John Mitchell has named his 23 for Romania, and it’s a curious selection, indeed. In total, it includes six new starters from the Maori All Blacks match and eight new additions to the 23-man squad. Four new caps are in the starting 15 – Nick Civetta, Bryce Campbell, Martin Iosefo and Madison Hughes. Two more could be earned off the bench by Dino Waldren and Matai Leuta.
There were always going to... Read More
Seven games stand between the Eagles and the World Cup. Rugby Canada made the long-rumored August friendly with the Eagles official this week. Add that to four Pacific Nations Cup matches and the Harlequins and Australia games, and you have a great lead-up to the big show.
Also announced this week was the Eagles’ 50-man training squad for the RWC. Putting that list together is somewhat a moot... Read More
BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby announced Thursday the dates and locations for the two World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup double-header match days to be held in the United States in 2015.
Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., and Bonney Field in Sacramento will host four matches of the Pacific Nations Cup – a World Rugby tournament designed to expose Pacific Rim teams and players to a greater number of... Read More
The newest fully-funded collegiate rugby program is Lindenwood University – Belleville, located in suburban St. Louis in Belleville, Ill. LU-B is a full-service extension of Lindenwood across the Mississippi River in St. Charles, Mo., which started in 2011, with the men's team winning the DII National Championship its first season and becoming one of the top teams in the nation since.
The... Read More
2015 is going to be an incredibly busy year for the men’s Eagles, both 15s and 7s, with the Rugby World Cup in the fall and the Olympic Qualification ongoing through June. We have lined out a rough schedule below.
Impressive in this schedule is the Eagles’ long lead up to the World Cup. In 2011, they had just three full-fledged matches to get ready for the quadrennial tournament. This time around... Read More
Iona downed St. Bonaventure 36-24 Saturday in St. Bonaventure, NY. The Gaels dotted down six tries to the Bonnies’ four. Though St. Bonaventure and Iona are Rugby East rivals, Saturday’s contest was a friendly. The teams meet Oct. 18 at Iona for the conference tilt.
The win is big for Iona, now 2-0 on the season, as the Gaels suffered a 90-5 loss to the Bonnies last fall.
“It was a needed win and... Read More
Penn State opened its spring season with an impressive 30-6 defeat of Davenport Saturday in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions led 17-6 at halftime and were in control most of the 80 minutes.
Sophomore openside flanker Malcolm May paced Penn State with two tries. Fullback Joe Kelly and No. 8 Joe Corrado dotted down as well, and freshman scrumhalf Jimmy Ronan chipped in two conversions and two... Read More
Kutztown opened Rugy East play with a 62-0 defeat of Buffalo Saturday in Kutztown, Pa. Being the only contest in the Rugby East so far, the result moves KU to 1-0 and first place, and it drops UB to 0-1.
Intermittent showers were the order of the day, and both teams had to deal with the slippery ball. Kutztown scored early in the game on good ball movement, and flanker Jordan Ghyzel took an... Read More
For the first time in club history, Monmouth saw all three of its sides win on the weekend. The DII and DIII men swept league rival Morris, and the women's team scored a remarkable win, convincingly beating Boston, a final four team last year, 43-21. The Renegades netted four tries with three of them coming from Captain Diana Valencia. Scrumhalf Kelly Rafferty had a try and four conversions to... Read More
Severn River and the Washington Irish played to a 14-14 tie Saturday at East Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. These two teams squared in the weekend’s only DII-South match in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.
“We were happy with our focus on the game plan we have in place,” said Severn River Captain Mike Bertoni. “We executed that well. Irish was tough as hell on defense, missed very few tackles.”
For... Read More