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NSCRO expands - The 2016-2017 National Small College School Rugby Organization season is underway with many teams returning to compete for national championships. In addition, several new institutions joined the organization: Vassar College (Men’s), Rice University (Men’s), Xavier University (Men’s), Northwestern University (Men’s), Troy University (Men’s), University of Southern Mississippi (Men’s), Georgia State University (Men’s), Colorado College (Women’s), East Texas Baptist University (Women’s), Chadron State (Women’s), Lander University (Women’s). The new total for NSCRO is 247 Men’s teams and 113 Women’s teams.
Rugby Championship Fifth Round - The southern hemisphere internationals continue on Saturday, October 1, with contests scheduled in South Africa and Argentina. The Springboks (1-3) host Australia (2-2) at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, 51,762 capacity, and home to the professional Blue Bulls. In Buenos Aires, Los Pumas (1-3) host the All Blacks (4-0) at Estadio José Amalfitani, capacity 49,540 and home stadium to the Jaguares.
Ben Pinkelman To Speak in Chicago - Olympian Ben Pinkelman, a 7s standout, has been added to the fine roster of speakers at the Lost Afternoon Luncheon on November 4. He joins former New Zealand All Black rugby sevens legend Eric Rush, considered by many to be the best after dinner rugby speaker in the world, who will act as emcee. In addition, past Ireland captain and British and Irish Lions great Keith Wood has signed on as this year's keynote speaker.
England's Rugby Expo Announces New Speakers - Rugby Expo 2016 announced that Heath Harvey, chief executive of Saracens, and Nathan Bombrys, managing director of Glasgow RFC, have joined the line-up of expert speakers at their event on November 3. They will be joined by David Armstrong of Wasps and Mike Rush of St Helens Rugby League.
Rugby's US Growth - Major article in "Inc." magazine. Link to