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2018 Collegiate All-Americans Demolish Glendale Raptors

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In the summer of 2018, 83 men’s collegiate rugby players were invited to a week-long selection camp as they aimed to secure a place on the Collegiate All-Americans side. 

The camp, led by CAA head coach James Willocks, was designed to filter the group to just 37 players, who were to then play an exhibition against the 2018 MLR runner-up Glendale Raptors. The boys spent the first two days doing skills and testing exercises, before being divided into four teams which were to each play one scrimmage on the fourth day. 

60 players were chosen from D1A, a whopping 24 of which came from the Mid-South, while eight came from D1AA, seven from D2, and six from NSCRO. 

Current St. Bonaventure and former Life University head coach Tui Osborne, current Houston Sabercats skills coach and former USA Eagle Paul Emerick, and current Life Men’s Club head coach Blake Bradford filled out the assistant coaching roles, while Tom Kindley served as Strength and Conditioning coach, James Harrison as Performance Analyst, and Kevin McCory as Team Manager. 

Here are the 37 players who suited up to clobber the Raptors 55-10 at the culmination of the week-long camp. 

Berrisford, Jamie Lock Life University
Dabulas, Mike Fly-half Penn State University
Day, Jackson Prop Western Michigan University
De Waal, Michael Flanker Lindenwood University
Engelhart, Oliver Scrumhalf Dartmouth College
Feakes, Nick Fly-half Lindenwood University
Harmon, Matthew Prop Life University
Hunkin-Clark, Tommy Lock American International College
Irimescu, Rob Hooker Penn State University
Koroi, Maciu No. 8 Life University
Maree, Tabo Flanker Arkansas State University
Mascolo, Santiago No. 8 Iona College
Matarazzo, Michael Lock University of Notre Dame
Matthews, Aaron Center/Fullback Saint Mary’s College
Maughan, Alex Prop Life University
May, Malcolm Lock Penn State University
McNerney, Connor No 8 United States Naval Academy
Mikesell, Deion Wing Lindenwood
Mteto, Anelisa Center/Wing Iowa Central Community College
Muntanga, Brian Hooker Life University
Phelan, George Fullback Life University
Rees, Ryan Scrum-half Life University
Rodriguez, Christian Fullback/Wing Lindenwood University
Rogers, Kyle Fullback University of Arizona
Scarcella, Michael Center Iona College
Sullivan, Kevin Prop University of California, Berkeley
Trotter, Kevin Fullback Penn State University
Tupuola, Marcus Fullback/Wing Notre Dame College
Van Schalkwyk, Duncan Fly-half Life University
Wenglewski, Chance Prop Lindenwood University
Wheeler, Harley Wing Life University
White, Wesley No. 8 Lindenwood University
Wilcox, Tosh Flanker Brigham Young University (BYU)
Wilson, Mitchell Center Life University
Yacoubian, Sean Scrum-half Saint Mary’s College
Young, Zachary Center Arkansas State University



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Australia announced as ‘preferred candidate’ for Rugby World Cup 2027

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Australia has been announced as the “preferred candidate” for the 2027 Rugby World Cup, virtually guaranteeing the tournament will return Down Under for the first time in 24 years.

The World Rugby Council made the announcement on Wednesday night as part of an approved revision process that the governing body hopes will help unlock the sport’s potential and grow the game’s popularity.

While Australia was awarded the status for the men’s tournament in 2027, England is the “preferred candidate” for the women’s event two years earlier. The United States, meanwhile, is on track to host the 2031 men’s event with World Rugby to continue “exclusive targeted dialogue” with USA Rugby for what would be an historic first event in North America.

A final decision on the 2025 and 2027 events will not be made until May next year, but both England and Australia would have to let their bids disintegrate entirely for them to lose the right to host those tournaments respectively.

“This is a huge step forward in our ambitions to host Rugby World Cup 2027 and for rebooting the game in Australia,” Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan said.

“Throughout this process, we’ve held the genuine belief the time was right to bring the Rugby World Cup back to our shores.

“The team at Rugby Australia have worked hard on this for a number of years and today’s announcement is great reward for those efforts.”

