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Friday, July 20, 2018

Weekend Television Listings



The Rugby World Cup Sevens is here! You can catch all of the action this weekend on NBC Sports Gold while some other sections will be on the Olympic Channel, NBCSN, and NBC.  We have not included the times when it is only on NBC Sports Gold. 

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

Friday:

  • Rugby World Cup Sevens, 4:00 p.m. et/1:00 p.m. pt (live on the Olympic Channel)
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens, 7:00 p.m. et/4:00 p.m. pt (live on NBCSN)

Saturday:
  • Crusaders vs. Sharks, 3:35 a.m. et/12:35 a.m. pt (live on ESPN+)
  • Waratahs vs. Highlanders, 6:05 a.m. pet/3:05 a.m. pt (live on ESPN+)
  • Lions vs. Jaguares, 9:05 a.m. et/6:05 a.m. pt (live on ESPN+)
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens, 12:30 p.m. et/9:30 a.m. pt (live on the Olympic Channel)
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens, 3:00 p.m. et/12:00 p.m. pt (live on NBC)
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens, 5:00 p.m. et/2:00 p.m. pt (live on the Olympic Channel)
Sunday:
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens, 12:00 p.m. et/9:00 a.m. pt (live on the Olympic Channel)
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens, 2:30 p.m. et/11:30 a.m. pt (live on NBCSN)
  • Rugby World Cup Sevens, 5:00 p.m. et/2:00 p.m. pt (live on the Olympic Channel)
  • Sunday:

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

BYU Rugby Undergoing Changes

One of the biggest college rugby programs is making some changes. The coaching staff of BYU has resigned in response to changes from the school. Now former head coach David Smyth, in a lengthy letter explaining why he left, noted that the moving of the program from the Extramural Sports Program to the Student Life Department was a key reason for the departure of he and his staff. One of the key changes was that Smyth felt the move made it difficult to keep the same standards the team has shown over its history. 

How this impacts BYU going forward is up in the air. They had arguably their most disappointing season in a number of years last year and while they are still supported strong on campus there isn't the same type of momentum behind them. Maybe the resignation of the staff will prompt a change from the administration. 

Take the jump to see the letter from Smyth. 

SaberCats Breaking Ground On New Stadium


Press Release

The Houston SaberCats (Major League Rugby) & The City of Houston (Mayor Turner) will be breaking ground on a world class rugby and multi-sport complex within the existing Houston Sports Park facility south of downtown Houston. The SaberCats complex will include 3 fields and parking for over 1,100 vehicles. The highlight of the project is a main field which will have seating for over 3,000 people, concessions, lighting to accommodate night games and other attractions to enhance the fan experience. 

As part of this exciting project, the SaberCats and AVEVA, a global leader in engineering and industrial software, are thrilled to announce the completion of a 3-year deal, wherein AVEVA becomes the Principal Sponsor of the team and is awarded stadium naming rights as well as the right to have the AVEVA name on the front of the SaberCats game and training jerseys. The new stadium will be named, “AVEVA Stadium” and will be the home of the Houston SaberCats in addition to serving as the venue for numerous other events held in conjunction with the City of Houston and other organizations. 

Take the jump to read more.

Hawks Overseas

By Elie Mpovie

Europe

Betfred Super League (England and France)
Junior Vaivai was not in the line-up for Hull Kingston Rovers as they would sneak by Salford Red Devils 26-24. Hull KR is currently in 10th with 15 points in the Super League with one match to go and will be playing in the Super League Qualifiers.

Bureta Faraimo scored two tries for Hull Football Club as they would falter to League Leaders’ Saint Helens. Hull FC is currently 5th with 22 points with a game to go in the Super League and will be playing the Super League Championship 8s.

Betfred Championship
Corey Makelim, Mark Offerdahl played a huge part for the Sheffield Eagles as they’d defeat Dewsbury Rams 30-28. Sheffield is currently 9th with 12 points with a game to go in the Championship and will be playing in the Championship Shield playoffs.

Take the jump to read more.

USA Rugby League Recap

By Elie Mpovie

We’re now entering the business end of USA Rugby League National Premiership. Five matches were played over the weekend with the Northern Virginia Eagles on a bye.

The weekend would start the most anticipated match in the North Conference as undefeated Brooklyn Kings and Philadelphia Fight would square off, with both teams sending players to the national team in the fall for World Cup qualifying and the Americas’ Cup. Brooklyn would go on to hand the Fight their first loss of the season with 34-18 score line, Brooklyn enters the playoffs unbeaten with a bye, the number one seed in the Northern Conference and perhaps their first USA Rugby League minor premiership.

Staying in the North, in order to make the Premiership Finals you have to win games, that hasn’t been the case for Boston 13s this year. They’d face the Delaware Black Foxes who have won a couples games this season. Boston’s will and want to win would be the greater difference as they’d come away with a 36-14 win both teams sit at 1-4 and are considered out of playoff contention.

Take the jump to read more.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Eagles Men Selected For RWC 7s


Mike Friday has named his squad for this weekend's Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. As expected it's an experienced team with all of the key contributors from the past few years present. The team will be led by captain Madison Hughes and features Olympians Perry Baker, Maka Unufe, Folau Niua, Danny Barrett, Ben Pinkelman, and Carlin Isles. Also making the trip are Matai Leuta, Brett Thompson, Kevon Williams, Steve Tomasin, and Martin Iosefo. Chris Mattina and Pat Blair are the injury reserves. 

The team will take on the winner of the Wales vs. Zimbabwe match in the new knock-out format on Friday. The U.S. could then potentially be matched up with England in the quarterfinals and are on the same side of the bracket as South Africa. They would avoid Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia until the final if they make it that far. 

Squad: Carlin Isles, Ben Pinkelman, Danny Barrett, Matai Leuta, Brett Thompson, Kevon Williams, Folau Niua, Maka Unufe, Steve Tomasin, Madison Hughes (C), Perry Baker, Martin Iosefo; Injury Reserve: Chris Mattina, Pat Blair

Ontario Arrows Confirm MLR Intentions For 2019

Press Release

The Ontario Arrows Rugby Club, in the wake of their successful seven-game 2018 exhibition season, have announced that they have secured the exclusive negotiating rights for an Ontario-based Major League Rugby team and intend to enter and compete in MLR in 2019, subject to agreement on key terms and conditions of entry.

The Arrows would join the teams that have battled through the league’s 2018 inaugural season, which culminated in the Seattle Seawolves’ thrilling victory over the Glendale Raptors in the MLR Championship on Saturday, July 7 in San Diego.

Arrows co-founder and investor, Bill Webb, said, “The Arrows investor group, players and staff are all thrilled with the positive response and support that we have received from Canadian rugby fans and newcomers to the game, our commercial sponsors, our venue operators (York University) and from our national and provincial sports organizations, Rugby Canada and Rugby Ontario. The Arrows are now an established competitive rugby team and we are champing at the bit to ramp up our commercial operations, including the sale of season tickets and further engagement with corporate sponsors. In fact, fans and corporate sponsors have even been approaching us prior to our formal MLR entry, which is very encouraging.”

Take the jump to read more.