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The Rugby Weekend, This Weekend – Two terrific games on tap in Chicago. Friday, November 4, at 7 p.m., the Eagles take on the Maori All Blacks at Toyota Stadium outside Chicago. The television time posted is at 8 p.m. ET on The Rugby Channel (pay for view), but no replay time listed on NBCSports for Saturday. The other contest on Saturday afternoon pits the All Blacks versus Ireland in a Test match supreme. This game begins at 3 p.m. Central Time and played at Soldiers Field. NBCSports will air a tape delay at 8 p.m. Saturday. (The assumption, and only that, is the USA/Maori game will be shown after the 8 p.m. All Blacks/Ireland match on NBC Sports.)
Men’s News from NSCRO - Another NSCRO newcomer, Iowa Central Community College, will be facing either John Brown University or Wayne State College for the Mid-America RFU final on November 13 for a spot in the Challenge Cup Region 3 playoffs next Spring 2017. Trinity College is the first of four teams to book a spot in the Region 1 Championship on November 19, 20 in Emmetsburg, Maryland. Case Western Reserve University (Great Lakes CRC) and Bethel College (Indiana RFU) are heading to Fishers, Indiana, for the Region 2 Championship.
Women’s News from NSCRO - The Women's National Championship is also taking shape. Keene State College secured the first of four slots for the Region 1 Championship. Mount St. Mary's University, NSCRO newcomer York College, and Lee University will be heading to the Region 2 Championship. This weekend will determine the three other teams who will be joining Neumann University at Denison University for the Region 3 Championship. Two other NSCRO newcomers, Western State College and Colorado College, will be joining Wayne State College and 2015 NSCRO Champion, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, for the Region 4 Championship
Pay Per game for England Men – English internationals will receive £22,000 (or $27,500) fee per match. This is for the games, image rights, and training. This represents a thirty-percent pay rise before bonuses. Over £20 million ($24.0MM) has been set aside in a new four-year deal that makes the Red Roses, the highest paid team in rugby. The fee will last up to the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup. The prior amount was £15,000.
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