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In This Issue: Grizzlies churning out USRFF Higgins Rugby Scholars: Cal Poly's Matt Ryan National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO), USA Rugby hook up Results: Reports, capsules et al High School – Aurora Saracens v East Angels from the SnakePit Clubsides cancelled due to weekend storm - save for D-1 Barbarians action at KC Blues 303 RFC and TRY League: Mustering Rocky Mountain Challenge – finest emergent men's competition! Cowpie's Coming! World Beat Rugby: - NoHemi: Heads of Tables shift as playoff frames loom SoHemi: Super XV Rugby Caps, Results and Standings Hugo's Fables - Vin, Part Deux At the Rugby School – dedication… commitment – h. Richard We've got mouse-overs! Double-click on most images, or right/click and choose “open hyperlink”

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United States Rugby Football Foundation Higgins Scholar: Matt Ryan

Pine Creek High School graduate, Matt Ryan, has joined former Colorado Springs Grizzlies backrow mate, Dallas Frye, as a 2012 Kevin Higgins Scholarship awardee. Ryan, a flanker who currently plays for #9 nationallyranked Cal Poly's First Team, was on the Grizzlies Colorado State Championship team alongside fellow Higgins Scholar, Frye, who captained the side at 8-man and is currently displaying his wares at University of Northern Colorado in the three-quartersline. Both student-athletes credit their coaches at Grizzlies for preparing them so well for post-high school rugby and college life, and recognize that the valuable fundamentals learned both onpitch and offpitch while with the Springs high school club still stand each of them well in their current positions…

Matt is equally adept at winning possession for his side at lineout as well as at the breakdown; and in the classroom, he excels too!

…that Colorado Springs Grizzlies High School Rugby Club… they must be doing something right!!!

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USA Rugby to Support NSCRO Championships March 19, 2013

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby announced today it has reached an understanding of mutual cooperation and support for the growth and development of small college rugby with the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO). In recognition of the important contribution NSCRO is making to collegiate rugby, USA Rugby has agreed to provide support and sanctioning for the NSCRO Championships, beginning this year. USA Rugby will also make nationally-appointed referees available for NSCRO Regional and National Championship and send selectors from its High Performance Department to NSCRO events as part of its developing pathways for collegiate players to National teams, including the AIG Collegiate All-American programs. “We welcome USA Rugby’s support and recognition of NSCRO as an independent organization, sharing similar goals for bettering the collegiate rugby experience,” NSCRO President Steve Cohen said. With the creation of the East Coast Division III Men’s Collegiate Championship in 2002 by East Penn RU Men’s Collegiate Program Coordinator Cohen, the first intra-LAU Division III event of its kind was born. The Women’s Championship was added in 2003 and, by 2007, Chip Auscavitch and Cohen formed NSCRO to govern a National Playoff system for Division III Men’s and Division III and Division IV Women’s Colleges. NSCRO has grown from about 90 men’s and 60 women’s colleges to about 210 men’s and 80 women’s colleges in 2012. The nearly 300 small colleges governed by NSCRO’s playoff system is close to 40 percent of all rugby-playing colleges in the United States and represents about 9,000 players. “We are pleased to forge a relationship with NSCRO, which has done a great job supporting small colleges over the years and continues to grow,” USA Rugby Collegiate Director Rich Cortez said. “We look forward to supporting NSCRO in the future.” All participating clubs are required by NSCRO to be enrolled in CIPP. USA Rugby is currently revising its CIPP Membership Database to identify clubs by the divisions in which they will compete and will include NSCRO in addition to its Division I-A, Division I-AA and Division II competitions.

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High School Featured Match

Saracen goes to ground with teammates moving to support

image: TONGAWEAR

Aurora Saracens v Denver East High Angels @ SnakePit With a bit of a chill on early spring's northwind and under overcast skies, Saracens and Angels did battle at the Sarries' SnakePit, the outcome of which would determine head of table at Colorado High School's Division-1 buffet. East enjoyed the majority of possession and were on the front foot often at the opening stages of the match, but Aurora's impressive defensive arrays kept the travelers contained and the numbers zeroes until, with Aurora in possession at their own 22, East 8-man Duncan Frost stripped ball and scooted to goal for the grounding that had Angels 5-0 in front midway through the first half.

Saracens put together a string of phases in reply and were pounding away in the Denver business district when the hosts own 8-man, Filipe Fifita, rolled out of the breakdown two meters from goal and crashed over for the try, then came flyhalf Sione Maka's conversion, and the home team were up 7-5 in the 18th minute. Steady

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forward progress from mauls and rucks brought East upfield, only to be undone by handling errors, and the powerful Saracens forward pack would bang the action back into East territory in short lunges from the mauls and breakdowns until… A second touch (down) of Frost was counted when the canny big man quickly-tapped a penalty five out from goal and poked through a gap in the defense to ground; flyhalf Jackson Bock stroked the deuce and the Angels were back in front, 12-7, as time wound down in the first stanza and referee Rick Goldammer whistled the break. The lads went off for instruction. East began the second half methodically, pick-and-goes from the platform and Bock popping wee sneakers over the top into space, alternating with spins out wide and fullback Tahj Willingham's jinky spurts ever threatening. Aurora were pinged for hands-in thirty meters out off the right post and Bock was true with the strike for three; 15-7 visitors at the three-quarter mark in the match.

Aurora on attack

Tenacious countering defense from Sarries, yet the Angels moved slowly forward. East ran a stunt off a wonscrum 25 meters from Aurora's paint that put inside center Peter Schreiber clear for the gallop to goal. With Bock good at the completion, Denver had stretched its lead to 15 markers at 22-7 with a bit over ten minutes remaining. Saracens responded with a prolonged period of attack in East territory, rolling off the mauls in potent twoand three-meter junkets that brought the Denver line slowly closer, but East managed turnover at the breakdown just inside their business district and Bock's clearance moved the pill out of danger for the moment. Aurora won its own lineout inside East's half and picked and banged its way forward until flyer, Cody Holbron cutback stealthy through the business district from along touch and over the goaline for a try which brought the numbers to 22-12 with a half dozen left on Goldammer's ticker. Saracens brought the action straight back to the Angels, but though Denver's defense sagged, it contained and turned ball over for Bock's clearances and at 60' the ref's last blast meant 22-12 to East for the record and the head of table in a very physical and highly enjoyable rugby match. Scoring

Match Official: Rick Goldammer

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Colorado Prep League Standings D-1 Table Club

GP

W

L

East High Angels Aurora Saracens Cherry Creek Bruins Littleton Eagles Regis Jesuit Raiders Chaparral Wolverines Colorado Springs Grizzlies

3 2 1 1 3 2 0

3 2 1 1 0 0 0

0 0 1 1 3 2 0

T

Pts 15 9 5 5 2 0 0

Division-2 Table

Club

GP

W

L

T

PTS

PAC RFC

3

3

0

15

Fort Collins

2

2

0

10

Jr. Gents

1

1

0

9

Castle Rock

1

1

0

5

Harlequins RFC

3

1

2

5

Tigers RFC

1

0

0

5

Pikes Peak Stormers

3

0

3

0

SWARM RFC

2

0

2

0

Warriors RFC

2

0

2

0

Boulder Lions

1

0

1

0

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Division-3 Table

.

Club

GP

W

L

T

PTS

Jr. Griffins

2

2

0

10

Titans Rugby

2

2

0

10

Northside Vikings

2

1

1

4

Ridge View Academy

2

1

1

4

East HS Red

2

0

2

0

Glendale Raptors

2

0

2

0

The Preps are off this week on spring break. Some clubs are traveling, some, like Colorado Springs, have taken the interval to hone their skills at the High Performance Camp, instructed by USA Eagles, James Paterson and Paul Emerick, while other clubs have simply taken the time off to enable recuperation, rehabilitation and resurgence.

ERRFU Men's Division-2 Table Denver Harlequins have all

but sewn up the league by

going undefeated and earning

GP

W

L

T

MP

bonus point victories in every

match except for one. Haggis

Harlequins

7

7

0

34

have come on strong this

second half of the season and

Raptors

5

4

1

21

now threaten runnerup

Glendale's position on the

Haggis

6

3

3

18

seating chart. A much-

Flamingos *

5

2

3

11

Grizzlies *

5

1

4

7

Highlanders

5

0

5

0

improved Northern Colorado in their show with the Quins feature in the final table and Highlanders have yet to

Flamingos club sparked lively earlier this month and will sequencing, while Grizzlies find their form in the

2012/2013 season. Initial playoff rounds begin next month and, though the Quins are certainly the most consistent club producing the best results in the league, it has yet to be determined whether the second-placed team on the table will travel to the playoffs' first rounds as well.

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West-North Men's Division-1, Western Territory, USA Rugby Football Union Barbarians at the Gate: Denver Barbarians are off on a tear in 2013 with the first-ever USA Rugby Elite Cup win over Glendale Raptors and most recently, gritty road victory past host Kansas City Blues, 10-nil, in howling wind and driving snow at KC's Swope Park. At the West-North Division-1 Feast: League-leader, Provo Steelers, can sew up the first tournament seed with victory in its last match v Boulder Barbos and Highlanders go at it in Shea Stadium; a win for either club will be significant in the seeding for the 4-20, D-1 tournament Barbos' bonus point wins in their final pair of matches v Highlanders and Boulder could put them in front of the Raptors on the table Blues, Boulder and Highlanders all figure into the equation for tournament seeds come April 20, but it is unlikely that any of these clubs will disturb the sequence as it stands just now, however‌ Played Won Lost Tied Points

Provo Steelers

4

3

0

1

17

Glendale Raptors

4

2

1

1

13

Denver Barbarians

3

2

1

8

Kansas City Blues

4

1

3

6

Boulder

3

1

2

4

Denver Highlanders

2

0

2

1

Men's D-1 Match Table, Results and Upcomers:

Results Blues 0, Barbarians 10

Upcomers Saturday, 3.30.13 Denver Highlanders, 4pm at Shea Stadium; Kansas City Blues v Glendale Raptors, 1pm at Swope Park - friendly

Denver Barbarians v Raptors v Highlanders, 6pm@Kettle ppd

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303 RFC kicks it for the TRY League Thursday, April 23rd – first training session at City Park Registration is OPEN: This year Rugby Colorado has moved to online registration to make the enrollment process easier on clubs and parents. We will no longer require any paperwork or 2 payments, one to the Manager of Finance or to 303 Rugby! Instead only one payment will be necessary and you can do this online. If there is anyone that would like to pay in another form please contact me. To register please visit link below: Changes to the TRY League: Over the offseason there have been a few significant changes to our league. Most importantly, age group naming has changed to even years and we have added 2 new divisions (U13 and U14). For example, last year we had U7, U9, U11, U13, and U15. This has changed to U8, U10, U12, U13, U14, and U16. This has changed nothing as far as age group breakdowns other than the label except for the U13 and U14 levels which are now single age divisions. See below for appropriate age divisions. To register, go to: https://www.allplayers.com/g/303_rfc_youth_rugby1/

SummerTime's is coming!

RMC June 14 - 16

Summer rugby is on the horizon!

Rocky Mountain Challenge – All Star U-17s and U-19s featuring the best emerging men's rugby talent in the country Mountain 15s League: June through August Denver 7s: July – Dick's Sporting Goods Rugby Park, Saturday July 20 Vail Olde Boys B-G Wednesday Night 7s League – Denver – youth, men's and women's 7s

Cowpie 15s Rugby Tournament, Saturday July 13 in Steamboat Springs – men's and women's 15s competitions SkiTown 15s Rugby Tournament – Glenwood Springs Armed Forces Elite Cup 7s – Kettle and StoveTop, August

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World Beat

World Beat

Colorado

Fabulist Scribe H. Richard and L. Trotski, RA's Pithy Scribe, for Rugby Scribes

The post-Six Nations resumption of European Rugby has seen the change rung at the head of RaboDirect Pro12, while recent Aviva Premiership table-topper Saracens has increased its lead to a handful over Leicester Tigers and a bit more beyond the faltering, former front-running Harlequins and the top two Top 14ers fall. Heineken Cup quarterfinals first weekend in April, Oi!

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Club

Games

Won

Lost Tied Table points

Leinster

18

14

4

63

RaboDirect Pro12

Glasgow

18

13

5

62

top four sides playoff

Ulster

18

13

4

1

62

Ospreys

18

12

5

1

54

Upcomers:

Scarlets

18

12

6

54

Fri 3.29

Munster

18

10

7

1

47

Benetton Treviso

18

8

9

1

39

Cardiff Blues

18

7

11

33

Connacht

18

7

11

32

Edinburgh

18

5

13

28

Dragons

18

5

13

23

Zebre

18

0

18

8

Rabo ProDirect12 Rugby A trio of clubs have presided at the last three table-seatings: Ulster, Glasgow and now Leinster, sans B-O-D, who is on bin retreat. Glasgow dropped a heartbreaker, 17-22, in the final ten minutes to Leinster at the Royal Dublin Society on Ian Madigan Day, where the Leinster flyhalf accounted for all his side's points at the time,

Zebre v Edinburgh, Stadio XXV Aprile11:00 PDT Glasgow v Munster, Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow13:05 PDT Sat 3.30 Dragons v Scarlets, Millennium Stadium07:30 PDT; Cardiff Blues v Ospreys, Millennium Stadium10:15 PDT; Leinster v Ulster, Royal Dublin Society11:15 PDT; Benetton Treviso v Connacht, Stadio Comunale di Monigo12:00 PDT

touching down the go-ahead try at 72'; Edinburgh sparked to life at Murrayfield with a 14-8 result over former league-leading Ulster, who are 2-1-4 since the end of 2012, their vertiginous plummet continuing. Results: Munster 22, Connacht 0 Benetton Treviso 26, Cardiff Blues 17

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French Top XIV top six playoff, first two get an initial round bye

Club

Games Won Lost Tied

Table points

Orange Top XIV The head of the French table got a bit more close as leader, Toulon, and near chaser, Clermont, each suffered losses and #3, Toulouse, claimed five-point victory over Stade Francais. With four matches left and the first six clubs playoff-eligible, now comes the crunch period and some of the finest rugby of the season will be played in the next several weeks in France;

Toulon

22

16

6

77

Clermont Auvergne

22

16

6

75

Toulouse

22

15

7

69

Castres

22

13

8

Racing Metro

22

14

8

62

Montpellier

22

13

9

54

Perpignan

22

12

10

51

Grenoble

22

11

11

49

Biarritz

22

10

11

1

47

Bordeaux Begles 40, Mont-de-Marsan 7;

Stade Francais

22

10

11

1

46

Castres 20, Agen 9;

Bayonne

22

9

12

1

45

Grenoble 9, Montpellier 16;

Bordeaux Begles

22

6

16

36

Agen

22

5

17

27

Mont-deMarsan

22

2

20

15

Results: Bayonne 32, Toulon 28: Toulouse 43, Stade Franรงais 16; Bayonne 33, Toulon 28; Racing Metro 23, Perpignan 19;

Biarritz 32, Clermont Auvergne 28

Upcomers Fri 3.29 - Biarritz v Grenoble, Parc des Sports Aguilera nooner MDT Sat 3.30 - Stade Franรงais v Toulon, Stade Charlety 8:00am MDT; Bordeaux Begles v Bayonne, Stade Andre Moga 11:30am MDT; Clermont Auvergne v Agen, Stade Marcel Michelin 11:30am MDT; Mont-de-Marsan v Montpellier, Stade Guy Boniface 11:30am MDT; Perpignan v Castres, Aime Giral 11:30am MDT; Racing Metro v Toulouse, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir 1:40pm MDT

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Aviva Premiership Rugby

Aviva Premiership top four to semifinals

Club

Games Won Lost Tied

Table points

Saracens

18

14

3

1

59

Leicester Tigers

18

12

5

1

58

Harlequins

18

12

6

55

Northampton Saints

18

12

6

44

Gloucester

18

10

7

London Wasps

18

9

9

Bath

18

8

9

1

43

Exeter Chiefs

18

8

9

1

42

Worcester Warriors

18

5

12

1

32

London Irish

18

6

12

28

Sale Sharks

18

5

13

23

London Welsh

18

4

14

18

1

50 47

Harlequins are no better than 50-50 in 2013, and after Sunday's 12-27 rub-a-dub-drubbing by flight leaders, Saracens, at Copthall Stadium, their carnival has lost its air of festive fun and grim surveillance :has fallen their grounds; the happy Sarries, on t'other hand, are on a 7-1 run since December and with the return of their international players from 6Nats duty, and away dates at Wasps (3.30) and Gloucester (4.20), in addition to home fixtures with Worcester (4.14) and Bath (5.4) upcoming, those scimitar-wielding brigands could fare very well the top seed and host the #4 club in May's playoff frame; ; Leicester are currently in second place and would receive the other home dust-up, but Saints and Gloucester will feature in the playoff run, too – suffice to say the next four weekends of Premiership Rugby will be rock 'n rolla' rugby of the highest order! Results: Sale Sharks 14, Bath Rugby 13: Well, Sale are out of the dungeon for now; Bath should have liked this win as they are mathematically yet in the run for a playoff slot, but much less so after last Friday's result; Exeter Chiefs 9, Leicester Tigers 12: ditto the Chiefs re: the win, but Tigers must like the victory as they keep Sarries in view; London Wasps 24, Northampton Saints 26: In a match featuring four lead changes and two instances of leveled scores, Northampton put its hand up for the last playoff spot with the bonus-point win over Wasps; London Irish 26, Worcester Warriors 6: The Irish made good use of an excess of possession in the upending of Warriors; Gloucester Rugby 15, London Welsh14: Five Freddie Burns penalty strikes did the business for Cherry-and-Whites as they dog the Northampton hind; Saracens 27, Harlequins 12: New league leader after this one as Quins are falling off and Sarries are bringing it just now;

