There were a number of prominent games in DI this weekend and in some cases the better ranked team won. However, several teams moved up the rankings thanks to impressive wins.
Army beat Navy in a hotly contested game 18-15. The two teams have been in the top 10 most of the year, with Navy ahead. The teams swap places now with Army moving to six and Navy heading to eight. Penn State beat Army but... Read More
(Article reprinted courtesy of BBC Sport)
Rugby chiefs have announced an eight-point plan to make the game safer after their annual injury audit found a rise in the number and severity of injuries in the English professional game.
For a sixth straight season, concussion is the most reported match injury.
There has also been a spike in training ground injuries and injuries picked up on artificial... Read More
DIA featured a juicy slate of games this weekend that could have a large impact on the final playoff seedings. Twelve of the sixteen teams who are currently in the playoff picture played matches and a few others on the bubble are trying to work their way in.
The biggest statement game of the weekend came from Notre Dame College. The Falcons blitzed Indiana early to go up 28-0 at half ended up... Read More
Down by three points in stoppage time, the play started with a scrum at the 22. Navy’s eightman pick gained some ground and the ball was sent to the right to the backs. The forwards had their opportunity before it was swung to the right. The physical Army defense was waiting on the wing and stuffed the attempt at the line. The referee signaled a held ball and blew the final whistle sending the... Read More
There was plenty of action in DI this weekend and the rankings shifted some. As playoff time approaches, things are starting to heat.
St. Mary’s remains the top dog despite a closer than expected win over Cal Poly 36-17. Cal Poly enters the rankings at 25 by keeping St. Mary’s closer than most other teams.
Utah Valley picked up two wins during the week and stock continues to rise. They move up to... Read More
The DIAA spring playoffs start in a few weeks and each of the conferences are finishing up. The playoffs will likely feature eight teams divided into two regions. Here is where things currently stand.
Dartmouth have clinched a spot with a conference title in the fall. The Big Green had passed on DIAA playoffs to participate in the Varsity Cup in years past but this year will be heading to the... Read More
DIA rugby is down to the wire and there were a number of critical games over the weekend. Several conferences were officially decided and a number of non-conference games helped paint a more interesting playoff picture.
St. Mary’s officially clinched the conference with a win over Cal Poly but the game was not as easy as most had anticipated. The game was 7-7 at the break and the Gaels... Read More
There were several marquee games in DI this week that solidified the rankings. Six of the top 10 teams played this week, including two top 10 matchups.
St. Mary’s bested BYU for the second time this year. This time the Gaels went into Provo and beat the Cougars. It is only the second time in history that has been done. (Cal beat BYU in the 2016 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup final) The teams stayed... Read More
The DIA post season is really starting to take shape with only a few weeks left to play but questions remain if the current format is the best scenario. It is arguably the best field ever in DI rugby but the playoff format poses some issues.
With the elimination of the Varsity Cup and the addition of several top teams back in the fold of DIA, the playoff bracket will be expanded to include 16... Read More
In front of jammed packed crowds for homecoming in Berkeley, Calif., Cal and Army fought to a 50-41 Bears victory at the Cal Invitational. After the opening round that saw the Black Knights defeat Claremont Colleges, 44-10, and Cal beat UCLA, 58-3, the two top ten squads battled on Sunday. The tight back and forth affair culminated in a total of 15 tries between the two clubs.
“It was a tough... Read More