A New York resurgence, the beast in the east, and a four-headed Midwest monster highlighted the 2016-2017 USA DI Club Rugby fall season. The 2015 DI Champion, the New York Athletic Club, rebounded from a 5-5 record in the American Rugby Premiership/Atlantic North last season to an undefeated 8-0 mark this fall knocking off Old Blue, Mystic River, and Life in the process. Repeating its performance... 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
By Matthew Hayden, Coach
The history of Okapi Wanderers Rugby Club is as unusual as its name. The club was founded in October 2014, with 32 youngsters and a few parents. The pitch consisted of half a soccer field in a Weston, Florida, public park. Club founders Matthew Hayden, Mariano and Mariana Gallo, and Gavin McLeavy wanted do more than just start a rugby team; they wanted to bring the energy... Read More
In the penultimate weekend of the American Rugby Premiership fall season, Old Blue held off a surging Mystic River club, 32-25, and the New York Athletic Club crushed the Boston Irish, 81-29. Old Blue’s victory completes a season sweep over the defending DI National Champions, but Mystic will now shift its focus to NYAC this Saturday. Old Blue will conclude its fall season at home against Boston... Read More
The top six teams in the Mid-Atlantic had chances to strengthen their playoff position before the winter hiatus. Rocky Gorge and Baltimore-Chesapeake both defended home turf with hard-earned wins. Down in Norfolk, Va., the Blues fought to a draw against Schuylkill River.
Facing a must-win for their playoff chances, Baltimore-Chesapeake stood up against Pittsburgh, who entered the match in second... Read More
As part of the Rugby Weekend on Friday in Chicago, Ill., the Chicago Griffins hosted Metropolis for the first leg of the annual Gold Cup. After the Minneapolis club amassed a 33-10 at halftime, the Griffins began an epic comeback resolving their mental errors and issues with execution to win, 43-33.
“We have proven to ourselves that we can be a good rugby side and play attractive rugby, as long... Read More
As the winter break approaches, the Midwest Division I competition is heating up. Metropolis got even with Columbus in the big match of the weekend winning 44-19. The Chicago Lions shut out the Kansas City Blues with a 36-0 performance, while the Cincinnati Wolfhounds put down Palmer 36-24. Finally, the Chicago Griffins buried the Milwaukee Barbarians, 82-12.
Metropolis made its move to regain... Read More
The ability to travel and win in any competition is essential for a successful club. Each team in the DI Mid-Atlantic, except for one, has struggled on the road. Besides Rocky Gorge, the home team has won almost twice the number of games than away. On Saturday, the Potomac Exiles, the Schuylkill River Exiles, and the Pittsburgh Harlequins each defended their home fields beating the Norfolk Blues... Read More
With two weeks remaining the fall season of the American Rugby Premiership, the latest chapter of the NYAC and Old Blue epic rivalry was on display Saturday at Randall’s Island, N.Y. After winning the first match 19-13 a month ago, NYAC completed the season sweep against Old Blue winning 30-25. Life completed its Atlantic Cup exhibition with a 43-17 road loss to Mystic River and the Boston Irish... Read More
With only three weeks until the end of the fall American Rugby Premiership season, the New York Athletic Club and Mystic River clobbered the Boston area teams, while Old Blue ventured to Georgia to play former ARP participant, Life, as part of the Atlantic Cup. In the DI Atlantic North/ARP competition, NYAC blanked Boston, 74-0, and Mystic River came back in the second half with four tries to... Read More