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    By Jay Keller
    March 26, 1999

     
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    Last Year's Guide

    From Gravelly Point to the National Mall, spring means warm weather, cherry blossoms and rugby. Find out about the sport behind those big shirts at these sites – and in the process, you might find out what rugby players mean when they talk about the pill (the ball, that is) and mauls.

    THE MID-ATLANTIC RUGBY UNION
    http://www.rugby.org/marfuopen.htm
    This site's an essential stopover for local rugby enthusiasts, with weekly updates for member clubs, administrative forms, a calendar of events and standings for divisional matrix play. You'll also find details on everything from the union's history to kit requirements for affiliate clubs.

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION
    http://www.usarugby.org
    Here lies the core of American rugby: the official listing of eligible players, registered coaches and clubs, hyperlinks to the men's and women's national teams and, naturally enough, stuff to buy (including those shirts).

    RUGBY MAGAZINE
    http://www.inch.com/~rugby/
    The self-proclaimed "journal of record for the sport of rugby in the U.S." is a well-managed site and a standard in the community. The full publication isn't online, but plenty of excerpts from each month's issue are, including an excellent calendar of international and domestic events.

    PLANET RUGBY
    http://www.planet-rugby.com
    Here's the definitive rugby source on the Web. PR's ultimate attributes are its interactive resources, including a weekly e-mail periodical and links to worldwide clubs. There's also a daily synopsis of world rugby, world rankings, the "definitive" guide to 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales and previews of both Super 12 and Five Nations competitions.

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