Men's College Player Of The Week: Vili Helu

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It's easy to take consistently great players for granted, so once in a while it's important to take a breath and put it all into perspective.

When you do that, you come to obvious conclusions, like Saint Mary's No. 8 Vili Helu should be our Men's College Player of the Week.

There's no doubt that Helu brings it every game. Tall and athletic, Helu has a loping stride that maybe lulls you into the false sense that everything is easy for him. However, his toughness is unquestioned: In the D1A final last May he heroically battled through a shoulder injury to help the Gaels to victory.


Now in his third year, the former High School All-American is among the best in the game. Helu hasn't really been needed for 80 minutes this season because Saint Mary's has been winning by such large margins the Gaels can afford to rest him. But he gets a lot done before he comes off.

Fast, powerful in the tackle, and quick to poach balls, Helu is a lineout force and a try-scorer in traffic and in space.

Helu and his Saint Mary's teammates are back in action this Saturday as they host the Olympic Club in a game that's streaming LIVE on FloRugby.


Eagles Battle Inconsistency, Defeat Brazil

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After a somewhat scattered effort, the USA Men’s 15s national team moved to 4-0 in the Americas Rugby Championship with a 43-16 defeat of Brazil in Sao Paulo.

Eagles Must Look To Avoid Traps In Brazil

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Estadio Martins Pereira in São Jose Dos Campos, Brazil plays host to the USA and Brazil in Saturday's Americas Rugby Championship game, and despite the teams' relative records, this is a risky game for the Eagles.

No Backing Down: Life Hosts Davenport

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After a long winter Davenport finally gets to play a Mid-South Conference game, and will start off the so-called spring season at Life University.

OMBAC At Belmont Shore In Battle For The Top Of PRP

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Two undefeated teams meet up 3pm on the campus of Cal State Long Beach as Belmont Shore hosts OMBAC.

SFGG, Life West Choose Sides For PRP Round 3

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After a 2-0 start in the Pacific Rugby Premiership, San Francisco Gold Gate will take on a somewhat wounded and always dangerous Life West in Round 3 Saturday at 3pm on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

Olympic Club, Santa Monica Look For First Victory

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The Olympic Club and Santa Monica have named their lineups to face off in Round 3 of the Pacific Rugby Premiership Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

After Statement Win, Gaels Want More

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Saint Mary's put an early stamp on its 2017-18 college season with a dominant win over BYU last week, but more challenges are coming the Gaels' way.

Life Women Put Out Welcome Mat For Capital Selects

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The Life University women's team had to battle for an ugly 12-5 win over the Atlanta Harlequins last week, and that's exactly what head coach Rosalind Chou has been looking to see from her team.

Men’s College Preview & Picks: Are More Surprises In Store This Weekend?

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There has been no shortage of unpredictable results this season, but perhaps none was more stunning than BYU's margin of defeat to Saint Mary's last week.

Men's College Player Of The Week: Payton Talea-Ilalio, Saint Mary's

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The success of Saint Mary's begins and ends with the scrum, and at the fulcrum of that, is prop Payton Telea-Ilalio.