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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.

February 24, 2017 Women’s Rugby Teams for Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship Release: Philadelphia, PA- February 23, 2017 Defending women’s champion Life University, former champion Penn State, finalist Lindenwood University and 13 of the nation’s top women’s college Rugby 7s squads comprise the 16-team women’s national championship field in the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, set for Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th at Talen Energy Stadium in suburban Philadelphia. This is the second consecutive year that the women’s championship field includes 16 teams, and will also be the second consecutive year that…

February 20, 2017 Cal Rugby Loses to UBC Photo: ABFlyer Cal Athletics Release: Anton Malko, Feb. 18, 2017 BERKELEY – California mounted a second-half surge but could not come all the way back Saturday against British Columbia on Witter Rugby Field, where five freshmen and three sophomore starters were joined by two more frosh-sophs replacements as Cal fell 28-17 to commence the 2017 “World Cup” series. The Bears (11-1, 3-0 PAC) shut out the Thunderbirds in the final 40 minutes and got tries from Drew Gaffney and Fawzi Kawash following a first-half penalty kick from flyhalf Russell Webb (1-1, 2-of-2…

February 17, 2017 2017 NSCRO Men’s 15s National Championships National Small College Rugby Organization: Medford, NJ 17 February 2017 The 2016-17 National Small College Rugby Organization Men’s 15s competitive cycle is heading towards an exciting finish this spring with both National Championships – the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup – set to take place. Four clubs so far have qualified for the national championships based on the Fall Regional Championship: Tufts University and Xavier University have qualified for the Champions Cup while Bethel College and Trinity College have qualified for the Challenge Cup. This is the first time any of these…

February 4, 2017 US Air Force Academy Rugby Leaves Varsity Cup US Air Force Academy Release: Joseph D Cox, Lt Col, USAF The US Air Force Academy Rugby Team’s Withdrawal from the Varsity Cup The Air Force Academy Men’s Rugby team elected to withdraw from participation in the Varsity Cup. Recent changes to how a club team’s funds are managed at the Air Force Academy increased the cost of travel for our club exponentially. This forced the administrators, coaches, and cadets to sit down and decide in which tournament to participate (and pay for). On one hand, there is a…

Monroe College Women’s Rugby – Phaidra Knight Monroe College Release NEW ROCHELLE, NY, February 2, 2017 — Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, announced today that it will launch a Women’s Rugby program to start in the Fall 2017 semester. Phaidra Knight, a well-known and respected U.S. Rugby “Player of the Decade” honoree, was named Women’s Coach. She will work with James English, Director of Rugby at the College, to build the program. The Women’s Program follows the successful launch of the Men’s Rugby program last year. It will provide female student-athletes the opportunity to…

January 29, 2017 Cal Rugby Runs Over Utah Photo: ABFlyer – Keanu Andrade Cal Athletics Release: Anton Malko BERKELEY – California racked up 12 first-half tries before Utah could score on Saturday, then added four more second-half scores to defeat the Utes, 92-12, on Witter Rugby Field. Sophomore fullback Troy Lockyear recorded five tries in the first 40 minutes and freshman scrumhalf Keanu Andrade had a hat trick in the PAC Rugby Conference matchup against Utah. The Utes got one try at the end of each half from No. 8 Gabe Ruflin and No. 2 Chad Gough, respectively, the former…

January 22, 2017 Cal Sweeps Arizona & Santa Cruz Photo: ABFlyer – Kevin Sullivan Cal Athletics Release: Anton Malko BERKELEY – Celebrating Parents Weekend with a home-opening doubleheader, prop Kevin Sullivan scored four tries as California defeated Arizona, 39-12, followed by an 81-0 win over UC Santa Cruz Saturday on Witter Rugby Field. The Bears (6-0, 1-0 PAC) managed to measure their play to the referee’s liking but struggled with errors that hampered them against the Wildcats in the first match of PAC Rugby Conference play for the Blue and Gold. Once Cal its footing, however, Sullivan scored three straight…

