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Written by Pat Clifton    Monday, 14 April 2014 09:32    PDF Print Write e-mail
Penn State Rugby Reinstated, Ferrell Resigns
Colleges - College News


The Penn State rugby program was reinstated and head coach Don Ferrell stepped down Friday, according to multiple reports. Assistant coach Chris Amoratis will step in as interim head coach.

The team was suspended last month when players Chris Petri and Sean Herbert were charged with felonies in connection with the burning of an athletic department storage shed, and the police investigation brought to light discontent among players with Ferrell's coaching.

“We are extremely disappointed that two members of Penn State’s rugby program were allegedly involved with and have been charged with arson for the fire that led to the destruction of the rugby and cross country teams’ shed on Jan. 14,” Penn State athletic director David Joyner said in a release.

“However, based upon the results of a thorough investigation by the Office of Student Conduct, Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics has determined that a very limited number of players were connected to the incident in any way. A vast majority of them were unaware of the crime’s connection to the team. As a result, the team’s suspension has been lifted immediately.”

Penn State stood to lose its spot in the Collegiate Rugby Championship in June had the suspension lasted, much like Army last year.

Recent suspensions of other high profile programs, like Delaware, Utah and Army lasted much longer, but Penn State chose to act quickly and not make an example of the rugby team, which has an elevated status as a team sport, and is thus overseen by the athletic department and not a campus recreation or student body.

“After meeting with the team’s student leaders, we feel strongly that positive strides are being made to honor and respect the history and legacy of rugby at Penn State. We also believe that team members will positively represent themselves, their teammates, Intercollegiate Athletics and Penn State in a first-class manner at all times,” Joyner said. “Although this was an extremely unfortunate situation, we are confident that the men’s rugby program will learn and grow stronger as a result.”


Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2014/04/11/4131382/penn-state-rugby-coach-resigns.html#storylink=cpy
 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Monday, 14 April 2014 01:02    PDF Print Write e-mail
Dartmouth Moves on in Varsity Cup
Colleges - Men's DI College


Hanover, NH – Dartmouth moved on to the 2nd round of the Varsity Cup after handing Clemson a 59-24 defeat Saturday.

Dartmouth fullback and captain, Madison Hughes, opened the scoring in the 14th minute, taking a well-timed offload from Dawit Workie and scampering the remaining 40 meters untouched for the try. Hughes would total 29 points in the match from three tries and seven conversions. And Hughes's ability to set up his teammates was also on point.

Hughes hit Kevin Clark on the wing with a 20-meter pass for the team’s second and Clark's first of two tries on the afternoon. The Big Green maintained a balanced attack throughout the match that saw Brian Flint, Zack Fowler, Neil Greene and newcomer Victor Muchatuta touch down for tries as well.

"We were very pleased with the result against a good Clemson side," said Hughes. "They challenged us in lots of facets of the game, and we were pleased with how we responded to that. It was fantastic being back out on our beloved Brophy Field. It's an extremely special place to play rugby, and we loved having the chance to get a run out there in front of our loyal home support. Having our fantastic senior class get one more opportunity to play out there was awesome, and thankfully we got the result such a day deserved."

Senior locks Dylan Jones and Ned Kingsley spearheaded a strong Dartmouth defense as the Big Green held Clemson to a pair of tries in each half.

Senior Tyler Moragne was also a standout on the day as his consistent passing and decision-making from the scrumhalf position fueled a potent offense. The second half also saw several reserves get solid minutes. Good pressure at the contact point by Mike McDavid to cause turnovers complemented Phil Sheridan and Neil Greene’s successful efforts at the same task earlier in the match.

"The Varsity Cup is the premier collegiate XVs competition and to win a game in this tournament means a lot," said Dartmouth coach Gavin Hickie. "We felt we did well against a very organized and well-coached Clemson team. Once again, our seniors stepped up and delivered.

"We have a lot of work to do this week before we face BYU but we are very excited to face the Varsity Cup champions in Annapolis next week."

Dartmouth travels to Annapolis, where they take on BYU while Texas, 55-33 winners over Notre Dame, will take on hosts Navy.


