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.
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…
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.
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.
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…