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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Dan Payne To Be Rugby Americas CEO

Press Release

World Rugby today announced the appointment of Dan Payne as Chief Executive Officer of Rugby Americas. Following his tenure as CEO with USA Rugby, Payne looks to continue his aspiration of growing rugby, in a new arena. To ensure continuity through the transition, USA Rugby will be naming an Interim CEO in the very near future as the executive search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer continues.

Under the presidency of Agustín Pichot, Rugby Americas is the driving-force behind the advancement of community and elite rugby within the Americas, and comprises representatives of World Rugby Regional Associations, Rugby Americas North and Sudamerica Rugby.

"I'm extremely excited to work with and carry out the vision Agustín has implemented in progressing the game across the Americas," said Payne, "His passion is unparalleled, and it was a leading force in my decision to assume this role. Passion, regardless of the endeavor, inspires me. Gus's happens to be centered around our great game. Receiving the baton from Tom Jones and upholding the standard in which he served the game for such a committed tenure is an honor.""

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Ontario Arrows Defeat Boston Mystics

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n a season of ‘firsts’ for the Ontario Arrows, the young club needed just four matches to accrue their first-ever winning streak, having earned their second win on the trot with a convincing 29-19 away victory over the Boston Mystics on Saturday afternoon.

Bolstered by a dominant performance by their forwards, the Arrows used a powerful scrum to build a 19-0 halftime lead. Multiple tries by No. 8 Kolby Francis sandwiched a tally from prop Rob Brouwer, with fly-half Will Kelly notching two conversions as the travelling Arrows carried a three-score lead into the interval.

Hooker Andrew Quattrin added to Ontario’s lead with a try in the opening minutes of the second frame, and after Boston scored their first points of the match mid-way through the half, scrum-half Alex Gliksten added an insurance marker by scoring the Arrows’ fifth try of the day.

Two late tries by Boston, scored within a six-minute span to end the match, brought the Mystics to within 10 points of the Arrows, but the late push from the home side was not enough to overcome their 24-point deficit.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

NOLA Gold Prevail Over Houston SaberCats

The inaugural match in Major League Rugby also delivered the biggest surprise as the NOLA Gold beat the Houston SaberCats 35-26. Many thought that the SaberCats would be one of the teams to beat given that they had some of the more high-profile signings heading into the year and, according to the SaberCats, had played over a dozen pre-season matches. In the end it's what counts during the season the Gold put together a better all-around performance and came away with the win. It was also third time's the charm for the Gold as they lost to Houston twice in the pre-season.

One of the main storylines in the match was the high penalty count from both sides. NOLA did a better job of reacting and it soon led to points. The first points in the match didn't come for nearly a quarter of the match when Osea Kolinisau, one of the bigger signings for Houston, scored to put the SaberCats up 5-0. His Fijian teammate Josh Vici would get in on the action just a few minutes later as the SaberCats would go up 12-3. JP Eloff had a penalty in between the tries.

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Glendale Survive Early Scare, Beat Austin

The clear favorites to win the Major League Rugby championship heading into the season were the Glendale Raptors. They had the group that has been together the longest, delivered success in multiple competitions, and is loaded with Eagles. Despite an early deficit against the Austin Elite the Raptors did nothing to shed their favorite status with a 41-26 win over the Austin Elite. Glendale will now head in to what could be their toughest match of the season in Seattle next Saturday. For Austin they maybe forced some to reconsider their pre-season prognostications with a better than expected performance.

Reece Czarnecki scored the first try in Austin history thanks to a strong team effort. From a scrum the ball popped out the back where Roland Suniula made the initial break before finding Czarnecki for the finish. Like that Austin had momentum on the road just 13 minutes in. However, Glendale are not a team to go away easily and soon they began to chip into the lead. First with a penalty from Will Magie and then a try by Connor Cook. Austin had a penalty attempt in between the Magie kick and the try but it was unsuccessful. 

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Seattle-San Diego Post-match Audio

Penalty Tries Push Seattle Past San Diego

Photo: Connie Hatfield

The big worry for the San Diego Legion coming into the season was whether they had the forwards to compete. They certainly have a star-studded backline but it doesn't go any good if their fowards can't keep up. There was no similar concern for the Seattle Seawolves as they began the season as they had a number of experienced players in the front-row. In the end that turned out to be the difference as three penalties tries gave Seattle a 39-23 win over San Diego.

Off the pitch it was just as successful for the Seawolves as they played to a packed Starfire Stadium that had atmosphere well before kick off. The fans were into it and that translated to the players on the pitch as they were able be the better side in most phases of the game.

San Diego made their intent known early in the match as flyhalf Ben Cima had several early attempts at goal. His first was good to give Seattle a 3-0 lead. Each team had several opportunities at goal as the discipline wasn't strong. That was expected in the first game of the season. Soon Will Holder will hit a penalty of his own to level the game at 3-3.

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