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DI Rankings 5/11/16

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The final installment of the rankings are out and we have some movement at the top. After the three respective championships were played this past weekend, there is some more clarity yet more ambiguity.

Cal shocked BYU on BYU's campus to win the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup. The win snapped the Cougars two year unbeaten streak and was the first lost BYU ever suffered on South Field. Cal earned its way to the top of the rankings.

It gets complicated at number two, however, because Life managed to defeat St. Mary's in Moraga. The Running Eagles finished off an undefeated season with the DIA National Championship victory. Since the DIA champs did not face off with the Varsity Cup finalists, it is tough to gauge. Nevertheless, Rugby Today determined that BYU had a better resume than Life and remains at number two while Life remains third.

By virtue of the fact that Central Washington nearly knocked Cal out of the Varsity Cup, the Wildcats come in at number four. St.... Read More

RankTeamTrend
1CalBeat BYU 40-29
2BYULost to Cal 40-29
3LifeBeat St. Mary's 24-20
4Central WashingtonIdle
5St. Mary'sLost to Life 24-20

DI Rankings 5/4/16

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There was very little action this past weekend, and as a result there was very little movement. The only two games that took place were the DIA semifinal matchups.

Life defeated Lindenwood 41-7 in one game. The Running Eagles remain undefeated and how defeated the Lions three times this season. Life stays at number two and Lindenwood remains at number six despite losing.
The other semifinal saw St. Mary's Wallop Utah. After the team's played to a close 57-50 matchup earlier this year, the Gaels used a strong second half to pull away from the Utes and claim a 82-31 victory. Although St. Mary's won big, Central Washington also defeated Utah by a similar margin and remain ahead of the Gaels at number four. Utah drops one spot behind Navy to number 11.

The Penn Mutual Varsity Cup final and the DIA/DIAA final's all take place this weekend. Our final rankings will come out next week after the respective champions are crowned.

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1BYU
2Life
3Cal
4Central Washington
5St. Mary's

DI Rankings: 3/31/16

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Two games highlighted the movement in this weeks ranking. With limited action taking place due to Easter weekend, only Army and Clemson improved their standing.

Army battled Navy in a battle of service academies. Army came away with a 27-22 victory in a back and fourth affair. Army created a bit of a quagmire for the ranking committee, as all three service academies went 1-1 in the Commander-In-Chief rivalry. Air Force beat Army in the fall but lost to Navy. Navy handily beat Air Force but lost to Army. Taking into account the body of work of both Army and Navy, Rugby Today determined that Navy still holds the edge despite losing this past weekend. Thus, Navy drops one spot to number 10 and Army jumps up from 14th to 11th. UCLA bumps up one spot to number nine.

The other match that saw movement was between Wheeling Jesuit and Clemson. The teams were 22nd and 25th respectively, in last week’s rankings and the game was very even. Clemson won 35-31 moving the Tigers up... Read More

RankTeamTrendRecent Result
1BYUBeat UVU
2CalBeat Utah 46-19
3LifeIdle
4St. Mary'sIdle
5LindenwoodIdle

DI Rankings: 3/22/16

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The top five remain unchanged despite a lopsided loss from Cal. British Columbia beat up the Golden Bears in Canada but it is tough to gauge its strength relative to the stateside teams. With Life winning at the death, it was not enough to move the needle.

Life and Lindenwood slugged it out in Missouri Saturday. A last second try and conversion kept Life unblemished. A win for the Lions would have been quite a result but Life continues to demonstrate why they are a top three team.

Penn State beat the previously undefeated Hoosiers and moved up one spot slotting in front of Indiana. Likewise, Army defeated Utah with a stellar second half comeback and moves in front of the Utes.

Arizona State had the biggest movement of the weekend. The Sun Devils were not ranked last week, but a solid victory over San Diego State vaults them to the number 19 spot.

Iona, who has been idle for most of the spring, drops out of the Top 25.

RankTeamTrend
1BYU
2Cal
3Life
4St. Mary's
5Lindenwood

DII Men's College

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RankTeamTrendPrevious Results
1UM-DuluthBeat Mankato
2UW-WhitewaterBeat UMBC
3SalisburyBeat Heat Elite
4James MadisonBeat UW Lacrosse
5TowsonLost to Maryland
6Notre Dame CollegeBeat Villanova
7Old DominionBeat Radford
8SLUBeat UMKC
9Illinois StateBeat UIC

College > Men > 7s

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The Collegiate Rugby Championshp bookends the college 7s season, and with Cal having the Pete Dawkins Trophy in hand, its time for our final rankings of the year. Even more so than 15s, it's very difficult to rank college 7s. We usually have to weigh the results three major tournaments - the CRC, the Las Vegas Invitational and USA Rugby's College 7s National Championships - which span across several months. 

