Former Dartmouth assistant coach and current All-American assistant James Willocks will succeed Blake Burdette as the head coach at Penn State. After leading the Nittany Lions to an undefeated fall campaign, Burdette was let go for unstated reasons. The program has undergone several coaching changes over the last few years, as Willocks will be the fourth man to lead the program in that time. ... Read More
With the addition of Arkansas State, Arizona State, St. Mary's, Tennessee and Wisconsin, there are now only three spots left to be filled for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship June 3-4, 2017 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. These additions, announced Monday, put the tournament on a path to having its most competitive field to date.
The Red Wolves, Sun Devils, Vols and Badgers... Read More
A handful of PAC teams got in some early spring action this weekend in preparation for the start of the upcoming conference play. Cal got off to a strong start winning four games at the Dennis Storer Classic, including a 26-0 win over PAC rivals UCLA. In addition to the two California heavyweights, Arizona and Utah both came away with wins against Santa Clara and Dixie State respectively.
Despite... 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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One of the more decorated rivalries in all of college rugby will not be played in 2016/2017, as Utah and Brigham Young will not be renewing the Wasatch Cup in 2017. The game was typically a sellout and often streamed, with a massive traveling trophy going to the victor.
The series has been dominated by the Cougars. Not since 2010, in a non-Wasatch Cup friendly have the Utes beaten them. That... Read More
Local Westchester, New York, native, Phil Terrigno, accepted a job as High School Sports Editor of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper. Terrigno graduated from Marist College, New York, and, afterward, received a graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Lubbock’s population is about 250,000, and, importantly, the city has no rugby club. Terrigno played at Marist.... Read More
The National Small College Rugby Organization announced the selections for the NSCRO/Penn Mutual Women’s 7’s Select Side that will compete at the Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, on March 4, 2017.
The twelve-player squad includes six returning players from the team that competed in the Philadelphia-based Collegiate Rugby Championships in June and six new players were selected... Read More
To understand the beginnings of rugby at Dartmouth is to recognize the importance of geography and gender. The college, founded in 1769, is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, where the weather is listed officially as "long, cold, and snowy winters." The town's population numbers slightly more than 10,000, a rural hamlet far from any large urban area, and miles from any women's college. Since few... Read More
With the DII champion being crowned, the rankings are updated for the final time. UW-Whitewater capped off a tremendous year, winning a pair of games to take home the title and earn the top spot. For most of the year the Warhawks sat at number two, but a consistent performance ultimately proved the rankings wrong.
Minnesota-Duluth sat at number one for the entire year, thanks to three consecutive... Read More
Wayne State College has won a Penn Mutual National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) 15 or 7s title every year for the past five years, and 2016 continued the trend. With their low-score, high-intensity victory over Colgate, 11-0, on Sunday, the Wildcats add another women’s rugby fall championship to its impressive program accolades.
“The team that beat us last year won the national title... Read More