Weekend Watch Guide: PRP & Collegiate Champs Will Be Named

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Champions will be named. Powerhouse programs collide in the Spring Championships in the D1A, D1AA, and D2. 

In the PRP, both teams are nationals bound, but the PRP title means everything. 

Connacht and Stade Francais have positioned themselves as spoilers in the Pro 14 and Top14.

Top14 Round 24

Stade Francais vs Racing 92

Watch Stade Francais vs Racing 92

Racing needs this win. They're one point behind Castres and playoff contention. Stade won't be playoff bound this year, but spoiling their Parisien rival's playoff dreams in La Défense Arena is worth a watch.

D1A Final 

Life vs Cal (Saturday May 4th, 7:45pm CT)

Watch the D1A Final: Life vs Cal

Cal has revenge on their mind. 365 days ago Life gave call a 60-5 beating in Santa Clara. Life has the same cast of characters but a tougher road this go around.

Guinness PRO14 Quarterfinals

Munster Rugby vs Benetton Rugby (Saturday May 4th, 9am CT)

Munster has won big games late, but haven't put up many points in the champions cup. Munster beat Bennetton by 9 in December. The spread will be tighter than that in Italy.

Ulster Rugby vs Connacht Rugby (Saturday May 4th, 11:35am CT)

Connacht is a scrappy pest for Ulster's brilliant run in 2019. 

Pacific Rugby Premiership Finals

Life West vs Belmont Shore (Saturday May 4th, 5pm CT)

Watch Life West vs Belmont Shore

The winner of this match will immediately become the favorite to win the Division 1 national championship. The Pacific Rugby Premiership is the most difficult matrix season in the country and both squads are rested. Life West'fieeld general scrumhalf Deeveraux Harris was last week's Samurai PRP Player of the Week.

Glendale and OMBAC in the 3rd/4th match at 3pm CT

Watch Glendale v OMBAC

(The 5th-6th game will not be played as Santa Monica has forfeited. Santa Monica takes 6th and SFGG 5th) 

Spring Collegiate Championship

Men's D1AA Spring Final: Dartmouth vs Chico State
(Saturday May 4th, 11am CT)

Watch Dartmouth vs Chico State

Dartmouth sit on their Iron Throne. The reigning champions from last Spring wrapped up the Ivy Leauge in the fall and coasted through the first weekend of the D1AA playoffs. Chico State is in a totally different situation. They've had to fight through a difficult conference and fundraise their way to the final weekend. 

Women's D1 Spring Final: BYU vs Virginia Tech
(Saturday May 4th, 1pm CT)

Watch BYU vs VaTech

Women D2 Final (Saturday May 4th, 3pm CT)

Watch the D2 Semis and Final 

Semifinal 1: Fresno State University vs Tulane University (Friday May 3rd, 11amCT)

Semifinal 2: Salisbury University vs Eckerd College (Friday May 3rd, 2pm CT)

These semifinals will be high-scoring, so don't be surprised if you see a record point total in the Sunday finals. In the first match, we've got a dominant Eckerd College team that looks to be the favorite to knock off Tulane. The Sirens have the leading try scorer in the D2 playoffs in Katherine Scheerer (11 tries). Don't sleep on Salisbury because they've been here before and take pride in a dominant defense. The differing strengths of these two teams could make for a hard-hitting semifinal.



"What Is Rugby?" - As Told By USA Eagles

What is rugby and what does it mean to those who play it? I had the privilege of speaking with eight different USA National Team players over the past couple of weeks, and I asked each of them that very question, "What is rugby?"

What Is Rugby Sevens & How Did It Get Started?

Somewhere, someday, somebody in 19th century thought to themselves, "Hmm, rugby would be a lot cooler if there were less players and more space to work with." The solution to this pondering was the invention of rugby sevens, which as the name would suggest, involves two teams of sevens playing on the same size pitch as a standard rugby game. 

Getting Started: How Do I Play Rugby?

Though it's one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sports in the world, rugby remains a relatively unknown commodity in the United States. Yes, it's continued to gain some traction through the years and the garden variety sports fan has come to know what the sport is, but by and large it's still a very niche game in the states. 

Rugby Equipment Every Team Should Have

One of the beautiful things about rugby is that it doesn't take much more than a ball, a pair of boots, some shorts, a shirt, and a mouthpiece to play it. It's an excellent sport that requires little in the way of setting it up, whether it's a real game or just touch. 

Rees' Pieces Vol. 2: Why The Eagles Can Rule Women's Rugby

My name is Alex Rees and  I am introducing a new FloRugby column titled "Rees' Pieces". I currently play rugby in Austin, Texas for the Austin Huns and the Austin Gilgronis, as well as write and create content for FloSports. 

Rugby Rules 101: What Is a Maul?

One of the most effective ways to cross over the try-line is the use of an efficient rolling maul. From club rugby to professional rugby, all the way to the international level, you'll see teams put opponents to the sword with a powerful maul. But, what are the rules surrounding this move, and how can a team make the most of a maul in a given situation?

Best Players To Wear Rugby Gloves

If there was ever time when rugby gloves ruled the sporting landscape, it was probably the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. From Matt Dawson to Matt Giteau, George Smith to Stirling Mortlock, some of the best players in the world donned the gloves when they played. 

A Brief History of Rugby

By now, many of us have heard the age old legend which tells of William Webb Ellis picking up the soccer ball and running with it, creating what would become known as rugby football in 1823. 

Rees' Pieces Vol. 1: Why Does The Southern Hemisphere Dominate Rugby?

My name is Alex Rees and today I am introducing a new FloRugby column titled "Rees' Pieces". I currently play rugby in Austin, Texas for the Austin Huns and the Austin Gilgronis, as well as write and create content for FloSports. 

Great Rugby Quotes From World Cup Winners

There have been nine World Cups to date, and with them nine historic competitions won by deserving teams. Here are some of the words from World Cup winners over the past 32 years: