Friday, January 30, 2015

ASu vs San Diego

Coming off of back-to-back losses to BYU and St. Mary’s College, the Sun Devil rugby team will be taking on San Diego State University this Saturday.
The team feels very strongly that starting off the season against the No.1 and No.3 ranked teams in the country will benefit them in the long run, even if that means starting the season with two losses.
“We are looking to play consistent smart rugby and reduce the turnover count; if we do that we should be fine,” Head Coach Gary Lane stated when asked about how they will rebound.
Rallying is not the only issue, because the maroon and gold have gained somewhat of an underdog reputation. This does not faze the young team, for they use it as motivation.
“I think we are a team with something to prove and I think the next few weeks are going to be very interesting in showing the character of the team,” Lane also replied.
Last season ASU graduated six seniors that weren’t easy to replace.
“The new players are working extremely hard and we are drilling them constantly, putting them under immense pressure so that when we play the games they will seem easy,” Lane added.
The Aztecs have improved as a team over the past couple of years with quality back line players. The last time these two teams saw each other was in the 7’s Nationals last year, in which ASU won.

Story By Allyson Cummings

Thursday, January 15, 2015


The solution to the endless collapses and boring re-sets is straightforward. The side with the put-in has one minute to get the ball in and away. If there is no decisive resolution, a free-kick is awarded. Re-sets would effectively be outlawed unless props can maintain their footing, stay bound and hold the scrum up. In other words, the game will simply pass them by.
It is not a perfect answer, as defending sides in a tight spot near their own line would still be sorely tempted to go to ground, time-waste or wheel furiously in the hope of conning their way out of trouble. Referees, though, would be keeping a close eye on them and could still dish out yellow cards where appropriate.
The amount of ball-in-play time would increase significantly and the number of straight-arm penalties for scrum offences would be reduced, opening up the potential for a more fluid game. The scrum would remain a potential weapon but cease to be the protracted eyesore it has become, particularly on softer surfaces.
There are alternatives – going to uncontested scrums if the front-rows go down more than once, or reducing the number of players involved in the next scrum each time one collapses. What is clear, either way, is that patience is running out even among those who might be expected to be the scrum’s staunchest advocates. Ultimately it is supposed to be a means of restarting a game, not an arcane cheat-athon that sucks the life and momentum out of a contest.
Another observation is that the day is approaching when union may have little choice but to do away with flankers and become a 13-a-side sport, like rugby league. The reason scarcely needs spelling out: with players getting bigger, stronger and faster, pitches remaining the same size, and the breakdown becoming ever more congested, the amount of creative space available has decreased hugely. At the highest level, the sport continues to mutate ever further away from the game for all shapes and sizes it aspires to be.
We have not even mentioned the swirling issues of concussion awareness and young player injury risk.
Add everything together, either way, and rugby union cannot blithely assume that nothing much will change in the next 20 years. When knowledgeable rugby men from the relatively recent past, speaking independently of each other, insist their sport needs to grasp some major nettles, it is hard to disagree.

Monday, October 13, 2014

ASU Dominate U of A to Win Plate at West Coast Sevens

                                A new force in Sevens must be recognized

October 11th 2014 saw a strong ASU team compete at the West Coast 7's. ASU's growing prowess at 7's is beginning to get noticed. Coming off the back of a dominant victory the week before where ASU beat four SoCal teams in a 7s scrimmage tournament, including beating last year’s West Coast 7's winner, 28 to 5. It was bound to be a tough day out with tournament favorites, UCLA, Cal Poly, St Mary’s and Cal Bears also present.
ASU has improved since last year where they finished 12th nationally and should be taken seriously as contenders this year. Their coach, Ian Gregor, has done an outstanding job with the team, developing their new talent and combining it with their more experienced players.

 "We have high goals and feel that we can reach them if we stay healthy and focused" said Coach Gregor. Three minutes into the UCLA match one of his players got carded. ASU was leading against UCLA at times, with only 6 players for 11 minutes of the game.

However, UCLA chipped away and went on to beat ASU 22 to 14, then ultimately went on to win the tournament against a difficult Cal Bears team. ASU then beat St Mary’s in a close semi-plate match, then went on to beat in-state rival U of A  29 to 0 for the Plate Trophy.

