Rugby Astronaut Docks At Space Station

Longtime rugby player Anne McClain is officially off-world as the NASA astronaut has arrived at the International Space Station.

The 39-year-old from Spokane, Washington, played rugby at West Point and also in England with major clubs there. She was capped by the Eagles and played in the 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup.




In the Army, McClain flew 216 combat missions as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in her Bell Kiowa Warrior helicopter, receiving several commendations and medals for her service. She was selected as part of NASA's astronaut training program in 2013.

The trip to the International Space Station was perhaps a little nerve-wracking. This was the first Soyuz flight to the ISS since October 11, when American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin had to abort their launch after a rocket booster failed.


McClain, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, and Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques launched Monday and have arrived safely. While there, McClain may participate in a couple of spacewalks that were postponed due to the previous aborted launch.



Road To HS Nationals: Herriman Takes A Trip

Looking test itself before HS Nationals, Herriman Rugby out of Utah split two games on its tour of Northern California last week, dropping a tough contest to Jesuit 30-8 before rebounding with a 22-14 victory over Danville.  

Tritons Cruise; D2 College 7s Wrap

Rhys Smith And Mike Wildin Of Iowa CCC

The Men’s Dll college sevens nationals is taking shape with a bulk of the automatic qualifiers taking place over the last several weeks.

Cantorna Ready To Take On Barbarians

Fifty-one players comprise the training squad heading to Glendale, Colo., in advance of the USA vs. Barbarians game on April 26. The Eagles last took the pitch during the November fall tour, a series that awarded a slew of new caps, including Gabby Cantorna. 

Cards And Comebacks In D1AA Playoffs

Chico State had to play their quarterfinal and semifinal match on back-to-back days just like everyone else, but the Bobcats got to do it in front of a home crowd. 

Guard Your College Eligibility When Pro Clubs Come Calling

The college rugby season is coming to a close and for many college players the exciting and still-new prospect of a potential professional contract makes this time of year a little thrilling, and certainly perilous.

Chico State's Dream Run In Jeopardy Over "Bathroom Laws"

The Chico State Wildcats just punched their ticket to the D1AA Spring Championship with two stellar home performances, but their dream run could come crashing down without fundraising help.

Sexton Set For Saracens Battle As Leinster Reach Champions Cup Final

Fit-again captain Jonathan Sexton told Leinster to prepare for the "biggest battle of our careers" after guiding the Irish province into a European Champions Cup final against Saracens.

Atlantis Rules The Tropics In NAHS 7s

Atlantis Girls Win In Dramatic Fashion

The rain and wind and threat of a tornado didn’t stop the Tropical 7s, only allowed it down a little, but the first leg of the North American HS 7s elite competition provided plenty of thunder and lightning on its own.

Wild Kitakyushu: Canada Wins, USA 3rd

Everything got shaken up in the Women’s Sevens World Series, as New Zealand’s reign ended, and Canada took top honors in Kitakyushu.

Gaels Impressive In QF Win Over BYU

2019 D1A QF: Saint Mary's vs BYU

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Conventional wisdom says that if you've played and beaten a team twice in a season, then the third time is enormously difficult; Saint Mary's put paid to that wisdom with a dominant 71-12 victory.