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Rugby Rivalry After Report

Last week's much-touted rugby showdown between PAC and Washington Rugby? Yeah. Let's just say that PAC didn't have any problem covering the spread. Final was 52-5. I believe Al Golden was coaching WRFC. All the pre-game taunting worked out just fine, I suppose.

PAC Prez Stefan Hankin: "It wasn't really much of a competition, really. Within the first 10 minutes it was fairly clear who was going to win the game. It was pretty much a rout....I won't lie, we enjoy it when that happens, especially against Washington. It was nice to put a big thumping on 'em."

WRFC Captain Kevin Gilligan: There was a lot of heart out there....We had to bring in younger players and it kind of got ugly after that. We know what we need to prepare on and get better at, so we take our lumps and learn from it, you know? The ball definitely bounced their way that day."

Locally things will heat up again in the spring, although clubs are still playing three or four more times this fall.

In other rugby news this week:

1) A professional rugby player in Blackpool was smashed over the head with a glass or bottle after a night of "drinking in numerous venues" with friends.

2) After spending 30 minutes trying to figure out what this meant and who was putting me on, I give up. Some rugby player from the Bahamas might have been cured of his injury (the old "broken body") through the use of "a smoking feather and a lock of [his] armpit hair." Which probably works better than a fistful of pain killers.

Anyhow, it's not any weirder than Shaun Alexander almost coming back to rescue my fantasy football team through the power of prayer.

3) Rugby: the world's most dangerous professional sport.

4) Streakers interrupt a U-13 rugby game in New Zealand. Law enforcement official speculates it was a group of rugby players acting on a dare from their coach.

5) Our country's unholy alliance between profesional football, television and unhealthy food products pitched by scantily clad models is apparently not unique in the world. Here's how this New Zealand commercial begins: "Rugby, beaches, ponies, girls in bikinis: individually good, even better together." (Ponies? Why are ponies good, individually or on beaches with rugby? Those Coors Light commercials never screw around with any ponies, right? Ponies most have a higher Q rating in New Zealand.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 28, 2006; 6:26 PM ET
Categories:  Rugby  
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