Harry King II, New Head Coach Davenport University Men’s Rugby

August 29, 2016

Harry King II, New Head Coach Davenport University Men’s Rugby

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Davenport University Release: August 26, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Harry King II will assume the throne as men’s rugby head coach at Davenport University it was announced by the athletic department. Harry King will be in his first year as Davenports Men’s Head Rugby Coach.

King’s playing career started at Ferris State University and was the spring board into playing for them for 2 seasons and also playing back home for the Cleveland Rovers 15’s and 7’s B-Side Team while learning the game.

After transferring to Central Michigan University to finish a physical education teaching degree King took on the roll of coaching the women program.   This program over a 2 year achieved a national championship qualification in 2001.  Also during this time he also participated in the Division III Men’s National Championships playing for the Flint Rouges.

After leaving Michigan and taking on a job as an educator in North Carolina, Coach King developed a High School Boys/Girls and Middle School Boys Rugby program.  These programs brought success with a middle school rugby state championship, a high school south qualifier and a girl’s state championship.  He also took part in coaching the University of Pembroke Men’s Rugby program when it started.

King also took part in getting rugby athletes to the venues that led to 11 women selected for U17 South All Star Team, 4 women selected to the USA U17 Development Team, 4 boys Selected for the North Carolina U19/U17 All Star Teams and one selected to the U17 USA Eagles Team.

Coach King has been engaged in developing rugby at all levels for the past 20 years with focusing on collegiate and elite level development.

Andrew Matyas Added As University of Arizona Rugby Coach

August 29, 2016

Andrew Matyas Added As University of Arizona Rugby Coach

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University of Arizona Men’s Rugby Release: Aug 26

Arizona has made a move in the coaching staff for the upcoming season, with Andrew Matyas re-joining the program in a Junior Varsity and Developmental staff role.

Coach Matyas comes to the program after successfully adding coaching to his still active player status. Since the end of his eligibility in 2015, Matyas has been busy, assisting with both the Tucson Magpies Men’s Club and the Tucson Barbarians U19 sides. Matyas fills the void left by the departure of fellow alum Zac Sepulveda, who is pursuing career opportunities outside of Tucson.

Head Coach Sean Duffy said that Matyas’ hire was a strong one, as he’s clearly shown a knack for talent identification and player development that will serve him well. “Andrew is in my opinion one of the fast-rising coaches in this game. We are about player development but also coach development here, and he’ll be given a significant role in developing our Developmental and Junior Varsity sides to be the next Wildcats” said Duffy “the fact that he’s an alum, having played for both Dave Sitton and myself provides him even more experience in our program, and he has a clear understanding of our mission on and off the field for our boys.” Matyas joins his father, Micole, former Arizona Scrum coach and his brother, Ryan, former Arizona skills coach in a family that clearly is Arizona. “The entire Matyas family have been dedicated servants to our program, and while Micole and Ryan are not officially with us, they’re always going to be Wildcats and will provide contributions as Micole continues his coaching career and Ryan his playing career with San Diego Breakers” said Duffy.

Coach Matyas was excited to get started with the program, one that projects to have a roster of nearly 100 this coming season. “I am really looking forward to making a real contribution to the program. As my playing days wind down to be able to work with a coach like Coach Duffy and get my feet wet is a real privilege and I look forward to it” said Matyas.

The Wildcats recently concluded their 2016 training camp, and now shift to their Fall presason. They have both Fifteens friendlies and Sevens tournaments lined up for the Fall semester, including the 2016 PAC Rugby Sevens Championship in Tucson. In addition, they will hold their walk-on period the first three weeks of classes, opening up opportunities for crossover athletes to join the program. The Arizona Fall schedule will be announced shortly, with the regular season schedule to be released in October.

USA Rugby Board of Directors Changes

August 29, 2016

USA Rugby Board of Directors Changes

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USA Rugby Release: August 29, 2016

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – USA Rugby has today announced changes and additions to their board of directors. Long-time board members Will Chang and Rob King have been named chairman and vice-chairman, respectively. The national governing body also announced the addition of Dean Barrett to their board of directors.

Jeremiah Johnson, who sits as congress representative to the board of directors, said: “Today the Congress continued the forward momentum in affirming Will Chang and Dean Barrett to their roles in the USA Rugby board of directors. Another positive step for USA Rugby.”

Mr. Chang has been a member of the USA Rugby board of directors since 2012, working intimately with leadership through the Rugby World Cups and, most recently, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. “I’m honored to be elected chairman of USA rugby,” said Chang. “I am even more excited that I can spend the next two years helping build toward the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco.”

Mr. King has been a board member since 2010 and will act as vice chairman until 2018. “It’s been a privilege to serve on the board for the last six years,” said King. “I look forward to serving as vice chairman for the next two years and to continue to help grow this great game.”

New to the USA Rugby board of directors is Dean Barrett. Mr. Barrett is former senior vice president and global marketing officer for McDonald’s Corporation. In his position with McDonald’s, Mr. Barrett was responsible for generating corporate strategies and marketing initiatives to foster growth across the McDonald’s system. Mr. Barrett is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, holding a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications. In 2015, Mr. Barrett retired from corporate work after a 41-year executive business career.

