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Men’s College Rugby has four levels, D1A, D1-AA, DII and NSCRO. Championships are held in each of these divisions in rugby 15s and in the later 3 divisions in sevens.

NSCRO Rugby Release West Chester, Pennsylvania – 18 July 2019 – The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) has announced a list of twenty-five student-athletes named to the NSCRO Women’s All-Americans for the 2018-19 season. (Click here to download the full list.) The selection committee worked with coaches around the country to identify the twenty-five exceptional women who make up this annual NSCRO Women’s All-Americans list. This year’s list is comprised of three freshmen, six sophomores, eight juniors, seven seniors, and one graduate student. Our congratulations go out to the following athletes: Name Team Emerson Allen Eckerd College Sydni Carpenter University of…

Harvard Athletics Release CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off a record season of two Ivy titles, a 15s national championship appearance and bronze medal at 7s nationals, Harvard women’s rugby head coach Mel Denham has added two-time world cup competitor Sylvia Braaten to the coaching staff. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Sylvia to the Harvard Women’s Rugby family,” said Denham. “Her extensive knowledge on the field and in-depth understanding of physical performance and lifestyle make her the perfect fit for the growth of our program. Sylvia will be an invaluable addition to our team, and in the development of our…

University of Louisville Athletic Department Release. Over the past few seasons, we have diligently put together a coaching unit that will not only solidify our commitment to the growth of this program but make us stand and compete among the top programs in the nation. Tonight we would like to welcome another addition to the University of Louisville Rugby coaching staff, Coach Kelsey Harris Coach Kelsey Harris has been appointed as the New Player Development Coach. In this new role, she will be in charge of the personal and competitive development of new team players. Under the close guidance of…

Mount Saint Mary’s University Rugby Release The Mount Saint Mary’s University Men’s Rugby High-Performance Academy finished second in the High School 7s Rugby Championship at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships May 31st through June 2nd outside of Philadelphia.  Jay Myles, Director of Rugby at Mount St. Mary’s stated, “It was just an incredible opportunity for these young players to showcase their talent at such a professionally run event!”   The Mount Rugby HPA team traveled to Philadelphia Thursday evening for a brief training session before their weekend tournament. The team drew players from across the Mid-Atlantic region, representing five different states.  Despite their lack of practice time together, the Mount Rugby HPA team came out clicking on the first day of tournament play. The side posted…

The University of Delaware named former captain Stephen Sanchez as the Head Coach of the Men’s team. Stephen is from Brooklyn, New York and attended Xavier High School from 2005-2009. While there, he played rugby from 2007-2009, with the team winning the National Championship in 2007. He achieved Met NY All-Star honors from 2007-2009. He also played football from 2005-2008. He attended the University of Delaware from 2009-2013, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He played rugby from 2009-2013 and was the team’s XVs captain in 2013. He also played rugby sevens from 2010-2013 and…

Guilford College Release GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College Director of Athletics Sue Bower announced the addition of women’s rugby to the school’s varsity athletics program Friday. The announcement raises the college’s number of varsity teams to 21. Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, Guilford will sponsor a varsity women’s rugby team. Since 2002 women’s rugby has been considered an emerging sport by the NCAA. An emerging sport is a women’s sport recognized by the NCAA that is intended to help schools provide more athletic opportunities for women and more sport-sponsorship options for the institutions, and also help that sport achieve…

The University of Mary Washington has joined the D1A as an affiliate member of the Rugby East Conference, starting fall 2019. They will only be eligible for Post Season play should they qualify as an at-large bid. “The guys are very ecstatic, it was a unanimous decision,” explained Mary Washington’s head coach Tyler Stephens. “Once I put it the question to the players there was not a single person hesitant.” Mary Washington joined the D1AA competition in 2016. In the 2017-2018 season, they won the national championship, and last season they lost by one point to eventual fall champions, Bowling…

