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Rugby Championship Game 5 - The southern hemisphere championship continues this Saturday when South Africa host Australia and Argentina welcome New Zealand. It will be game five of the six game tournament with the All Blacks undefeated at 4-0, Springboks at 2-1-1, Wallabies at 1-2-1, and Los Pumas last at 0-4. The RSA versus Australia contest should determine second place, as it is highly probable the Kiwis will continue undefeated and end 6-0. The South Africa venue will be at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, while Argentina host at Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos Aires.
Six Nations Without Title Sponsor in 2018 - The popular European rugby tournament (England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France, and Italy) lost its title sponsor, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), after a fourteen-year run. No company has signed for 2018, and the startling news is that Six Nations was turned down by 150 companies, all unwilling to commit. This year, RBS paid £11.0MM ($14.7MM) for the rights. Two reasons have been given for the resistance to sponsorship, (1) event is not global, thus no interest to global brands, and (2) concern over BREXIT.
USA Girls Sevens In Europe - Earlier this month, the Girls High School All-American Sevens received a special invite to compete in the European Girls 7s tournament in Vichy, France. The team is coached by Emilie Bydwell, former Brown University All-American, powered by Atavus, and sponsored by AIG. The girls won their first two matches against Russia and Wales before losing to England. The team then lost 7-0 to Portugal in the quarters, eventually, finishing in eighth place.
College Sevens to Precede Silicon Valley Sevens - Three West Coast Colleges - Stanford, USC, and Santa Clara - have committed to playing in the inaugural Collegiate Rugby Fall Championship on November 4th and 5th in Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California. These games will be played before the 12-team international Silicon Valley Sevens tournament. The college event will add five additional teams. For information, and tickets, go to www.sevensrugby.com.