When asked about his nomination, Mr. Barrett said: “I look forward to the opportunity of serving on the USA Rugby board. USA Rugby is a great brand with immense growth potential. I look forward to using my branding skills toward the continued growth of the USA Rugby brand.”

Mr. Chang will replace Bob Latham as chairman of the board. Mr. Latham will continue serving the rugby community, however, as he will occupy the new USA seat on the World Rugby Council and was recently reelected to the 12-person World Rugby executive committee. “It’s been a rewarding experience to serve as chairman of USA Rugby and to be on the board for 22 years,” said Latham. “The organization will be in great hands with our new chairman, vice chairman, board member and new CEO [Dan Payne].”

About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 100,000 active members, with more than 35,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.

Denver Repeats at Serevi Rugbytown Sevens

August 29, 2016

Denver Repeats at Serevi Rugbytown Sevens

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Doug Coil

The Serevi Rugbytown Sevens was held August 26-28, 2016 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado. Twenty teams competed in the tournament for the win and $10,000. Local favorites Glendale Raptors and Denver 7s met for the Championship and Denver emerged with a 31-24 win for back-to-back Championships.

Denver Captain Maximo DeAchaval said postgame “It was a great tournament and a very tough pool. But that’s how tournaments go, you have to win every game.”

Denver took an early 19-0 lead on the strengthn of two Ben Pinkelman tries and another by Gannon Moore. Max DeAchaval converted the first two.

A high tackle of Glendale Raptors’ Dewon Reed resulted in a penalty try that was converted. The Raptors would attack again deep in Denver’s territory, but was not able to keep control of the ball.

Denver capitalized on a turnover early in the second half to increase their lead to 24-7, but consecutive Glendale tries by Cody Melphy and Dewon Reed closed the gap to 24-19.

In the last minute, Denver added another try by Gannon Moore and Glendale answered right back with a try from Peceli Rinakama as the match ended 31-24 to Denver.

Mike Dunafon, Major of Glendale, congratulated the victors and then spoke about the Glendale Raptors Captain DeWon Reed’s final game as a Raptor.

DeWon Reed said “I’ve been here since it started. I’ll miss everybody. I want to say thank you the fans, the coaches and everyone that I’ve been around since I moved here. You changed my whole game and made me a better person inside the field and also off the field.”

The Glendale Raptors were undefeated in Pool play with a lone tie to the SoCal Griffins. In the Cup quarterfinals they won 26-5 against the British Army and then won their semi-final match against Tiger Rugby 17-5.

The third Place match featured the Ramblin Jesters against Tiger Rugby Cubs. The Jesters led 24-7 at halftime, but the Tiger Rugby charged back. It wasn’t enough as the Jesters claimed third with a 31-21 win.

Jesters captain Niall Barry said “We love this tournament. It’s our first time here and it’s a great atmosphere, great stadium and facilities. We’re just thankful we could be here.”

The Plate Final was another exciting match as the British Army emerged with a 20-12 win over the SoCal Griffins. British Army captain Tams Tamatawale said “I believe we represent the forces and those who are serving everywhere. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t make it to the Cup final, but that’s rugby. It’s a great honor.”

The Bowl Final went right down to the wire as Rugby Utah faced Negro Y Azul of Texas. Utah captain Don Pati tackle of Azul winger Gerson Blaise on the final play of the match, caused a knock on right at the try line. With the tackle, Utah held on to a 21-19 win. Don Pati also had two tries for the victors..

Pati said “I wouldn’t picture any better ending playing against Negro y Azul. It was well fought and we were really lucky that the ref gave us that win.”

In the Shield Final the Royal Air Force defeated the Upright Rougby Rogues from Canada 17-14.

On Saturday, the Military Championship was won by the U.S. Army over the U.S. Air Force. In the Plate semi-final, another military pairing occurred. The British Army claimed a 31-12 win over the U.S. Army and went on to claim the Plate Championship with their win over the SoCal Griffins. The Griffins defeated the other Military Championship Finalist Air Force 42-5 earlier that day.

Waisale Serevi added some concluding comments at the tournament saying “It’s an honor and privilege to have a partnership with Glendale, Infinity Park, and Glendale Rugby. To give an opportunity for all U.S. players to showcase their talent, I think we’re moving in the right place. I believe this is the strongest tournament in Canada and in the U.S.A.”

The Serevi Rugbytown Sevens, in its fifth year of play, produced a quality tournament that captivated the fans and viewers with the outstanding play.

I want to thank Marco Cummings for the quotes used from his recap for the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens News.

