This week on the With You! Rugby Podcast, the President of the United States Rugby Foundation, Brian Vizard, speaks with Todd Clever, the most capped Eagle ever, and a 2021 US Rugby Hall of Fame inductee.
Todd grew up in San Jose, California, and played several sports in his youth. He began playing rugby in high school and continued while attending the University of Nevada, Reno. While Todd played professionally in New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and the UK, he also had a remarkable career with the both US Men’s National 15s and 7s teams. He earned a total of 76 caps throughout his career and is currently the most capped Eagle ever.
After Todd retired from playing, he created the Todd Clever Foundation to share his passion for the sport with the rugby community. His foundation will provide opportunities for players and teams, and is focused on being diverse and inclusive, as the sport of rugby should be.
0:25: Brian introduces Todd Clever, the most capped Eagle ever.
1:05: Where did you grow up and what are some of the sports you played as a kid?
2:15: Todd talks about his experience with the USA under-19 team.
3:40: Todd gives insight into the whirlwind of experiences that led up to him playing for the Eagles.
4:25: What did it feel like to learn you had made the Eagles?
6:00: Are there any moments in your rugby career that really stand out to you?
7:00: What are some of your favorite memories from the three World Cups you took part in?
8:15: Did you have a particularly difficult adversary that you played against during your career?
9:50: Todd talks about what awards and accomplishments mean to him.
11:05: Todd shares a bit about his support system and the importance of his family and friends throughout his rugby career.
12:35: Was there a place or a team that you really enjoyed while you traveled around playing professional rugby?
14:10: What’s the hardest competition一the one that’s hardest on you and your body mentally and physically?
15:00: Todd talks about his touring experiences.
16:10: What was it like to transition from being a player to being more of a behind-the-scenes presence?
17:20: Why did you create the Todd Clever Foundation and what are some of the programs you support?
19:35: Do you still play rugby on occasion?
20:05: Looking back on your whole career, what are you most proud of?
21:05: What does it mean to you to be inducted into the US Rugby Hall of Fame?
In this episode of the With You! Rugby Podcast, we heard from Todd Clever, the most capped Eagle in history. He recently established the Todd Clever Foundation, which will uplift and unite the rugby community by providing supportive services to rugby players, coaches, and teams across the globe. Todd will soon be inducted into the US Rugby Foundation Hall of Fame for his achievements.