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont heralded the updated decision process as a move to the future.

“The new approach to electing Rugby World Cup hosts is more flexible and collaborative, with World Rugby working with potential hosts to optimise… proposals and align them with long-term social and economic development plans for the benefit of their communities and the future expansion of the sport,” he said.

Australia last hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2003 when Eddie Jones’ Wallabies were defeated by England in a dramatic final at Stadium Australia, fly-half Jonny Wilkinson kicking a drop goal in extra time to secure the win.

Matches were taken all over Australia while fans from across the world flooded Down Under for what was a memorable event.

And 2027 may be the most competitive tournament yet after World Rugby also updated its rules around international eligibility, allowing players to switch allegiance once in their careers after a three-year stand down period and only if they have a close and credible link to their nation of birth.

“We welcome the endorsement of World Rugby Council today – we are appreciative of their support for our bid and the trust they have shown in endorsing Australia to move forward with World Rugby on an exclusive basis to finalise the delivery model,” Rugby Australia chief executive Andy Marinos said.

“We now have the opportunity over the coming months to work with our colleagues at World Rugby to develop the optimal model for delivering Rugby World Cup 2027 in a way which will help foster the continued growth of the game not only in Australia, but in our region and globally.

“Today’s announcement is a testament to the incredible work of a lot of people at Rugby Australia over the last three years, since the organisation first set its sights on hosting the tournament again.

“The hosting of the third-biggest global sporting event will not only reposition Australia on the sporting map and deliver a boost to our economy but provide us with an opportunity to showcase once again our magnificent country.”

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Shujaa loses to Great Britain to finish sixth in Dubai

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The national rugby sevens team Shujaa collected a total of 12 points from the second round of the World Rugby sevens series in Dubai after losing 10-5 to Great Britain in a fifth place play off.

Kenya had earlier avenged their group loss after beating USA 29-0 in the fifth place semi final.

Jeff Oluoch, Johnstone Olindi, Alvin Otieno and a brace of tries from Antony Omondi gave Shujaa the resounding win against USA.

Against Great Britain Kenya began brightly as Jeff Oluoch handed them the lead with a fourth minute try, however Britain got their groove back with Robbie Ferguson scoring  two tries in succession to aid his side to the 10-5 win.

Following the loss Kenya has now amassed a total of 22 points from the opening two rounds in Dubai after finishing 8th at last weekend’s leg.

South Africa won the main Cup final after beating Australia 10-7 to win back to back Dubai’s sevens title after their triumph last weekend. Argentina beat France 38-21 to finish third.

Action moves to the third and fourth legs which will be held in Spain’s Malaga and Seville cities in January 2022.

 



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Tennessee rugby wins 2021 national championship

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No. 1 Tennessee defeated Bowling Green, 36-31, in the 2021 Fall Division-I Collegiate Club Rugby Championship on Saturday at Sportsplex at Matthews in Matthews, North Carolina.

Tennessee led 31-19 at halftime. Greg Janowick scored three times in the first 18 minutes of the first half, helping Tennessee open a 24-0 lead.

Austin White scored first for Tennessee in the second half.

The Vols (11-0) finished the 2021 season undefeated and outscored its opponents, 373-127. Tennessee recorded three shutouts this season.

Tennessee’s 2021 rugby schedule

  • Sept. 4 at Ohio State (W, 30-23)
  • Sept. 5 at Cincinnati (W, 22-0)
  • Sept. 18 at Kennesaw State (forfeit awarded to UT)
  • Oct. 2 vs. Kentucky (W, 22-15)
  • Oct. 16 vs. Clemson (W, 41-25)
  • Oct. 22 at Alabama (W, 51-0)
  • Oct. 30 at South Carolina (W, 45-0)
  • Nov. 6 vs. Georgia (W, 67-7)
  • Nov. 13 vs. Georgia (W, 33-9) *SCRC semifinal
  • Nov. 20 vs. Clemson (W, 26-17) *SCRC championship
  • Dec. 4 vs. Bowling Green (W, 36-31 ) *Division-I Collegiate Club Rugby Championship



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