Below are the standings for the women's DI club regular season.
All of the regional leaders had perfect seasons with six wins, and Glendale and Atlanta maxed out their potential total points with 30 apiece. The Raptors led the league in points differential, outscoring opponents 344-32. That gap is 100 points larger than the next closest team (Atlanta, 212 point differential).
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there was only one forfeited game - St. Louis to Glendale - during the whole of the season. The failure to compete eliminated the team from qualifying for nationals.
DI debutants New Orleans laid down a marker this past weekend, traveling light to Atlanta and defeating the Renegades 31-29 at Silverback Stadium. Tries for New Orleans were scored by flanker Ryan Fitzgerald, flyhalf Jeff Reuther (2), wing Chance Doyle, and replacement wing Alex Phillpot.
In addition to being short-handed, NORFC overcame a penalty count that weighed heavily in the Rengades' favor.
New Orleans were buoyed by a front row of Matt Upton, Adam Massey and Wes Eustis, with Sean Malek coming on late at tighthead. New Orleans' backs were dangerous throughout, set loose by the consistent service of former O-Club scrumhalf Justin Lucas.
The USA 7s schedule for the now three-day tournament is clearing up, as now posted on the USA 7s website is an outline of how the competition will be organized.
Fans will get three days of international rugby competition in this, the 5th stop on the nine-event HSBC World Sevens Series.
Two pool matches will be played on Friday, February 10. Matches will begin at 4pm and run until 9pm – giving fans plenty of time to enjoy Las Vegas, or the nearby Las Vegas Invitational, early and late in the day.
Saturday will be a full day of rugby, but not as full as it was last year. The USA 7s will run the final pool matches, plus the Cup and Bowl quarterfinals.
During that time, Sam Boyd Stadium will also host several Las Vegas Invitational finals, such as the Collegiate Rugby Championships qualifier, and the Men’s Elite 7s. The Women’s International semifinals will also be held at the stadium on Saturday.
Day Two will run from noon to 7pm.
Day Three will begin at 9:30 and finish around 3pm and will have all the semifinals and finals, plus the Women’s International Final.
2012 USA 7s General Schedule
First Match Start Time
Last Match Start Time
Friday, Feb 10
Pool Rounds 1 & 2
Saturday, Feb 11
Pool Round 3 & Quarterfinals, LVI Matches, Women’s Semifinals
Sunday Feb 12
Semifinals, Finals & Women’s Final
Tickets for the event are on sale now at www.usasevens.com, and discounts are available for orders before Jan 2, 2012.
Buy now and a field reserved ticket for all three days is only $85 – for over 15 hours of international rugby.
So the Beard that Roared continues to gain notoriety as the media converges on Adam Kleeberger and his fund raising drive associated with the removal of his facial hair on Monday afternoon. Famous CBC comedian and show host Rick Mercer manned the clippers to take the top layer off Kleeberger, who enters his ninth month with the amazing growth.
Under sunny skies and in front of 500 adoring fans Mercer manned the equipment and mowed down the famous beard at the University of Victoria Student Union Building.
Mercer, earlier in the day, spent time with the Canadian men's sevens team - including interviews with Kleeberger, 15s coach Kieran Crowley and a number of the players participating in some hijinx that are staple for the popular Mercer Report - seen on Monday nights on CBC.
At one point, flanker Nanyak Dala lay down on the field and bench pressed the diminutive Mercer, who was celebrating his 42nd birthday in Victoria.
Fundraising is still being accepted at the two below links - thanks to everyone to date that has donated over $5000 combined.
Kleeberger is asking his fans to support the Shear the Beard campaign in one of two ways. The first for New Zealand, because of the great support shown to the Canadian team during their time at the tournament, Kleeberger is urging donations that would go to helping rebuild Christchurch, the town that was nearly leveled by an earthquake this past February and led to World Cup games being pulled out of the area to other cities around New Zealand. To participate in fund raising for Christchurch Earthquake Relief go tohttp://donate.rugbycanada.ca/e/Shear_the_Beard
In Canada Kleeberger would like to see supporters donate to his Movember page. Movember, the month formerly known as November, is a month-long campaign where men start clean-shaven and grow a moustache to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer. Kleeberger's 'Shear the Beard' will get him ready to grow a big hairy ribbon for 30 days starting Movember 1, 2011. To support Adam's Movember campaign - go tohttp://mobro.co/SheartheBeard. To join Adam on his hairy journey register atwww.movember.com.
A new rugby game is coming down the pike this summer, Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition. The game is a sequel to Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge released in 2011 in conjunction with the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The new game, set for a June 13 worldwide release for the PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 platf... Read more...
Rugby entrepreneur Jim Carlberg, who successfully defended his rugby-related trademarks from Polo Ralph Lauren in a landmark lawsuit, is selling some of his trademarks, and the corresponding URLs, both of which he is the 100% owner. The Marks for sale include:Rugby America Limited Rugby Girl &n... Read more...
The campus newspaper at Nate Augspurger's alma mater, the University of Minnesota, recently took notice of the contracted 7s player's rugby exploits and produced a front-page story on him. Augspurger is in recovery from a broken leg suffered at the LVI in February, but the story makes it perfectly c... Read more...
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