Close tests, big upsets. With teams jockeying for positions within their conferences, there were plenty of exciting matches this weekend in D1A, D1AA, and DI Club.
With Indiana on a bye, Michigan State and Wisconsin shined in the Big Ten. The Spartans nipped Purdue, 17-14, to remain undefeated and Wisconsin blew out Iowa, 105-0, to improve to 3-1. Ohio State got back on the winning track with a... Read More
After the winning coaches had time to process their DI National Championship victories, Eugene Eloff of the Austin Huns and Jarrod Faul of the Life West Gladiatrix spoke with Rugby Today to discuss their perspective on the club finals. Here is what they had to say.
Rugby Today: What are your initial thoughts on the game?
Eugene Eloff: I knew it was going to be tough and we never underestimated [... Read More
Five new champions were crowned this past weekend at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. at the USA Rugby Emirate Airline Club National Championships. In the Saturday Division I matches, the Life West Gladiatrix dispatched the Raleigh Venom, 39-17, and the Austin Huns came back to beat NYAC, 27-23, in the final minutes of the men’s final. On Sunday, the St. Louis Royals beat the Bremer County Bucks... Read More
The USA Rugby Emirates Airline DI Men’s Club Championship will be fought between two teams of striking similarities and immense differences. At 7:00pm MST on Saturday at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., the New York Athletic Club and the Austin Huns will kick off a match that will feature some of the best rugby in the nation.
Both clubs got their start in the early 1970s, but only NYAC has... Read More
At a time when most teams are resting and preparing for the DI Club Regional Playoffs on Saturday, two teams continued their efforts to get better against high-quality competition. The results were mixed for the Austin Huns and the Chicago Lions as they played the Rugby Utah Select XVs and Old Blue, respectively. In both games, the first halves were hotly contested, but in the second halves, one... Read More
The ramp up to the DI National Quarterfinals wasn’t kind to the two teams from the Atlantic North on Saturday. The #1 seeded NYAC lost 42-19 to Old Blue while the defending DI National Champion, Mystic River, was beaten by the visiting Glendale Raptors, 22-16. Although both squads lost, valuable lessons were learned and wake-up calls were received.
For NYAC, the final result and who scored didn’t... Read More
In the DI Mid-Atlantic Conference Finals, Rocky Gorge preserved its reign as defending MAC champions and earned its seventh straight appearance to Nationals with a 38-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Harlequins. Seventeen penalties in the first half limited Gorge to a 7-3 advantage at halftime. However, Gorge solved its issues and opened the second half with four straight tries to break the game... Read More
Positioning for the DI Divisional Playoffs is in full swing as the four games in the Atlantic North and Mid-Atlantic were played on Saturday. In the Atlantic North/ARP, Old Blue, who decided not to participate in Nationals this season, blasted Mystic River, 66-20. Meanwhile in the Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Gorge and Norfolk rebounded from defeats from the week prior with wins over Baltimore-Chesapeake... Read More
With two Saturdays left on the schedule before the start of the DI Red River playoffs, the Austin Huns continued to separate itself from the pack with a 40-19 win over the second place Dallas Reds. The Reds are now tied with the Austin Blacks, who against each in the season finale on April 29th. The Huns host the Glendale Raptors this Saturday before finishing their spring against the Blacks and... Read More
With multiple field issues, only three games were in DI Club on the east coast. In a non-conference test, NYAC looked to avenge its loss last season to Rocky Gorge. At Travers Island in New York, NYAC welcomed Gorge to the Empire State with a 65-0 blowout. In the Mid-Atlantic, Wilmington picked up its first DI victory over Rocky Gorge, 39-5, and Baltimore-Chesapeake came back from a first half... Read More