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
Four of the top five teams in the nation shined on Saturday as conference play began while the Houston Sabercats got back on track with a win over James Bay. Saint Mary’s picked up a Cal Conference win against SDSU as Cal, BYU, and Lindenwood were victorious in non-conference match-ups.
No. 1 ranked Saint Mary’s schooled SDSU, 62-5, for the Aztecs’ second loss in a row and the Aggies of UC Davis... Read More
After a fall semester that saw the Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference crown a 7s champion (Arkansas) and begin its 15s slate, the conference resumed its season on Jan. 20.
Baylor and Texas Tech played a league match, which the Bears won convincingly, and LSU stepped out to face national powerhouse Life in a road fixture.
Baylor 59, Texas Tech 17
In the spring opener for both teams, the Bears... Read More