need to know about the rangefinder cameras

Taking photographs is one of the most favorite hobbies for a large number of people throughout the world. The professional photographers may definitely have the essential tools and instruments like high quality camera for taking the stunning photographs.  Of course, they are different types of cameras available today to give the features of capturing the beautiful photos as you want.

In that way, the rangefinders are one of the types of the camera which is highly used by the professional photographers. In this article, you will see what are the rangefinders and its uses in the most effective way.

know about rangefinders

What is the rangefinder?

The rangefinders are the type of the camera that is fitted with the range finder. It is mostly available with the split image rangefinder, in which the range focusing mechanism is used. In fact, this mechanism is useful for the photographer to measure the object distance for taking the photos in the sharp focus.

Most of the rangefinders can illustrate two imagery of the same object, one of that shifts when a calibrated wheel is twirled. In some cases, the rangefinders can also be externally fixed on the camera as accessory to get the benefits. These kinds of the cameras were available earlier and those are called as viewfinder. But, the rangefinders are built in to the cameras in the present days for getting the features.

Even, the present digital cameras and the film cameras can measure the distance using the electronics with the auto focus feature, it is not expected to speak the functionality of the rangefinders.

Features of using the rangefinders

Initially, the rangefinder cameras were marketed by Kodak in 1916 and that was called as telemeters. Later, it is highly used in the period between 1930 and 1970, but it gets increased popularity among the users when it was arrived with the single lens reflex, that is known as SLR cameras.

Of course, the rangefinders are made in all the sizes and for all the film formats. In fact, the best rangefinder cameras can take 35mm film by using the focal plan shutters.

In 2004, the digital technology was implemented in the rangefinders and this makes the massive popularity among the users.

When you have used the rangefinders, you can get a large number of features and they are listed as follows.

  • The rangefinders can only take the prime, i.e. Single focal length of lenses
  • The traditional rangefinders are having the manual focus features and also the frame lines of the rangefinders are rough.
  • It is possible to see the outside of the frame when you looking through the viewfinder.
  • It can be focused by feel with the tabbed lenses. Of course, it is very simple and has the limited number of control.

In this manner, the traditional rangefinder cameras are used for the variety of purposes. Of course, they are available in the market and so you can easily buy it. You can get more details by searching over the internet.

USA Eagles Fall Short Again in Rugby World Cup – USA 18 Japan 28


This Rugby World Cup has been hard to watch for USA Eagles fans this year as we started off by losing one of our most valuable players and captain, Todd Clever, and showing little discipline on the field.

For an inexperienced team they had their moments. And given the fact that our difficult Pool with South Africa, Scotland, Japan and Samoa, all major forces in Rugby Union, showed the eagles little mercy.

However, fingers are starting to point, not at the players themselves, but at the Eagles coach, by fans all across America. Mike Tolkin, known for cutting the Eagle’s star player, Todd Clever, and for rotating the squad drastically this World Cup, has some explaining to do to the fans that desperately wanted to come out with a win today.

The USA Eagles did much better this game compared to the rest of their Pool play in this Rugby World Cup. On paper, they seem to have beat Japan. But the only numbers that matter today are the ones on the scoreboard, and they came up just short.

The USA will go home with no wins this World Cup. Pool play stats will be soon to follow…

Watch the Eagles beat Japan in their last match at Pacific Nations:

USA Eagles Fall To South Africa in Rugby World Cup Match

USA 0 South Africa 64

South Africa highlighted everything that the USA Eagles have been doing wrong in this Rugby World Cup in just 80 minutes.

The missed tackles and lack of discipline have been a recurring theme throughout this World Cup. But this game really emphasized the need for the Eagles to reassess.

Mike Tolkin, the coach for the USA Eagles, was apparently happy with the American side for their first half of play. He then went on to say that the problem was the lack of pressure they put on the Springboks during the second half.

Another note worth mentioning is that most of the USA Eagles that played today had no experience in a Rugby World Cup match. Being that their first cap was against the South Africans says a lot in my book.

Once the Springboks got going after 40 minutes, they broke free 13 times to put up some big scores. They only missed 10 tackles compared to the Eagles missing 30. And they conceded 11 penalties compared to the Eagles 17.

The good news going forward is that these boys got a beating from a tier 1 team in a Rugby World Cup match. Hopefully in the next four years, a more experienced, more disciplined, and all around better team shows up to win. Lessons in rugby are hard taught. And the USA Eagles will take away a lot from this game.

They go on to play Japan in their last pool game of the Rugby World Cup. Let’s keep in mind the Eagles beat Japan the last time they met in Sacramento California for the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2015 (23-18).