The Rugby Corner was founded by Dallen Stanford in the year 2000 in Cape Town, South Africa.
“He’s more dangerous than Climate Change!” – Springboks v Canada, RWC 2019
“Laidlaw’s more elusive than the Loch Ness Monster” – Scotland v Samoa, RWC 2019
“He’s so dangerous, Freddy Krueger has nightmares about him!” – Japan v Samoa, RWC 2019
Cape Town – South Africa: 1979 to 2002
Attended Rondebosch Boys’ High School – with Bishops it’s greatest rivals on the rugby field. Rondebosch’s second longest unbeaten run took place from 1994 to 1997. Internationals that were involved in the 1996-1997 era included Stuart Abbott (England, RWC 2003 Winner), Gcobani Bobo (Springboks), Hanyani Shimange (Springboks), Anton van Zyl (Stormers & Barbarians), Dan Vickerman (Australia, RWC 2011) and Dallen Stanford (USA 7s). The 1997 Rondebosch team defeated Bishops by the greatest combined home and away points difference since the derby clashes began in 1911 – a record that was fittingly broken during the 2017 season – celebrating the 1997 20th Reunion!
Rondebosch 18 Bishops 0 (at Bishops)
Rondebosch 31 Bishops 12 (at RBHS)
Went on to Captain the University of Cape Town (Ikey Tigers) u21A to an unbeaten season in 2000 – with Brent Russell carving his Springbok debut two seasons later. Highlights included defeating Stellenbosch (Maties) & tackling Springbok Coach Nic Mallett at a UCT Sports Awards dinner… #BiggestHitSinceTheBeatles
Played for UCT 1st XV from 2000-2002, including the United Kingdom 2003 tour with Ikeys playing the famous Oxford & Cambridge Universities.
Honored in 2017 to be included alongside these legends for the Ikey Tigers 7s Dream Team!
The squad included: Dylan Sage, Kyle Brown, Mpho Mbiyozo, Paul Delport, Brent Russell, Dallen Stanford, Mat Turner, Kevin Foote, Dion O’Cuinneagain, Bob Skinstad, Gcobani Bobo and Pieter Engelbrecht.
Stanford has been involved in the American rugby landscape for the past 17 years.
Played 54 matches for the USA across 12 HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments from 2007-2009, including the 2009 Sevens Rugby World Cup Qualifiers in the Bahamas and a traveling reserve for the 2009 Sevens Rugby World Cup in Dubai. Served as the Media Manager for USA Rugby at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand & the 2013 Sevens World Cup in Russia.
From 2011 to 2017 was the Los Angeles Program Director for Play Rugby USA, expanding its reach from 6 to 150 schools. The amazing non-profit uses the unique power of rugby to empower and inspire youth, primarily from underserved communities, to go forward and realize their true potential.
In 2017 joined Friends of the British Council as the Director of Sports Partnerships – working with Premiership Rugby on community events and various American Series fixtures in the United States. One of the initiatives sends US rugby coaches to England to visit Premiership Rugby for a life changing coach education experience. View this program here.
Broadcasting debut in 2012 appearing on ESPN, CBS Sports Network, ABC and Fox Sports. Since then, regularly featured on the sensational HSBC Sevens World Series as a Lead Commentator at Dubai 7s (2019 & 2021), Cape Town 7s (2019), USA 7s (Las Vegas 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Los Angeles 2020), Canada 7s (Vancouver 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021), Singapore 7s (2018 & 2019) & Spain 7s (2022).
Highlights in 2018: Americas Rugby Championship, South Africa Springboks v Wales (Washington, DC), historic 30-29 USA victory over Scotland, Major League Rugby and 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
Highlights in 2019: Americas Rugby Championship, Major League Rugby, World Rugby u20 Championship in Argentina and the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Highlights in 2020: HSBC Sevens World Series (Los Angeles & Vancouver), Major League Rugby, and the 2019 RugbyTown 7s ReWatch.
Highlights in 2021: HSBC Sevens World Series (Vancouver & Edmonton), Major League Rugby, Rugby Americas North in Turks & Caicos, the Rugby World Cup 2023 North American Qualifiers, Autumn Internationals, Premier Rugby 7s, RugbyTown 7s and FreeTail 7s.
Highlights in 2022: HSBC Sevens World Series (Dubai 1, Dubai 2, Malaga, Seville, Vancouver, Toulouse and Los Angeles), Major League Rugby, Rugby Americas North in Mexico City, the Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualifiers USA v Chile, Premier Rugby 7s, RugbyTown 7s, FreeTail 7s and the Rugby World Cup 7s 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa!
Fortunate to have been the Lead Commentator for more than 50 Internationals and over 300 matches on the HSBC Sevens World Series through 22 events.
Greatest Moment of Broadcasting Career:
Had the honor of working with Rugby World Cup 1995 winner Joel Stransky (Analyst) and HSBC Sevens World Series legend from Argentina – Santiago Gomez Cora (Sideline) covering 10 pool matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan!!!
Show Host for the Colorado Raptors Weekly Magazine Show featuring Major League Rugby (MLR) action – as well as calling plenty of MLR matches on television for CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports, AT&T, ESPN, NESN, FNY, Fox 5 San Diego, Root Sports, GameTV, KUBE during 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022.
Been involved in various capacities with the following amazing organizations:
Tiger Rugby (Nelson Mandela Bay 7s, Cancun 7s)
Atlantis Rugby (Rome 7s, Spain 7s)
Belmont Shore RFC (National 15s Champions 2007 & Runners-up 2008, National 7s Champions 2009 & Runners-up 2008 & 2010)
Pacific Coast Grizzlies (Singapore 7s, Hong Kong 10s)
Austin Huns RFC
University of Texas Longhorns
Occidental College RFC (National 7s Champions 2013)
Represented USA at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Israel, captaining the USA Rugby squad to Gold in 7s & Bronze in XVs. Named MVP of the 7s tournament – joining the likes of Zack Test, Nate Ebner and Kevin Swiryn as the most recent Jewish USA 7s internationals.
In 2015, represented Team USA Rugby as a player/coach at the 13th Pan American Maccabi Games, held in Santiago, Chile. Chosen as one of the flag bearers for the Opening Ceremonies for the USA delegate. The squad went on to win Gold in 7s & Silver in XVs.
The Rugby Corner Online Store launched in 2018 and has been the Biggest Hit since the Beatles. Inspired by the amazing journey in rugby and many commentary one-liners. All products are made in America by Americans!
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The Rugby Corner Staff
Rama Mohtadi – Content Manager & Assistant to the Regional Manager
Justin Boyd – Parked Car
Norma Salinas – Photographer
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