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2019 D1A Quarterfinal: Cal vs. Arizona

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The meaning ramps up as April gets closer to May in rugby all around the world, and FloRugby is here to show it to you.

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Life hosts Lindenwood at 5:30PM ET in the D1A Semifinals.

Life had to battle hard to defeated Navy last week. But Lindenwood probably had an even tougher time of it against Arkansas State.

D1A QF Highlights: Life vs Navy

At stake? A place in the D1A Final in Santa Clara. Life has been in every championship game since 2013, winning in 2013, 2016, and 2018. Lindenwood? Well, this is what wing Christian Rodriguez said: "We have a strong history at our school of winning national championships ... it's in sevens but why not win one in 15s? We have the players, and we have the facilities and coaches to do it."

Saint Mary's hosts Cal at 3:00PM ET in the D1A Semifinals

These are old rivals, with the teams basically splitting who beats the other over the past eight years. Cal defeated the Gaels in Berkeley on March 30, not Saint Mary's plays host to the Golden Bears.

This is always a game of wide-open play, hugely physical defense, and some kind of strange occurrence that tips the tide. Saint Marys has the reputation of being the wide-open risk-taker, but Cal can do that, too, often better than anyone.

History In Glendale

Friday night at 7PM ET, the USA Women's 15s team takes on the stories Barbarians FC in the first-ever international for the Barbarians women's team. Here's a photo of the USA team warming up for training.


If you're in the Denver area, this is a must-see. If you're not, we've got it live.

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Meanwhile, In France ...

It's Round 29 of the French Pro D2 with Montauban vs Nevers. Siting 6th in the standings at present, Nevers could leap up to 3rd with a victory and some misfortune from others. And a win with a Beziers loss will clinch a playoff spot.

Montauban vs Nevers KO Saturday, April 27 KO 2:30PM ET, 1:30PM CT

In the Top 14, FloRugby continues a string of high-level French games.

Toulon has woken up and takes on Greg Peterson and Bordeaux-Bégles. It's perhaps too late for Toulon, but Bordeaux needs this win to hold onto the 6th and final playoff spot. 

Stade Francais is chasing that spot after a rough mid-season, and takes on league #2 Clermont. Two weeks ago, Clermont scored 44 points ... and lost. They will not want to be so lax on defense this time around.

Toulon vs Bordeaux Sunday, April 27 KO 6:30AM ET

Stade Francais vs Clermont Sunday, April 27 KO 10:50AM ET

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French Top 14 Round 22 Full Highlights


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Connacht and Ulster have clinched first-round playoff spots and will play each other no matter what happens. Leinster has clinched a first-round bye into the playoffs.

But there's plenty more to play for. Munster can catch Glasgow for 1st in Conference A with a win and a Glasgow loss. An Edinburgh win could also keep the Scottish team in the hunt to overhaul Benetton for a playoff place.

All Games April 27

3PM GMT/UTC Dragons vs Scarlets

3:30PM GMT/UTC Toyota Cheetahs vs Isuzu Southern Kings

5PM GMT UTC Benetton vs Zebre

5:15PM GMT/UTC Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys

5:15PM GMT/UTC Ulster vs Leinster

7:35PM GMT/UTC Glasgow vs Edinburgh

7:35PM GMT/UTC Munster vs Connacht

All live for fans in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, France, Middle East, and North Africa.

 

Rugby Rules 101: What Does "Ruck" Mean?

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

Following the league shutdown due to coronavirus in March, the Gallagher Premiership looks set for a return to action on August 15th. One week ago, UK government officials announced that elite-level sports would be able to resume on June 1st behind closed doors. 

The 5 Best Women's Rugby Shorts

Having a comfortable pair of rugby shorts can greatly impact one’s performance during training and games. When choosing shorts, you want to take into consideration the fit and the durability, especially if you’re going to be in the scrum. The last thing you would want is for your shorts to rip during a scrum because the fabric was not durable enough. In addition to the durability, you want to make sure the shorts are breathable and comfortable for tackling, running, and potentially kicking. If you’re in the market for a new pair of shorts, here are five different types of shorts that you can check out:

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. 

We Stand With You

The events of the last week have been tremendously painful to us all.

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.