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  • Pool A: US Army, US Navy, US Marines, US Air Force, US Coast Guard
  • Pool B: Bermuda 7s, Black Dragons, Glendale Raptors, Royal Air Force, SoCal Griffins
  • Pool C: Atavus All-Stars, Atlantis Rugby, British Army, Denver 7s, Rugby Utah
  • Pool D: Negro y Azul, Ramblin Jesters, Stars Rugby 7s, Tiger Rugby, Roques Rugby

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Results

Aug.26 Schedule (Matches 1-28), Aug. 27 (29-49), Aug 28 (50-62)

  1. 12:00pm A US Army 39-0 US Air Force
  2. 12:10pm A US Navy 15-10 US Coast Guard
  3. 12:18pm B Glendale Raptors 24-7 Bermuda
  4. 12:38pm B SoCal Griffins 42-12 Royal Air Force
  5. 1:20pm  C Denver 7s 33-19 Atlantis Rugby
  6. 1:39pm  C British Army 19-12 Rugby Utah
  7. 1:58pm  D Negro y Azul 15-14 Roques Rugby
  8. 2:17pm  D Ramblin Jesters 36-7 Stars Rugby 7s
  9. 2:40pm  A US Army 29-7 US Marines
  10. 2:59pm  A US Air Force 38-5 US Navy
  11. 3:18pm  B Glendale Raptors 15-5 Royal Air Force
  12. 3:37pm  B Bermuda 0-44 SoCal Griffins
  13. 4:00pm C Denver 7s 28-21 Atavus All-Stars
  14. 4:19pm  C Atlantis Rugby 10-12 British Army
  15. 4:38pm  D Negro y Azul 19-33 Ramblin Jesters
  16. 4:57pm  D Rogues Rugby 7-34 Tiger Rugby
  17. 5:20pm  A US Army 26-7 US Navy
  18. 5:39pm  A US Air Force 14-5 US Coast Guard
  19. 5:58pm  B Glendale Raptors 19-19 SoCal Griffins
  20. 6:17pm  B Royal Air Force 24-12 Black Dragons
  21. 6:40pm C Denver 7s 28-12 Rugby Utah
  22. 6:59pm  C Atlantis Rugby 12-24 Atavus All-Stars
  23. 7:18pm  D Ramblin Rugby 24-12 Tiger Rugby
  24. 7:37pm  D Rogues Rugby 40-14 Stars Rugby 7s
  25. 8:00pm A US Coast Guard 14-19 US Marines
  26. 8:19pm  B Black Dragons 28-12 Bermuda
  27. 8:38pm  C British Army 26-14 Atavus All-Stars
  28. 8:57pm  D Negro y Azul 12-24 Tiger Rugby
  29. 12:00pm A US Army 29-7 US Coast Guard
  30. 12:19pm A US Navy 14-17 US Marines
  31. 12:38pm B Glendale Raptors 29-7 Black Dragons
  32. 12:57pm B Bermuda 12-14 Royal Air Force
  33. 1:20pm  C Atlantis Rugby 5-42 Rugby Utah
  34. 1:39pm  C  Denver 7s 17-26 British Army
  35. 1:58pm  D Negro y Azul 50-0 Stars Rugby 7s
  36. 2:17pm  D Rogues Rugby10-31  Ramblin Jesters
  37. 2:40pm A US Air Force 27-7 US Marines
  38. 2:59pm B Black Dragons 0-38 SoCal Griffins
  39. 3:18pm C Rugby Utah 33-5 Atavus All-Stars
  40. 3:37pm D Tiger Rugby 33-10 Stars Rugby 7s
  41. 4:30pm US Armed Forces Championship Army 55-5 Air Force
  42. 5:01pm Bowl QF US Marines 12-14 Black Dragons
  43. 5:20pm Bowl QF Rugby Utah 40-10 Upright Rugby Rogues
  44. 5:39pm Bowl QF Negro y Azul 26-7 US Navy
  45. 5:58pm Bowl QF Royal Air Force 7-29 Atavus All-Stars
  46. 6:21pm Cup QF US Army 12-14 Tiger Rugby
  47. 6:40pm Cup QF British Army 5-26 Glendale Raptors
  48. 6:69pm Cup QF Ramblin Jesters 45-0 US Air Force
  49. 7:18pm Cup QF SoCal Griffins 10-14 Denver 7s
  50. 12:00pm Shield SF: U.S. Marines 12-41 Upright Rugby Rogues
  51. 12:19pm Shield SF: U.S. Navy 7-41 Royal Air Force
  52. 12:38pm Bowl SF: Black Dragons 5-40 Rugby Utah
  53. 12:57pm Bowl SF: Negro y Azul 22-19 Atavus All-Stars
  54. 1:20pm Plate SF: British Army 31-12 U.S. Army
  55. 1:39pm Plate SF: U.S. Air Force 5-42 SoCal Griffins
  56. 1:58pm Cup SF: Tiger Rugby 5-17 Glendale Raptors
  57. 2:17pm Cup SF: Ramblin Jesters 12-19 Denver 7s
  58. 3:40pm Shield Final: Upright Rugby Rogues 14-17 Royal Air Force
  59. 4:05pm Bowl Final: Rugby Utah 21-19 Negro y Azul
  60. 4:30pm Plate Final: British Army 20-12 SoCal Griffins
  61. 4:55pm 3rd Place: Tiger Rugby 21-31 Ramblin Jesters
  62. 5:20pm Cup Final: Glendale Raptors 24-31 Denver 7s

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Serevi Rugbytown Sevens Day Two

August 28, 2016

Serevi Rugbytown Sevens Day Two

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Doug Coil

The Serevi Rugbytown Sevens is being held August 26-28, 2016 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado. Twenty teams are competing in the tournament for the win and $10,000.

