WATCH: Top rugby moments from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Nate Ebner

From highlight-reel tries to a marriage proposal, check out the best moments from the 2016 Rio Olympics rugby competition. 

What does a hooker do?

It is important to learn the language of rugby before watching the sport.

Matthew McConaughey learns rugby

After watching a rugby match, Jillion Potter taught actor Matthew McConaughey the basics of rugby.

Best tries from Rio

If these videos don’t get you hooked on rugby, nothing will. 

From the NFL to the rugby pitch

New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner became the first active NFL player to compete at a Summer Olympics.

The fastest man in rugby puts on a show

Carlin Isles, who is considered the fastest man in rugby, scored a hat trick for the U.S. against Brazil.

Australia, Fiji win gold medals

Australia won the women’s tournament, and Fiji won the men’s tournament. 

Marriage proposal on the pitch

Rio 2016 volunteer Marjorie Enya proposed to Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo after the first-ever Olympic women’s rugby sevens tournament. And Cerullo said yes!

Kathryn Johnson’s hard-hitting tackle

American Kathryn Johnson delivered a massive hit on Australia’s Ellia Green, who is considered the fastest woman in rugby. 

New Zealand performs emotional Haka

After losing to Australia in the Gold Medal Match, the New Zealand women’s rugby team performed the Haka. Several players struggled to hold back tears during the performance. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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