Monday, April 18, 2016

Opening Kick

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National Teams/PRO Rugby:

All eyes were justly fixed on Denver and Sacramento yesterday for the opening weekend of PRO Rugby.

Fans were not disappointed at either match. In Denver, a Denver came from behind to beat Ohio on a Will Magie penalty in overtime.

In Sacramento, the home side similarly overcame a defect to beat rivals San Francisco.

A replay of the match can still be seen on AOL for the rest of the day. We also live-blogged it as well.

We filed this report with The Guardian describing some of the atmosphere.

The Eagles were also involved over the weekend at the Singapore 7s. Things didn't go to plan on day one. They did beat Canada, but then lost to France and New Zealand.

On day two they beat Russia and Portugal in convincing fashion but then fell to Scotland in the Bowl final. They will have a couple of weeks off before the Paris 7s.

Take the jump to read more.

The Women Eagles were up in Canada. They suffered two losses on day one but still made the Cup quarterfinals. Day two saw them finish in 7th place (recap to come).


The Varsity Cup semi-finals are set with BYU, Cal, Central Washington, and Arkansas State all advancing.

Central Washington had a successful weekend with the men beating Utah in the Varsity Cup and the women beating ORSU.

A recap of Cal's win over Army, BYU's win over Dartmouth, and Arkansas State's win over Navy can be found by clicking on the links.

In the DI-A first round Davenport beat San Diego State, Lindenwood beat Wheeling Jesuit, and Arizona beat LSU. Cal Poly vs. Air Force was postponed due to the snow in Colorado.

The snow in Colorado also forced the postponement of a couple of PRP matches. Recaps later today.

This Is Colorado Rugby recaps DII play from around the region.

We'll have more from college later in the day, including the DI-AA playoffs.

Alex Goff recaps a couple of 7s tournaments here and here.

Jackie Finlan breaks down the the Midwest All-Stars  while Amber DeFazio examines Yale's non-Ivy schedule.


Elton Jantjes is looking more and more like a starter for the Springboks

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