The Daily Eastern News

Rugby deals with scheduling problems

Bob Reynolds, Staff Reporter

September 8, 2014

During the start of the scheduling process for the Eastern rugby team, which typically starts in the winter, Panthers’ head coach Frank Graziano tries to put a schedule together of 10 games, five at home and five on the road. Graziano has to make sure that all of the games, especially road games...

Rugby recruiting brings challenges

Bob Reynolds, Staff Reporter

September 2, 2014

From Jan. 15 to May 15, Eastern women’s rugby head coach Frank Graziano made 65 recruiting trips to find new players for his team. The longest distance Graziano ventured in his trek to field more than half of the 2014 roster was a four-hour drive to the northwest suburbs of Chicago, where he saw...

Graziano sees bright future after loss

Bob Reynolds, Staff Reporter

September 2, 2014

The Eastern rugby team had nine of its 15 players debut in the sport, as they played their first game on Saturday against the Wisconsin All-Stars in Madison, Wis., losing 64-5. Newcomers Jessica Maricich and Breanna Young led the Panthers in tackles with 11 and eight, respectively. Eastern head coach...

Rugby team to begin season with young talent

Emalie Thorton, a redshirt sophomore flanker, tackles a Wisconsin All-Star player during a game at Lakeside Field on Sept. 7, 2013.

Bob Reynolds, Staff Reporter

August 26, 2014

The Eastern rugby team will try to rebound this season after its worst season in the team’s history last year. The Panthers started the season with six straight losses but finished on a strong note with wins over Kentucky and Illinois State. Head coach Frank Graziano’s team last season ...

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