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Women's Age-Grade Sides in Can-Am Event - From August 1 to August 7, two USA Women's sides - Under 18 and Under 20 - will meet Canadian fifteens. The matches will be played at the University of Ottawa. The U-18s are coached by Farrah Douglas, and are named the Girls High School All-Americans. The team is sponsored by Atavus. The U-20s are coached by Wil Snape and are named the AIG Women's Junior All-Americans.
College Men's All-Americans - Honored by USARugby. Second team and Honorable Mentions named on the USARugby.org web site. Congratulations to all these fine college players.
1. Kevin Sullivan - University of California, Berkeley.
2. Chad Gough - University of Utah.
3. Chance Wenglewski - Lindenwood University.
4. Connor Sweet - University of California, Berkeley.
5. Matthew Jensen - Brigham Young University.
6. Alec Barton - Saint Mary's College.
7. Kevin O'Connor - Saint Mary's College.
8. Maciu Koroi - Life University
9. Holden Youngert - Saint Mary's College.
10. Russell Webb - University of California, Berkeley.
11. Harley Davidson - Life University
12. Cody Melphy - Life University.
13. Bryce Campbell - Indiana University.
14. Marcus Tupuola - Notre Dame College.
15. Cristian Rodriguez - Lindenwood University.
World Rugby U-20 Trophy Schedule for 2017 - The second tier, U-20 Boy's competition will be played in Montevideo, Uruguay, August 29 to September 10. The event is composed of eight-teams. The winner will replace Samoa in the U-20 Championship in 2018. Pool A features Japan, Namibia, Canada and Chile, while Pool B lists Fiji, Portugal, Uruguay and Hong Kong.
Rugby Today's "Cliff Notes" Article - Editor Pat Clifton penned a cogent and informative column - "The Case for Change" - about the past and present governance of USA Rugby. It's a must read for anyone concerned with the growth and development of the sport in this country.
Five Sport Panel Met to Discuss Concussions - In Dublin, Ireland, on Thursday, July 20, representatives from Rugby Union, Rugby League, American football, Ice Hockey, and Australian Rules football met to seek ways to reduce head injuries in their sports. In January, World Rugby introduced heavier sanctions for high tackles in an attempt to lessen the incidence of cranial injuries.