 
Written by Alex Goff    Sunday, 13 April 2014 17:51    PDF Print Write e-mail
Dallas Loss Makes Things Easier for New Orleans
Clubs - Men's DI Clubs


(Note - Dallas's game with Fort Worth was already played, but wasn't reflected in the official standings, so we've re-written this piece.)

A late penalty kick by the Austin Blacks against the Dallas Reds may well have secured 1st place in the Red River DI Club Conference for New Orleans.

The Reds had two games to play this weekend, including a makeup of a rained out game on Sunday. In the first game, Dallas, which went into the weekend 11-1-1, took on HARC, the only team other than Dallas to come close to beating New Orleans.

But HARC wasn't on form on Saturday and the Reds thrashed them 93-0. That set up Sunday's game against 9-3-1 Austin. The Blacks ran out to a lead of 18-3. But two tries and a penalty gave Dallas the lead 20-18.

But a late penalty kick from Diego Sotelo put Austin ahead to stay.

Had Dallas won, the Reds would have been tied with New Orleans with one left for each team.

But the loss left them three points adrift (they got a bonus point for a close loss).

That means that New Orleans does not need to beat HARC to secure 1st place. They only need to get two bonus points or get a tie.

Dallas will need to beat the Griffins, get the bonus point, and hope New Orleans loses.


Red River W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
New Orleans 13 1 1 665 177 488 11 1 66
Dallas Reds 12 2 1 819 132 687 12 1 63
Austin Blacks 10 3 1 544 224 320 9 1 52
Dallas Harlequins 7 7 0 339 364 -25 7 0 35
Austin Huns 7 7 0 459 372 87 6 0 34
HARC 7 6 0 312 410 -98 5 0 33
Griffins 5 8 1 344 417 -73 6 3 31
Fort Worth 2 14 0 13 867 -854 3 -1 10
The Woodlands 0 15 0 0 904 -904 1 0 1


 
Written by Alex Goff    Monday, 14 April 2014 00:51    PDF Print Write e-mail
U20s More to Do as Final Pool Game Approaches
National Teams - Age-Grade Men


The USA U20 team is in excellent position to win their pool at the Junior World Rugby Trophy.

The Georgia game was a physical encounter, but the USA players came out on top. All photos from Power Sport Images.
The Georgia game was a physical encounter, but the USA players came out on top. All photos from Power Sport Images.
The Georgia game was a physical encounter, but the USA players came out on top. All photos from Power Sport Images.

Given how late the program was in getting started for this tournament (and given how early the JWRT is this year), that in itself is a major accomplishment. The USA team, despite having several squad candidates not available due to college responsibilities, is 2-0 after beating Georgia 13-12 on Friday. Meanwhile, Canada, which had a much longer and, many would say, better preparation, is 0-1-1 and out of contention for the championship match.

USA Head Coach Billy Millard said his team left points on the field against Georgia, and seemed pleased with several aspects of play.

"We played field position very well," said Millard. "The forwards got over the gainline and Ben Cima dropped into nice pockets and put us in excellent positions. We also matched their powerful scrum and won the battle at the gainline on attack and defense."

Cima might have missed a couple of kicks at goal, but, Millard said, everyone on the team knows they gave up some soft turnovers in the Georgia 22. That's something they need to do better against Tonga, but not the only thing.

"Our green zone ball retention and execution needs to be more accurate," acknowledged Millard. "We need to come away with more points when we get into good areas. [And] our lineout launch needs to improve."

Millard made a couple of lineup changes after the USA shut out Hong Kong, and don't be surprised if he makes more for the game against Tonga as the coach has made it plain that effort in training gets rewarded with playing time.

And looking ahead to Tonga, the coach said there's much still to do.

"It is important we outwork them," said Millard. "We need to keep our shape and play at our tempo - heads down and grind away at them. Individually they have some great talent, so we need to play as a tight unit and play our game."

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Saturday, 12 April 2014 19:24    PDF Print Write e-mail
Video: Isles Speeds By Everyone at Melrose 7s
MultiMedia - Shows and Highlights


Dobson ImagesCarlin Isles races past opponents at the Melrose 7s.

See his highlights here.


 


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