January 20, 2017 James Willocks Becomes Head Men’s Rugby Coach at Penn State Photo: Penn State – James Willocks Penn State Release: Angela Marie Johnson UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 20, 2017 – Penn State has selected James Willocks as head coach of the men’s rugby program. He will begin his duties on February 1. Willocks comes to Penn State after serving the past four years at Dartmouth College, where he was assistant coach and the team’s strength and conditioning coach. He also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Big Green football program the past three years.…

January 16, 2017 Cal Rugby Beats UCLA in Storer Classic Photo: Cal Athletics – Patrick Barrientes Cal Rugby Release: Anton Malko Cal Takes 4-0 Record Into Home Opener: 1/15/2017 Cal Athletics LOS ANGELES – California notched four tries and held UCLA scoreless to win the main event, 26-0, Sunday at the Dennis Storer Classic on North Athletic Field. The Golden Bears (4-0) used a starting lineup of five freshmen and a couple of sophomores for the fourth straight match to close their sweep of the weekend event named in honor of the former Bruins and U.S. National Team head coach.…

January 11, 2017 Women’s Collegiate Competitions Committee Discusses Divisions USA Rugby Release: January 11, 2017 LAFAYETTE, Colo. – USA Rugby is seeking feedback on a new proposal to define categorization standards for Division I and Division II women’s college rugby. The proposal, which has come out of the work of the Women’s Collegiate Competitions Committee, seeks to lay out an objective set of criteria for use in determining in which division a team should be competing for post-season play. The document, covering the classification of Division I and Division II teams (Small College and D1 Elite will be addressed in…

January 11, 2017 Cal Rugby Ready For 2017 Photo: ABFlyer – Thomas Robles in Varsity Cup Final: Cal v BYU Cal Athletics Release: Anton Malko, January 11, 2017 BERKELEY – Set to commence their spring schedule, the Golden Bears are as eager as their fans to embark upon the next chapter of California rugby, the oldest intercollegiate letterman’s sport at the University, which ended its last 15-a-side campaign by beating Brigham Young to win the 2016 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup National Championship. The recently completed autumn 7s slate and 15s training displayed a talented array of freshmen, sophomores, emerging upperclassmen…

December 22, 2016 NSCRO 2016 Women’s Rugby Top 20 Fall Rankings  National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Release: December 22, 2016 Medford, NJ  22 December, 2016 – The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) has just released the NSCRO Women’s Top 20 Fall Rankings. Leading the rankings is Wayne State College, the 2016 Women’s National Champion.  They are followed by Colgate University, Lee University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and rounding out the top five is SUNY Cortland. Over 100 NSCRO women’s teams participated in fall league play leading to the NSCRO Women’s 15s National Championships.  Many of the women’s teams…

December 21, 2016 NSCRO/Penn Mutual Women’s 7s Select Side Team For Las Vegas Invitational Doug Coil The National Small College Rugby Organization announced today the players that have been selected for the NSCRO/Penn Mutual Women’s Sevens Select Side that will compete at the Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 2-4, 2017. “The twelve-player squad includes six returning players from the team that competed in the Collegiate Rugby Championships in June and six new players selected through the player recommendation process.” NSCRO/Penn Mutual Women’s Sevens Select Side Squad Nikki Ciccarelli  Mount St. Mary’s University Emily Clinton*  York College…

December 20, 2016 NSCRO Men’s Top 50 Fall Rankings NSCRO powered by Penn Mutual National Small College Rugby Organization Release This list was based on approximately 185 NSCRO playoff eligible teams who participated in Fall league play and do not reflect the 16 teams from the Northern California and Gold Coast Conferences who will begin their league play in the Winter/Spring season. The rankings include teams from leagues that play split Fall-Winter season and thus have not completed their league and playoff schedule. This includes: Deep South CRC, Dixie CRC, Florida RU, Georgia RU, LoneStar CRC and Rocky Mountain RFU.…

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