After the winning coaches had time to process their DI National Championship victories, Eugene Eloff of the Austin Huns and Jarrod Faul of the Life West Gladiatrix spoke with Rugby Today to discuss their perspective on the club finals. Here is what they had to say.
Rugby Today: What are your initial thoughts on the game?
Eugene Eloff: I knew it was going to be tough and we never underestimated [... Read More
Five new champions were crowned this past weekend at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. at the USA Rugby Emirate Airline Club National Championships. In the Saturday Division I matches, the Life West Gladiatrix dispatched the Raleigh Venom, 39-17, and the Austin Huns came back to beat NYAC, 27-23, in the final minutes of the men’s final. On Sunday, the St. Louis Royals beat the Bremer County Bucks... Read More
The USA Rugby Emirates Airline DI Men’s Club Championship will be fought between two teams of striking similarities and immense differences. At 7:00pm MST on Saturday at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., the New York Athletic Club and the Austin Huns will kick off a match that will feature some of the best rugby in the nation.
Both clubs got their start in the early 1970s, but only NYAC has... Read More
Twenty games in two days highlighted the USA Club Rugby East Regionals at Founder’s Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. over the weekend. With a trip to the Club Championships in Glendale, Colo. on June 3rd on the line, five divisions were up for grabs in the quarterfinal and semifinal matches. When the rain cleared on Sunday, NYAC (DI Men’s), the Raleigh Venom (DI Women’s), the Life Running Eagles (DII Men... Read More
This weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa., the world of club rugby descends on Founders Field where four teams will clash for the honor to play in the Division I USA Club Championships in Glendale, Colo. on June 3rd. At 5pm, the Midwest Champion, the Chicago Lions, are matched up against the Mid-Atlantic's Rocky Gorge and the last two DI National Champions, NYAC and Mystic River, face off for semifinal... Read More
In Tucson, Arizona, four of USA’s powers will duke it out for the right to advance to the Division I USA Club Rugby National Championship in Glendale, Colo. on June 3rd. The Austin Huns (9-1) will take on the undefeated San Francisco Golden Gate (13-0) side, while Belmont Shore (11-1) faces Life West (10-3) in the second west regional match.
Austin Huns vs SFGG
The Huns tuned up with a 59-37 win... Read More
At a time when most teams are resting and preparing for the DI Club Regional Playoffs on Saturday, two teams continued their efforts to get better against high-quality competition. The results were mixed for the Austin Huns and the Chicago Lions as they played the Rugby Utah Select XVs and Old Blue, respectively. In both games, the first halves were hotly contested, but in the second halves, one... Read More
The ramp up to the DI National Quarterfinals wasn’t kind to the two teams from the Atlantic North on Saturday. The #1 seeded NYAC lost 42-19 to Old Blue while the defending DI National Champion, Mystic River, was beaten by the visiting Glendale Raptors, 22-16. Although both squads lost, valuable lessons were learned and wake-up calls were received.
For NYAC, the final result and who scored didn’t... Read More
Since there is no Frontier Conference representative in Division I, the second place teams from the Red River and Pacific North battled it out in a repechage match in Austin, Texas. The game was a rematch of last year’s National Semifinal between the Austin Blacks and the Life West Gladiators. History did not repeat itself, as Life West was triumphant in a 36-28 victory over the Blacks. With the... Read More
At Little Q Field in San Diego, Calif., Belmont Shore defeated hosting OMBAC, 31-28, to win the DI Pacific South Conference Championship. Belmont Shore endured a tough test from OMBAC to advance to Tucson, Ariz. on May 20th to play the Life West Gladiators in the DI National Quarterfinals.
OMBAC ran out to an 11-0 early lead via two Kalei Konrad penalty kicks and an unconverted from scrummy... Read More