 Day One: August 26, 2016 Recap

Day Two: August 27, 2017

On Day 2 of the 2016 Serevi RugbyTown Sevens at Infinity Park in Glendale included the conclusion of Pool Play, the Armed Forces Championship and the quarterfinal matches.

Pool A fielded teams from the five U.S. Military branches with Army going 4-0 and Air Force 3-1 with their only loss 41-0 to Army.

With Army and Air Force finishing first and second in Pool A, it set up a rematch to determine this year’s Armed Forces champion. Army proved to be the tougher opponent in winning the Military Championship 55-5. Rocco Mauer was the Man of the Match in scoring four of Army’s nine tries.

This was the fourth-straight time Army has won the Military Championship in the five years of SRS.

Army captain Andrew Locke said “We love having this event here as part of the Armed Forces Championship. We could have it anywhere in the country, but we love having it right here in Glendale. We have two or three guys that are probably deploying here in the next couple of months. We represent your Army and it’s an honor to represent the Army.”

Championship matches are ten minute halves, so while Army and Air Force playing an extra match for the Military Championship is an honor and is desired, it still can have a physical toll in later matches.

Less than 90 minutes later, Army faced Tiger Rugby, who finished second in Pool D. Tiger Rugby withstood a late Army try that when the conversion was missed sent Tiger Rugby into the Cup semi-final and Army to the Plate Semi-final.

In Pool B, both the SoCal Griffins and Glendale Raptors finished with the same 3-1-0 records following their 19-19 draw on Day 1. The Griffins had the better point differential and were the first seed, while Glendale was second.

In the Cup quarterfinal, the Raptors faced a formidable opponent in the British Army, winners of Pool C. Glendale was up to the task defeating British Army 26-5.

Raptors Head Coach Andre Snyman said of the British Army team that “Everybody thought that they would walk all over us. I’m really stoked at the manner the guys battled up and we walked away with a victory. Our defense was unbelievable. We rattled them. We didn’t give away space and time for them to do what their strength is, to move the ball and look for space. We just shut them down. It really paid off.”

With the win, the Raptors and Tiger Rugby will play each other in the Cup Semi-Finals on Sunday at 1:58 p.m. MDT.

Synman then added about the semi-final that “It’s going to be a tough game. “The tigers are a really well drilled side. They train together every day. They know each other and have some big names. It’s going to be a challenge and I see another physical game coming up.”

Another local favorite, the Denver 7s came in second in Pool C, but also will be playing in the Cup Semi-finals after they dispatched the SoCal Griffins 14-10. Their defense of last year’s title continues into the semi-finals Sunday at 2:17 p.m. where they will face the Ramblin Jesters, Pool D winners. The undefeated Jesters beat the U.S. Air Force 45-0 in their quarterfinal.

Denver’s Head Coach Steve Laporta said “We just had all 12 guys step up for us today. We went through a little adversity. We didn’t have Maximo DeAchaval for that last game but the rest of the guys really stepped up and made the plays they needed to. I’m incredibly proud of the effort and the heart.”

Sunday’s matches will begin at Noon MDT with semifinal matches followed by the Shield, Bowl, Plate, 3rd Place and Cup Finals.

There will also be a performance by the Mile Highlanders pipe band at 2:45pm prior to the Finals kicking off at 3:40pm. The Cup Final will conclude this premier tournament at 5:20pm.


  • Pool A: US Army, US Navy, US Marines, US Air Force, US Coast Guard
  • Pool B: Bermuda 7s, Black Dragons, Glendale Raptors, Royal Air Force, SoCal Griffins
  • Pool C: Atavus All-Stars, Atlantis Rugby, British Army, Denver 7s, Rugby Utah
  • Pool D: Negro y Azul, Ramblin Jesters, Stars Rugby 7s, Tiger Rugby, Roques Rugby

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Results

Aug.26 Schedule (Matches 1-28), Aug. 27 (29-49), Aug 28 (50-62)

