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.
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.
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…
The first five weeks of PRO Rugby are in the books and each team has faced one another thanks to some tidy scheduling. The schedule doesn’t stay so even for the remainder of the season as the league tiptoes around the June international window, but one time through is enough to give us a basic idea of where each team stands.