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USA U20 Women in Tri-Nations Cup - Age Grade USA Women play England in a three-nation (Canada) U20 tournament in Loughborough, UK. Ricardo Ramirez is the coach. The England contest is today. The USA will play Canada on July 24th.
Can-Am at Saranac Lake- The popular upstate New York event welcomes nine divisions to the annual rugby fete from August 2 to 4. Matches are played on 16 fields. More info at www.canamrugby.com.
Rugby Championship Begins- The four nation, southern hemisphere tournament starts this weekend. South Africa welcome Australia to Johannesburg. Argentina play New Zealand in Buenos Aires. The four nations are captained by U20 Championship players: Eben Etzebeth (South Africa), Michael Hooper (Australia), Pablo Matera (Argentina), and Sam Cane (New Zealand). The All Blacks and the Springboks are in Pool B in the World Cup that commences September 20 in Japan.
U20 Trophy Final in Brazil - It is Japan vs. Portugal in the championship game of the U20 Trophy, in a repeat of the 2017 title contest. The winner advances next year to the U20 Championship.
Beach Rugby USA- Last week, 18-teams played beach rugby in Chicago. This weekend, the matches move to Cleveland where 28 teams will play. The games are 5 on 5. Three more events are planned this summer.
Oddest Haka- The popular Maori haka has been chanted by New Zealand rugby from the All Blacks down to boys' rugby events. But, perhaps, the most unusual incidence occurred in the international Barbershop Quartet championship of 2014. The winners were the Musical Island Boys, former students from Wellington University. The announcement of their victory engendered the spontaneous haka from their fans: