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.
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…
Week 12 of PRO Rugby’s 2016 season is now in the books, and a few explosive performances are the story of the 4th of July weekend. Ohio’s win against San Diego pushes the Breakers to the edge of elimination while bolstering their own run at the title. Meanwhile, the Northern California derby was taken over by a dominant showing from USA’s fastest rising star, Langilangi Haupeakui.
This week was a telling one for the California PRO Rugby teams as the league enters the international “break”. Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco all continued in the direction that their momentum was carrying them, for better or worse. San Francisco secured a breakthrough victory, Sacramento’s slip has finally shown in the standings, and San Diego proved that they are still the top challenger to the front-runner Denver.
PRO Rugby’s fourth week of action is in the books. League leaders Denver had the week off, and the remaining teams jostled for position in the standings behind them. Three teams entered the week with 1-1 records, and all three had the opportunity to gain some early separation from the rest of the pack.
According to a reply from PRO Rugby on their Facebook page, the rosters for the five teams will be unveiled tomorrow. They have managed to play this close to the vest so far, only beginning to release a few of the bigger names in the past week, but a smattering of reports and social media posts have revealed the makeup of about a fifth of the league’s inaugural roster. Here is a compilation of those connections sorted by team, with some additional details about the players.