Men's D1 Final: How Did They Get Here?

Men D1 Playoff Highlights: Chicago vs Life

Create a free account to unlock this video!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

In the Men’s D1 bracket only four teams advanced to the Regional Club Playoffs. In the East the Chicago Lions bussed down south to take on the Running Eagles from Life. While out West the Austin Blacks hosted the PRP champions, Life West.

Life came out swinging in Spartanburg and they put the Lions under early pressure inside their own 22-meter line. The Lions struggled to exit and Life poured on the points. 

Watch The Club Finals LIVE on FloRugby June 1-2

The Running Eagles rely on aggressive line speed from their athletic forward pack and tricky backline moves from their young speedsters Austin White and Sam Cowley.

Many of these guys won a national championship last season with the Life undergraduate squad and 7 Life players signed professional contracts with the MLR expansion franchise, RugbyATL. 

Life needs to prove they can beat the best amateur team in the country before they take on professionals in the MLR with RugbyATL. Another national title trophy would pair just nicely with the two D1A trophies from the last two seasons.

East Semifinal:

Life Running Eagles 28

Tries: White, Schanilec, Mizell, Louro
Convs: Cowley 4

Chicago Lions 19

Tries: Rooney, Rose 2
Convs: Spencer


Out west the Austin Blacks looked a little outgunned when Life West took the pitch. The Gladiators have the biggest pack in the country, but 80 minutes of rugby in the 90+ degree weather seemed to take its toll.

The Blacks got to play at home. Rightfully so, the club advanced a D1, D2, and D3 team to the Regional playoffs.

Life West may have had size, but the Blacks have savvy veterans including former Eagle Chris Baumann. The Blacks dismantled the Life West scrum which never gave Tim Stanfill and the Gladiator backline any front-foot ball. 

The D1 final between the Austin Blacks and Life Running Eagles is going to be a classic forward battle. The Blacks have their veterans and Life has a young crop of MLR-level talent.


Terrazone Gets Serious

Create a free account to unlock this video!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In


West Semifinal:

Austin Blacks 27

Tries: Reyes, Johnson, Merriman 2
Convs: Monahan 2
Pens: Monahan

Life West 21

Tries: Sakalia 2, Stanfill
Convs: Ratumaimuri, Talapusi 2

Round 4: Super Rugby Aotearoa/AU Team of the Week

Codie Taylor, Crusaders

With the Australian Super Rugby teams entering the fold this week, the Super Rugby Team of the Week selection just got a whole lot tougher. There were plenty of great performances over the weekend, and a few names on the sheet that continue to show up week in and week out. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: New England Freejacks

New England Free Jacks

The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

10 Monday Notes: Hot Seats In NZ, Super Rugby Kicks Off In AUS

Reds, Harry Wilson

The gifts keep on coming, as Super Rugby AU's new season just got underway this past weekend with two scintillating matchups, while Super Rugby Aotearoa once again dazzled fans. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: Houston Sabercats

Houston Sabercats

The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

More Rugby! Super Rugby Australia Kicks Off With Reds vs Waratahs

Waratahs

Much to the delight of many rugby fans all around the world, Super Rugby began a New Zealand-only competition three weeks ago, giving spectators something great to feast their eyes on after a long rugby layoff since the start of the pandemic. Well, starting this weekend the rugby universe will be treated to another great competition, as Super Rugby now begins its Australian-only league. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

TWO UNBEATENS REMAIN: Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 4 Preview

Richie Mo'unga, Crusaders

Through three rounds of Super Rugby Aotearoa, it's the Blues and the Crusaders who still remain unbeaten, while the Chiefs and the Hurricanes are still in search of a first victory on the season. The Highlanders, meanwhile, sit at 1-1 after two heart-stopping fixtures against the Chiefs and the Blues. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Date Set For New Zealand's North vs South Island Battle

Ardie Savea, All Blacks, New Zealand.jpg

For the first time since the mid 1980's, New Zealand is set to reintroduce the famous North vs South Island match on August 29th, pitting players from each of the two parts of New Zealand against one another to settle where the best rugby players in the country truly come from. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: Colorado Raptors

Colorado Raptors

The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Could New Zealand Be Hosting The Entire 2020 Rugby Championship?

New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019_ Pool B Warren Little Getty Images For World Rugby.jpeg

With much of the world shut down still thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, rumors are swirling that New Zealand could be home to the entire 2020 Rugby Championship. The past three weeks have seen the beginning of the Super Rugby Aotearoa, a competition involving just the four New Zealand Super Rugby franchises. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: Austin Gilgronis

Gilgronis vs Toronto Arrows

The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In