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29 03, 2016

[Billings Gazette] Bobcats Learning Fundamentals of Safe, Efficient Tackling

BOZEMAN — As an assistant coach at Washington, Jeff Choate spent time on the front lines of teaching and implementing safety-first tackling. Now Choate is applying those practices as Montana State’s first-year head coach. During ongoing spring drills, the Bobcats spend portions of practice conducting helmetless, rugby-inspired tackling. Players are taught to use shoulder leverage [...]

22 03, 2016

[USA Rugby] Richie Walker Appointed Women’s Eagles Sevens Head Coach

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Richie Walker will lead the Women's Eagles Sevens program through the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, USA Rugby announced Tuesday, following Jules McCoy's release from the United States Olympic Committee's Olympic Training Center. Walker has been a long-time servant of USA Rugby and the growth of rugby in the United States, [...]

14 03, 2016

[The Breakdown] Bydwell Praises All American 7s

The Girls High School All American (GHSAA) 7s team assembled for the second time in its existence, and with similar results to its inaugural outing, won the Vancouver Rugby Festival in commanding fashion. The age-grade stars went 5-0, outscored the competition 214-5, and ended their campaign with a 55-0 championship victory over the B.C. Elite. [...]

4 03, 2016

[The Guardian] USA Sevens Brings World’s Finest to Vegas

“Imagine what it’s going to be like in 2020 if we’ve got some kids from the Bronx and Brooklyn, playing in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.” In his spare office in New York City, on 9th and West 45th, trophies stacked with bags of rugby balls on the metal shelves behind him, Mark Griffin smiles and takes [...]

3 03, 2016

[The Breakdown] ATAVUS, BC Elite Into HS Final

Another border rivalry will play out tomorrow as the ATAVUS All Stars take on the BC Elite for the LVI Girls U18 Elite title. ATAVUS qualified after going 3-0-1 in pool play, defeating the Utah Lions Rugby Academy 26-5, Upright (Canada) 40-10 and Rhino Rugby Academy 1 25-7, and tying Auckland Marist 17-17. BC Elite [...]

3 03, 2016

[The Breakdown] Beyond the Tackle: Teaching Anticipation

ATAVUS Football has been busy since its inception last year. Driven by Rex Norris, the ATAVUS arm has been working with NCAA and professional football programs, most notably integrating rugby inspired tackling that satisfies growing player-welfare concerns. But the rugby and football coach is doing more than teaching a safer tackle. The call for more [...]

1 03, 2016

[The Breakdown] ATAVUS to Challenge LVI Elite

ATAVUS will be omnipresent in Las Vegas this week, and its Women’s Elite team hopes to distinguish itself in a very competitive international 7s division.  A range of players – from current 7s residents to a high schooler – will battle Great Britain, Quebec and Mexico during pool play.  There are no newcomers on the 12-player [...]

25 02, 2016

[The Issaquah Press] Eastside Lions Help Rugby Gain Foothold In Local Sports Community

Fast forward to the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where television viewers will see a sport that hasn’t been on that stage in nearly a century. Rugby, which has been a longtime fixture in other parts of the world, is now the fastest-growing sport in the United States, with participation rates [...]

24 02, 2016

[USA Rugby] Vegas looms as Eagles prepare with HP Camp

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Men's Eagles Sevens Head Coach Mike Friday will choose from 26 athletes at the Feb. 23 to March 1 High Performance Camp at the Olympic Training Center to travel to Las Vegas for the upcoming leg of the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Nineteen residents will be joined by five [...]

19 02, 2016

[USA Rugby] Women’s Eagles Player Pool for 2016 Competitions Announced

BOULDER, Colo. – The 2016 player pool for the Women's Eagles, comprised of 49 athletes, has been announced. The Women’s National Team pathway has been revamped since Women's Rugby World Cup 2014, where the national team finished sixth with two victories. The WNT Pathway has combined all the age-grade teams with the Women’s Eagles, allowing [...]