PRO Rugby Weekend Review: Big Victories for Ohio, Sacramento

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.

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 Weekend Review: Aviators Continue to Crush It in Obetz

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.

PRO Rugby Weekend Review: Week 7

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 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 Rugby Weekend Review: Week 4

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.

PRO Rugby Weekend Review: First Things First

The words “history” and “historic” were thrown around an awful lot this weekend by PRO Rugby, its teams, and its supporters. It was obviously an important weekend for the league and for American rugby, obvious enough that the historic nature of the weekend’s matches didn’t need to be hammered home to the point where the word nearly loses its meaning. And yet, it was, and its a great sign that this is one of my few complaints for the weekend. (The other, and bigger, complaint is not having a way…