Sunday’s top of the table clash between Denver and San Diego may have been the most highly touted match since the league’s debut and it certainly didn’t fail to live up to expectations. San Diego was within reach of first place going into the match while Denver fought to keep their spot on top of the standings as well as keeping their record unblemished. The result was a spectacle of pure aggression with a few key plays ultimately shifting the outcome.
The finalists for PRO Rugby’s team-naming competition have been unveiled for about a week now and many of the reactions have been uncomplimentary, to say the least. Some of the criticism has been nit-picky but branding is important enough that being a little overly critical is acceptable. Personally, I would have gone in a different direction for just about every single team but there are a number of names here that I think are surprisingly clever.
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…
This weekend featured the first set of rematches for PRO Rugby, as Denver hosted San Francisco in a rare Friday night game and Ohio hosted Sacramento on Sunday. The favorites would earn the results they were looking for, but both matches featured a few surprises.
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.
It’s the mid-point of what you could consider “phase one” of the season: a five week period where each team is taking on the other for the first time, giving everyone a chance to see how they measure up to the opposition before heading into the next set of matches against each team. This weekend gave us two matches that were entertaining in very different ways. In Ohio, we saw a team firing on all cylinders and putting on a clinical performance. In San Diego, we saw a clash of…
The second weekend of matches has wrapped up and it seems like we now have an outline of the hierarchy in PRO Rugby. Last week’s match between Sacramento and San Francisco featured a thrilling display of the league’s potential, but the rawness of the two teams became more apparent when they faced off against San Diego and Denver this weekend.