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Written by Alex Goff    Monday, 22 August 2011 17:44    PDF Print Write e-mail
Big 10 7s This Weekend
Sevens - Collegiate Sevens

Nine of the Big Ten’s twelve teams will converge on Cottage Grove, Wisc. this weekend for the Big Ten 7s Tournament.

The event is expected to be a qualifier for the upcoming USA Rugby college 7s championships, although that hasn’t been confirmed.

Cottage Grove will also play host to the Wisconsin Collegiate 7s tournament, featuring teams not in the Big Ten, a University of Wisconsin alumni/old boys tournament, and a demonstration game from Madison United youth rugby.

Wisconsin RFC will also play the Rockford Ravens.

It’s a busy weekend, but it highlighted by the first in a series of college 7s events to be held this fall. This follows on the popularity of the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship, which, in its first year in 2010, inspired the advent of several college 7s tournaments around the country.

Now rugby conferences and traditional college sports conferences are getting in on the act.

This weekend, Penn State headlines a tough Pool 1 that also includes Indiana and Nebraska.

Pool 2 includes Ohio State, Minnesota and Michigan State. Wisconsin headlines Pool 3 along with Purdue and Iowa.

Each team will play two pool matches, with the pool winners plus a wild card making it to the Cup Semis, and the next two 2nd-place teams plus the top two 3rd-place teams playing in the Plate Semis.

By then, the Wisconsin Collegiate 7s will be over. In that tournament, UW-Madison B, UW-Whitewater, UW-Milwaukee, and Mankato State will play a round robin. The top team from that competition will play the 9th-seeded team from the Big Ten competition.

Therefore all Wisconsin Collegiate teams will play 3 matches, except the winners, who play four. And all Big Ten teams will play four matches, except the 9th team, which will play three.


Big Ten and Wisconsin College 7s Tournament Schedules 

Time

Field 1

Field 2

9:00

Penn State v. Indiana

UW-Mil v. Mankato

9:20

Ohio State v. Minnesota

Wisc. B v. UW-Whitewater

9:40

Wiscons v. Purdue

Old Boys/Alumni

10:00

Penn State v. Nebraska

Old Boys/Alumni

10:20

Ohio State v. Mich State

Old Boys/Alumni

10:40

Wisconsin v. Iowa

UW-Whitewater v. Mankato

11:00

Indiana v. Nebraska

Wisc. B v. UW-Mil

11:20

Minnesota v. Mich State

Old Boys/Alumni

11:40

Purdue v. Iowa

Old Boys/Alumni

12:00

YOUTH DEMO

Old Boys/Alumni

12:20

YOUTH DEMO

Wisc. B v. Mankato

12:40

Plate 1 v 4

UW-Whitewater v. UW-Mil

1:00

Plate 2 v 3

WRC vs Rockford

1:20

Cup 1 v 4

WRC vs Rockford

1:40

Cup 2 v 3

WRC vs Rockford

2:00

Big Ten 9th v WC1

WRC vs Rockford

2:20

 

WRC vs Rockford

2:40

Plate Consolation

WWRFC

3:00

Plate Championship

WWRFC

3:20

Cup Consolation

WWRFC

3:40

Cup Championship

WWRFC

4:00

WWRFC


 
Written by Cody Secker    Monday, 22 August 2011 17:21    PDF Print Write e-mail
Scouting Report: PNW DII DIII
RUGBYmag Premier - Scouting Reports

Cody Secker checks in on playoff teams in the Pacific Northwest.

 
Written by Press Release    Monday, 22 August 2011 12:57    PDF Print Write e-mail
BC Wins Big at Canadian Championships
Canada - Men

While there were three Gold Medal finals at the Rugby Canada National Festival - it was the U18 men's final that provided the showcase for some amazing rugby skills at Calgary Rugby Park.

British Columbia came from behind and then withstood five lead changes in the second half for a 38-33 win to take the Gold Medal from Ontario in an exciting final in front of nearly 800 fans. In 68th minute wing Liam Murphy Burke stepped into an Ontario pass and rocketed 65 metres the other direction for the final go ahead score. At the time of the BC try Ontario was leading 33-31 but the converted score, coupled with a final minute yellow card offense to Chris Woodhead put paid to a final Ontario score.

The U18 women's final saw Ontario beat British Columbia 34-18,  while the British Columbia U16 men's team showed no mercy to first time finalists Newfoundland in a 88-5 drubbing.

