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Rugby Roundup Contents 

Major League Rugby, p 2

Aviva Premiershi p, p 3

Guinness Pro14, p 4

Top 14, p5

Rocky

spring ‘18

Mountain Rugby Division Deux, p6 

Major League Rugby, p 7

A Vernacular of One h Richard, pp 8-10

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Rocky Mountain Rugby

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“for the Greater Colorado Rugby Community”*

Spring, 2018 Professional Rugby Roundup

Major League Rugby (MLR)

The inaugural Major League Rugby Season, America’s professional rugby competition, opens field operations on the weekend of April 21-22 with a brace of fixtures on the Saturday and a single on the Sunday. Much-anticipated, MLR provides for and will facilitate the growth of our game in North America. The season comes online on the Texas coast with Houston SabreCats battling another Gulf Coast club, NOLA Gold, based in the Big Easy. Yet it is the second kickoff that is of particular interest with your Glendale Raptors taking on the club representing Texas’ capital, the Austin Elite. Raptors initial opponent presents a talented squad comprising Sydney-based loosehead, Tim Fitzgerald, through USA Eagle blindside flanker, Hanco Germishuys, and on to the brilliant Suniula brothers, Andrew and Roland, in the centers and finally to their stopper and popper at fullback, South African native Zinzan Elan-Puttick. The Raptors v Elite game starts a 3pm, Saturday April 21 down the Kettle at Infinity. For those unable to attend the oncein-a-lifetime event, it will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network. Know that one must have a cable subscription from one of the following providers in order to view the match live: COX, DirectTV, Buckeye Broadband, Frontier, dish, Direct Now, Layer 3TV, fuboTV, PlayStation VUE, optimum, MediaCom, Verizon, suddenLINK, service electric, YouTube TV, or WOW – keep in mind, if you don’t see your provider ono the list, check in with that service to see if they’ve upgraded by game time. Final fixture of the opening weekend kicks on Sunday with Seattle SeaWolves battling San Diego Legion in Tukwila. Glendale Raptors home matches:  Saturday, April 21 v Austin Elite, 3pm  Sunday, May 13 v San Diego Legion, 6pm  Friday, June 8 v Houston SabreCats, 7pm  Saturday, June 16 v Seattle SeaWolves, 7pm * to contact: grecorugby@gmail.com; ©2018 all right reserved


Aviva Premiership xeter Chiefs (65 table points) are eight points ahead of their nearest chaser, Saracens (57), and with four fixtures remaining Jefes visit cellar-dwellers and most-likely-to-be-relegated, London Irish(17), and are also on the road at current #9 on the chart, Harlequins(36) for their last match of the season, May 5. This weekend they’ll host Gloucester (51) and at the end of the month Chiefs play Sale Sharks (48). None of Exeter’s opponents are currently in the frame for the playoffs. It’ll be tough for them not to make extra time, if not check in as the number one seed, come the Ides of May.

E

Saracens are having what might considered an off year. Though they’re yet in second place, they’re more accustomed to the ordering seat and will not like the double they dropped to frontrunning Chiefs in league play. Sarries travel to Northampton Saints (32) this weekend upcoming; Holy Rollers would like nothing more than to put fly in Saracens wine and knock them out of second place. Wasps (55) and Falcons (54) lag behind Sarries by two and three points respective. Should Saracens fail their test against Saints on Saturday, either Wasps or Newcastle will snatch their place at table swiftly. Gloucester and Sharks are not out of the running for extra time, but they’ll want to win out in order to achieve that end.

P

W

D

L

PF:PA

MP

1.

Exeter Chiefs

18

13

0

5

452:303

65

2.

Saracens

18

12

0

6

514:305

57

3.

Wasps

18

11

1

6

483:407

55

4.

Newcastle Falcons

18

12

0

6

360:387

54

5.

Leicester Tigers

18

11

0

7

424:388

51

6.

Gloucester

18

10

1

7

411:437

51

7.

Sale Sharks

18

9

0

9

466:400

48

8.

