Indiana finished fourth in the Midwest East last season. In RUGBYMag’s
final 2010/2011 DI Top 25 they were ranked 11th. Why? Because
the Midwest East was the murderer’s row of college rugby.
Indiana defeated two College Premier Division teams (Notre Dame and Ohio
State) and was an injury time JP Eloff penalty away from upsetting eventual
national champs Davenport in the Midwest... Read More
Minnesota finally beat Wisconsin last season to emerge from Midwest West
play and reach the Sweet 16. Problem is, once they got there they ran into
the buzzsaw known as Davenport and lost 27-0.
The Gophers have lost four starters since the spring semester, and the
biggest blow came in the front row. Starting tighthead Garrett O’Connor
graduated and his heir to the No. 3 jersey... Read More
Bowling Green’s program has been defined by the play of two guys
the last couple of years: Nick Viviani and Rocco Mauer. Viviani was a go-to
player for BGSU coach Tony Mazzarella from the second he stepped on campus,
and Mauer emerged as an upperclassmen on the 7s pitch.
Viviani is now a Chicago Lion, and Mauer is working towards a spot on the
7s National Team for the Pan-American... Read More
Davenport, having impressively won the 2011 DI National
Championship, is firmly planted on everyone’s radar, and the fact that they
didn’t graduate a single player should make them a favorite to win the 2012
No. 8 Gabe Gallagher and reserve flanker Brendan Foley have left the
program for personal reasons, but every other Panther is back. The most
notable of them being... Read More
All Americans 7s coach Alex Magleby will name his final squad for the
National 7s All-Star Championships, but that doesn’t mean the players not
picked are out of the picture.
Those not put in the main squad will be assigned to other territorial
teams. Magleby has consulted with the other territorial teams to establish
what their positional needs are, and has tried to match up... Read More
fact that USA Head Coach Eddie O'Sullivan picked Wyles for the World Cup
despite the fullback/center not having played due to an ankle injury
implies Wyles will be ready at least at some point.
Now sources within the squad say Wyles is on the mend and on schedule to
play against Ireland September 11. He is off the crutches and walking
around, and should be able to join... Read More
Big Ten 7s, Saturday and Sunday in Cottage Grove, Wisc., is not only a big
deal because it pits some really great teams like Penn State, Ohio State
and Minnesota (think Youngbloodz in different jerseys) against one
another, but because it’s supposed to be the first-ever qualifying
tournament for the first-ever USA Rugby 7s national championship
We say supposed to be... Read More
Emerick covered more yardage after the gainline than any other USA player
in last Saturday’s 27-7 loss to Canada, but that’s scant consolation for
the longtime Eagle center and RUGBYMag.com 2010 Player of the Year.
Emerick, who was a real doubt for a regular USA spot before the 2010 fall
tour before he took control of his own destiny with two big games, will
break into the... Read More
Staying home are three injured players: Troy Hall, Cameron Dolan and Brian
McClenahan. All three were long shots to make the squad in the first place,
and injuries don’t help.
Also remaining stateside are Zack Test, who has seen much more success as a
USA 7s player than as a 15s player, and Will Johnson, who seems now to be
the odd man out in the front row.
And finally, Chris... Read More
Going 2-0 against their big rivals might conceal some serious issues in the
set piece (especially the lineout) and in discipline. But there are also
some good things to take from the games, especially the defense.
“Looking back last week we also basically defended the whole first half,”
said captain and hooker Pat... Read More