In the bronze medal matches it Ontario 2 U18 women taking down Quebec 55-14, while on the Men's U16 side BC(2) scored in extra time to take the game 22-17.

In the U18 Men's bronze match Alberta prevailed 44-20 over Newfoundland and Labrador.

The finals day wrapped a four day competition and six day assembly of over 700 players from all divisions in Calgary for a second straight year.

MENS U18: Murphy-Burke scores intercept try to down Ontario 38-33

The most heated rivalry in Canadian rugby took centre stage on Sunday afternoon in the Men's Under-18 National Final with reigning champs Ontario taking on British Columbia. The highly anticipated championship final lived up to expectations with BC winger Liam Murphy-Burke (Bayside RFC) scoring the game winning intercept try to lift BC to a 38-33 victory.

"That game may have been great for the fans, but the coaching staff were on the sidelines close to having heart attacks," said a relieved BC head coach Jeff Williams. "That is how finals should be, with both sides putting everything into it and the game going right until the end."

In a match that saw the lead change hands on several occasions, Ontario drew first blood to go up 5-0 when their prop Curtis Lawson barrelled over for a try. The score was converted by Lucas Hammond.  

Ontario were up 21-14 at the half but let BC back into the game early in the second frame when scrum half Jorden Best (Abbotsford RFC) broke through for a try, with BC tacking on a conversion and a penalty.

The final 20 minutes of play were an entertaining display of high-scoring rugby with the lead changing hands three times.

With seven minutes to play, Ontario were in the driving seat with a 33-31 lead and were pressing deep inside BC's twenty-two. Ontario swung the ball wide and a miss-pass move turned disastrous  as BC winger Murphy-Burke intercepted and ran the ball back for the game winning try. BC full back Connor Hunter (Abbotsford RFC) converted for the 38-33 score line and his side managed to fend off any further attacks from their Eastern foes.

"You have to give credit to Ontario because they posed a lot of problems for us," added Williams. "Their 8-9-10 combination was dangerous and caused us to make a lot of mistakes. That was a close game just as we expected, but our guys played well and they deserved it."  



MENS U16: 14-try BC down Newfoundland 88-5
The Men's U16 national final was all one-way traffic on Sunday afternoon, with BC leading from start to finish, eventually dispatching Newfoundland 88-5. The scoring opened with BC speedster Tomasi Vataiki  out-sprinting several tacklers to go over and then the flood gates opened.

Three BC players recorded braces with Tomasi Vataiki (Richmond RFC), Giuseppe Du Toit (United RC) and Surge Francis (Abbotsford RFC) each crossing over twice. Singles were notched by Marshall Fuller (Capilano RFC), Spencer Miller (Abbotsford RFC), Randy Barton (Cowichan RFC), Thomas Choi (Abbotsford RFC), Joey Campbell (Abbotsforf RFC), Louis Retief (Abbotsford RFC), Tobin Sydneysmith (Capilano RFC) and Karsten Leitner (UBCOB Ravens). Du Toit kicked nine conversions to round out the scoring.

"We played a good team game and everyone pitched in," said BC U16 captain Spencer Miller. "They played just how we thought they would with hard forward running. Our forwards matched them and then we fanned it out wide and scored some tries."

BC-1 went undefeated during the 2011 National Festival, conceding just 29 points in the entire tournament.


The tournament is used as a selection tool for Canadian age grade team coaches and also allows coaches from across the country to interact and share new training techniques.

 
Written by Press Release    Monday, 22 August 2011 12:58    PDF Print Write e-mail
Ontario U18 Women Win Canadian Gold
Canada - Women

The Canadian women's Under-18 national championship game saw the top-seeded Ontario Junior Storm produce a well-deserved 34-18 victory over second-seeded British Columbia. An older and bigger Ontario side led from start to finish and ran in six tries for the win.

"We came to Nationals this year with a younger team and today our inexperience showed," said BC U18 Women's head coach Brad Baker. "They put a lot of pressure on us and just forced us to keep making mistakes."

BC were down 22-8 at the half with their points coming through a Caitie Ryan (Sa Hali) try and a Jess Neilson (Carson Graham/ Meraloma RC) penalty. BC scored two more tries in the second half with Sarah Gordon (Lord Tweedsmuir / Bayside RFC) and Brittany Barbarant (Merritt) each going over.

"At the end of the day, second place in the country is a lot to be proud of," added Baker. "Looking ahead to next year, we've now got a tested group of players that have competed at this level and that bodes well for the future. "

 
Written by Press Release    Monday, 22 August 2011 12:06    PDF Print Write e-mail
USA Names World Cup Squad
National Teams - USA Men

BOULDER, Colo. -– Eagles Head Coach, Eddie O’Sullivan, has selected his squad of 30 players that will represent the United States at the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC) in New Zealand next month.

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The Eagles will compete in Pool C at the RWC, taking on Australia, Ireland, Italy and Russia in pool play. NBC Universal has released their broadcast schedule of the tournament, which begins with the opening ceremony on September 9 and concludes with the RWC final on October 23. 

"I think there is a sense of relief that we are now in a position to name the final squad of 30 for the RWC. It has been a thorough process and I belief that we have the best 30 players available to us heading into the RWC.

As expected we have had to make some very tough decisions to get to the final squad, but that is just reflection on the talent available to us,” said O’Sullivan.

Todd Clever will captain the squad, with 16 forwards and 14 backs making up the team. Mike Petri – who led the Eagles against Japan on Sunday night in Tokyo – has been named the vice-captain.

Selected in the front row are Mike MacDonald, Mate Moeakiola, Eric Fry and Shawn Pittman. Three hookers have been selected in Chris Biller, Phil Thiel and Brian McClenahan.

The lock specialists are John van der Giessen, Hayden Smith and Scott LaValla. The loose-forwards include: Inaki Basauri, Pat Danahy, JJ Gagiano, Nic Johnson, Louis Stanfill, along with Clever.

In the backline, Tim Usasz is at scrumhalf with Petri. Partnering them at flyhalf are Nese Malifa and Roland Suniula. The centers will be Paul Emerick, Tai Enosa, Junior Sifa and Andrew Suniula.

Out wide the wings are Colin Hawley, Taku Ngwenya, James Paterson and Kevin Swiryn. Chris Wyles and Blaine Scully complete the squad as fullbacks.

“All eyes are now turned to RWC and our departure from the USA on September 1,” commented the Head Coach.

The squad will assemble in Santa Barbara on August 28 for their final preparations before flying to New Zealand on September 1.

USA EAGLES 2011 RWC SQUAD

Forwards:

Inaki Basauri (Perigueux), Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate), Todd Clever (Suntory Sungoliath), Pat Danahy (Life University), Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks), JJ Gagiano (Univ. of Cape Town), Nic Johnson (Unattached), Scott LaValla (Stade Francais), Mike MacDonald (Leeds Carnegie), Brian McClenahan (Olympic Club), Mate Moeakiola (Bobigny 93), Shawn Pittman (London Welsh), Hayden Smith (Saracens), Louis Stanfill (Unattached), Phil Thiel (Life University), John van der Giessen (Unattached)


Backs:

Paul Emerick (Life University), Tai Enosa (Belmont Shore), Colin Hawley (Olympic Club), Nese Malifa (Glendale), Taku Ngwenya (Biarritz), James Paterson (Otago), Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club), Blaine Scully (Unattached), Junior Sifa (Nottingham RFC), Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins), Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby), Kevin Swiryn (Agen), Tim Usasz (Nottingham RFC), Chris Wyles (Saracens)

USA EAGLES RWC 2011 STAFF

Eddie O’Sullivan (Head Coach), Dave Hodges (Forwards Coach & Technical Analyst), Matt Sherman (Backs Coach), Mike Tolkin (Defensive Coach), Dan Payne (Skills Coach), Chris O’Brien (Kicking Coach), David Williams (Strength & Conditioning), Jarrad Griffiths (Assistant Technical Analyst), Tristan Lewis (Team Manager), Kevin Battle (Assistant Manager), Dallen Stanford (Team Media Manager), Michael Keating (Physiotherapist), Alex Garibay (Physiotherapist), Sarah Sall (Masseuse), David Schneider (Doctor, 3-16 Sept), Pat McNair (Doctor, 17 Sept onwards)

RWC 2011 SCHEDULE | NEW ZEALAND

September 11, 2011: USA vs. Ireland (New Plymouth)

September 15, 2011: USA vs. Russia (New Plymouth)

September 23, 2011: USA vs. Australia (Wellington)

September 27, 2011: USA vs. Italy (Nelson)

 

 

 


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