In August of 2007, the 2006 European Cup winners, Munster from Ireland, visited Chicago to play in the inaugural Setanta Challenge Cup. The Irish squad came with a mix of first and second side players as those selected for Ireland's Rugby World Cup in 2007 stayed home.
Munster, founded in 1879, was a storied Irish club that played at two grounds, Thomond Park, Limerick, and Musgrave Park, Cork.... Read More
The playoff picture is starting to emerge in DII across the country. Conferences are finishing out league play and gearing up for playoffs later this month. A number of marquee games took place over the weekend.
Villanova defeated York to be the first team to move to 4-0 in the conference while York drops to 2-2. Bloomsburg had the week off and remains at 3-0. Four teams make the playoffs... Read More
The six-team, Americas Pacific Challenge tournament, comprised of secondary sides, began play last Saturday at Estadio Cahrrua Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay. The results of the first encounter:
Tonga A 39 – USA XV 30
Samoa A 36 – Argentina XV 31
Uruguay A 35 – Canada A 21
The Samoan win ended defending champion Argentina’s unbeaten two-year run in this event. The Pacific Islanders scored two... Read More
Player signings continue to clog the offseason Major League Rugby marquee, and for good reason, but the biggest news since our last update might be on the sideline, as Seattle has announced a new coach in Anton Moolman.
The Seawolves famously won the inaugural title on the shoulders of player/coach Phil Mack after previously announced head man Tony Healy was unable to secure a visa, resulting in... Read More
A wounded Falcons squad finished 2-4 in a series of scrimmages over the weekend in Manchester, UK. The Americans beat Germany and split with France, but fell to Spain, England and Ireland.
Eagles head coach Mike Friday led the Falcons. The idea at the beginning was to get some valuable international minutes for the guys who go on tour all season, but don’t necessarily log a lot of playing time,... Read More
South Africa led 30-13 against all powerful New Zealand and seemed destined to do what few other fifteens have ever done, beat the All Blacks in back to back matches. The Springboks previously upset the Kiwis 36-34 in New Zealand. Coming home and playing to a standing room only venue in Pretoria, it appeared that a rare double win would occur. The last time in the past ten-years that the All... Read More
The first weekend of October brought a Big Ten surprise, a hundred-point debut, a Chicago club upset, and a multitude of dominating victories. Fall rugby is in full swing as the conferences are moving into the meat of their schedules and potential champions are making their mark.
The surprise of D1A was Wisconsin’s 40-24 win over Indiana in Madison, Wis. After an early season loss, Wisconsin beat... Read More
USA Rugby has two new board members in Jim Brown and Julie Lau. They were put forth by the nominating committee and approved by the board. At Saturday’s biannual Congress meeting, they were ratified by Congress by comfortable margins.
The third candidate put forward by the nominating committee, Jim Eats, was not approved by the board, leaving one seat open. This may mark the first time a nominee... Read More
Rugby Championship Finale - The sixth and final games of the 2018 southern hemisphere Rugby Championship conclude this Saturday. New Zealand (4-1) have already won the title on total points even if they lose to South Africa (3-2) away. That match will be played in the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria.
A game with more importance is the Argentina (2-3) and Australia (1-4) match scheduled for... Read More
The DII College landscape was busy this weekend with all but five of the ranked teams taking place.
The biggest game of the weekend saw Bethel College dismantle Grand Valley State. The Pilots moved up five spots to number seven and Grand Valley State falls to 13.
Marquette continues its hot streak with a win over previously ranked Northern Iowa. 73-10, however, drops Northern Iowa out.
Vermont... Read More