Towson University rugby actually welcomes the tough times.
Having to battle Salisbury every year? Great. Losing to Salisbury by two in the conference final? Don’t like it, but OK. Straining every sinew to get past VMI in the play-in? Just what the doctor ordered.
No. 8 Pat McKenna knows.
As UMass-Lowell looks to win the Rugby Northeast DII conference this weekend, they will need a big game from Matt Charest.
The multi-sport athlete who is that rarity, a hooker who kicks goals, has been through platy and is building on his 2013 Rugby Northeast Player of the Year award this year.
There must be something about the Wisconsin-AIC connection. Both second rows at AIC are big, powerful players from
Like his slightly older partner Corey Momsen, Connor Gleason is a product of the high school leagues in the Badger State. Known as a bit of a goofball off the field, he is deadly serious on it, using his 6-6, 265-pound frame to shove back opposing forwards.
University of Dayton’s defeat of Miami of Ohio set them up nicely to be top in the MAC South.
It was a tight game down to the wire, with a late try turning a 16-14 deficit into a 21-16 victory. And the game marked a step forward for Dayton, which has been looking to raise its profile over the last few years.
Taylor Hayes scored two tries for Texas in last Saturday’s defeat of Baylor, and was a rock in defense, and that’s been part for the course for the Longhorn center.
Perhaps the central elder for Texas, Hayes might be driving the engine of the team, and driving engines is something he knows a little bit about.
Hanco Germishuys may have been spending much of his summer on roofs, but that doesn’t mean he’s reached his ceiling. As he waits for a chance to try out with Gloucester, the HS All American and USA U20 flanker is working with his father’s roofing company in Nebraska. It’s hard, and often sun-scorching work, but it’s keeping him balanced for rugby opportunities ahead.
In Davenport’s victory over highly-regarded Bowling Green last week, flanker Conor Schilling was a standout.
The 5-11, 205 West Ottawa, Mich. product, who also plays hooker, was a wrecking crew on defense, and covered the field shoring up the Panther defense all day.
If you research where most top American rugby players come from you will start to see some states mentioned repeatedly; one you won’t see often is Kentucky.
But Wes Parker is looking to be one of those rare Kentuckians that makes it big in rugby, and perhaps boosts the sport in the Bluegrass State in the process.
During the Girls bracket of the Serevi Cup HS 7s tournament earlier this month, you couldn’t help but notice the speed and skill of the Rugby Oregon team - their teamwork and athleticism got them to the final, where they fell 5-0 to Apex.