Five weeks of intense competition of the inaugural California Cup concluded on Saturday with OMBAC emerging as champions over Life West, 26-22. At the Grande Final at Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif., OMBAC built a 20-3 lead at the half only to have Life West surge back with the help of a couple yellow cards. Two second half penalties gave OMBAC enough of an edge to hold off the Gladiators... Read More
In the last round before the California Cup Grande Final next weekend at Treasure Island, Life West and OMBAC punched their tickets to championship on Saturday. With the Olympic Club versus Belmont Shore match being rained out, the last two games of the competition were win or go home. Life West came back from a 14-point deficit to beat SFGG in the final minutes to win 36-34 and OMBAC bashed the... Read More
Rugby Today assistant editor Pat Clifton has a new podcast, and in the pilot episode he chats with Bruce McLane, the current head coach at Iona College and formerly of the New York Athletic Club, where he coached alongside former Eagle head man Mike Tolkin. While with NYAC, McLane also coached several Eagles and won four Super League titles.
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After a two-week holiday break, the California Cup was back in action on Saturday for Week Four. With one set of games left until the Grande Final on January 21st, this weekend had a significant impact on the standings. With its 46-28 win over previously unbeaten Life West, OMBAC is one step closer to securing a spot in the final. SFGG came from behind to knock off Belmont Shore, 23-21, setting... Read More
In response to finger-pointing from PRO Rugby owner and CEO Doug Schoninger, who blasted an email Tuesday informing of the termination of all player contracts, USA Rugby issued a release.
"USA Rugby categorically denies any and all allegations purported by PRO Rugby Tuesday, Dec. 20, and is saddened to hear of the planned termination of all valid contracts signed by athletes that have fulfilled... Read More
Less than a week after pulling the plug on its San Francisco team, PRO Rugby alerted all of its players they’re being terminated. In his message to players, owner and CEO Doug Schoninger assigned blame to USA Rugby. He alleges the national governing body didn't sufficiently protect PRO's exclusive sanctioning rights.
Schoninger wrote that he is hopeful that PRO and USA Rugby will be able to... Read More
With over 240 points scored in the three California Cup matches this past weekend, the offenses were on tilt as OMBAC, Life West, and Belmont Shore added victories to their records. OMBAC nearly doubled up SFGG, 62-36, to explode in the second half behind hat tricks from Todd Clever and John Grant. With five players returning from the dissolved San Francisco PRO team, Life West remained... Read More
The San Francisco Rush are no more. PRO Rugby CEO and owner Doug Schoninger sent out an email Thursday informing players and coaches the team would not continue, citing venue issues.
"With no suitable venue available, we are forced to make the hard choice of terminating operations for the SF Rush and terminating all employees, effective immediately," Schoninger's email read. "I am particularly... Read More
Competitors in the California Cup built upon the first week’s momentum to produce a second action-packed weekend of rugby. Both Life West and SFGG moved to 2-0 while Belmont Shore nabbed its first win in the newly minted competition
Belmont Shore scored its first win of the inaugural Cal Cup season, beating OMBAC 31-16. After a dominant display in week one of the series against Olympic Club,... Read More
Fresh from its successes at the New York Sevens tournament, the Northeast Academy will continue to fulfill its mission of providing aspiring rugby players from the region with competitive opportunities, as it competes in this year’s FLOW Rugby Barbados World 7s this coming weekend December 10-11, 2016. Previously held in Tobago, the Northeast is a former winner of the Mens Division... Read More