The University of Texas Men’s Rugby named Connally McKay as Head Coach. The 38-year-old is 6’1″ and 220 lbs. Connally is from Victoria, Texas and moved to Austin in 2006. He attended Victoria High School, where he played football and golf. He then attended Baylor University in 2000 and was introduced to rugby and has played it since then. His first season at Baylor, the team win the National Division II Championship. In 2005 he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. Connally then joined the Austin Blacks and helped the team reach the USA Rugby National Championship Final in…

Long Island University Release Jan. 14, 2019 Women’s Rugby BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – After serving as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac University for the past five seasons, Long Island University Director of Athletics announced Doherty as the second women’s rugby head coach in program history on Tuesday, Jan. 15. “We are thrilled to have someone of Colleen’s caliber join our LIU family,” stated DeJong.  “She is a proven winner with a history of success as both a coach and a student-athlete, and we cannot wait to see how she can elevate our program to new heights.”   During her five year stint as a member…

NSCRO, Partnered by Penn Mutual, Release National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Selects Western Oregon University as the Host of the 2019 Challenge Cup Pacific Coast Region Championship (Men’s 15s), Saturday, March 30th and Sunday, March 31st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – January 11, 2019 – The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) today announced that Western Oregon University, located in Monmouth, OR, has been selected as the host of NSCRO’s 2019 Challenge Cup Pacific Coast Region Championship. The men’s 15s competition is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th and Sunday, March 31st, and will feature four teams including Western Oregon and Central Oregon…

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – December 10, 2018 – The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) has released the final regular season men’s rugby 15s Top 30 Coaches Poll.  [NSCRO Release] The top squad is Christendom College (Front Royal, Virginia), which finished the season with a 9-0 record and received five first place votes. In the previous poll, Christendom was ranked #3, but thanks to a dominant performance in the 2018 NSCRO Men’s 15s Mid-Atlantic South Region Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina the weekend of December 1st and 2nd, the Crusaders jumped two spots. Christendom defeated then-#6 Loyola (Maryland) in the semifinal 23-7, and then-#4 Catholic University in…

Dartmouth & Harvard Women’s Rugby Dartmouth women’s Rugby team won the 2019 NIRA National Championship, 19-14 over Harvard. It was the first NIRA Championship title in the program’s history. Harvard had the first scoring opportunity in the first minute, but Dartmouth would score first with a try by freshman Ariana Ramsey for a 5-0 lead. Neither team would score again during the half, s the top two teams engaged in a defensive battle. Dartmouth struck first early in the second half from a try by senior Camile Johnson, who evaded Harvard defenders. She then converted for a 12-0 lead. The…

NIRA Semi-Finals: Harvard vs Quinnipiac Following Dartmouth’s 26-7 victory over Army, Harvard faced Quinnipiac in the second NIRA Semi-final at Dartmouth College Scully-Fahey Field in Hanover, New Hampshire. Harvard struck first with a try by Jenny Kronish in the 5th minute for a 5-0 lead. Senior Caitlyn Weigel added a try to push the lead to 12-0 after a Kronish conversion. Delia Hellander added the team’s third try to lead 19-0. Quinnipiac answered back with a penalty kick to cut the lead to 19-3, but Harvard answered right back with a long kick by Kronish, making it 22-3. Quinnipiac then…

NIRA Semi-Finals: Dartmouth vs Army Top-seeded Dartmouth College Women’s Rugby defeated No. 4 seed Army West Point Women’s Rugby Club 26-7 on Friday, November 16 at Dartmouth College Scully-Fahey Field. Dartmouth’s record improved to 8-1 with the win and the team will face the winner of the other NIRA Semi-Final between Harvard and Quinnipiac match on Sunday for the title. The Black Knights saw their season end with a 4-5 mark. Dartmouth took an early lead with Ariana Ramsey scoring her first collegiate try in the 9th minute. Army answered back with a penalty try in the 17th minute to take…

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