There’s been an awful lot happening over in the USA and PRO Rugby in the past few weeks, so we’ve put together a helpful bulletin to keep you up-to-date with all the latest news from across the pond.
To begin with, the four competing teams have now been given their own names based on a fan vote – democracy in action, folks. Here are the new team names:
We are proud to announce the winning fan-generated submissions and now OFFICIAL names for the inaugural teams! pic.twitter.com/IWe8w3Adpr
— PRO Rugby (@ProRugbyUSA) June 6, 2016
In particular, this writer feels the Ohio Aviators has a certain ring to it. As Howard Hughes might say, it’s the way of the future.
And things certainly seem to be taking off at Ohio, with recently-signed former Wasps, Northampton and London Irish back Dom Waldouck enjoying himself as the Aviators routed previously undefeated Denver Stampede. Check out this beauty of a try from the former England A man:
— PRO Rugby (@ProRugbyUSA) June 21, 2016
In a fantastic game with some scintillating tries, Ohio went on to defeat the Stampede 47 – 28, meaning it’s getting very tight at the top of the table. Both Ohio and Denver are now level on 27 points, although the latter have a game in hand.
In other results, San Francisco Rush narrowly defeated San Diego Breakers 24 – 19, which could prove costly for the Breakers as they try to keep the pressure on the top two.
Watch this superb try from San Francisco’s Jeremy Lenaerts and set up by formerNew Zealand Sevens star Orene Ai’i.
Highlight from this weekend:
Orene Ai’i steps through the Breakers’ defense and puts Jeremy Lenaerts in for the try. pic.twitter.com/HfM4hbeZmb
— PRO Rugby (@ProRugbyUSA) June 20, 2016
But it wasn’t all one way traffic. Check out this beautiful score from Breakers’ winger Pono Haitsuka.
— PRO Rugby (@ProRugbyUSA) June 22, 2016
Sacremento currently sit at the bottom of the table having only recorded one win since the beginning of the season. They’ll be hoping to turn their season around when they face league leaders Denver away this Sunday.
Meanwhile, San Francisco will be travelling to Ohio as we enter into Week 11 of the competition.
Stay tuned as things are certainly hotting up in the USA’s inaugural professonal rugby tournament.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena