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Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:29    PDF Print Write e-mail
Mount St, Mary's Successful on and Off the Field
Colleges - Small Colleges


The Mount St. Mary's University men’s club rugby team is preparing to play in the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) "Final Four" in Glendale, Colo. on April 26-27 against New England College. The club won the NSCRO Mid-Atlantic South regional championship on the weekend of March 29-30 and while there, they visited a children's hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

It was inspiring for the Mount students and I think the children enjoyed it as well...one of the patients accepted the championship trophy for the team.

Steve Cohen, NSCRO President, commented that "this is really what collegiate rugby is all about.  It is more than just 80 minutes of running and passing a ball, it is about the development of young adults into personally and socially responsible people."

One of the young girls the team visited was discharged from the hospital just prior to the games kickoff.  She came out to support the team and accepted the championship trophy on their behalf.

NSCRO Final Four team Mount St. Mary's

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:05    PDF Print Write e-mail
Serevi Forms Partnership with CWU Rugby
Colleges - Men's DI College


SEATTLE – Serevi Rugby® (serevirugby.com), a leading provider of on-field programming for players and coaches from beginner to the U.S. National Team, has partnered with Central Washington University Rugby to help the Wildcats regularly compete for national championships, produce Olympic and National Team-worthy athletes, and to grow participation in the sport on campus.

Justin Fitzpatrick working with the CWU team. Below, Waisale Serevi and Ben Gollings doing the game.
Waisale Serevi at CWU
Ben Gollings at CWU

Through a three-year agreement, Serevi – a provider of the USA Rugby Academy and official youth partner of USA Rugby – will deliver on-field coaching support in both rugby 15s and 7s, program and recruitment support in the form of talent identification and referrals to CWU coaches, and off-field analysis of CWU games and specific technical aspects of training.

"Given the strong foundation of rugby already in place at Central Washington, we believe our coaches and skill-building techniques can take their program to the next level to compete with any university in the country," said Ross Young, CEO of Serevi Rugby. "As we help to continue the upward momentum of CWU's rugby program, we also want to build the base of those interested in the game, so more crossover athletes are exposed and see the opportunities rugby can provide to them."

To strengthen player recruitment and build awareness of the Central Washington's rugby facilities, Serevi and CWU Rugby will hold residence camps for youth players from across the region on campus during the summer school breaks. Through the partnership, Serevi will also help in the development of up-and-coming CWU assistant coaches through short-term observation and practical internships with the USA Rugby Academy powered by Serevi, the "Serevi Selects" elite level men's and women's teams, and the Serevi supported and nationally ranked Seattle OPSB men’s club rugby team.

"From hands-on skill development of our players, to improving the visibility of our program in the larger world of rugby, to the further development of our coaching strategies, partnering with the team at Serevi is going to improve our program from top to bottom," said Tony Pacheco, Director of Rugby and Men’s Rugby Head Coach for CWU. "Through this partnership we expect to recruit and train the top rugby players in the nation so we can play for national titles each year, produce outstanding young men and women, and develop talented players who can someday represent our country on the rugby field."

Leading Serevi's coaching team in the CWU partnership is Pate Tuilevuka, a former USA Eagle player, professional in Europe, and veteran of collegiate game having been a three-year starter at Brigham Young University. Throughout the year-long program Serevi will also provide training from the leading coaches today's game including International Rugby Board (IRB) Hall of Fame member and winner of two Rugby 7s World Cups Waisale Serevi, the IRB’s all time leading 7s scorer Ben Gollings, Irish veteran and USA Men's Rugby assistant coach Justin Fitzpatrick, and Serevi's pool of existing coaches including a number of current USA Eagles.

In late 2013 Serevi announced a national partnership with USA Rugby, the sport's national governing body, to launch a national network of High Performance Training Camps under the umbrella of the USA Rugby Academy – powered by Serevi. Throughout the winter and spring of 2014, these Training Camps have identified top players and put them on a specific development pathway to the men's and women's U.S. National Teams. The partnership also created a series of youth development programs which introduce and build a core set of skills applicable to both 15s and 7s rugby and across the youth, high school and collegiate player spectrum, as well as to coaches at all levels.


 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:29    PDF Print Write e-mail
Video: PRP Highlights OMBAC at SFGG
MultiMedia - Shows and Highlights


PRPIn a crucial Round 11 game of the Pacific Rugby Premiership, SFGG and OMBAC battle to see who will be in best position to push for a spot in the PRP final.

Game played at Sheeran Field in San Francisco.















 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:36    PDF Print Write e-mail
Men's DI College Top 25, April 17 2014
Rankings - College DI-A Rankings


Arizona State (in white) got a boost with a competitive loss before 3,500 in The Rogby Bowl against BYU Saturday.It's playoff time, so these rankings could soon be turned upside down, but after one week of Varsity Cup play, there's been just one upset - Dartmouth beating Clemson. The move causes some shakeup.

Dartmouth hops up just two spots after the win, because we couldn't justify moving them past Cal Poly, which beat the Big Green not long ago. And we couldn't justify Cal Poly moving ahead of Santa Clara, which beat the Mustangs in conference play.

The fallout is Arizona State moving up one after a competitive loss to BYU, Bowling Green moving up despite not playing 15s in a bit, Santa Clara moving up despite being thumped by St. Mary's ... all to move Dartmouth ahead of Clemson and to let the head-to-head results speak for themselves.

At the bottom of the rankings, we made a judgment call bringing Penn State back in after being reinstated. The Nittany Lions beat Middlebury back when both were playing 15s, and while Penn State is back, we didn't think it was fair to slingshot them past a bunch of teams that have been winning, like Colorado and South Carolina.

RUGBYMag.com Men's DI College Top 25 April 17 2014
Rank Prev. Team Notes
1
1
Life
Beat Davenport
2 2 St. Mary's Beat Santa Clara
3 3 BYU Beat Arizona State
4 4 Cal
5 5 UCLA Beat Oklahoma
6 6 Navy
7 7 Arkansas State Beat Lindenwood
8 7 Central Washington Beat Oregon
9 9 Utah Beat Air Force
10 10 Kutztown
11 11 Lindenwood Lost by one to Life
12 12 Central Florida Beat FSU, MTSU
13 13 Davenport Lost to Arkansas State
14 14 Arizona Beat Oregon State
15 16 Arizona State Lost to BYU
16 17 Bowling Green
17 18 Santa Clara Lost to St. Mary's
18 19 Cal Poly
19 21 Dartmouth Beat Clemson
20 20 Army
21 15 Clemson Lost to Dartmouth
22 25 Colorado Won West
23 24 S. Carolina Won SCRC
24 Unr Penn State Reinstated
25 23 Middlebury

 

Dropped Out: Oregon


 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:24    PDF Print Write e-mail
Video: PRP Highlights Glendale v Denver Round 11
MultiMedia - Shows and Highlights


PRPIn Round 11 of the Pacific Rugby Premiership, the Glendale Raptors play rivals the Denver Barbarians in Glendale, Colo.

This was a game Glendale was favored to win, but in a physical contest the Barbos show plenty of fight.












 


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