Thanksgiving Saturday brought over 140 teams to Randall’s Island, N.Y. for the 59th annual New York 7s Tournament. Twelve divisions saw over 2,000 players play rugby to close out the fall season. Sponsored by the New York Rugby Club, the event was live-streamed on FloRugby to bring the New York City action to the masses.
Starting at 8:00 am, rugby 7s took over Randall’s Island for eight hours on... Read More
Central Washington claimed the inaugural Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Fall Classic title Sunday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The Wildcats went 4-0 over two days to win the eight-team tournament. With a unique double elimination bracket in play, CWU had to dispatch Arizona twice along the way, the first time 15-0 and then again in the final, 15-14.
Setting the pace physically for Central... Read More
Upwards of 300 players competed in the men's Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, and the braintrust at Rugby Today has whittled that large pool down to 12 for the tournament's Dream Team. While there were certainly other big-time players, like Dylan Audsley and Holden Yungert of St. Mary's, Jimmy Wolfer of St. Joe's and Cal's Sam Cusano, named tournament MVP by the CRC organizers, but... Read More
Robert Paylor was not only in the hearts and minds of each of Cal’s players, coaches and supporters over the weekend, his name was scrawled on the Golden Bears’ jerseys. On May 6th, Paylor was partially paralyzed in the Varsity Cup final. He’s been rehabilitating ever since and was recently moved to a hospital in Colorado which specializes in spinal cord injuries. His future is uncertain.
That... Read More
In a rematch of the final of four years ago, Cal repeated history winning its fifth-straight Penn Mutual College Rugby Championship over Life University, 19-0. The victory marks the Golden Bears’ 31st consecutive CRC win that began with the bronze final in 2012 against Life.
At Talen Energy Stadium, in Chester, Pa., the match was full of penalties and turnovers, but Cal was able to take advantage... Read More
Cal exploded in the second half to beat Indiana 29-14 in the first of two semifinals at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship Sunday in suburban Philadelphia. The Bears and Hoosiers were separated by just a score at halftime, but the Bears scored three in a row to open the second half and take the win.
Indiana got its hands on the initial kickoff, but tapped it out of bounds, giving Cal... Read More
After four hotly contested quarterfinals, the quest for the Pete Dawkins Trophy is down to four teams. Cal beat Kutztown 19-10 and will face Indiana, 24-12 winners over UCLA. Life edged St. Mary’s 7-5 and will meet conference foe Lindenwood, 12-0 winners over Arkansas State.
CAL 19-10 KUTZTOWN
The first quarterfinal between the Golden Bears started with a flurry of knock-ons and early mistakes,... Read More
Four mouthwatering quarterfinals await day two of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. The chalk held most of Saturday, until the end when Indiana blitzed Kutztown, but that result just made the knockout matches even more palatable.
The one-eight match-up, which is theoretically supposed to be the most lopsided, features Cal and Kutztown. The battle of the Golden Bears was played out in... Read More
In front of a record crowd of nearly 15,000 fans at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., the first day of the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship ended with the usual suspects advancing to the quarterfinals on Sunday. Most of the pools boiled down to the final match of the afternoon. Emerging from the six pools, Saint Mary’s, Arkansas State, Lindenwood, UCLA, Cal, and Indiana won... Read More
The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship starts tomorrow, as Cal looks to navigate the toughest field in the competition’s history to claim an astonishing fifth-straight tournament title. Everyone else is gunning to knock the Golden Bears off. Here’s my take on how it might all play out.
Though Cal is the returning champion, the Bears are playing with heavy hearts. Just a few weeks ago, lock... Read More