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Monday, January 15, 2018

Houston SaberCats Fall To Vancouver Ravens

Week two wasn't nearly as successful for the Houston SaberCats as week one. Just one week after beating the Seattle Saracens comfortably the SaberCats lost to the UBCOB (Vancouver) Ravens 26-23. It's hard to make too much of the result. The Ravens have been playing together since the early fall and in the case of some players for years. They are also near the top of the BC Premier League standings, a competition considered the toughest amateur competition in North America. At the same time, the SaberCats have only had limited time together. Still, it does sound out some warning bells. One of the concerns for MLR heading into the season was the depth of the teams and this result won't calm those concerns. Again though, it's still early for the SaberCats and this was their pre-season. Next week they'll face a similarly tough test against Uruguay.

Early on the SaberCats looked like they were going to roll once again. Both Zach Pangelinan and Josua Vici had unconverted tries. Justin Allen then had a covered try to push the lead to 17-0 roughly midway through the first half. The match changed when Houston had Pagp Haiti sent to the bin. With the advantage the Ravens got back in it with a Jon Phelan try and an Adam McQueen penalty.

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Falcons Get Mixed Results In Chile

The good news is that the Falcons won more matches than they lost at the Vina de Mar 7s in Chile. The bad news is that they still missed out on the quarterfinals. The Falcons finished their trip to South America in 9th place following up on their 10th place finish a week before in Uruguay. However, the Falcons took a very young team to the tournament with an emphasis on development. While the results may not have gone the way they would have liked there is little argument that the players participating didn't learn a lot.

First up in the tournament was France. Despite a try fro Connor Wallace-Sims the Falcons fell 33-7. They then fell 17-12 to Uruguay with Ben Broselle and Alex Elkins scoring tries. Pool play did end on a bright note as the Falcons beat Colombia 28-17 but it wasn't enough to make the top eight. That meant that on day two they faced Paraguay first. Again, the Falcons found their groove in a 36-10 win. Last up was a rematch with Colombia where the U.S. squeaked out a 14-12 win with Cal alums Nick Boyer and Anthony Salaber scoring tries.

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San Diego Adds Tadhg Leader, Holds Combine

The San Diego Legion has added another player. Tadhg Leader, who recently played with the St. Louis Royals and led them to a DIII championship, joins Dylan Audsley, Mike Te'o, and Ryan Matyas as players confirmed signed by the club. Leader is a native of Ireland and has experience playing for Connacht as well as teams in Italy and the United States. He can play a variety of positions in the backs.

The Legion also held a combine over the weekend although according to some that were there it wasn't very well attended with only 17 total players attending (7 forwards and 10 backs). That's not good. The combine wasn't very well publicized, a symptom of San Diego's overall publicity problems. However, it could be that many of the folks in San Diego and the surrounding area already know if they are on the team or not and so they didn't show up.

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National Teams/MLR:

Jackie Finlan checks in with the activity in Chula Vista as the women's programs start off the new year.

The Falcons had a mixed final tournament in South America. Details coming shortly along with the Houston SaberCats loss to the UBCOB Ravens.

U.S.A. Rugby has a new series of safety videos. Make sure you check them out.

Rugby Wrap Up sits down with U.S.A. Rugby Board of Directors Chairman Will Chang.


Congrats to Gabby Cantorna who is the TIAR Award winner for Women's College Player of the Year. Duncan Van Schalwyk won the men's prize.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Video: U.S.A. Rugby Safety Series

U.S.A. Rugby has come out with a new series of videos emphasizing the safety of rugby. Make sure to check them out.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

TIAR Awards: Men's College Player of the Year--Duncan Van Schalkwyk

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Thanks to a surge in online support the TIAR Award winner for Men's College Player of the Year goes to Duncan Van Schalkwyk. The Life star was a big part of the Running Eagles charge to the DI-A final against Life. Van Schalkwyk scored 55% of the vote. St. Mary's duo Dylan Audsley and Holden Yungert earned 20% and 16% respectively. BYU's Matt Jensen earned 9%. It was hard to narrow it down those four given the strong level of college player over the last few years. 
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TIAR Awards: Women's College Player of the Year--Gabby Cantorna

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Easily the voting for Women's College Player of the Year got the most response on social media. Fans of all the players involved jostled it out on Twitter and Facebook in support of their favorite player. It was awesome. In total we had nearly a thousand votes. In the end there could be only one winner and with 36% of the vote Gabby Cantorna from Penn State is the winner. The 5th year senior was outstanding for the Nittany Lions as they raced out to another excellent season. Second in the pool was McKenzie Hawkins with 33% and Ilona Maher with 28% of the votes. Danielle Ordway finished in fourth. Congrats to all!

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