Rugby tours find their genesis in many ways, from a coach harkening back to the good old days when touring was often the purpose of the game, to a desire to find challenging competition; what happens when the coach just falls in love with a country?
May 7 brought us five college championships games in Moraga, Calif, and the final one - one that might have been missed by the elated, the dejected, and the exhausted - turned out to be the most dramatic.
While Central Florida, University of Virginia, UC San Diego, UC Davis, and Washington State hold the top seeds of their conferences, they are very aware that this weekend's DI Collegiate Women's Round of 8 will consist of the most challenging competition yet.
Saturday, Pitt, Virginia Tech, UVa, UNC, and JMU will be fighting for the top three seeds in the Mason-Dixon playoffs in a format that is going to test two teams especially hard.
Pitt and Virginia Tech kick off a play-in game at 11AM, and after that difficult encounter, the winner will have only a couple of hours before facing Virginia.