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Friday, March 16, 2018

DI-A Final Returns To Bay Area

The DI-A final is staying on the West Coast. After being held at St. Mary's the last two years the championship will stay in the Bay Area and be played at Santa Clara's Stevens Stadium, aka Buck Shaw Stadium. The final will be on May 5th and will also be shown on CBS Sports Network and The Rugby Channel.  The semi-finals will also be broadcast.

This years tournament promises to be the strongest so far in the competition with the Varsity Cup not happening. That means that the likes of Cal, Central Washington, and Arkansas State will be involved. This year's semi-finals could deliver some amazing matches that would have been finals in the past. Life, BYU, Cal, and St. Mary's should all be in contention and we could see a team like Lindenwood miss out on the semi-finals.  The playoffs start on April 14th with the Round of 16.

Hawks RLWC Vet Moves Overseas

There aren't a lot of American rugby league players playing overseas. To be sure there are a few but not that many. Even the Toronto Wolfpack only have one American on the roster and they are based in North America (but are obviously Canadian). Now you can add another name to that list. USA Hawks international Corey Makelim have signed up with the Sheffield Eagles. The team plays in the Championship (second division) in England, the same competition as the Wolfpack.

Makelim has played rugby league in Australia with the Parramatta Eels junior team as well as with the Mount Pritchard Mounties. He also appeared at the last Rugby League World Cup for the Hawks. USA Rugby League legend Mark Offerdahl also plays with Sheffield. The Eagles are currently at the bottom of the standings without a win.  

U.S.A. Rugby Launches Project Soar

Press Release

USA Rugby announced today, the launch of Project SOAR, a women's and men's coach development program designed to further the growth of high-performance (HP) coaches in the U.S. With four levels incorporating age-grade and senior stages of competition, Project SOAR streamlines the pathway to earn a National Team coaching appointment through fully-integrated workshops, presentations and various instructional regimen. More information about the program is available here, while the assessment quiz used for entry may be taken here . Both can also be found on education.usarugby.org.

"It is critical that we build on previous initiatives executed in the USA Rugby HP Community such as the Women's Elite Coach Development Program, to truly build world-class coaches at home," said Emilie Bydwell, USA Rugby's General Manager for Women's High Performance. "This program not only develops our future National team and Age-Grade coaches, but advances home competition by increasing the knowledge exchange between National teams and domestic programs. Having a united initiative to develop both women's and men's coaches maximizes opportunities, increases exposure and leverages all our resources."

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Preview

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A big congratulations to Jess Wooden who will start for the Barbarians this weekend. She is the first American to play for the side and it comes on the heels of a strong run with the Harlequins. Getting more American women opportunities overseas in a high level environment is only a good thing. Another item of note this weekend on a weekend where many of the top competitions have off is that both Saoisi Mahoni and David Tameilau are starting together for Narbonne. Tameailau will be joining the Utah Warriors soon.

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Weekend Television Listings

The Six Nations concludes this weekend. The big Ireland-England match will be shown delay on NBC while the others will be on CNBC and NBCSN. If that's not your think The Rugby Channel, FloRugby, and ESPN all have matches.    

If you know of an event or a tournament that is not on our list, please share it with us at thisisamericanrugby@gmail.com.

  • Ireland Women vs. England Women, 12:30 p.m. et/9:30 a.m. pt (live on FloRugby)
  • France Women vs. Wales Women, 1:00 p.m. et/10:00 a.m. pt (live on FloRugby)
  • Pro D2 Game of the Week, 2:30 p.m. et/11:30 p.m. (live on FloRugby)
  • Edinburgh vs. Munster, 3:35 p.m. et/12:35 a.m. pt (live on The Rugby Channel)
  • Highlanders vs. Crusaders, 2:35 a.m. (Saturday)/11:35 p.m. pt (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN) 
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Video: World Rugby Looks At Rugby On U.S. TV

USA Touch Nationals Returning To California

The USA Touch Nationals are returning to California this October. The competition, which brings together the best touch rugby players in the country, was previously held in Orlando and in Oceanside last year. Touch is a rapidly growing form of the game and is more and more being seen as a stand alone form of rugby rather than as simply a training exercise. Teams like Lindenwood University have branched out into touch in recent years. Additionally, players for the upcoming Touch World Cup in 2019 will be available for selectors at nationals.