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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Denver Trainer Saves Man On Flight Back From San Diego

Denver are back home after an eventful weekend led by a win over San Diego to stay unbeaten and capped off with trainer Bobby Keehn helping save a man on their flight back from Denver. Juan Carlos Rodriguez was a passenger on their Frontier flight from San Diego and posted a thank you describing how his father-in-law suffered a medical emergency on the plan and Keehn rushed into action helping save the man. Here is what Rodriguez wrote:

Hi, I just wanted to write and recognize the actions of the team's trainer. I believe his name is Bobby. We were on a flight from San Diego to Denver. I was with my wife, two young daughters, and in-laws. About half way through the flight my father-in-law became unresponsive appearing to be having a stroke or a seizure. he was unresponsive for several minutes overall. Within seconds of the flight attendants requesting medical assistance Bobby was by his side taking vitals and assisting after my in-law. He eventually came to and gained color to his face and awareness. Bobby stayed with him and talked him throughout the traumatic experience. He set us all at ease with his professional and calm approach. he was certainly a hero in those moments. We would like to thank him and express out profound appreciate of his actions. 

Poll Tuesday: Grade PRO Rugby So Far

Photo: Colleen McCloskey
It's been awhile but it's Tuesday and that means it's time for another poll! This week we check in with how you think PRO Rugby's inaugural season is going. Every team has now had their home opener with decent attendance. Overall, the standard of play has been the best thing we've seen domestically, ever. San Francisco has suffered but Denver look very strong and the overall depth of the competition is good. So with all that in mind we want to get your opinion.

Utah Touch League Kicking Off

Press Release

Salt Lake City, UT—Rugby Utah, the state’s sanctioned governing body for the sport, has released the schedule for the 2016 Touch Rugby League (TRL).

The Rugby Utah TRL is the country’s only USA Touch-sanctioned touch rugby competition. The competition runs from the week of July 11th to the end of September with the TRL Championships being hosted on October 1st.

In just its second year the TRL is looking to build upon 2015’s successful season in two distinct ways.

Firstly, plans for growth include a new high school division, in partnership with Utah Youth Rugby, and secondly, a berth for the TRL Men’s Elite Division champion team to represent Rugby Utah in the USA Touch National Championships in Florida in mid-October.

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Photo Gallery: Ohio Over San Francisco

Photographer Colleen McCloskey was at the Ohio-San Francisco match in Obetz and took some great shots!

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Opening Kick

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National Teams/PRO Rugby:

With Nigel Melville leaving somewhat suddenly, we ask what the future holds for RIM.

In case you missed it, Derek Sagehorn has a recap of Ohio's big win over San Francisco.  The win was also featured in the local newspaper.

Several Americans overseas are getting ready for the playoffs while others have helped their team to promotion.

Some new names have been added to the Women Eagles 7s down at the OTC.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Melville Has Left...Now What?

When the news game down last week that Nigel Melville was leaving his post at both U.S.A. Rugby and Rugby International Marketing it set off reactions both positive and negatives from those here in the U.S. and overseas. Putting aside those opinions the main question for fans going forward is what is going to happen to both the leadership posts he's vacating?

Melville already announced that he was leaving the U.S.A. Rugby CEO post to focus on RIM. From what TIAR understands the time to submit an application has already come to a close, however, it's unclear if now that Melville is leaving the U.S. altogether it will see the position open up again. Even though Melville was leaving the CEO post for RIM it was understood that it would be a sort of Putin-Medvedev situation where whoever succeeded Melville as CEO would share many of the same philosophies if not be under the control of Melville. Now it's unclear how that is going to work. 

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ATAVUS Launches Mobile S&C Platform

Press Release

SEATTLE, WA-- ATAVUS (atavus.com) and Volt Athletics®(voltathletics.com) today announced the launch of a new technology platform to bring individualized, affordable, rugby-specific strength and conditioning (S&C) programs to athletes around the world. Volt Athletics' technology will deliver rugby-specific training built by veteran ATAVUS high performance coaches, allowing rugby players to train like an ATAVUS athlete regardless of location. The program can be used by coaches to implement training for their team or by athletes training on their own.

"Volt's new mobile-friendly platform opens the door to the high performance S&C programs that today's rugby players need to compete at all levels of our growing game," said Emilie Bydwell, Head of Rugby Programming for ATAVUS. "Volt's technology combined with our rugby-specific exercises and movements make for a powerful platform that allows athletes anywhere to train as if they were at an ATAVUS Academy."

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