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May 26, 2017 John Mitchell to Leave as Eagles XV Coach after RWC 2019 Qualifiers USA Rugby Release LAFAYETTE, Colo. – John Mitchell, head coach of the USA Men’s Eagles, has been appointed executive of rugby at Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd, USA Rugby confirmed Thursday. He will assume the role in Pretoria, South Africa, in July following the U.S. National Team’s Emirates Airline Summer Series and Rugby World Cup 2019 Qualifier matches. Hired by USA Rugby in January 2016, Mitchell had plans to develop a strong team culture within the Eagle player pool and provide the athletes with the…

May 24, 2017 NSCRO Becomes Non Profit Organization Photo: Steve Hiatt, Dan Payne & Stephen Cohen National Small College Rugby Organization Release: Medford, NJ 23 May 2017 Fifteen years ago, current NSCRO president and founder, Stephen Cohen, began the journey to promote Division III colleges who had no playoff opportunities outside of their local league. Since then, the Division III nomenclature evolved into “Small College Rugby”, providing the clubs with a true identity and NSCRO has grown into an organization that offers five national playoffs as well as services to nearly 400 men’s and women’s colleges across the U.S. Our…

May 22, 2017 Texas A&M Names Ryan Marshall Backs Coach Ryan Marshall ’12 announced as Backs Coach for TAMU Men’s Rugby Texas A&M Men’s Rugby Club Release: Grant Cole, Media Director, May 22, 2017 The Texas A&M Men’s Rugby Club welcomes former Aggie Rugby halfback Ryan Marshall as their Backs Coach for the 2017-2018 rugby season. Coach Marshall returns to the Aggie Rugby family after coaching the Katy Barbarians RFC high school squad for four years. Head Coach James Lowrey says this about the addition to his staff: “I met Ryan at my first Old Maroon (Aggie Rugby Former Students)…

Strikers Rugby Release Strikers Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Northern Irish Tight Head Prop Adam Macklin a product of the Ulster Rugby Official and Irish Rugby pathway having come through the famous Methodist College Belfast Rugby program has produced multiple Ulster and Irish rugby players over its long and storied history. Adam comes to the Strikers with experience in the PRO12 Rugby, European Cup, and the English Championship with Irish Provence Ulster and Rotherham Titans. Adam said, “I am delighted to sign with the Houston Strikers and look forward to being reunited with Justin. I got on…

May 19, 2017 Schuylkill River U23 7s Program storms into year 2 Schuylkill River Exiles Release: May 19, 2017 Philadelphia, Pa- Mid Atlantic Men’s Open Champions, 21-5 overall record, and a winning streak that hit 17 games spanning 4 tournaments -For any observer, those stats jump out at you, when you consider those accomplishments were garnered by a group under 23 year olds against some of the best men’s clubs in the Mid-Atlantic, it’s astounding. “It’s our first tournament and first match together, some guys don’t even know each other’s names yet, and we lose by 1 point on the…

May 18, 2017 Maggotfest 2017 Draws Rugby Teams to Montana Photo: Missoula Maggots RFC Doug Coil Montana is a rugby destination May 19-21, as the Missoula Maggots RFC host the 41st Annual Maggotfest at Fort Missoula Regional Park. Forty eight men’s, women’s, college and old boys teams are expected to participate. Teams come from the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Canada, as well as from a number of states throughout the U.S. The Maggotfest is a festival-style social rugby tournament in which teams of similar abilities are paired that would not normally get to play each other. Teams will play two matches…

May 18, 2017 Quill Yates and Derek Casey: 2017 NSCRO Men’s Best Tackles of the Year National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Release: May 18, 2018 Congratulations to Quill Yates of Colby College, winner of the 2017 National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Men’s Best Tackle of the Year and runner-up, Derek Casey of Christendom College. In shortlisting the final tackles, emphasis was placed on technique, situation, and outcome. This eliminated “big hits” where the tackler may have resorted to mass over technique, “Judo-Style” tackles (where the tackler grabbed the ball carrier with their hands and then dropped their body…

