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Monday, February 29, 2016

Club Championships Returning To Infinity Park


The U.S.A. Rugby Club 15s Championships are set to return to Infinity Park. This year's tournament, like last year's, will be in early June with the Women's and Men's DI finals being played on Saturday June 4th and the Men's DIII, DII and Women's DII finals being played the next day. Last year the Seattle Saracens took home the women's title while NYAC beat the Austin Blacks in a thrilling match that was moved to the second field due to a weather delay. The Life West Gladiators won the DII title but they are now in DI and looking like a real threat to make the final.

The return to Infinity Park makes a lot of sense. It's a good sized venue for this type of event and has great streaming facilities. The matches will take one week before the U.S. begins their summer internationals meaning that it will be one last opportunity for players to impress John Mitchell unless they are playing in the PRP, ARP, or PRO Rugby. Infinity Park will also host the PRP final on May 14th. The dates and locations of the previous rounds will be announced at a later date.

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What do you make of the news? Happy with the location?


5 comments:

  1. That's great, but who will be playing in this if 100- 150 of the best mens players in the country have been drafted by PRO? 8 by last years champions NYAC, 4 to Austin Huns. Go down the list of the best mens clubs and they have all had 8-12 players drafted. Men's club rugby in the US is highly compromised now as far as the quality of the teams if the top talent is creamed off this way. And guess what the clubs got for nuturing and training these players and playing them to get ready
    ? Nothing. They are stuck and hope the second team can fill in.

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    1. Are you kidding me? Players are getting paid to play rugby, and you are complaining? Will there be some talent drain, of course, buts that gives other players opportunity's. The clubs will be fine. Only a few clubs across the country will be affected. And the ones that are will be able to handle losing a few players. This is a great problem to have!

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  2. Are we in it to protect our clubs or develop our athletes and give them the biggest opportunity we can? Clubs will get recognition for developing athletes and raising them to the next level.

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    1. The clubs that are developing athletes and raising them to the next level will get the recognition (club name in player bio on a website). Is this worth it to the clubs?

      Of the 56 D1/Premiership clubs, only a third have the level of coaching necessary to develop and elevate those athletes. Sure, rugby has plenty of stud elite athletes playing, but too few quality coaches directing their development in a manner that elevates the quality of rugby for that club or gets an individual player to the next level.

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  3. Ok well, we'll see what happens to the clubs then. Let's see if they thrive or wither like so many in Wales and Scotland have. All for the betterment of 150 players making $9 to $15 an hour. The Athletes could have had the same opportunity if the CLUBS had been professionalized like in England. Name recognition, brand loyalty all could have been expanded upon and a natural feeder system would be in place. Now it's competitive between the clubs and PRO. That seems a loss to me.

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