No official press release has been sent out, nor will it be, but the Varsity Cup is done. Founded by BYU in 2012, with its first postseason being staged in 2013, the competition was a team-driven independent entity which struck partnerships and sponsorships with United World Sports, NBC and Penn Mutual.
BYU claimed the first three titles, the third of which was eventually stripped for fielding an... Read More
Saturday the All-Americans march out for the lone time this year to face off against Oxford University at Talen Energy Stadium in suburban Philadelphia. The game is the third of its kind in recent years, as the All-Americans had typically gone on an international tour every summer.
Then in 2014 they played Oxford’s rival, Cambridge, and the Ontario Blues on home soil. In 2015 they convened and... Read More
ANNAPOLIS, Md.— Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Gavin Hickie has been named the Director of Club Rugby and the Head Men’s Rugby Coach. Hickie comes to Navy from Dartmouth, where he was the head coach for the past five years.
“Gavin is universally known as one of the top coaches in the sport,” said Gladchuk. “We are very fortunate to have him join the Naval... Read More
It has taken a while, but in the latest episode of The Carter Divide, Ethan and I finally talk about some college rugby.
The episode is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and here.
One of the first things I showed to Ethan, in my quest to turn him into a real rugby fan, was a PRO match. Having watched a little Super Rugby, he was not impressed. In fact, he was rather dismissive. Nearly 10 months... Read More
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Mike Flanagan is stepping down as the head rugby coach after 27 years on the job.
“Although a Club Sport, the Rugby program at Navy has always taken on the most formidable intercollegiate competition in the nation,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “The Academy, alumni, and... Read More
Cal and Arkansas State will meet in the final of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup on Saturday, May 6, at Stevens Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. ET and will be aired on tape delay on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET.
For the first time in the history of the Varsity Cup, the game will be played outside of Utah. Cal, who has been to every previous Penn Mutual Varsity... Read More
With a 22-7 win over Navy, Arkansas State will make its first ever appearance in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup final. The Red Wolves stymied the Navy attack all afternoon and with a couple of timely scores, booked a date with Cal for the final.
Arkansas was on the receiving end of a ton of rain over the weekend and made it incredibly sloppy and difficult to use hands. Both teams were forced to play... Read More
Cal toppled Penn State 35-14 to head to the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup final. The Golden Bears jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and kept a determined Penn State team at bay to make it back to the Varsity Cup final in two weeks.
Neither team got on the board in the first 20 minutes, with the Nittany Lions matching the physicality and pace of the Bears. However, the home side opened the scoring... Read More
With seven top collegiate playoff matches on the slate Saturday, the question is where to watch the games. If you are not fortunate enough to see the D1A Quarterfinals, Varsity Cup Semifinals, or D1AA Spring Championship in person, most of the games will be live streamed online for your viewing pleasure.
D1A Quarterfinals - San Diego State at Saint Mary’s
Starting at 1:00 pm PST, Saint Mary’s... Read More
Rugby Today assistant editor and columnist Pat Clifton joins the Rugby Guys Podcast to talk about all things rugby in Episode 36. Pat lends his voice to Erik Woodworth, John Goodwyn, and Evan Lappen as they discuss the USA Rugby 7s performance in Singapore in the all North American final, a possible merger of D1A and the Varsity Cup in college, and the state of rugby in the United States. Plus,... Read More