For a program as decorated as Cal, there aren’t very many firsts still on offer. But before the Golden Bears backed up their Varsity Cup title with a fourth-straight Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship win Sunday, no DI men's collegiate team had ever claimed 15s and 7s titles in the same year.
“After they got the Varsity Cup, they started talking about getting both of the championships, so... Read More
The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship begins for the seventh time Saturday with its strongest field to date. All three champions – Utah (’10), Dartmouth (’11, ’12) and Cal (’13, ’14, ’15) are competing – Army’s back, and several other teams look primed to jump their game up. Here's my take on what you can expect.
THE FRONT RUNNERS
Cal would seem the odds-on favorite, given their recent... Read More
Everyone knows George Washington as the first, George W. Bush the last and Barack Obama the current. Outside of those with a little too much time on their hands, few can recall all the presidents between and their unique, distinct stories. To stand out in the annals of history, you’ve got to be a little more special than your company.
The 27th president of the United States, William Taft, might... Read More
The Penn Mutual Varsity Cup is down to four and the D1A playoffs to eight. We die-hard rugby fans wish we could mesh the professionalism and exposure of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship with the inclusiveness of the D1A competition, and we’d all love to see Cal vs. Lindenwood, Central Washington vs. St. Mary’s, or Life vs. BYU. But that’s not the world in which we currently live.
It... Read More
Life continued its undefeated campaign with a 34-0 victory over Davenport. In arduous conditions due to heavy snow, the Running Eagles used a simplified game plan to notch the shut out victory.
“It was pretty tough conditions…You could hardly see the ball. It was a bit of a nightmare. It was some of the toughest conditions we have played in this year,” Life assistant coach David Gannon said.... Read More
This Saturday’s match between No. 4 Life and seventh-ranked Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark. celebrates the third-annual Huckaby Cup between the schools. The founder of Arkansas State rugby program over 17 years ago, Curt Huckaby’s impact is felt on both sides of the ball in this weekend’s contest. Life and Arkansas State are now top-10 collegiate programs and their success in some part is... Read More
The Army and Navy rugby teams continued their spring seasons with notable wins Saturday. Army bested Dartmouth 65-5 in West Point, N.Y., while the Navy edged out Penn State 24-20 in Annapolis, Md.
Army’s win came on the back of some stout defense. According to Matt Sherman, head coach for he Black Knights, the most pleasing part of his team’s performance was the fact that his players were able to... Read More
On Saturday Notre Dame and Indiana kicked off the spring season with a friendly match in Brownsburg, Ind. Though both teams got some good experience out of the competition, Indiana came out on top, 56-8.
The teams opted for an unconventional competition where both sides mixed in the starting and second sides in an effort to give everyone some playing time to start off the season. Each went into... Read More
Saturday is a big one for college rugby, with third-ranked St. Mary's hosting No. 1 BYU in Moraga, Calif. and No. 2 Cal welcoming Air Force to Strawberry Canyon. Both matches will be viewable, with St. Mary's streaming the former online and Pac-12 Networks televising the latter.
These four programs combine for an overwhelming 36 national championships. Cal's won 26, but not claimed a 15s title... Read More
Charlotte Rugby Club played host to a weekend of top collegiate rugby teams. Life bested a pair of service academies on consecutive days, while Navy and Air Force both beat Clemson. The medley was played out at Skillbeck Athletic Grounds.
On Saturday, Life dismantled a rusty Air Force side 74-0 while Navy pulled away from Clemson for a 36-12 victory. “It was Air Force’s first hit out. They are... Read More