Bath

18

9

0

9

441:417

46

9.

Harlequins Football Club

18

7

0

11

435:483

36

10.

Northampton Saints

18

6

0

12

408:501

32

11.

Worcester Warriors

18

5

0

13

322:513

27

12.

London Irish

18

2

0

16

312:487

17

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Guinness Pro14

Since the increase of franchises from 12 to 14 with the addition of the South African clubs Cheetahs and Kings, Guinness gone global! And they’ve split into two divisions, Group A and Group B. The top three from each group go to playoffs. First-placed team from each group earn a bye while the 2nd from A play 3rd from B… Due weather, four clubs have a match in hand the remaining clubs, but suffice to say, in a 21-match season, it’s getting down to the wire. Group A has Warriors (70) way up top by 12 match points and that extra to be played if necessary. Munster holding second and the real battle is for the last playoff position: In 3rd spot, Cheetahs (52) host an in-form Cardiff Blues (47) who’ve triumphed their last half dozen matches and are breathing hotly Cheetahs nape – Match of Weekend Group B has Leinster (64) in front but chasers, LLanelli Scarlets (61) and Edinburgh are within a Happy Saturday of those leaders. This weekend Leinster host Group A cellar-dweller, Zebre, while Scarlets host Glasgow Warriors – that’ll be a banger! Edinburgh play 4th-placed Ulster, and if the Irishmen were to make a play for extra time, it must come Saturday, everyone’s RugbyDay! M

W

D

L

PF:PA

MP

1.

Glasgow Warriors

17

14

1

2

537:258

70

2.

Munster

18

11

0

7

486:298

58

3.

Cheetahs

18

10

0

8

534:488

52

4.

Cardiff Blues

18

10

0

8

407:415

47

5.

Connacht

18

6

0

12

366:393

34

6.

Ospreys

17

7

0

10

311:409

34

7.

Zebre

17

4

0

13

309:489

22

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Group B

MP

W

D

L

TP

Pts

1.

Leinster

18

13

1

4

535:304

64

2.

Scarlets

18

12

1

5

455:297

61

3.

Edinburgh

18

13

0

5

398:310

59

4.

Ulster

17

9

1

7

438:423

46

5.

Treviso

18

9

0

9

352:387

45

6.

Dragons

18

2

2

14

311:576

17

7.

Southern Kings

18

1

0

17

324:716

11

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Top 14

Montpellier (71) up by seven points on the table and look to close surely and swiftly the final four fixtures in this cycle. Herault host La Rochelle (61) this upcomer. La Rochelle are in a fight for their playoff lives and need to go well this weekend, but a win against the squad that’s held the topspot for quite some time will be a difficult ask. Racing (66) play Toulon (63) at the Felix Mayol and this very well could be a preview of the championship as both the highly-paid Toulonnais and their well-heeled Parisian pals are expected to perform and do that in exemplary manner come this time in the season: Match of Weekend Toulouse (65) at Castres (56) on Saturday with homeboys yet holding hope for extra time, but that will require a win with as many points possible. Drama aplenty at the bottom end of the table as four clubs are within three points of one another. Two of those’ll be in D-Deux next season. Agen (33) host Oyonnax (30) – loser might be gone from the T14 in a month’s time. Stately Stade (33) host Clermont (45). Stade will like a win here, though Clermont may not comply. Brive (31) v Lyon (57) should shake the timber as Brive need the win for their T14 existence and Lyon are just on the fringe of the playoffs right now.

M

W

D

L

TP

1.

Montpellier Herault RC

22

15

0

7

71

2.

Racing 92

22

15

0

7

66

3.

Stade Toulousain

22

14

1

7

65

4.

RC Toulonnais

22

12

0

10

63

5.

La Rochelle

22

13

1

8

61

6.

Section Paloise

22

14

0

8

61

7.

Lyon

22

12

0

10

57

8.

Castres Olympique

22

12

0

10

56

9.

