Here are some of the more memorable stories from the fourth quarter of the past year, thematically grouped. I'll look to follow up on these trends in 2012.
High school & college
- Cal superleague exit spurs conference gains
- College 7s tournament points to resurgence of invitationals
- USARFU college 7s championship gets the big call right
- Conference playoffs reflect college moves
- Rookie Rugby reports strong growth
Senior & representative
- O'Sullivan steps aside from Eagle post
- Eagles settle for bronze at Pan Am Games
- South African exit confirms slow start for 7s Eagles
- San Diego residency plan for 7s Eagles
The USA national team, 2007-11
- Part 1: Professionalism, the god that's failing
- Part 2: The development maze
- Part 3: Can the players surmount management?
Commerce, policy, & administration
- IRB vote propels American to top committee
- Does USARFU need a corporate or an entrepreneurial board of directors?