This week on the WithYou! Rugby Podcast, United States Rugby Foundation president, Brian Vizard, spoke with Blaine Scully. As a former professional rugby player and past captain of the USA Eagles, Blaine has an extensive and impressive history on the field.After spending two years at UCLA and transferring to University of California, Berkeley (Cal), Blaine continued playing rugby both nationally and internationally. He played with the Leicester Tigers in England and the Cardiff Blues in Wales, while continuing to play with, and eventually captaining, the United States Men’s National Team.With 54 international appearances during his career with the Eagles and the experience of playing in three Rugby World Cups, Blaine had a full and successful career. Enjoy this episode of WithYou! to learn more about Blaine’s exciting rugby journey and what direction his life is headed in now.
0:32 – Brian introduces Blane Warhurst, former USA Rugby 15s and 7s star, and 2022 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame inductee.
0:47 – Can you tell us about where you grew up and the sports you played as a kid?
1:45 – How did you decide on going to Cal?
2:24 – What position did you play in football at Cal and what was your best memory from that time?
4:01 – Did you get Rick Bailey involved in rugby at Cal?
4:49 – How many years did you play rugby at Cal, and what were some of the team’s main successes?
5:38 – How many national championships did you win during your time with the Old Blues?
6:26 – Is there one championship that stands out to you among all those Old Blues wins?
7:08– Other than the championship titles, what else do you remember fondly from your time with the Old Blues?
8:19 – What are some of your favorite memories from the first Rugby World Cup in 1987?
10:17 – Where were your Eagles 7s tours and what are some of your favorite memories from those tours?
11:04 – Who was the most difficult opponent you ever faced internationally, and why?
12:38 – Name two or three teammates that you really enjoyed playing with.
14:08 – What are some challenges you faced coaching the Hayward High School Griffins?
15:48 – Blane talks about Hayward’s winning records and some of their biggest accomplishments.
17:07 – Of all your rugby memories, is there one that stands out against the rest?
17:50 – Of all your tours, is there one that stands out to you? Why?
In this episode of the WithYou! Rugby Podcast, we heard from Blaine Scully, the newest Governor of the United States Rugby Foundation. He has an impressive past on the field and went from UCLA and Cal Berkeley to playing with the Leicester Tigers, Cardiff Blues, and eventually became captain of the USA Eagles. Blaine has been an incredibly impactful athlete in the game of rugby and is now looking for his next long-term move in life and in the world of sports.