In the 46th minute of the Major League Rugby final Saturday, Chad London suffered a concussion as a result of being kneed in the back of the head by Seattle second row Cam Polson. The Glendale center then exited the game and didn’t return. It was the second time in the match Polson, who was allowed to play the full 80 minutes, used his knee to strike an opponent laying on the ground.
On the... Read More
It was a big weekend in rugby as the college conferences got their first full work of the season and club action heated up. In addition, the Collegiate All-Americans lost a close match, 20-18, against Oxford University at Talen Energy Stadium outside of Philadelphia, Pa.
Three divisions within D1A saw intense play in the Rugby East, Big Ten, and Liberty Conferences. Each winning team in the Rugby... Read More
With over 30 games over this weekend in men's college and club rugby, many teams picked up their first wins and others built on their resumes. Next weekend sees most of major conferences in D1A Rugby begin full schedules while the eastern club conferences continue their jaunts through the season.
Action in the Rugby East saw Army shut out Buffalo, 60-0, while Penn State, Notre Dame College, and... Read More
Only one week removed from the Club 7s National Championship, 15s rugby begins anew starting in the Midwest. Fifteens crept up on the Midwest, but the scores didn’t show the rust of the summer. Three hundred total points were scored in four games with the top three teams from last season starting 2017 on a high note. With no Midwest competition planned for the spring, the conference started early... Read More
Sixteen of the best women’s 7s clubs gather this weekend in Minneapolis, Minn. for the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Men's Club 7s National Championship. The women’s division boasts a talented and deep field, but there is an added wrinkle this season. The event coincides with the Women’s World Cup and a number of players who had a big impact at Club 7s are away in Ireland for this go around.... Read More
The DIII Men's Club playoffs are down to eight teams. The quarterfinals will take place on May 20-21 in Pittsburgh and Tucson, respectively.
The reigning DIII champs were bounced this weekend when the Saratoga Stampede beat the Fairfield Yankees 13-12. They will meet the Southern Pines after the Pines won a pair of games last weekend.
Bremer County makes its way back to nationals after beating... Read More
USA Rugby’s Congress assembles this weekend in Austin, Texas, and two expected hot topics are PRO Rugby and the performance of the national governing body’s Board of Directors.
The former makes sense because this is the first Congress assembly since the uncovering of PRO’s horde of unpaid employees and vendors, and the latter because some well-known members of the rugby community have been... Read More
Since news broke of the business practices of PRO Rugby and owner/CEO Doug Schoninger last week, the American rugby community has circled its wagons. The clearest evidence of its mobilization is the money raised to cover PRO's outstanding bill with a non-profit restaurant.
Plates is an extension of the Saint John's Program for Real Change, an organization which serves homeless mothers and their... Read More
The Inaugural California Cup starts this weekend with six of the best club teams vying for the title. Four former Pacific Rugby Premiership teams including SFGG, Olympic Club, Belmont Shore and OMBAC are joined by DI stalwarts Life West and the San Diego Old Aztecs.
Due to the emergence of the pro league, the PRP is taking this spring to evaluate its relationship to professional rugby. The... Read More
Rugby coaching as a profession in the United States is still in its infancy. Like players here and there, coaches have been paid under the table for years, and that’s still the way some clubs operate. Extremely rare are club coaching gigs where tax paperwork is involved or the pay equates to a livable wage.
But as the game makes gains on college campuses across the country in terms of legitimacy... Read More