Weekend Watch Guide: Get Down And Dirty

It's a full slate of live rugby coverage on FloRugby with the Guinness PRO14, Top 14, and USA Rugby Championships all live.

(Note: tThe games for the Guinness PRO14 are available to viewers in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and France.) 

Nov 30

Munster vs Edinburgh KO 19:35 UTC

Munster has won five in a row and now sits 2nd behind Glasgow in Conference A. This makes for a tough game for Juan Pablo Socino and Edinburgh - who have lost two out of their last three.

Munster coach Johann Van Graan makes 11 changes to the squad that beat Zebre last weekend, as the Irish national team players return. Back from injury, scrumhalf Conor Murray looks to make an impact.

Edinburgh has been dealing with injuries, and that means George Taylor makes his debut, partnering with Socino in the midfield.

“As we saw in the quarterfinal last year they put you under quite a bit of pressure. Edinburgh are a tricky team, they box kick so well," said Van Graan. “They have a very specific plan and they’ve got some very good broken field runners.

“It’s been a tight turnaround with regards to training, but we have prepared as well as we can and we will travel with the mindset to win,” added Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill.

Munster: 15. Mike Haley, 14. Andrew Conway, 13. Chris Farrell, 12. Rory Scannell, 11. Keith Earls, 10. JJ Hanrahan, 9. Conor Murray; 1. Dave Kilcoyne, 2. Niall Scannell, 3. John Ryan, 4. Tadhg Beirne, 5. Billy Holland, 6. Peter O’Mahony (capt), 7. Chris Cloete, 8. Arno Botha

Replacements: 16. Kevin O’Byrne, 17. Jeremy Loughman, 18. Ciaran Parker, 19. Fineen Wycherley, 20. Gavin Coombes, 21. Duncan Williams, 22. Tyler Bleyendaal, 23. Sammy Arnold

Edinburgh Rugby: 15. Dougie Fife, 14. Tom Brown, 13. George Taylor, 12. Juan Pablo Socino, 11. Duhan van der Merwe, 10. Jaco van der Walt, 9. Nathan Fowles, 1. Rory Sutherland, 2. David Cherry, 3. Murray McCallum, 4. James Hodgson, 5. Callum Hunter-Hill, 6. Ally Miller, 7. Lewis Wynne, 8. Luke Hamilton (capt)

Replacements: 16. Ross Ford, 17. Darryl Marfo, 18. Pietro Ceccarelli, 19. Callum Atkinson, 20. Senitiki Nayalo, 21. Sean Kennedy, 22. Jason Baggott, 23. Chris Dean

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Ospreys vs Zebre KO 19:35 UTC

Allen Clarke’s Ospreys are unbeaten at home, and Zebre has never beaten the Ospreys home or away. So, of course, you have to watch out. 

Alun Wyn Jones will ake his 233rd appearance for the Ospreys, a record for the team; he will have a nive matchup with George Biagi. With five Welsh internationals back, including George North, the Welsh team has to be feeling confident.

“It’s been great to have the full squad together following what was a hugely successful Autumn International period for Wales – the energy and buzz has been fantastic," said Clarke. “Our opponents Zebre are the first in an important series of matches. For us it’s about concentrating on the basics and bringing the energy from training to the eighty minutes that matter.

“It’s a particularly special occasion for Alun Wyn, who will become the most capped Ospreys player of all time. He reflects what we stand for and as a team we want to make it a memorable night.”

Ospreys:

15. Dan Evans, 14. George North, 13. Scott Williams, 12. Owen Watkin, 11. Luke Morgan, 10. Sam Davies, 9. Aled Davies, 1. Nicky Smith, 2. Scott Baldwin, 3. Tom Botha, 4. Adam Beard, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 6. Olly Cracknell, 7. Sam Cross, 8. Justin Tipuric (capt)

Replacements: 16. Scott Otten, 17. Gareth Thomas, 18. Alex Jeffries, 19. Lloyd Ashley, 20. James King, 21. Harri Morgan, 22. James Hook, 23. Cory Allen

Zebre:

15. Edoardo Padovani, 14. Paula Balekana, 13. Giulio Bisegni, 12. Tommaso Boni, 11. Jamie Elliott, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Guglielmo Palazzani, 1. Cruze Ah-Nau, 2. Massimo Ceciliani, 3. Eduardo Bello, 4. David Sisi, 5. George Biagi (capt), 6. Maxime Mbandà, 7. Johan Meyer, 8. Giovanni Licata

Replacements: 16. Luhandre Luus, 17. Daniele Rimpelli, 18. Giosuè Zilocchi, 19. Apisai Tauyavuca, 20. Samuele Ortis, 21. Joshua Renton, 22. Maicol Azzolini, 23. Jacopo Bianchi

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Dec 1

USA Rugby College Finals (All Viewers)

The Semifinals of the Men's D2 College and Women's Fall D2 College Championships are Live All Day on FloRugby.

