PRO Rugby Weekend Review: Sacramento, Denver Win Tight Matches

It was a week where there wasn’t a whole lot left on the line, as the league’s title fight is already set for next weekend, but PRO Rugby’s teams didn’t need any extra incentive in order to put on the most exciting weekend of matches to date. The results of both matches this week were up in the air with less than ten minutes remaining, a nice change of pace in a league where matches have been decided by halftime with increasing regularity.

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 Players on International Duty

Seventeen PRO Rugby players have been called up to three different national teams for the June test window. The USA Eagles account for eleven of those players, a number that may be a bit lighter than many had expected. One part of the equation that was not always so certain was the level of cooperation of the national sevens program. They are sending six players to the national team assembly along with coach Mike Friday, who will serve as the Eagles’ attack coach. The influx of sevens players means that…

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.