Tom Billups is one of the leading rugby minds in the United States. He started his rugby career in college and since has played for the USA Eagles in 7's and test rugby as well as playing professionally in New Zealand, the U.S. and Great Britain. After haning up his boots, Billups coached the USA Eagles and is currently assistant coach at the University of California – Berkeley.
One of the greatest defining characteristics of rugby is perseverance and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups looks at why it is so important for coaches and players to embrace its role in our game, and life.
Recently, USA Rugby announced the sevens squad for the last two World Series stops in London and Edinburgh. This sevens squad press release, combined with the published U.S. national team 2011 Churchill Cup squad officially confirms the return of Mike Palefau to international rugby. What isn’t stated in these two communications is the entire Palefau story.
The rugby teams in the national semifinals all have something in common and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups looks at three of the coaches and their pedigree.
In this column offering, Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups will discuss the possible introduction of a “medical bin” and the positive effects it would have on the game.
Over the course of many years leading up to the 1991 Rugby World Cup, rugby teams tended to emphasize the development of attacking tactics. Playing defense was just something you did when you didn’t have possession of the ball and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups shows the importance of defensive systems.
It is one of the signature moments in a rugby match, when two teammates work in tandem beating a single defender and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups breaks it down.
In this piece, we will present and discuss concussion management tests and how they are used to ensure player welfare.
Over the last several years, identifying concussions and determining when it is safe to return to play have been white-hot topics in contact sports and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups looks at how to identify concussions in rugby.
As the United States inches closer to having all of its men’s collegiate and club teams competing, it seems an appropriate time to discuss positional requirements and how they interface with modelling out a performance for a rugby player.
As a follow up to my previous column post on rugby nutrition, this offering will address planning and overseeing pre-game team meals.
Today’s modern rugby match places much greater demands on its participants than matches did fifteen years ago and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups looks at nutritional considerations for rugby players.
Scrums are one of the most unique aspects of rugby union. In this column, we will examine scrum engagement commands and how the recently revised cadence of commands influence scrum engagements.
Welshman Michael Owen was only notable to me during a 1999 Pontypridd senior team training session because he was so young looking and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups caught up with the rugby player.
As Christmas and another Northern California rugby season nears, I am sharing with the loyal www.rugbyrugby.com readers my Christmas wish list.
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday and one that provides all of us an opportunity to pause and give thanks for our blessings. In this offering, I will attempt to express long overdue thanks for all that I have been given.
Gilbert has released a new line of rugby cleats. The Gilbert Virtuo 8S is part of the exciting new product. Check it out.
The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
The Nike Tiempo is a solid rugby cleat and one of few styles still made from full-grain natural leather.
The Gilbert Blitz 8S rugby cleat is a great cleat at a great price of $69.99. Get a new pair of cleats today.
A cool looking all black rugby cleat with the high performance adidas is known for. Get in the Gear!
Wear the crest of the British and Irish Lions on your t-shirt. A great look for the summer.
The All Blacks Performance t-shirt is black with hints of blue from the training jersey. Very Cool.
The New Zealand All Blacks training jersey for 2013/14. Get in the Gear!
The USA Rugby Pro Alternate rugby jersey is perfect for any fan of the Eagles. Get yours to wear during the summer Test matches.
The NEW All Blacks 2013/14 jersey has arrived at World Rugby Shop. Dare to wear the colors of the All Blacks.