Upcomers Friday, 3.29 Gloucester v Harlequins, Kingsholm, 1:45pm MDT Saturday, 3.30 Bath v London Welsh, Recreation Ground, 7:15am MDT; London Wasps v Saracens, Adams Park, 9:00am MDT; Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers, Franklin's Gardens, 9:00am MDT; Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs, Sixways, 9:00am MDT; Sunday, 3.31 London Irish v Sale Sharks, Madejski Stadium, 7:15am MDT WyoUNMWyoUNMWyoUNMWyoUNMWyoUNMWyoUNMWyoUNMWyoUNMWyoUNMWyoUNM


Distances between land masses not to scale

Australia S R C

G W L

New Zealand S R C

T Pts

South Africa S R C

G

W

L

T

Pts

Chiefs

5

4

1

21

Brumbies 5

4

1

23

Reds

6

4

2

17

Crusaders

4

2

2

16

Waratahs 5

2

3

13

Blues

4

2

2

16

Rebels

5

1

4

9

Hurricanes

4

2

2

13

Force

5

1

4

9

Highlanders 4

0

2

5

Sharks Bulls Stormers Cheetahs Kings

G

W

L

5 5 4 5 4

4 3 2 3 1

1 2 2 2 3

T

Pts

17 14 14 13 8

Super XV: weekend 3/22-24 Though Bulls were able to claim an early lead during Reds fullback’s bintime in the first half, Reds made the most of their second stanza one-man advantage by retaking the lead for good en route to a 23-18 home victory; four lead change and an instance of knotted scores meant a lively contest in which the #10s accounted for all the numbers save one touch down by badboy #15, Jonno Lance ; Reds did just manage to deny a Bulls score at the death to preserve victory, but the news is Will Genia’s back and well on point for the Queenslanders; Chiefs maintained head place in the New Zealand Conference with an unpretty win over Highlanders at Waikato Stadium, 19-7; Gareth Anscombe toed 14 points from four penalty strikes and the conversion of rocket center Tim Nanai-Williams grounding; Home side never trailed in the bruising affair that sees them five table points in front of Crusaders yet with a game in hand the southerners; Force 10, Cheetahs 19: Cheetahs return to Bloemfontein after going 3-1 on the road; Western Force was its own worst enemy, turning ball over in the business district too often in the first half, though the Force held a 7-6 edge at the end of the first forty; Cheetahs did enough for the win in the second period, though the travelers waited until the final five to close out the 4-pointer;

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Crusaders 55, Southern Kings 20: Crusaders opened it up early, claiming the lead by the 4 th minute and the bonus point at 30’ on the way to a 55-20 cruise at Rugby League Stadium; George (3) and Sam (1) Whitelock counted for four of seven Canterbury groundings in the five-pointer for the home side. Sharks 64, Rebels 7: Nine Sharks grounded ten trys for the SA conference leaders en route to the comprehensive bonus-pointer for the hosts; the visitors managed just over 10% total possession in the match dominated by the fish; Stormers 35, Brumbies 22: The hosts never trailed and try-scoring engine, Andries Bekker, dotted a brace as Capetonians denied Brumbies continued undefeated status with the bonus-point victory despite 17 points from the talented toe of Brumbies standoff, Christian Lealiifano, and a sweet grounding by flyer, Henry Speight; Waratahs 30, Blues 27: Auckland won the first half and were ahead through 60', but the visitors let their hosts back in the last twenty, and Waratahs were happy to accept with flyhalf Bernie Foley dotting his own conversion to take the lead at 63', and then breaking at 27-all knot at the death with penalty conversion for the victory; Upcoming – Super Rugby Round 7: Highlanders v Reds, Forsyth Barr Stadium, 10:35pm Thursday, 3.28; Hurricanes v Kings, Westpac Stadium, 7:35pm Friday, 3.29; Chiefs v Blues, Baypark Stadium, 10:35pm, Friday, 3.29; Brumbies v Bulls, Canberra Stadium, 12:40am Saturday, 3.30; Cheetahs v Rebels, Free State Stadium, 7:05am Saturday, 3.30; Stormers Crusaders, Newlands Stadium, 9:10am Saturday, 3.30; Waratahs Force, Alliance Stadium, Saturday