  1. 12:00pm A US Army 39-0 US Air Force
  2. 12:10pm A US Navy 15-10 US Coast Guard
  3. 12:18pm B Glendale Raptors 24-7 Bermuda
  4. 12:38pm B SoCal Griffins 42-12 Royal Air Force
  5. 1:20pm  C Denver 7s 33-19 Atlantis Rugby
  6. 1:39pm  C British Army 19-12 Rugby Utah
  7. 1:58pm  D Negro y Azul 15-14 Roques Rugby
  8. 2:17pm  D Ramblin Jesters 36-7 Stars Rugby 7s
  9. 2:40pm  A US Army 29-7 US Marines
  10. 2:59pm  A US Air Force 38-5 US Navy
  11. 3:18pm  B Glendale Raptors 15-5 Royal Air Force
  12. 3:37pm  B Bermuda 0-44 SoCal Griffins
  13. 4:00pm C Denver 7s 28-21 Atavus All-Stars
  14. 4:19pm  C Atlantis Rugby 10-12 British Army
  15. 4:38pm  D Negro y Azul 19-33 Ramblin Jesters
  16. 4:57pm  D Rogues Rugby 7-34 Tiger Rugby
  17. 5:20pm  A US Army 26-7 US Navy
  18. 5:39pm  A US Air Force 14-5 US Coast Guard
  19. 5:58pm  B Glendale Raptors 19-19 SoCal Griffins
  20. 6:17pm  B Royal Air Force 24-12 Black Dragons
  21. 6:40pm C Denver 7s 28-12 Rugby Utah
  22. 6:59pm  C Atlantis Rugby 12-24 Atavus All-Stars
  23. 7:18pm  D Ramblin Rugby 24-12 Tiger Rugby
  24. 7:37pm  D Rogues Rugby 40-14 Stars Rugby 7s
  25. 8:00pm A US Coast Guard 14-19 US Marines
  26. 8:19pm  B Black Dragons 28-12 Bermuda
  27. 8:38pm  C British Army 26-14 Atavus All-Stars
  28. 8:57pm  D Negro y Azul 12-24 Tiger Rugby
  29. 12:00pm A US Army 29-7 US Coast Guard
  30. 12:19pm A US Navy 14-17 US Marines
  31. 12:38pm B Glendale Raptors 29-7 Black Dragons
  32. 12:57pm B Bermuda 12-14 Royal Air Force
  33. 1:20pm  C Atlantis Rugby 5-42 Rugby Utah
  34. 1:39pm  C  Denver 7s 17-26 British Army
  35. 1:58pm  D Negro y Azul 50-0 Stars Rugby 7s
  36. 2:17pm  D Rogues Rugby10-31  Ramblin Jesters
  37. 2:40pm A US Air Force 27-7 US Marines
  38. 2:59pm B Black Dragons 0-38 SoCal Griffins
  39. 3:18pm C Rugby Utah 33-5 Atavus All-Stars
  40. 3:37pm D Tiger Rugby 33-10 Stars Rugby 7s
  41. 4:30pm US Armed Forces Championship Army 55-5 Air Force
  42. 5:01pm Bowl QF US Marines 12-14 Black Dragons
  43. 5:20pm Bowl QF Rugby Utah 40-10 Upright Rugby Rogues
  44. 5:39pm Bowl QF Negro y Azul 26-7 US Navy
  45. 5:58pm Bowl QF Royal Air Force 7-29 Atavus All-Stars
  46. 6:21pm Cup QF US Army 12-14 Tiger Rugby
  47. 6:40pm Cup QF British Army 5-26 Glendale Raptors
  48. 6:69pm Cup QF Ramblin Jesters 45-0 US Air Force
  49. 7:18pm Cup QF SoCal Griffins 10-14 Denver 7s
  50. 12:00pm Shield SF: U.S. Marines Upright Rugby Rogues
  51. 12:19pm Shield SF: U.S. Navy Royal Air Force
  52. 12:38pm Bowl SF: Black Dragons Rugby Utah
  53. 12:57pm Bowl SF: Negro y Azul Atavus All-Stars
  54. 1:20pm Plate SF: British Army U.S. Army
  55. 1:39pm Plate SF: U.S. Air Force SoCal Griffins
  56. 1:58pm Cup SF: Tiger Rugby Glendale Raptors
  57. 2:17pm Cup SF: Ramblin Jesters Denver 7s
  58. 3:40pm Shield Final: Winner 50 Winner 51
  59. 4:05pm Bowl Final: Winner 52 Winner 53
  60. 4:30pm Plate Final: Winner 54 Winner 55
  61. 4:55pm 3rd Place: Loser 56 Loser 57
  62. 5:20pm Cup Final: Winner 56 Winner 57

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Worcester Valkyries Lose Pre-season Match to Aylesford Bulls Ladies

August 28, 2016

Worcester Valkyries Lose Pre-season Match to Aylesford Bulls Ladies

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Worcester Warriors Release: by Tom Branson

Worcester Valkyries 5-15 Aylesford Bulls Ladies

Worcester Valkyries were beaten by three tries to one in their pre-season encounter with Aylesford Bulls on Saturday at Droitwich RFC.

In a game that was played in four quarters and a number of players given valuable game-time, it was the Valkyries that took the lead early on when Bianca Blackburn claimed a brilliant individual try.

But a brace for Chantelle Miller and one for Fiona Pocock saw the visitors run out winners ahead of the reunion of the two sides in the first game of the new season on Saturday 10 September at Sixways (kick-off 2pm).

Valkyries fielded a mixed side of youth and experience against a strong Aylesford outfit, who recently had an influx of new coaching staff and players ahead of the 2016/17 Women’s Premiership season.

Valkyries began the game the better side in the early exchanges, breaking tackles, winning rucks and running well with the ball.

This was rewarded with an early try for Valkyries following good work from Megan Goddard who fooled the Bulls defence with a dummy pass that allowed her to run into Aylesford’s half, before the ball was offloaded out to Blackburn who surged into the 22 and broke two tackles to dive over the whitewash.

But Aylesford responded quickly to level the scores, following a penalty which led to a five-metre scrum and the visitors shipped it wide for Pocock to dive over in the corner.

Valkyries’ Zoe Bennion proved difficult to deal with after she carried the ball from inside her own half to be tackled just short of the Bulls 22.