Central TimeDivisionTeamvsTeam
9:00 AMMen’s DIIWisconsin–WhitewatervsQueens
11:00 AMMen’s DIINC StatevsIowa Central
1:00 PMWomen’s DIIWinona StatevsCincinnati
3:00 PMWomen’s DIIVassarvsCoast Guard


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French Top 14 (USA Viewers)

Toulon and Grenoble both have struggled, with Toulon's better results mitigated by some losses lately. Grenoble came very close to winning four in a row, only to see it end up with a win, two ties, and a one-point loss. Somebody has to break out.

Kickoff 13:45 Central Time

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Guinness PRO14 (Latin America, Spain, Portugal, France)

Cheetahs vs Connacht KO 15:00 UTC

The Cheetahs have been getting more and more competitive, and could be a huge banana skin for Connacht.

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Ulster vs Cardiff Blues KO 15:00 UTC

Cardiff has hit a slump and will welcome USA stars Blaine Scully and Samu Manoa back to the fold along with some Wales internationals. This could be a must-win for the Welsh team against a 5-3-1 Ulster squad poised to chase 1st in Conference B.

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Dragons vs Leinster KO 17:15 UTC

Leinster could probably lose two on the trot and still be in 1st place in Conference B. Heavily favored against the Dragons, the star-studded Irish squad should cruise.

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Glasgow Warriors vs Scarlets KO 17:15 UTC

The Warriors will be 1st in Conference A win or lose, but have to know teams are gaining on them. With a host of Scottish internationals back, plus two USA players, Glasgow will have its hands full against a Scarlets team in 2nd in Conference B and looking to inch closer to Leinster.

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Southern Kings vs Benetton KO 17:15 UTC

Southern ings are one of the most entertaining teams to watch. They just need some wins. This promises to be a high-scoring affair.

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Dec 2

Stade Francais is looking to bounce back, while Toulouse is this close to being 1st. This is a huge game for Stade. 

KO 9:50AM CT.

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USA Rugby College Finals (All Viewers)

The finals for Men's D2 College, Women's Fall D2 College, Women's Fall D1 College, and Men's Fall D1AA College all happen LIVE on FloRugby.

Central TimeDivisionTeamvsTeam
8:00 AMMen D1AASt. Joseph'svsBowling Green
10:00 AMWomen’s DIAir ForcevsDavenport
12:00 PMMen's DIIUWW or QueensvsIowa CCC or NC State
2:00 PMWomen’s DIIWinona State or CincinnativsVassar or USCGA


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For new players to the game of rugby, the concept of a "ruck" can be a tricky one to apprehend, as there is no other sport that involves rucking. However, once you've got a clearer picture of a ruck, also known as a "breakdown", it's a relatively easy thing to understand. 

Premiership Rugby Eyes Mid-August Return

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The 5 Best Women's Rugby Shorts

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Rugby vs Soccer: Former SEC Soccer Player Compares The Two

One of the great things about rugby is that it's a multi-skilled sport which lends itself well to crossover athletes. Particularly in a sports-mad country like the United States, we see tons of players seamlessly make the transition from other sports to rugby. 

How To Throw A Great Rugby Pass

Throwing a great pass can carve up a defense unlike any other facet of the game in rugby. A well-timed, well-placed ball puts a defense under enormous pressure and causes fractures in the defensive line. As long as the ball is placed accurately, on time, and in a position that the receiver can catch the ball on the move without breaking stride, it doesn't matter what it looks like. Heck, if we're looking at football, think of Peyton Manning's passes. One of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game rarely threw a spiral, but he did tick the boxes of accurate, on time, and in stride. 

Some Useful Rugby Passing Drills

Here is a quick, easy passing progression that will help you and your team sharpen your distribution skills and carve opponents up on the weekends. Even the best defenses in the world cannot defend near-perfect passing, so having the ability to run-catch-pass is one of the most lethal weapons in the book. 

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Rugby Drills That Keep Your Social Distance

As of June 1st, many rugby teams have been granted the option of getting together to conduct practice. However, the practices must adhere to the six feet social distancing rules and players are not allowed to use any equipment. Therefore, options for a practice plan are going to be extremely limited, but that doesn't mean you can't still get some good out of having the team together. 

Bring Em Down: How To Tackle Big Guys In Rugby

For many of rugby players out there, especially us smaller ones, we're all too familiar with the sight of a large, rampaging big man or woman lined up across from us about to get the ball. Our fight or flight instincts kick in, and in that moment of instinctual reaction we dictate the likelihood that the tackle does or does not get made. 

Step By Step Guide: How To Break Tackles In Rugby

One of the best ways to completely unhinge a defense is to beat your defender one on one with a step or a tackle bust. While not all of us can step like Cheslin Kolbe, we do all have the ability to break a tackle and get our team on the front foot. No matter your size, speed, or strength, you can always bust out of a tackle with some clever use of footwork and a trust in your balance.