The eight quarterfinalists for the 2015 Rugby World Cup are now set. My US team didn't fare too well, losing all four matches by combined point differential of 106. Pool B was certainly a tough draw, given that Japan won three matches and didn't make the quarterfinals. Scotland's dominating win over Japan ultimately sent the Brave Blossoms home. Only Uruguay had a worse World Cup than the US, which probably doesn't help rugby gain in popularity in the US.
England was unceremoniously booted from the World Cup after its loss to Australia. But there is still a great deal of excitement here in the UK as Wales, Scotland, and Ireland have all advanced to the knockout stage. Action resumes this coming Saturday (17 October).
A colleague and I published a short paper on the fastest try in rugby earlier this year. Click here to access the paper. There is a lot of interesting physics in rugby!