GRR: Men Senior Rugby
The Colorado XOs defeated the New Orleans Rugby Club 26-10 in the first game for the team of crossover athletes training in Glendale, Colo.
The XOs got tries from scrumhalf Michael Bandy, Shawn Clark, Malik Bryant, and Jarrell Patterson in a game where New Orleans led 3-0 early and were close at 19-10 at halftime.
RugbyTown Crossover Academy, where athletes from other sports have been undergoing intense training in rugby in Glendale, Colo., will actually take the field in a real rugby game this coming weekend, as the Colorado XOs take on the New Orleans RFC in the Big Easy.
Ray Nelson was a points machine and a dynamic fullback for the USA.
Capped 25 by the USA at a time when the Eagles didn't play a lot every year, Nelson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and he played his first rugby games there. He was talented and went on to play for Scotland at age-grade levels and was also skilled in 7s.
Former Life University center Connor Mooneyham was all smiles when he was drafted #1 overall in the first Major League Rugby Draft, but when his team, the Dallas Jackals, decided not to compete this 2021 season, he was left adrift—until now.