Overall ASU went 3-1 on the day. The other team from Arizona to compete was Grand Canyon University who beat UC Davis 21 to 5 for the Bowl Trophy.

"Andy and Cal Poly did a great job! It was a great event and looks like there will be tough competition this year," added Gregor. "Standards are improving overall and its making everyone better."

The next big match up will be October 25th and 26th at Treasure Island for The Battle of the Bay. Good luck to ASU!

Friday, August 29, 2014

PayPal Joins as New Sponsor for ASU Rugby's Annual Golf Tournament

                        PayPal's  Sponsorship Helps Team's Fundraising Efforts in a Big Way

  Over the past year, the ASU Rugby team has made considerable achievements, including: the successful launch of both The Rugby Bowl and the inaugural gala, the signing of a partnership with the Brumbies (one of the world’s most successful rugby teams), the formation of the nation’s first professional Rugby Academy, the inclusion into the Varsity Cup, and the launch of a national golf tournament. This year, we're proud to announce that PayPal's Arizona office based in Chandler is the primary sponsor of this year's event
"We're grateful that PayPal's local operations center is sponsoring this year's golf tournament, an important part of our fundraising efforts,” said ASU Rugby Head Coach Gary Lane. "The team is super excited to welcome PayPal this year as so many of use PayPal every day, whether we're shopping online, on our phones or in stores."
“Our new relationship with the ASU Rugby team is a signal of how important it is to our company and our employees to give back to the local communities where we have offices," said Nona Renfro, Head of PayPal Global Operations Talent Acquisition says. "This golf tournament will allow us to connect with career-bound college students and other local residents since we're just 10 minutes away from the Tempe campus. For new employees, PayPal offers full benefits from the first day of work, including tuition reimbursement!"

The ASU 2015 annual golf tournament will be held on 21st September 2014 starting at 1pm.  Those who wish to participate or learn more should 

ASU Ranked #18 in the Nation

                                                                              ASU Ranked #18

ASU Rugby begins its first Varsity Cup Season ranked at #18. The rankings are based largely on past performance but ASU head coach Gary Lane Says: "This is a big year for us, we are in the Varsity Cup, we have a new
professional Rugby Academy and a pathway to professional rugby with the
Brumbies in Australia, we have an abundance of new talent and coaching
resources. We are targeting a top ten spot this year, it is a transition
year for us and we have high expectations of a successful season."
 ASU Rugby has been somewhat of a leader in the USA, the Brumbies Academy and Rugby Bowl are proof of that. Over the coming year ASU has a number of other exciting announcements. As far as Rugby is evolving ASU is putting its hand up to become a leader and a force to be reckoned with in USA and international Rugby.

For more info or to join ASU Rugby

Monday, August 18, 2014

Arizona Names Recruiting Class

Fullback Tyler Sousley
Press Release

The University of Arizona is proud to announce its 2014 recruiting class with Head Coach Sean Duffy casting a wide net to bring some of the best Rugby talent in the world to Tucson, Arizona. This 21-player class marks the largest in program history, fresh off their 2014 Runner Up finish at National Championships this past Spring and opening of their brand new Rugby stadium on campus named after the late Dave Sitton.
This year’s recruiting class includes players from nine different states domestically, with student-athletes from three foreign countries joining the Wildcats. Headlining the group are players from two professional academies, with Flyhalf Ben Crossley (Saracens Academy) and Center JJ Fanucci (Stellenbosch Academy) teaming up with players from outstanding American programs like Flankers Jake Rice and Bobby Chiovitti (Sacramento Jesuit) and Lock Sean Coleman (Xavier High School).

Take the jump to read more.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tim BuchananEx ASU Player Plays for Queensland in Australia

Tim Buchanan this year made his first super 16 appearance for the Queensland Reds and now is back on duty for his University.University of Queensland yesterday finished their QLDPremierRugby regular season with three of the four trophies available in Premier Rugby in hand – the Welsby Cup, the Horsely Cup (Minor Premiership) and the Doughty Shield (Club Championship). Can they complete the silverware collection and add the Hospital Cup to the cabinet as well? They’ll begin their finals campaign next Sunday against the only team to hand them a loss in 2014 in the Major Semi-Final, Sunnybank,