The expectations have changed at Iona. The Gaels racked up an 11-2 record last fall, their first in the Liberty Conference. So when UMass comes to town Thursday for the season opener streamed live on ESPN+ at 5pm ET, the home team is expected to come out with an easy win.
But the Minutemen are well coached. Last fall, just 15 points separated Iona and UMass, with the Gaels winning 32-17 in... Read More
With over 240 matches between 80 teams from eight conferences, the 2018-2019 D1A collegiate season begins this weekend and the excitement for the new start is building. Across the nation, college campuses are alive with clubs preparing for their first games by welcoming new players into the fold and integrating veterans back into the system. Most of the games have been announced, but there are... Read More
College rugby in Utah has been thrown in a blender over the last handful of years, and whether it’s able to come out on the other side whole remains to be seen. The University of Utah is still reeling from the program’s 2013 suspension, while four-time national champion coach David Smyth has left vaunted BYU for Utah Valley.
The upheaval has shredded two of the best rivalries in all of college... Read More
For the first time in 28 years, David Smyth is no longer involved with BYU Rugby, as the head coach and his staff have stepped down. The initial announcement was made Monday by the wives of Smyth and longtime assistant Wayne Tarawhiti on Facebook. Friday, Smyth released his own statement via the BYU Rugby Facebook page.
“Earlier this week news broke that I, along with the rest of the BYU coaching... Read More
Monday Morning Halfback is a new weekly snack-sized version of the RUGBY PatCast. It's a shorter podcast featuring Houston Sabercats captain Kyle Sumsion. Going forward, every Monday morning you'll be able to wake up to a quick discussion on the weekend's slate of games. To kick it off, here's a preview of what to expect to start your week. We discuss all fo the Major League Rugby results and... Read More
It was supposed to be Cal traveling to Life and Penn State meeting Lindenwood in Moraga, Calif. on the campus of St. Mary's. Those are the semifinal pairings the original bracket called for. However, D1A decision makers have switched the bracket pairings mid-tournament, so Cal now gets to stay in Northern California and play Lindenwood at St. Mary's, and Penn State will travel to Marietta, Ga. to... Read More
College, club, and professional rugby are in the final preparation for the playoffs and the start of Major League Rugby season. For college, the D1A playoffs begin Saturday and the spring D1AA started this weekend. Club rugby has a few weeks left before the postseason, but the most of the MLR finished it’s preseason ahead of the openers on April 21st.
In a rematch between Saint Mary’s and Cal,... Read More
Feeling the excitement before the USA’s first international match of the year, Arizona fought off UCLA, 33-10, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Saturday. The Wildcat defense was impressive holding back the Bruin offense for most of the contest. In addition to Saturday’s victory, Arizona’s second side beat USC, 66-14, on Friday to bring its PAC Conference record to 2-0. Lastly, Cal... Read More
With the emphatic win of the USA National team against Argentina serving as the nightcap, plenty of college and club rugby was on display on Saturday. Most of the D1A heavyweights were in action as St. Mary’s, Cal, Life, Lindenwood, and Arizona walked away as victors. In the club world, the Houston Sabercats preyed on the Capital Selects and the Dallas Reds and Austin Blacks continued their... Read More
The second week of the D1A California Conference saw the frontrunner and the newcomer notch victories. Both squads were road warriors as No. 1 ranked Saint Mary’s blitzed San Diego State, 62-5, in San Diego, Calif. and #21 UC Davis took down Cal Poly, 33-27, in San Luis Obispo. The first weekend of February sees St. Mary’s battle Olympic Club, UC Davis take on UC Santa Barbara, and SDSU host Cal... Read More