Based on the results of the second week of action in the DI Mid-Atlantic, the top of division looks to be crowded. The Norfolk Blues won a nail-biter against the Schuylkill River Exiles, 36-34, while the defending champ, Rocky Gorge, outplayed the Potomac Exiles, 37-12, in its season debut. The Pittsburgh Harlequins earned their second victory of the season with a 32-21 win at home over Baltimore... Read More
The second weekend of the American Rugby Premiership was marked on the calendar ever since the DI National Semifinal this past spring. In the rematch, Old Blue led the entire match to defeat Mystic River in New York, 29-22. Playing on a dry field, Old Blue’s dominant forward pack was relentless as the club moved to 2-0 in the league. For the battle of Boston, the Boston Irish overcame a late... Read More
Three matches highlighted the opening weekend of the DI Mid-Atlantic Conference schedule as Pittsburgh, Schuylkill River, and Norfolk began their seasons in the winning column. With a reshuffled division that includes DII champ Wilmington and without NOVA and Raleigh, the seven-team conference got started with a blowout and two second half come backs.
Newcomer Wilmington got its first taste of DI... Read More
The 2016 American Rugby Premiership began with two of the top teams asserting their dominance. Old Blue and New York Athletic Club (NYAC) opened their seasons traveling to Massachusetts to take on the Boston area clubs. Both squads left with resounding wins as Old Blue shutout the Boston Irish, 56-0, and NYAC stomped Boston, 48-10.
After reaching the DI semifinals earlier this year, Old Blue... Read More
Gerry Veit, father of former Central Florida captain Gerhard Veit, suffered an apparent heart attack Friday at the Can-Am in Saranac Lake, N.Y. playing in the over-50 division for the Myths and Legends. Veit collapsed during the team's second game of the tournament and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
Veit’s son was playing for the Fathers and Sons in the tournament’s top division,... Read More
(Editor's note: the original version of this article incorrectly and unfairly referenced San Francisco coach Paul Keeler. It's been removed.)
As the first PRO Rugby season comes to a close this weekend, there are two pressing questions at hand – who will be the first champion of professional rugby in America, and will there be a second season?
The answer to the former is either the Ohio Aviators... Read More
News has broken recently of the Guinness Pro 12 considering an American franchise. This isn’t a new idea, but the fact that the CEO of the Irish Rugby Football Union is talking about it, as is outgoing USA Rugby Board chairman Bob Latham, lends more weight to the possibility.
Here’s a story from the Welsh media on why the move might make sense for the Pro 12, despite the obvious logistical... Read More
It is a pretty neat trick that the first PRO Rugby season that does not have a championship game still has a championship game. When Ohio hosts Denver, the winner will end up at the top of the table and, therefore, will be the year one champion.
There are two big questions floating around in my head this week: Who is going to win in the match between Denver and Ohio, and what happened to San... Read More
Once upon a time in America, there was an ambitious initiative called the rugby Super League, whose objective was to create a competitive environment for the sixteen of the USA’s top clubs. Founded in 1996, play commenced in 1997 with 14 teams in two conferences. By 1999, the league had expanded to 16 teams as follows:
West-Pacific Conference – Belmont Shore, Dallas Harlequins, Denver Barbarians... Read More
In this first season of PRO Rugby, Ohio has scored 52 tries in nine matches. In the matches in which their attack has looked good, which is all but two, it has looked almost unstoppable. What is going on?
Before going into some specifics about Ohio, here is a table with all the PRO tries scored so far broken down by the type of possession that resulted in the try.
Below is a map that shows... Read More