At the halfway mark of the season, the national picture is starting to settle in and this week's rankings are a little more in-depth. A pair of fantastic men's open tournaments has allowed us to evaluate six of the eight regions against each other, and there have been plenty of pleasant surprises along the way.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the reemergence of a strong Pacific North competition. In the last 3 years, the second seed from the Pacific North hasn't done much to impress at Nationals, and a low 3-year score ultimately cost the region its guaranteed second berth. Last weekend's Western Open, however, showed that the region is back on track to being strong again, and we'd be surprised if the region didn't reclaim its second seed in 2019.
Honorable Mentions: Austin Blacks, Austin Huns, Beltway Elite, Kansas City Blues, Milwaukee Barbarians, Northern Virginia Rugby, Old Gaelic Rugby, Sacramento Capitals, Southern Pines Rugby