Clermont

22

9

1

12

45

10.

Bordeaux Bègles

22

9

1

12

43

11.

Agen

22

7

0

15

33

12.

Stade Francais Paris

22

7

0

15

33

13.

CA Brive

22

6

1

15

31

14.

Union Sportive Oyonnax

22

5

3

14

30

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Men’s Division Deux

Barbarians (35) running rampant the table now with all possible points from every match played. The halfback combination of CSU grad Carmine Hernandez at scrumhalf and Charles Ajarrista at flyhalf is the smoothest in the competition just now, and with three fixtures left, the only mathematically possible opponent for the topspot is Park City Haggis, who trail the Barbo by 13 table points. America’s finest rugby meal must win out their final four matches with as many table points as possible and trust a Barbarians collapse; probability of that happening somewhere near zero. So with playoffs on next month, Denver will serve as our champion and if a second side is going, that could very well be Haggis. Highlanders have a shot if they’re triumphant there last trio of fixtures, but two of their final three matches are against Barbarians and Boulder, clubs that they lost to in the fall. Any case, fire your rugby up this weekend with these tasty treats:  

Boulder Rugby (14) v Denver Highlanders (20), Saturday at PleasantView Denver Barbarians (35) v Park City Haggis (22): Match of Weekend; thunder and lightning on the horizon will be these boys sorting the pill, Saturday on the StoveTop at Infinity, noon – I’m goin’, you goin’? Let’s go! Denver Harlequins (1) v Park City Haggis on Sunday at Cook Park, noon

Club

M

W

L

T

PTS

Denver Barbarians

7

7

0

0

35

Park City Haggis

6

4

2

0

22

Denver Highlanders

7

4

3

0

20

Boulder Rugby

7

3

4

0

14

Glendale Merlins D2

8

2

6

0

12

Denver Harlequins

7

1

6

0

6

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USA - Major League Rugby The 2018 professional competition in the Americas kicks on the Saturday, April 21 with fixtures in Colorado and Texas as Glendale Raptors host Austin Elite down the Kettle at Infinity, 3pm, and Houston SabreCats take on NOLA Gold at BBVA Compass, 1pm. The seven-team league encompasses a geography that stretches from Washington State to Louisiana with a club from the northeast, Rugby United-NY, coming online in 2019. For those looking for the top-end in our sport, this would be the picture… you should choose to be a part of it! Clubs of Major League Rugby;     

Austin Elite: out of the Lone Star State’s capital city, Austin’s home pitch is at ATX Stadium Glendale Raptors: our club, ruckin’ round the Rockies; homeground at Infinity well within the boundary of Colorado’s Capital City Houston SabreCats: from the Gulf Coast of Texas; ‘Cat operate out of Dyer Rugby Ground at the Delmar Stadium Sports Complex NOLA Gold: the other Gulf Coast club who play their home fixtures at a brand, spanking new venue located behind Shaw High School San Diego Legion: the XV jam-packed with national side players will play its home matches at Torero Stadium; the impressive composition of the Southern Californian club, with both 7s and 15s Eagles onboard, make this the team to beat this inaugural MLR season Seattle SeaWolves: the Northwest’s club, which has a strong connection with Aviva Premiership’s vaunted Saracens organization, features players from USA and Canada: former Denver Barbarians center-wing, Mike Gerrity, Shalom Suniula, and Phil Mack and Ray Barkwill of the True North; Wolvies’ll be calling Starfire Stadium in Tukwila home for the season Utah Warriors: last alphabetically, but certain to be not-last on the table, Warriors will work the pill from Rio Tinto Stadium

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A Vernacular of One h. Richard