May 17, 2017 Women’s Premier League 2017 Schedule Doug Coil The Women’s Premier League (WPL) announced the schedule for the Fall 2017 season. The Fall 2017 season will begin Labor Day weekend with matches in Minnesota, Illinois, Massachusetts, and California. The season will last for ten weeks culminating with the National Championship at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, Nov. 10-12, 2017. This Fall, the League has expanded from eight to ten teams. The Western Blue Conference is comprised of Chicago North Shore, Berkeley All Blues, Glendale Raptors, Oregon Sports Union, and San Diego Surfers. The Eastern Red Conference…

May 17, 2017 NSCRO/Penn Mutual Women’s 7’s Select Side Photo: Todd Bauders, Contrast Photography (Mary Kate McNulty, captain – center) National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Release: Medford, NJ 17 May 2017 The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) is proud to announce the NSCRO/Penn Mutual Women’s 7’s Select Side team that will compete in the Collegiate Rugby Championships to be held at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, PA on 02 – 04 June 2017. This is the third outing for the program. The team competed in the 2016 CRC where they were seeded 16th and finished in 5th place followed by…

Ted Hardy – Highlanders Rugby of Chapel Hill Youth Development Officer Highlanders Rugby Club of Chapel Hill Release: May 17, 2017 CHAPEL HILL, NC – Since being founded in 2003, the Highlanders Rugby Club has built a history of success on and off the pitch. In an effort to continue to grow the sport of rugby in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham while also continuing to build upon their rich history, Highlanders Rugby has hired Ted Hardy in a part-time role as Youth Development Officer. Ted is tasked with working with the current Highlanders leadership, local schools and community organizations…

May 16, 2017 Ontario Blues v Glendale Raptors Review  Photo: Rugby Ontario Rugby Ontario Release: May 16, 2017 (BURLINGTON, ON) – As May long weekend approaches and rugby season begins, a few of Ontario’s finest Senior Men’s players will be taking the pitch in Burlington in what is likely to be the most anticipated games on the Blues’ calendar. The Blues will be taking on the Glendale Raptors at Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Gates will open at 1:00pm EDT and the two North American sides will kick-off at 3:00pm EDT. The Glendale Raptors…

May 16, 2017 USA Women’s Eagles to Play Women’s Premier League All-Stars at RWC 2019 Qualifier in San Diego USA Rugby Release: May 15, 2017 LAFAYETTE, Colo. – The kickoff time for the second leg of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Qualifier between the USA Men’s Eagles and Canada at University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium has been set for 3 p.m. PT July 1, with an exhibition match featuring the USA Women’s Eagles and Women’s Premier League All-Stars to follow at 5:30 p.m. PT. The aggregate winner of the Qualifier series, which begins in Hamilton, Ontario, June 24, will…

May 16, 2017 Lori Runksmeier, Joins NSCRO Board of Directors Photo: Eastern Connecticut State University National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Release: May 16, 2017 Eastern Connecticut State University’s Athletic Director, Lori Runksmeier, Joins NSCRO Board of Directors Medford, NJ  16 May 2017 – The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Runksmeier to its Board of Directors. Runksmeier has worked as an administrator in collegiate athletics for 25 years, the last 18 as a Director of Athletics at NCAA Division III schools. While at New England College, she was instrumental in transitioning men’s rugby from club to varsity…

May 12, 2017 USA Rugby Club Playoffs Doug Coil On May 20-21 the USA Men’s Club Division I, II, and III National Quarterfinals will take place at Founders Field in Pittsburgh and at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona. The winners from the semifinals on May 21 will meet June 3-4 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado for the USA Rugby National Championship. Men’s Division I Eastern Playoffs at Founders Field in Pittsburgh Quarterfinals Rocky Gorge v Chicago Lions New York Athletic Club v Mystic River Rocky Gorge defeated the Pittsburgh Harlequins to reach the quarterfinals, while the Chicago…

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