As teams start transitioning from 15s rugby to 7s, so too does their focus in practice and on the pitch.
Gone are the days of practicing scrumming drills with the forwards or splitting up into forwards and backs to work on their respected skill sets. Instead, teams are coming together to work as one congruent group to capitalize on the vast amount of open space 7s provides.
KINGSTON, R.I. – The Norwich University men’s rugby team claimed its first New England Collegiate Rugby Conference (NECRC) Tournament title yesterday wining the NECRC 7s Championship.
The story of Cal’s Varsity Cup semifinal victory over Penn State had a bit of repetition about it.
Anthony Salaber fends off a tackler, Salaber makes a half-break, Malcolm May tackles him.
Salaber, who was a standout at Dixon HS and the HS All Americans before moving on to star for Cal, smiled after the game at the image.
We took a week off from the college rankings last week in part because it was such a busy week, and in part because there weren't a lot of results and they basically confirmed out expectations.
That wasn't the case for Navy v Central Washington, so fans of the US Naval Academy had to wait an extra week to see how their overtime win over the Wildcats would affect the rankings.
The qualifiers for the various end-of-season 7s tournaments are starting to fall into play.
We know the teams going to the CRC (see here), bar one more to be selected. The USA Rugby list is less set as most observers aren't even sure what the qualifiers are.
UC Davis put everyone, especially Notre Dame College, on notice with a dominant performance in the DIAA spring final.
We’re down to four in the DIA playoffs as Saint Mary’s, BYU, Arizona, and Life all won.
Of those four games, Life v Lindenwood was easily the closest, although Indiana put up a a fight against BYU.
Cal and Arkansas State will play each other for the Varsity Cup final after they won difficult semifinals Saturday.
Arkansas battled Navy in the rain in Jonesboro, Ark., and it was a game that hinged, to a certain extent, on one play. With the score 10-7 to ASU near halftime.
So there's the little matter of the DIA Quarterfinals Saturday, with eight teams left with a rugby game and a dream.
Baylor hosts Arizona, broadcast live by FloSports.
What is DIAA?
That might, in fact, be the important question. For those following college rugby around the country, it can be confusing as to what DIA, DIAA, and Varsity Cup is all about.
The University of Wisconsin River Falls rugby teams - both men and women - have been suspended due to hazing.
According to a report by the River Falls Journal, the teams were involved in a serious incident of hazing that, said UWRF Director of Recreation and Sport Facilities Steve Socker, “I’ve never seen anything of this magnitude before.”
Here are the Men's DI rugby games not only from this week, but the weeks coming up.
Since there are three playoff scenarios going on, we figured we'd give you some context, with the playoff/postseason scores from last week, and then what to expect next week.
Here are our reports on the Varsity Cup QFs: