May 3, 2017
Saint Mary’s College to Play Life University for D1A Rugby National Championship
USA Rugby Release
MORAGA, Calif. – Saint Mary’s College will host the D1A Rugby National Championship Saturday, May 6, between the school’s own Gaels and Life University, in a match that will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
This weekend’s National Championship fixture will mark the fifth consecutive year the two schools have played for the distinction of college rugby’s best team, including last year’s title match at Saint Mary’s in which the Life Running Eagles won, 24-20.
Saint Mary’s enters the National Championship Final as the country’s No. 1-ranked team thanks, in part, to a win in Berkeley over perennial power and Bay Area rival California. After a receiving a bye in the opening round of the 2017 D1A Rugby Playoffs, the Gaels beat both San Diego State and Arizona convincingly to reach the May 6 National Championship match.
No. 2-ranked Life University, a chiropractic college in Marietta, Ga., makes the trip to California in hopes of defending its 2016 D1A Rugby National Championship. The Running Eagles are in the midst of an undefeated season that led to another first-place finish in the Mid-South Conference. In order to punch its ticket to the D1A Rugby National Championship, Life upended fifth-ranked Lindenwood University in the Quarterfinals before dispatching No. 3 BYU April 29 in the Semifinals.
Boasting campus enrollments of fewer than 5,000 students, both Saint Mary’s College and Life University have utilized notable coaching staffs, talented student-athletes and an unthinkable amount of hard work to reach five consecutive D1A Rugby National Championships. The first meeting between the schools came in 2013 when Life won its first title. Saint Mary’s went on to win the next two D1A Championships before Life found revenge last year – beating the Gaels for the 2016 trophy at Saint Mary’s Stadium.
Nationally televised broadcast coverage provided by CBS Sports Network of the May 6 D1A National Championship will begin at 4 p.m. PT from Saint Mary’s College. Tickets can be purchased online until noon PT Friday, May 5, after which time they must be acquired at the stadium gate.
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