This year's a little different, as the college bracket at the LVI is now dominated by Canadian colleges, and it's not quite the spectacle it was when qualification to the CRC was up for grabs. And we have the ACRC Cup, or Surfside 7s, or whatever the heck you want to call the massive tournament that debuted in Virginia Beach, Va. this spring. 

So, at the end of the day, you're left deciding who is better between teams who not only haven't played each other, but haven't even competed in the same tournament or toward the same championship. We run into our first... Read More

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1Arkansas State
2Cal
3AIC
4Kutztown
5UCLA
6Life
7Dartmouth

International > Men > IRB Rankings

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1NEW ZEALAND93.81
2SOUTH AFRICA89.34
3AUSTRALIA86.88
4ENGLAND85.68
5IRELAND82.13
6WALES80.7
7FRANCE80.07
8ARGENTINA76.44
9SAMOA75.49

College > Men > Divison I

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There are no more games to play, though we sure could use a third game between BYU and St. Mary's to decide the No. 1 billing. We won't get it, so we have to dissect the resumes of each team as much as we can. 

St. Mary's and BYU played each other twice this season, and BYU has a higher aggregate point differential against St. Mary's directly (BYU is +6 in the two-game series). BYU was up against it in the first meeting in Moraga, Calif., which St. Mary's won by six, because it was the Cougars' first real contest of the season, and the Gaels were already several tough tests in. The Gaels were up against it in the second meeting in Provo, Utah, a 14-point win for BYU, because it was at elevation where the Cougars train regularly. 

BYU and St. Mary's also played four like opponents this season: Cal, Cal Poly, Arizona State and San Francisco Golden Gate. In those games, both the Gaels and Cougars won all four. The Gaels have a higher point differential in those four... Read More

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1St. Mary's
2BYU
3Life
4Cal
5Arkansas State

International > Men > 7s World Series

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London – The USA men's 7s team ended their 2013-2014 campaign in disappointing form, but with a small piece of positive news as they won the Shield at the London 7s.

The USA is the IRB World Series all-time leader in winning the Shield, the 4th tier of trophies at any tournament, equal to 13th. However, while it's a lower-tier consolation trophy, the Shield does require a team to win two games in a row, which the Eagles did, breaking their ten-game losing streak in the process.

The USA opened Sunday with a distressing 26-7 loss to Spain, but bounced back to defeat Portugal 45-7 in the Shield semis - their biggest win in quite some time - and then beat Japan 36-12 in the Shield final. The Eagles finally found their offense, but perhaps a little late in the last group of tournaments.

Meanwhile, New Zealand came back from 21-0 down to beat Australia 52-33 and win the Marriott London Sevens, the ninth and final round of the HSBC Sevens World Series. It was also New... Read More

RankTeamTrend
1South Africa152
2Fiji144
3England134
4Australia116
5Canada90
7Kenya84
8Samoa79
9Argentina75
10France68

College > Men > Division II

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Dec. 23, 2013 - While Nos. 1 and 2 are locked in, making the final DII ranking of the year isn’t as easy as following results from the National Championship playoffs and slotting teams in. The first example of the difficulty in doing so comes at No. 3, where we give James Madison the nod over UW-Whitewater.

Yes, the Warhawks beat JMU in the third-place game in Greenville, SC, but we don’t put much stock in consolation games. Both teams were without their best player and made several changes from the semifinal rosters the day before (JMU making nine) and you never know how a team approaches the consolation game – as a way to get seniors playing time, to preserve pride, or as this thing they have to do before they get to go home.

Ultimately, JMU was much more competitive in its semifinal, and the fight the Dukes gave Salisbury played a factor in the National Championship game. Duluth had fresher legs after beating Whitewater more comfortably, and the Sharks had to play... Read More

RankTeamTrend
1UM-Duluth
2Salisbury
3James Madison
4UW-Whitewater-
5Coast Guard
6Towson
7Old Dominion