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Thursday, February 26, 2015

PRP Power Rankings: SFGG Reclaims First Place


Another week see more shake up in our PRP Power Rankings. SFGG return to first place after their win over OMBAC, who slide down a spot. Belmont Shore also slips down while both Glendale and Denver move up.

1. SFGG (Last Week: 2, beat OMBAC 31-15): Pila Huihui seems to be the magic that makes SFGG go after another multi-try performance. After a couple of mediocre performances SFGG showed up in a big way with their win over OMBAC. This is the type of effort we expected from the team from the start. Now comes the hard part. After this week's bye they have to head out on the road. Up next: Bye

2. Belmont Shore (LW: 1, lost to Denver 13-6): It might be a little harsh to knock them out of first place since they didn't even play their whole match against Denver but even in that short time Belmont didn't look like a number one team. They still have plenty of questions surrounding them despite a position near the top of the table. Up next: Glendale Raptors

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Bulldog Rugby Announces Agenda for High Performance Rugby Seminar


Press Release

New Haven, CT - Bulldog Rugby is happy to announce the schedule for this Saturday’s High Performance Rugby Seminar. Bulldog is partnering with Ranfone Training Systems to present an expert’s view into passing mechanics, functional warmup, and athlete monitoring.

Greg McWilliams, Bulldog Director of Rugby will present an in-depth look at passing mechanics. Greg has worked as a skills coach in the Leinster system and with the Irish Women’s National Team, and has come to the States as the Director of Rugby at Yale. Mike Ranfone will work with attendees on constructing and executing functional warmup for rugby. Mike is a Level 2 Functional Movement Specialist, and the only Functional Range Mobility Specialist in Connecticut. Scott Tirbby will present a look at athlete monitoring; Scott is a specialist in recovery/ restoration, and works with dozens of athletes to monitor top performance.

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Salt Lake Stadium Plans Take A Hit


The plans to build a mid-sized stadium in Salt Lake City that could be used for rugby took a hit yesterday when Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen pulled his offer to pay for the stadium at the Utah Fairgrounds. The Stadium, which had been planned to have a capacity of 8,000, was intended to be used for Real Salt Lake's reserve team, a women's soccer team, a rugby team, a lacrosse team, and more. According to The Salt Lake Tribune Hansen decided to pull his offer to pay for the stadium after the Utah Legislature waffled on granting the Fairgrounds a 50-year lease.

The stadium idea is not dead, however. Real Salt Lake are reportedly looking at other places in the area to build the venue. That said, the Fairgrounds was idea from both a soccer and rugby perspective because it is close to the large Hispanic and Polynesia communities in the area. Although alternative locations haven't been announced it's possible that the team may look to a place like Ogden or even Provo to build the stadium. 

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National Teams:

The Eagles Spring camp takes place this weekend. We breakdown each position and each player.

Pat Clifton writes that the Eagles chances of making the Olympics are looking brighter and brighter.

The Women Eagles 7s will play New Zealand, Russia, and South Africa at the Atlanta 7s.

U.S.A. Rugby has announced the pathway for the women's high performance program.

Club/College:

All eyes on are on the big St. Mary's-BYU match this weekend. Both teams happen to be number one and number two in our College Top Ten.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

College Top Ten: Calm Before The Storm

Photo: Milton Wong
The college rugby season is about to get good and it's going to have an impact on our power rankings. However, it was more of the same this last week with most teams earning blowout wins. However, close results between Cal-UCLA and Arkansas State-Davenport shake things up.

1. BYU (Last Week: 1, bye): The Cougars were supposed to play Air Force in preparation for their big match against St. Mary's this weekend but snow forced the cancellation of the match. That means the Cougars will have been off since their big win over Utah State on February 7th. That's not what they need as they head on the road to Moraga. They should still be favorites but it is their biggest test of the season so far. Up next: St. Mary's

2. St. Mary's (LW: 2, beat SDSU 78-5): Another week and another win for St. Mary's. The Gaels are playing fine rugby at the moment and will definitely be amped up for their match with BYU. Simply put, this is the game of the year so far in college rugby. It will be a big opportunity for players like Kingsley McGowan to step up. Up next: BYU

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DI Recap: Austin Beats Dallas, California Updates


NorCal

The teams in Northern California returned from their holiday/Vegas 7s break with a full slate of matches. League leaders, the East Palo Alto Razorbacks, had the weekend off but still keep their place at the top of the table. Santa Rosa were the team to take the most advantage of the Razorbacks week off as they beat SFGG to move up the table. Ratu Tamaibeka, Andrew Kendall, Josh Inong, Thomas Robles, and Ratu Rabelo had tries for Santa Rosa.

The Sacramento Lions seem to have found their groove after some early struggles. They beat San Jose, who now sit at the bottom of the table, 37-23. Ed Matakibau led the way for the Lions with two tries while Samuela Waqa, Baleisuva Peni, Sione Tanoa, and Ray Zapanta also had tries. Lastly in the division the East Palo Alto Bulldogs beat Fresno 35-7. The Bulldogs are tied for second in the standings but have played a division high six matches.

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Breaking Down The Eagles Spring Roster Battles


If there is one guarantee at this weekend's Eagles domestic camp it's that the competition is going to be fierce. For some of the players this is going to be the last time that they will have the major opportunity to impress Mike Tolkin and his coaching staff before the Eagles tour of South America and their summer campaign. If a player wants to put himself in a strong position for the World Cup he needs to do it now. Absolutely players will be given a look later but it's so much hard to correct a bad impressive than forge a good initial impression.

With all of that in mind we thought it would be good to take a look at each of the positional battles in camp. Before we get to that a few notes on where the players come from. Seattle leads the way with eight players on the roster while Glendale and the Eagles 7s are a close second with five each.  NYAC  are next with four players. The only other team with multiple players is Life with two. In total there are 16 different teams represented. Eight players come from the BC Premier League, nine come from the PRP, six from the ARP, three from college, two from other DI teams, two from overseas, and the rest from the Eagles 7s.

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