PRO Rugby Weekend Review: Ohio, Denver Close In on Title Fight

The chances of the week 16 match between the Ohio Aviators and the Denver Stampede becoming a de facto final took a few steps forward this week. The other teams had been taken care of for the most part, with Sacramento and San Francisco already officially eliminated and San Diego’s championship hopes dependent on very unlikely collapses from both the Aviators and the Stampede. All that’s left for the top two sides is to determine how many points they’ll have heading into the final weekend of the season and what…

PRO Rugby Weekend Review: Week 10

This week’s matches include two results that are upsets if you’re going by the standings but aren’t completely out of left field to anyone paying close attention to the form of these teams. On Saturday, San Francisco, whose improvement finally bore fruit with their win against Ohio in week 7, faced a San Diego team that has slipped over the past few weeks. On Sunday, a white hot Ohio squad went head to head with a Denver team that has come very close to losing their unblemished record in their…

PRO Rugby Weekend Review: Aviators Continue to Crush It in Obetz

This past weekend’s match was the first of a three week stretch where teams will find themselves short-handed due to the international break. San Diego was clearly hit harder by their losses, while Ohio saw a few reinforcements come in and put in huge performances. Meanwhile in international play, the USA Eagles are still in camp but PRO Rugby players have already made an impact for Canada and Tonga.

Pro Opportunities Scarce for NRFL’s Original Rough Riders

Last April, the National Rugby Football League announced a roster of sixty players who were selected for the Rough Riders, “the 1st (sic) professional rugby team in U.S. history”. These players were to attend a training camp in June, from which a final roster would be selected for an exhibition match against the Leicester Tigers in August. This match did not occur due to the sanctioning debacle and most of those prospective players went back to playing for a club team if they bothered to continue with rugby at all.