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.
To play your best rugby, you have got to be prepared and willing to intermittently run hard during matches. Selecting the appropriate footwear for matches plays a meaningful role in your ability to fulfil this major requirement of our sport and one of the most important pieces of equipment is the rugby cleat.
A rugby player doesn’t require a big kit bag to carry his equipment. With a properly fitted mouthpiece, pair of boots, and jersey/shorts/rugby socks, you are ready to go. Outside of these fundamental pieces of kit, I would strongly recommend competitive and elite level rugby players to investigate and consider investing in a pair of weightlifting shoes
I am fortunate to have some very loyal and engaging www.rugbyrugby.com readers. Recently, one of the faithful emailed me to ask a few questions and seek suggestions on strategies for upcoming training sessions.
Rugby players need an acceptable level of physical strength to safely train and compete and one overlooked area is grip strength.
There is tough, and then there is rugby tough. Rugby players are often times assumed to be tough just because they play the game, but my experiences have taught me otherwise and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups looks at wht it is to be rugby tough.
Professional coaching has been a revered endeavour in America since just before the 20th century. In this piece, I’d like to encourage American rugby coaches to embrace and use that great history while coaching their teams.
As rugby players and coaches, we have work yet to do in teaching American sports commentators the technical aspects of our game and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups explains the difference in a scrum and maul.
I have spoken of Dan Lyle previously in this column because his career merits it. He is one of the few American names known throughout the rugby world.
The “dog days of August” are almost upon us and it’s the time of year across our country when collegiate athletes return to campus and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups suggests following all following standardized medical protocols.
Recently I was speaking with a parent of one of our rugby campers. The father had several questions about what an athletic development timeline should look like for his youngest son. I shared with him that many experts believe that it requires
Recently I presented a basic pattern of attacking sevens play. In this installment we look at the other side of the ledger and review three defensive systems used in rugby sevens.
As teams around the nation begin training for summer rugby sevens tournaments, it seems an appropriate time to offer a basic technical approach for the game that was originated in Melrose, Scotland, 1883.
Sports have varying degrees of strategy, tactics, and techniques interwoven into them. Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups looks at rugby strategies, rugby tactics, and rugby techniques.
For a team to advance through single elimination play they must play two tough matches within a twenty-four hour period if they are to become champions and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups gives suggestions on how to battle through the two.
In a continued effort to present and briefly explain areas of sport science that are relevant to rugby, in this column offering, we explore sports vision.
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.