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.
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Over the weekend Penn State took on Indiana in State College, Pa. After a back-and-forth first half, Penn State came away 48-32 winners.
The Hoosiers and Nittany Lions both came into Saturday’s match looking for a resounding non-conference scalp. Indiana was in search of a fourth-straight win, while PSU was looking to end a two-match losing streak. Though the teams came into the match on the... 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
Penn State and Army are expected to be announced as the latest teams to join the Varsity Cup. The Nittany Lions and Black Knights will come on board for the 2016 competition, giving the postseason knockout tournament 16 teams.
Both programs recently named new head coaches, Army former All American, Stanford and San Diego State head man Matt Sherman, and Penn State former Utah head man Blake... Read More
The college 15s season is done and dusted, with no more games left to help sort the final rankings. The top four is easy, below that, it gets a little tougher. BYU beat Cal and St. Mary's. Cal beat St. Mary's. St. Mary's beat Life. There's your inarguable top four.
No. five could be Central Washington or Davenport. Tough one to pick since they didn't play each other or have any common opponents,... Read More
Powered by timely tries and an on-point kicking game, No. 4 Saint Mary’s advances to the 2015 USA Rugby DI-A College 15s National Championships with a 48-32 victory over No. 7 Davenport in Moraga, Calif. Behind a total of seven tries, six kicks by inside center Dylan Audsley (five conversions and a PK), and a pressure defense, the Gaels will attempt to repeat as champions when they meet the No. 3... Read More
BYU claimed its fourth-straight national title Saturday, beating Cal 30-27 in the Varsity Cup final at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The Cougars never trailed and appeared to pull away twice, but the Bears kept coming back.
Cal made the first threat at the try line with an attacking five-meter lineout a few minutes in. The Bears won the lineout, but their maul was shoved backwards and the... Read More