Looking to start 2017 off with intense competition, the Glendale Raptors kicked off six months of rust by challenging itself against Cal Cup Finalist Life West in Hayward, Calif. on Saturday. The Raptors were the aggressors on both sides of the ball pressuring the Gladiators at every opportunity and then stretching the field to create mismatches and overloads to score. Led by dominant... Read More
In its first major match since its full organizational reboot, the Austin Huns beat OMBAC, 24-21, in a hotly contested match in Austin, Texas. The lead changed hands eight times and came down to the final second as Austin scrumhalf Michael Reid scored on a quick tap from five meters to win the game. Traveling from the west coast fresh off its Cal Cup Championship, OMBAC played hard and gave it... Read More
Two non-conference heavyweight club games will take place this weekend with OMBAC traveling to the Austin Huns and Life West hosting the Glendale Raptors.
Austin Huns vs OMBAC
After completing a grueling seven-week campaign in the Cal Cup that culminated in a thrilling title victory over Life West, OMBAC will be tested once again when they travel to Texas to take on the Huns.
"It will be a tough... Read More
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