USA scrumhalf Shaun Davies was knocked out of Saturday’s contest with the Maori All Blacks in Chicago with a concussion. He has also been ruled out for the upcoming match with Samoa in Spain.
In the 36th minute, Maori second row Pari Pari Parkinson came through a ruck to play the diminutive scrumhalf, wrapped him up, lifted him above his waist and violently slammed him to the ground. Parkinson... Read More
The Ireland v. Italy Test served as the centerpiece of the three match Rugby Weekend in Chicago. Assume the Soldier Field attendance number of 30,000 is correct, and subtract extra New Zealand fans, Women’s rugby fans, and Men’s Eagle supporters, then what may be left is around half that number for the Ireland and Italy match, which, generated almost no Italian-American participation.
Italian... Read More
The men’s division two college bracket has been released with a 23 team field making the playoffs. It is shaping up to be the most competitively balanced field in the history of DII.
All of the conferences except the Deep South are represented. The Great Midwest and Cardinals Conference received three bids each while Rugby Northeast, MARC, NEWCRC and Great Lakes all earned two bids.
Iowa Central... Read More
Technically, Saturday marked the second “The Rugby Weekend”. The first time USA Rugby used the moniker to promote a home test was 2016, when Ireland upset New Zealand at Soldier Field and the Eagles fell to the Maori at Toyota Park. But if you define The Rugby Weekend as anytime you welcome a New Zealand team to play in Chicago and rent Soldier Field with a lot of fanfare, Saturday marked the... Read More
This weekend saw the remain handful of conferences crown champions and determine automatic bids to the USA Rugby playoffs. The rest of the field will be announced in the coming days.
Villanova won on back-to-back days over York and Bloomsburg to take home the conference crown.
Whitewater remains the class of the conference, winning two games by big margins. The Warhawks beat... Read More
Horse racing fans often quote the doggerel verse:
“Breathe there a bettor,
With soul alive.
Who paid the rent,
Betting 1 to 5.”
In essence, for the traditional two-dollar wager at the track, should the favorite win at the above low odds, the small payout would total $.40, or $2.40 returned.
The poetry segues to the betting odds in the UK and... Read More
With the fall season entering its final weeks, clubs are wrapping up their season while others are in full postseason mode. The US National team took center stage in Chicago but plenty of college and club rugby was played across the country.
The D1AA National Quarterfinals start in two weeks so the conference championships began this weekend. In the SCRC, Kentucky took home its second title in a... Read More
Head coach Gary Gold said before the game the biggest threat to his team as the speed of the Maoris, and he couldn’t have been more right, as the Eagles leaked nine tries in a 59-22 defeat Saturday at Soldier Field. The game was marred by indiscipline, as the Maoris racked up three yellow cards and were lucky not to be shown more, if not red.
The Eagles managed to empty their bench, handing out... Read More
New Zealand ran over and around a young USA Saturday at Soldier Field in Chicago, earning an emphatic 67-6 win. With 13 debutants in the American lineup, the Black Ferns put on a clinic, dominating every phase of the game.
The American lineout was especially poor, as the Black Ferns used the set piece and subsequent driving mauls to gain the early advantage. Once the flood gates opened, they... Read More
The DIAA fall post season is almost upon us. A number of conferences are finishing up play and a few start conference playoffs next weekend.
Dartmouth won the battle of undefeated teams by shutting out Brown 44-0. The Big Green take the number one seed in the conference playoffs and Brown takes number two. Yale and Harvard played for third place and Yale edged the Crimson 31-15.
Harvard is... Read More