Valkyries came close to a second try when Bennion again surged forward after great hands from Ceri Large setting up the chance but nothing came of it as the ball was lost forward in the slippery conditions.

With the game tied in the early stages, Valkyries were proving hard to break through, but while defensively great, they proved competent in attack as Lisa Campbell carried the ball 25 yards untouched.

England international Large continued to impress with scintillating form on the ball with a number of runs breaking the line and exploiting gaps.

With half-time looming and the Valkyries proving difficult to handle, it was Aylesford who took the lead against the run of play.

Bulls won a penalty in which they moved the ball swiftly from the halfway line and Miller escaped a last-ditch tackle to get over the line.

Changes were made at the halfway stage with Valkyries Director of Rugby Donna Kennedy bringing on young replacements Charlie Clark, Amy Wiggley and Charlie Burn, who all impressed.

It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for Worcester though as sustained pressure couldn’t be converted into points.

Aylesford’s Miller then scored her second and the Bulls’ third try when a lineout in the Valkyries half led to a quick offload from Pocock for Miller to cross in the corner in what were the last points scored in the match.

It was a physical test for Valkyries ahead of the Women’s Premiership campaign but now all eyes are on the league curtain-raiser in a fortnight’s time.

Timeline
04m | Blackburn try 5-0
11m | Pocock try 5-5
39m | Miller try 5-10
52m | Miller try 5-15

Attendance 102

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Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Squads: Serevi Rugbytown Sevens

August 27, 2016

Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Squads: Serevi Rugbytown Sevens

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Doug Coil

The Serevi Rugbytown Sevens is being held August 26-28, 2016 at Inifinity Park in Glendale, Colorado.

The Armed Forces Pool A includes the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marines and the U.S. Navy. While the top two teams advance to vie for the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens Championship, they also play in the Military Championship at 4:30pm MDT on August 27th. The third through fifth place teams in the Pool will continue in the Bowl Quarterfinals on Saturday, which will determine who they face on Sunday, August 28.

These military athletes play an exciting brand of rugby that should not be missed. They are leaders and their service to the country and sacrifice is to be commended.

Hopefully, you will watch all the action at Infinity Park, however if that is not the case, then the matches are being streamed live.

You may catch up on all the Day one action by clicking on recap.

Serevi Rugbytown Sevens Armed Forces Rosters

U.S. Army

Maj Nate Conkey, CPT Andrew Locke 10, SGT Mattie Tago 4, SGT Anthony Welmers 5, 1LT Will Holder 3 , SGT Faleniko Spino 8, CPT Dave Geib 9, SGT Gerald Saafi 16, SPC Mike Melendez 6, PRF Solomon Kepa 7, SPC Rocco Mauer 11, SGT Setu Lepou 15

U.S. Air Force

Benjamin Haapapuro ,Bertie Quai-hoi, Austin Ollis, Victor Woo, Jacob Byorth, Joseph Senteno, Darius Brown, Calvin Johnson, Aaron Schuetze, Wesley Meredith, Andrew Binegar, Cedric Keith

U.S. Coast Guard

James Chandler Fwd/Back 3, John Curtiss Back 10, Brendan Davis Back 5, Eric Geckas Fwd/Back 2, Jethro Hauser Back 9, Dan Kellam Fwd 6, Mitch Moretti Fwd 7, Vincent Nitopi Fwd 12, Eric Post Back 11, Drew Somplasky Fwd 8, Alex Vinkavich Back 4, Keith Wilkins Fwd 1

U.S. Marines

Kalanie Aholelei -Wing/SH 8, Henry Dewing Woody- Prop 3, Daniel Greenlee -Hooker 11, Eric Hagen -Prop 4, Timoci Kawa- Fly/SH 6, Adam Milliren -Wing 7, Grant Penney -SH 9, Dakota Raymond -Hooker/Center 2, Sean Rohrs -Prop 5, David Schroeder -Prop 1, Mila Setafene Center 12, Jeremy Smith Prop 16

U.S. Navy

Patrick Bailey -Hooker 12, Darius Blakeley -Prop 8, Dejon Dawsey -wing 7, Adam D’Amico- Hooker 4, Michael Fletcher – Prop 3,  Justin Lamascus – Prop 9, Broderick Neel-Feller -Halfback 1, Jared Owen – Flyhalf 10,  Bryant Pryor -Wing 2, Brandon Smith -Prop 5, Ma’a Taliu – Prop 6,  Paulo Bukadrokadroka – Flyhalf 10

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New York Athletic Club Hosts Capital Rugby Union Men’s Selects

August 27, 2016

New York Athletic Club Hosts Capital Rugby Union Men’s Selects

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Doug Coil

The New York Athletic Club Rugby Club hosts the Capital Rugby Union Selects this Saturday. The kickoff is at 1:15pm. Mike Tolkin returns to take the head coaching reigns for NYAC. Chris Porter is the head coach for the Capital Rugby Union Selects and is assisted by Roland Pratt.

This high performance match will help prepare NYAC for the American Rugby Premiership season, which begins September 10th. New York Athletic Club will travel to play Boston Rugby Club that day.

For the Capital Rugby Union, participating in Select Side Rugby will elevate the standard of play for Union athletes and help their respective clubs improve as well.

