College Freshmen Of The Year

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FloRugby has selected our Men's College Rugby Freshman of the Year. We looked at players who had a big impact with a successful team, and then whittled it down from there. We looked closer at 15s than 7s (which might explain our pick a little better), how much game time the player had, how well he played, and how well the team played.

There were some really good contributors this year. Here's our list of honorable mentions:

Keanu Andrade, Cal
Tommy Clark, AIC
Jordan Crofts, Penn State
Brendon Curle, Grand Canyon
Sam Cusano, Cal
Joey Freeman, Penn State
Calvin Gentry, Arkansas State
Andrew Guera, Notre Dame College
Roddy Hamilton, Grand Canyon
Levi Hunt, Utah
Justin Johnson, Life
Royaal Jones, AIC
Jacob Jorstad, San Diego State
Dante Lopresti, Notre Dame College
Bradley Maples, UC Davis
Deven Marshall, Central Washington
Santi Mascolo, Iona
Dmontae Noble, Kutztown
Kelsin Pupunu, Utah
Campbell Robinson, Arkansas State
Thomas Spradling, Cal
Bronson Teles, Arizona
Luke Thayer, Arizona

And our 2016-17 Freshman of the Year is Saint Mary's Prop Payton Telea. 

Telea was a force for the Gaels as Saint Mary's won the DIA final. He was imposing in the scrum and played superbly in the loose, was solid on defense, and did all of that as a regular, weekly starter for the best team in the nation.

What's Up With Notre Dame? Irish Pull Off Upset

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The University of Notre Dame pulled off a bit of an upset this past week, beating Davenport 36-24 on the road to record the Fighting Irish's first victory of the season.

Merlins Weave Magic, Old Blue Tough in ARP

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The Atlantic Rugby Premiership may be a small club competition, but for the Eastern men's clubs it's an important one — the sad news is that the best squad among them is from Colorado.

FloRugby All D1 College Rankings: What To Do About An Upset

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How do you punish an upset? Do you make the assumption that the losing team selected down and didn't have its top players? Or do you immediately assume that both squads had their best lineup and punish the loser.

Justin Johnson, A Star In The Making


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A USA Eagles player posted a hat trick for his club team in one of the most impressive performances of the weekend, while the Varsity Cup saw its run as a major postseason event all but extinguished.

Playoffs And Glory Beckon: D1A Standings

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With the news that the D1A playoffs will expand and likely will be the only high-level game in town, it's time to check in on the standings.

D1A Postseason Deadline Means Big Changes

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Today, Oct. 15, is the deadline for D1A college teams to declare their intention to participate in the spring playoffs.

Austin Elite Hold Combine

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Austin Elite of Major League Rugby held a combine Saturday in Austin, Texas, to look at several dozen players hoping to make the pro team.

Hanco Cuatro As USA Selects Beat Canada A In APC Finale

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The USA Selects capped off the Americas Pacific Challenge with a 45-26 defeat of Canada A on Sunday in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Arkansas Red River 7s Champion Again

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For the second year in a row, Arkansas won the Red River Rugby Conference 7s championship, defeating Texas A&M 26-12 in the final on Saturday in Stephenville, Texas.