As it turned out, the league left them, as the Super League has become the
Good timing, likely, for the Harlequins as they continue to rebuild.
Last season was not a bad one for the Harlequins. They were 6-2 in their DI
league, losing twice to the Austin Blacks, and their winless season in the
Super League featured two ties and two close losses.
Club president John Dale... Read More
The Southern California DI league begins this weekend, with six teams in
action each week.
The schedule looks for each team to play ten league matches, and they are
tough matches, with two of the teams involved having won Super League
titles, and three (including Belmont Shore doubling up) having won DI
Belmont Shore, the defending national DI winners, take... Read More
“Last year we lost over half of our normal squad just due to attrition and
just guys kind of moving on and out of the LA area,” said LA’s Nathaneal
“The hard part is when you’re trying to get new guys out at the beginning
of the year, they come and see no structure, not having a coach, and they
walk up and leave. And there’s so many top tier teams within a 10-mile... Read More
Gone is Head Coach Paul Keeler, although he is expected help out once in a
while, Keeler is coaching college now. In his stead, former Eagle Grant Wells
coaches the team with Karl Thomson also helping out. (Thompson actually is
the lead guy this weekend against OPSB because Wells is visiting family.)
That’s an adjustment the team has to make, but it’s not a huge one, as the
new staff is... Read More
Stuck out in Seattle with no other DI clubs nearby, they need a competitive
season in order to advance to the national playoffs. Enter the NorCal DI,
which agreed to add Beach to their schedule to give the Seattle team two
home games and four away games.
“We’re excited that NorCal stepped up in this transition year,” said
Director of Rugby Evan Haigh. “And to have Golden Gate and... Read More
The Austin Blacks begin their Texas title defense
Saturday in Houston against the Houston Athletic Rugby Club (HARC). The
Blacks do so having added more than they lost in the personnel department.
The one glaring loss is No. 8 Will Martin, who led the Austin forward pack
the last couple of years after winning a National Championship with Aspen.
He has retired. Austin coach... Read More
Esikia has been busy spearheading the Las Vegas Rugby Academy youth program,
and now adds men’s rugby to his responsibilities.
It will be an interesting year for the Rugby World Cup veteran, as the club
has undergone more than its share of turnover.
“We are really young this year,” said Esikia. “We have a lot of new players
– some guys who played football at UNLV, some guys who have... Read More
The Northern California DI club league starts play this coming weekend with
a new wrinkle in a slightly adjusted league.
With San Mateo sadly out of the league, NorCal is down to six teams.
However, with Old Puget Sound now in DI after the dissolution of the Super
League, that Seattle-based club is without a league of its own (being the
only DI club north of Sacramento).
So... Read More
Tony Fratangelo and Joe Aleki have retired, Mike Te’o is in camp with the
Junior All Americans, Ed Pitts is recovering from a torn bicep suffered
during summer 7s, and Eric Duechle and Peter Dahl are resting.
Neither Duechle nor Dahl have had much of a break lately, going straight
from 15s to 7s to training with the 7s team at the Olympic Training Center.
Dahl also participated in... Read More
That may have changed this year as the club looks to start their league
season January 12 against The Woodlands in the Texas DI club.
It’s been a solid recruiting offseason for Dallas despite the fact that the
Dallas Harlequins are back in DI and are direct competitors for players at
Club president Jeff Kolberg will be without his son and start fullback
Kelly, who is... Read More