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Club

Games

Won

Lost

Saracens Munster

6 6

5 4

Racing Edinburgh

6 6

Tigers Toulouse Ospreys Benetton Treviso

Tied

Pool

Pts

1 2

1 1

23 20

3 0

3 6

1 1

12 0

6 6 6

4 4 2

1 2 3

2 2 2

20 19 12

6

1

5

2

5

Harlequins Biarritz Connacht Zebre

6 6 6 6

6 3 3 0

0 3 3 6

3 3 3 3

28 15 8 0

Ulster

6

5

1

4

23

Saints Castres Glasgow

6 6 6

3 3 1

3 3 5

4 4 4

15 14 6

Clermont Auvergne

6

6

0

5

28

Leinster Chiefs Scarlets

6 6 6

4 2 0

2 4 6

5 5 5

20 9 2

Toulon Montpellier

6 6

5 5

1 1

6 6

23 22

Blues Sharks

6 6

1 1

5 5

6 6

6 4

Saturday, April 6: Playoff Quarterfinals Clermont Auvergne are getting set to host Montpellier at Stade Marcel Michelin; kickoff 8:40 (MST); Saracens v Ulster at Twickers, 11:30 (MST) boot; and then on the Sunday, 4.7: Playoff Quarterfinals

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Harlequins, Munster battle at The Stoop in a 7am (MST) kickoff; and Toulon and Leicester Tigers go at it in Stade FĂŠlix Mayol, 9:30 (MST)

Who

wins

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Hugo's Fables – Vin: Deux h. Richard - 'ats a nice bunch a' grapes – less two!

… now Div the Improbable, being a tad long in the tooth, tottered off to the putting range muttering his favorite tune while his slick dog, Petey Jr., managed to seize the power behind the throne and employ that to his own ends. P-J filled a "committee of exes", not necessarily with the savviest minds in the land, but ones which he was easily able to advise, manipulate and control. Otpat put forth the proposition that the tender vine of significant ability growing in the adjacent vineyard be transplanted to his vineyard, there to thrive and flourish; and in return he would provide the owner of the next-door vineyard with a young shoot more suited to that vineyard's current conditions. When faced with these requests for transfers, Petey rallied his bloodless crew of exes and responded unequivocally in the negative, indicating that the parity and managed mediocrity that he sought to achieve was well within his grasp now, and that no transfers were to be made available to Otpat or anyone else, save for those whom he would allow to be "grandfathered", segueing gracefully into double standard. "But the vineyard managers, owners, young vines involved, everyone down here sees this solution as the only one in which both young vines can be attended to properly," Otpat spoke. "I understand, let me check with my committee," and he spun full circle and said, "Nope sorry, that would not be fair," and brushed a strand of hair back from his shaven pate. "Now you're being obtuse." "Obtuse? Why, I don't even know what that word means," returned the Pete. "I see." "Well… I don't," returned the Pete, "but you must see that I have won," and he danced on his hind legs for a bit. "But ultimately, our nation's product loses if these vines are not allowed to reach maturity in the fullness of time amongst similarly capable growth." "You heard me," said the Pete as he turned his back and ended the discussion. And the two young vines with not a proper place to play equal to their respective capabilities, and the desires of those closest to them, withered and died, never getting the chance to reach their potentials. Abject Sadness ensued much to the diabolic Pete's delight. Moral: Rugbi para todos – save for one pair of youths

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Rugby… D'ja get it, yet?

One Day at Rugby School

If I start to scream now I know I won't stop

Can I use the loo?

hunh?? I think it's about a volcano crater… is this earth science? yes, but it's called a police action

are they at war?

3.27.13

… and whether you'll play 7s or 15s this summer

So today we're going to talk about dedication and commitment…

Wot!!!

H. Richard

Mountain 15s League… hard to beat Dude… BG Wednesday Night 7s

'at's may I use the loo…

Highest Rugby in Country… Breck!

Vail rocks

and I might vomit I'm going to be a supersonic jet tester when I grow up

Aspen'll take League this year

Cowpie 15s, July 13th gotta love the Canyon!

Denver 7s USA 7s Selectors will be there, innit?

Where's 2013 SkiTown 15s?

In Glenwood… excellent!

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