Here's a rundown of the Varsity Cup 1st round.
The Varsity Cup's 1st Round kicks off this weekend and in recent years we've seen a few surprises in this round.
While most would think that Cal and Central Washington are heavily favored to make the final (both teams get a bye this weekend), that doesn't mean all of the other games are foregone conclusions.
Here's what we think (Goff Rugby Report rankings in parentheses):
Grand Canyon University has continued its torrid pace with a 59-10 defeat of Cal State Fullerton this past weekend.
The win, paced by four tries from center Maceo Brown and two from fullback Brent Williams, put GCU at 5-0 in the Gold Coast, and the ‘Lopes get a nice test Wednesday with a clash with University of Notre Dame to see where they fall in the hierarchy of all things.
NEW YORK – The Varsity Cup has released the brackets for its 2017 playoff today, Feb. 22.
Fourteen well-regarded college teams will compete in a four-weekend playoffs. Two teams - the top finishers from 2016 that remain in the competition - will get a bye.
NEW YORK City (Varsity Cup Release) – The 2017 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship kicks off once again this April with 14 teams vying in the April postseason to advance to May’s championship final.
Conference play is the goal of USA Rugby’s Collegiate Rugby division, and they are looking to get those that played independent schedules to find a conference for next season.
But at the same time, the world of college rugby conferences is fluid, and we’re unlikely to find that in 2017-18 everything will be settled.
The US Naval Academy men's team rebounded from last week's one-point loss at Air Force to defeat Notre Dame 34-15 Saturday.
The University of Notre Dame defeated the University of Cincinnati 41-12 Friday evening in South Bend, Ind.
So what's going to happen at Notre Dame?
The University of Notre Dame has announced officially that Justin Hickey has been named the school's Program Director of the Men’s and Women’s Rugby programs, and also the Head Coach of the Men's Rugby team.
Hickey departs his current position as Director of Athletics for Moon Area School District in the Pittsburgh area.
Santa Clara University is hosting the Jesuit Cup 7s tournament this weekend, with six Jesuit colleges from around the USA participating.