- a guide of sorts:                  

rugby – more lifestyle or system of belief than game; XV – the players on the pitch #1 – the loosehead prop; a member of the front row #2 – the hooker; one who strikes for the ball at scrumdown; most hookers throw the ball in at lineouts #3 – the tighthead prop; called the scrum anchor #4 – a lock or second row; a member of the engine room along with… #5 – the other lock; #6 – flanker or breakaway, called “blindside”; this player is magic at the breakdown for the task of possession attainment is #6’s specialty; a fetcher #7 – flanker, breakaway, called “openside”; a playmaker who ranges wide to accomplish the task of forward movement; a getter; #8 – 8man, backrow lock; it is this player’s job to ensure a cohesive scrum as well as perform pickups from scrum and augment forward movement; #9 – scrumhalf; one of the halfback pair; #10 – flyhalf; the other halfback; called standoff; sometimes, “string-puller”; the pivot; magician; wizard; demigod; master; etc. #11 – wing; called wing-threequarters, sometimes merely three-quarters; “one who flies”; the closer; #12 – inside center; first five-eighths; sometimes first center; a basher and crasher; #13 – outside center; second five-eights; sometimes second center; cover and crash; #14 – wing; called wing-threequarters, sometimes merely three-quarters; “one who flies”; the closer; #15 – fullback; the last line of defense; on occasion, an extemporaneous offender referee – crucial and indispensable player(s): the field magistrate, who along with the referee assistants (RAs - formerly and sometimes called touch judges), adjudicates rugby law on the field of play, or “pitch”; * to contact: grecorugby@gmail.com; ©2018 all right reserved


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pitch – the field of play; touch – out of bounds; includes the side (or touch) lines; try - a score when the ball is touched down in goal; worth 5 points, a fiver, dot, grounding, nickel, handful, etc.; o its conversion – 2 points; an added deuce; taken on a line perpendicular to the goaline that includes the point where the ball was touched down; depending on the range and accuracy of kicker, this may be attempted from a very long way off to open more wide the “shot-at-goal” or conversion angle; uprights – goalposts; called “sticks”, as in “tru’ da sticks for tree”; business district – 10 meters from goaline; once play has entered this space, a team is either giving, or getting, the business; penalty – infringement assessed for a variety of offenses; sometimes called “ping”, as in: “that player was pinged for not releasing the ball when tackled”; scrum – one of two set pieces (see also: lineout); forwards pack down in concert to contest a restart initiated as the halfback (#9) offers the ball from the left side of his forwards pack scrumdown – see: scrum lineout – the other set piece; a restart wherein 2 or more players from each team arrange themselves on a perpendicular to the line of touch at a point of intersection of sideline and ball path), at least 5 meters from that touchline with one meter between the players competing in the restart; the ball is thrown in from the touchline down the middle of the space between the competitors, called the “tunnel” (see: tunnel), and at a height to ensure reception by the thrower-inman’s side tunnel – space formed between opposing players in a lineout; in theory and quite often in practice, one meter set piece – scrum or lineout breakdown – the area at tackle knock-on, or knock – a degenerate forward pass, disallowed in rugby, and requiring a scrum restart; forward pass – disallowed, scrum to the non-offending side requisite; dropped goal – ball dropped to ground, impacts, and is then kicked through the uprights above the crossbar for tree in-goal – the area where ball is touched down to try; the Promised Land; the 10 meter line – parallel lines, running across the field of play, 10 meters on either side of the 50; a no-man’s land of considerable potential which all would possess the 22 – twenty-two meters from goal, within which a defending (clearance) kicker may kick straight to touch, and the ensuing lineout will happen at the point where the ball crosses touch, the intersection of ball path and sideline business district (2) - 10 meters from goal; this is the place where matches are won and lost… if your defense is up to the task, then your opponent will not advance from this area of criticality and into goal for a touch down, if not… pill - the ball, the reason for rugby; it’s possession and movement, the Grail; a chalice both sublime and substantive as it is ethereal * to contact: grecorugby@gmail.com; ©2018 all right reserved


jounce - the ball’s reaction to impact on the ground; due it’s irregular shape, it is likely to go any old which way… only the masters know the hows and wheres of the pill’s pathway once or twice unpredictably and erratically encountered by Mother Earth!

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For the Greater Rocky Mountain Rugby Community

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