The Dream Team from the Women’s 7s event in Japan included three New Zealanders, two from Fiji, and two from Canada. These were:
Portia Woodman, NZ
Ana Maria Roquica, Fiji
Ghislaine Landry, Canada
Ruby Tui, NZ
Miriama Naiobasali, Fiji
Kelley Brazier, NZ
Julia Greenshields, Canada
The Black Ferns beat Canada in the finals.
Next event is May 27 and May 28 in Langford, Canada.
That 1995 Rugby World Cup photo of Nelson Mandela presenting the Web Ellis trophy to South Africa captain Francois Pienaar offered the promise that sport in that nation had witnessed the end of racial apartheid.
But twenty-two years later, via an unexpected and different sort of national sports proposal, the South African government has demanded racial quotas that increase the number of black... Read More
In a busy weekend on the left coast, a champion was crowned in the Pacific Northwest, the final was set in the Pacific South, and San Francisco Golden Gate all but sewed up its ticket to Nationals in NorCal.
In the Pacific Northwest Championship, ORSU outlasted the Portland Pigs, 16-10. ORSU will now have two weeks to rest and prepare before taking on the NorCal Champion on May... Read More
In the penultimate weekend of the DI Red River, the Austin Huns essentially locked up its spot as the conference representative at Nationals with a one-point victory over the Austin Blacks. A trip to the national play-in game is on the line on Saturday as the Austin Blacks host the Dallas Reds for second place in the Red River. The winner will play the #2 seed from the Pacific North on May 6th to... Read More
With the DI Midwest Semifinals this coming weekend, the final four regular season matches were concluded on Saturday. After the dust settled, Columbus cemented the #1 seed with a win over Kansas City, who narrowly missed out on the playoffs. Columbus will play the Chicago Griffins, while Metropolis will host the Chicago Lions in the #2 versus #3 semifinal.
The race to the second seed and hosting... Read More
UC-Davis is one step closer to claiming its third consecutive DIAA national title after winning the spring championship 60-3 over Florida State. The Aggies will meet the fall champions, Notre Dame College, in what will be a rematch of last year’s title bout.
After two close wins in the west regional, the Aggies came out clinical against upstart FSU. The California side put up two tries very... Read More
The final Saturday of the DI Mid-Atlantic Conference offered a preview of the playoff semifinals scheduled for April 29th. Rocky Gorge and Schuylkill River notched victories over next week’s playoff opponents, Norfolk and Pittsburgh, respectively. Lastly, Baltimore-Chesapeake closed out its season with its fifth win over Wilmington.
In Columbia, Md., Rocky Gorge survived a scare from an intense... Read More
New Zealand Women continued their 2016/2017 roll toward the HSBC World Rugby 7s championship with a narrow 17-14 victory over a stubborn Canadian side to win a gold medal in Japan. It represented the Black Ferns’ third cup win of the four-game circuit, advancing their leading total to 76 points, ten in front of second place Australia.
The Australians finished third for the bronze medal with a... Read More
With a 22-7 win over Navy, Arkansas State will make its first ever appearance in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup final. The Red Wolves stymied the Navy attack all afternoon and with a couple of timely scores, booked a date with Cal for the final.
Arkansas was on the receiving end of a ton of rain over the weekend and made it incredibly sloppy and difficult to use hands. Both teams were forced to play... Read More
After BYU exited the Varsity Cup, the D1A competition knew a major competitor would be entering the fray this postseason. For the first time since 2012, BYU is back in the D1A Playoffs and has advanced to the semifinals with a thorough 46-17 victory over Indiana. With the win, the Cougars earned a rematch of the 2012 semifinals against Life. BYU won 26-20 in Marietta, Ga. four years ago and aims... Read More