The Capital Rugby Union reintroduced Select Side Rugby last August when they won convincingly against the Empire GU Rugby Selects. They then lost to the USA Rugby South Panthers 41-32 on December 12 and won January 31 against the Stars Rugby XV 68-20.

The Capital Rugby Union Women’s Selects are also playing today at Rutgers University against the Empire GU Rugby Selects.

Update: NYAC held a 33-0 lead at halftime. The second half was then scoreless for the first 25 minutes of the second half. NYAC added another 17 points to win the match 50-0.

New York Athletic Club Squad – Will update when available

Capital Rugby Union Men’s Selects Squad

Evan Harkum Baltimore-Chesapeake
Jake Smith Pittsburgh
Brady Smith Rocky Gorge
Jason Vanterpool Potomac Exiles
Steven Davis Rocky Gorge
Steve Nabors Potomac Exiles
Sam Johnson Norfolk
Alex Czajkowski Richmond
Zach Jessell Pittsburgh
Calvin Storey Raleigh
Tyler Barberi Baltimore-Chesapeake
Josh Brown Rocky Gorge
Alexander Diegel Potomac Exiles
Jeff Jefferson Norfolk
Nick Zitani Raleigh
Sean Hartig Rocky Gorge
Colby Buss Baltimore-Chesapeake
Jake Humphrey Norfolk
Jacob Milchuk Raleigh
John Drury Baltimore-Chesapeake
Nick Sandoval Norfolk
Joanel Joseph Potomac Exiles
Nick Kuhl Rocky Gorge
Blake Carroll Baltimore-Chesapeake

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Serevi Rugbytown Sevens Day One Recap

August 27, 2016

Serevi Rugbytown Sevens Day One Recap

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Doug Coil

The Serevi Rugbytown Sevens is being held August 26-28, 2016 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado. Twenty teams are competing in the tournament for the win and $10,000.

 Day One: August 26, 2016 – Quotes from Marco Cummings Rugbytown article

In the Armed Forces Pool A, U.S. Army went 3-0 on day one and looked to be the team to beat for the Military Championship. They beat their closest rivals U.S. Air Force 41-0, while Air Force with a 2-1 record won against the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marines. The U.S. Navy record stands at 1-2, U.S. Marines at 1-1 and U.S. Coast Guard 0-2.
All-Army sports representative Anthony Poore said “Our goal is to win the Armed Forces Rugby 7s Championship and then advance and win in the Cup finals of the SRS.”
In Pool B the Glendale Raptors and the SoCal Griffins went 2-1-0 on day one. When they met the match ended in a 19-19 tie. The Royal Air Force went 1-2, Black Dragons 1-1 and the Bermuda 7s 0-3.
The home town Glendale Raptors opened its tournament with a 24-7 win over Bermuda and then followed with a 15-5 win against the Royal Air Force.
Raptors head coach Andre Snyman said “The boys looked a little bit nervous but we managed to win that game quite comfortably despite a few nervous errors.”
In the match against the SoCal Griffins, the Griffins lead 19-0 before Glendale stormed back to tie the match 19-19. Snyman said “It was really tough. They’re a loaded team with some USA Eagles. I’m really proud of our players. They showed a lot of character in the second half and defended well. I’m excited to go into the second day with the character they built in that last game.”
In Pool C, the defending SRS Champion Denver 7s looked strong, opening their tournament with a 33-19 win over Atlantis. They then followed with a 28-21 victory over Atavus and a 28-12 win over Rugby Utah. The British Army also went 3-0 on the day. The Atavus All-Stars were 1-2, Atlantis 0-3 and Rugby Utah 0-2.
In Pool D, the Ramblin Jesters, an elite invitational side out of the U.K., went 3-0, while Tiger Rugby went 2-1 and stand in second place. Their lone loss was to the Ramblin Jesters 24-12. Both the Rogues Rugby from Canada and the Texas based Negro y Azul were 1-2, and the Stars Rugby 7s, 0-2.

It was an exciting first day of action with more to come today and Sunday.

Syman said “The competition has really increased this year. The quality of the players has increased and everyone is talking about the quality of the games, which is really good.”

In action today, the remaining Pool Play matches begin at Noon MDT and is followed by the Military Championship at 4:30 p.m. After that the SRS Bowl and Cup Quarterfinals will be held.

On Saturday the Bruises and Brews Beerfest  will also be held from 12-4 p.m. on the Festival Plaza, adjacent to Infinity Park. Twenty breweries will showcase their top brews, along with a few distilleries and a couple terrific hard ciders. Tickets for Glendale’s Bruises & Brews Beerfest are available for $35 online at glendalebeerfest.com or at the Infinity Park Stadium.

With a ticket to the Beerfest, fans also gain admittance to the 2016 Serevi RugbyTown Sevens tournament on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Semi-finals and Finals will take place

Watch today’s action or the live stream page and check out the great images of the day at the RugbyTown 7s Facebook page.

