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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 Release NSCRO is proud to announce that Angela Smarto has been appointed as Commissioner of the new Women’s Open Division. Smarto recently completed her seventh season as head coach of the Robert Morris University Women’s Rugby Club. She is in her third year serving as the Allegheny Rugby Union Women’s Collegiate Coordinator, previously serving four years as the union’s secretary and webmaster. She founded the union’s women’s all-star program in 2017 which competes in various 15s and 7s events year-round including the NSCRO All-Star 7s Championship annually. Smarto began her rugby career in Happy Valley playing for Penn State…

NSCRO Release The six men’s collegiate division 2 rugby teams that make up the Tri-State Conference in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area have affiliated with the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO). The teams are Marist College, William Paterson University, Monroe College, Seton Hall University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Kings Point. Conference Commissioner Tony Brown remarked that “NSCRO is solely focused on collegiate rugby and given NSCRO’s established track record of serving hundreds of teams in the country this is the best option for the Tri-State teams.” The Tri-State Conferences…

NSCRO Release by Bryn Chivers The Illinois Women’s Rugby Conference is proud to announce they are joining the NSCRO organization for the Fall 2020 season. The five current  D2 teams will compete in the newly formed Women’s Open Division this fall. Northern Illinois University Illinois State University Southern Illinois University University of Illinois University of Southern Indiana Western Illinois University For more information on the conference contact: Shawn McKinney MTRNews@gmail.com Other Articles DJCoil Rugby articles by Doug Coil are also available on Facebook. Other Social Media sites to follow or subscribe include Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for interviews.

NSCRO Release Following the commitment of ten D2 conferences, NSCRO is proud to announce a new Men’s Open Division that will introduce a new men’s D2 National Championship pathway starting in the Fall of 2020. Brad Dufek has been appointed as the Men’s Open Division Commissioner. Many of these conferences are already participating in NSCRO’s small college competition with just the Gateway and Great Midwest Conferences joining for the first time as well as the newly formed Allegheny Rugby Union’s DII league. With 75 men’s D2 teams from across the country, the DII conferences joining NSCRO at this time are:…

NSCRO Release The Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference (MARC) is pleased to announce their commitment to the NSCRO Open Division D2 Competition beginning Fall 2020.  The MARC Conference was created in 2012 to operate as a regional collegiate competitive organization for D1AA, D2 and Small College (NSCRO). MARC administers over 50 College and University rugby programs, and 2,000 student athletes, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The MARC mission is to administer and promote competitive rugby, player and coach development, player safety, and community service. When asked about the MARC commitment to NSCRO, Commissioner John Gulden commented “We are excited about the…

NSCRO Release by Bryn Chivers NSCRO would like to officially welcome the new teams from the Great Waters Women’s Rugby Conference who will compete in our Women’s Open Division beginning Fall 2020. The Great Waters Women’s Rugby Conference is proud to announce they are joining the NSCRO/NCRO organization. The 15 conference members will be competing this fall in both the new women’s open competition and the NSCRO small college women’s competition. Great Waters organized as an independent D2 conference in January 2012 with nine core teams in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In 2014 five Chicago area teams joined the…

Post University Release In 2020, Crist Holveck became the first head coach in Post University men’s rugby history. The men’s rugby team will be the 24th varsity sport at Post University which is slated to start in the Fall of 2020. The Eagles will be a member of the New England Wide College Rugby Conference. Coach Holveck – a retired military officer – comes to Post from the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he was the Head Coach from 2014 – 2019 and was also the director of rugby.  He led a successful Division II rugby program with three…

NSCRO Release The Deep South Collegiate Rugby Conference is pleased to announce their commitment to joining NSCRO for Fall 2020 as a hybrid of the Small School Division and Open Division competition. The Deep South Conference has been a hybrid conference with NSCRO for the past few years, which has benefited both our teams in the D2 and Small College divisions. Our clubs have performed well in their split postseasons, and we are looking forward to continuing that in the 2020 competition fully in the NSCRO organization. Conference Commissioner Matt Austin added that “Our teams look forward to the NSCRO focus on developing rugby…

NSCRO Release The Allegheny Rugby Union is pleased to announce its commitment to the NSCRO Open Division (D2) Competition beginning in Fall 2020.  The ARU Men’s Conference was created in April 2020 from teams moving from other conferences wanting to participate in this completion. We are also excited to align with our existing women’s conference that has had a great experience with NSCRO. When asked about Allegheny’s commitment to NSCRO, Commissioner Seth Erwin commented “Discussions for this new division started back in late fall. Trying to find the right fit for our teams, NSCRO was a clear choice.  They have…

NSCRO Release The Midwest College Rugby Conference is pleased to announce their commitment to joining NSCRO’s new Open Division competition beginning in Fall 2020.  The MCRC was created in 2017 to foster competition among regionally competitive programs and extend participating programs into national playoffs. Being a hybrid conference has benefited both our teams in the D2 and Small College divisions to date. Participating teams have performed well in their prospective division postseasons, and we are looking forward to strengthening that in the 2020 competition fully under the NSCRO umbrella. When asked about the MCRC commitment to NSCRO, Commissioner Barry Burkett…

NSCRO Rugby Release The Southern Rugby Conference is pleased to announce its commitment to the NSCRO Open Division D2 Competition beginning in Fall 2020.  The SRC was created and Founded in January 2011 in accordance with USA Rugby’s College restructuring initiative.  Member teams have captured state, regional, and national championships. Two teams – Furman and Coastal Carolina – have collected a combined four small college national championships. At the AGM the vote was overwhelming in favor of the conference making the move. “We look forward to our D2 teams joining our current NSCRO teams in competing in what has proven…

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