Other articles

DJCoil Rugby Preview article

Atavus All-Stars Squad

Stars Rugby 7s Squad

Pools

  • Pool A: US Army, US Navy, US Marines, US Air Force, US Coast Guard
  • Pool B: Bermuda 7s, Black Dragons, Glendale Raptors, Royal Air Force, SoCal Griffins
  • Pool C: Atavus All-Stars, Atlantis Rugby, British Army, Denver 7s, Rugby Utah
  • Pool D: Negro y Azul, Ramblin Jesters, Stars Rugby 7s, Tiger Rugby, Roques Rugby

Results

Aug.26 Schedule (Matches 1-28), Aug. 27 (29-49), Aug 28 (50-62)

  1. 12:00pm A US Army 39-0 US Air Force
  2. 12:10pm A US Navy 15-10 US Coast Guard
  3. 12:18pm B Glendale Raptors 24-7 Bermuda
  4. 12:38pm B SoCal Griffins 42-12 Royal Air Force
  5. 1:20pm  C Denver 7s 33-19 Atlantis Rugby
  6. 1:39pm  C British Army 19-12 Rugby Utah
  7. 1:58pm  D Negro y Azul 15-14 Roques Rugby
  8. 2:17pm  D Ramblin Jesters 36-7 Stars Rugby 7s
  9. 2:40pm  A US Army 29-7 US Marines
  10. 2:59pm  A US Air Force 38-5 US Navy
  11. 3:18pm  B Glendale Raptors 15-5 Royal Air Force
  12. 3:37pm  B Bermuda 0-44 SoCal Griffins
  13. 4:00pm C Denver 7s 28-21 Atavus All-Stars
  14. 4:19pm  C Atlantis Rugby 10-12 British Army
  15. 4:38pm  D Negro y Azul 19-33 Ramblin Jesters
  16. 4:57pm  D Rogues Rugby 7-34 Tiger Rugby
  17. 5:20pm  A US Army 26-7 US Navy
  18. 5:39pm  A US Air Force 14-5 US Coast Guard
  19. 5:58pm  B Glendale Raptors 19-19 SoCal Griffins
  20. 6:17pm  B Royal Air Force 24-12 Black Dragons
  21. 6:40pm C Denver 7s 28-12 Rugby Utah
  22. 6:59pm  C Atlantis Rugby 12-24 Atavus All-Stars
  23. 7:18pm  D Ramblin Rugby 24-12 Tiger Rugby
  24. 7:37pm  D Rogues Rugby 40-14 Stars Rugby 7s
  25. 8:00pm A US Coast Guard 14-19 US Marines
  26. 8:19pm  B Black Dragons 28-12 Bermuda
  27. 8:38pm  C British Army 26-14 Atavus All-Stars
  28. 8:57pm  D Negro y Azul 12-24 Tiger Rugby
  29. 12:00pm A US Army v US Coast Guard
  30. 12:19pm A US Navy v US Marines
  31. 12:38pm B Glendale Raptors v Black Dragons
  32. 12:57pm B Bermuda v Royal Air Force
  33. 1:20pm  C Atlantis Rugby v Rugby Utah
  34. 1:39pm  C Denver 7s British Army
  35. 1:58pm  D Negro y Azul v Stars Rugby 7s
  36. 2:17pm  D Rogues Rugby v Ramblin Jesters
  37. 2:40pm A US Air Force v US Marines
  38. 2:59pm B Black Dragons v SoCal Griffins
  39. 3:18pm C Rugby Utah v Atavus All-Stars
  40. 3:37pm D Tiger Rugby v Stars Rugby 7s
  41. 4:30pm US Armed Forces Championship
  42. 5:01pm Bowl QF
  43. 5:20pm Bowl QF
  44. 5:39pm Bowl QF
  45. 5:58pm Bowl QF
  46. 6:21pm Cup QF
  47. 6:40pm Cup QF
  48. 6:69pm Cup QF
  49. 7:18pm Cup QF
  50. 12:00pm Shield SF
  51. 12:19pm Shield SF
  52. 12:38pm Bowl SF
  53. 12:57pm Bowl SF
  54. 1:20pm Plate SF
  55. 1:39pm Plate SF
  56. 1:58pm Cup SF
  57. 2:17pm Cup SF
  58. 3:40pm Shield Final
  59. 4:05pm Bowl Final
  60. 4:30pm Plate Final
  61. 4:55pm 3rd Place
  62. 5:20pm Cup Final

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Atavus All-Stars Squad Serevi Rugbytown Sevens

August 26, 2016

Atavus All-Stars Squad Serevi Rugbytown Sevens

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The Atavus Rugby All-Stars are in Pool C at the Serevi Rugbytown 7s. It is a tough Pool with the Denver 7s, Atlantis Rugby, Rugby Utah and the British Army.

The 2016 Serevi Rugbytown Sevens started today, August 26, and lasts until August 28. It is being streamed and results are updated on the Infinity Park webpage.Twenty teams will be competing for the winner-take-all $10,000 purse, including all five U.S. military branches.

Atavus All-Stars Squad

Eugene Becton
Joshua Bower
Tyler Coffman
Nick Evans
Koto Fujimuru
Kellen Gordon
Jeremiah Laufasa
Manueli Laqai
Penisoni Leua
William Rasileka
Aladdin Schirmer
Ryan Snider
Austin White

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