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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.

Iona College Rugby Edged by Army on ESPN3 Army West Point Men’s Rugby team defeated Iona 17-13 before a large homecoming crowd at Mazzella Field in New Rochelle, N.Y. The match was streamed on ESPN3. The Black Knights record is now 4-1, 3-1 in Rugby East, while Iona suffered their first loss and are now 7-1, 4-0 in Liberty, after claiming the Liberty I-95 division last weekend. In their previous two meetings between the teams, Iona defeated Army 43-26 on October 17, 2015, and last year, Army defeated Iona 16-5 in September 20016. Iona vs. Army West Point Recap Iona…

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Cal Rugby Jerry Figone retired from a University of California career in working with student athletics spanning over three decades. BERKELEY, Cal Athletics– Jerry Figone, the team manager and director of operations for the Golden Bears rugby program whose professionalism and dedication put student-athletes in position to succeed for more than three decades, announced his retirement at the end of September from an unparalleled career at the University of California. “What I have enjoyed most, as we all do, is working with student-athletes,” said Figone, who received a rare honorary Big C Society membership award as a staff member in…

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Iona College Rugby Football Club traveled to Newark, Delaware to face the Blue Hens of the University of Delaware in a Liberty D1A, I-95 match Saturday, October 7. The match featured the top two teams in the Conference, with Iona having a 3-0 record, while Delaware was 2-1. Iona College was aggressive with their attack scoring 50 first half points, with the final score 81-0 over Delaware. With the win, Iona went undefeated in the Liberty D1A Rugby Conference I-95 Division and won the inaugural title. Delaware finished their conference season with a 2-2 record and are currently in second…

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St. Bonaventure Rugby Comeback Against Wheeling Jesuit Claims Win By Doug Coil St. Bonaventure Rugby Club thrilled their homecoming crowd with a  30-24 win over Wheeling Jesuit University in a D1A Rugby East match. The Bonnies entered the match with a 1-2 record, after a 32-7 non-conference win over New England College to begin their season. They then lost to Rugby East powerhouses Kutztown 69-17, after keeping the match close, 21-17 at halftime. Penn State was next and the result was similar, a 61-23 loss. Wheeling Jesuit opened their season two weeks ago against Army, losing 57-20. After the loss…

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AIC Men’s Rugby 3-0 with win over New Hampshire By Doug Coil  AIC Men’s Rugby remained undefeated with a 3-0 record after a 93-0 over the University of New Hampshire. After three matches, the teams has scored 241 points while surrendering 17 for a differential of 224. The team averages 80.3 points scored, while giving up 5.6 points per match. Against New Hampshire, the AIC Men’s Rugby squad included a number of freshmen and new players to begin the match and they performed well under the leadership of captains Jihad Khabir and Stephen Fobes.  Shortly after half, the entire second…

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Citadel Rugby defeats UNCW 45-28 By Doug Coil – based on Tommy Duffy release: September 24, 2017 The Citadel Rugby Club defeated host UNC-Wilmington 45-28 Saturday at Gazebo Field in a Southern Rugby Conference match. On a hot fall afternoon the Bulldogs came into Cape Fear to play UNCW. In an outstanding battle and hard fought match, UNCW’s #7 Tom McCrimmon scored first off a loose ball with failed conversation by Colin Frazier #10 to put the Seahawks up 5-0. Citadel answered back as Daniel Smith ran 45 meters for try after being set up by Aaron Moore. Ellison Rourke…

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September 2, 2017 Quinnipiac Earns Win Over Army West Point Women’s Rugby to Open New Facility Photo: Logos Quinnipiac Bobcats & Army West Point Women’s Rugby Doug Coil Two time defending national champion Quinnipiac women’s rugby team opened their 2017 season with a 42-22 victory over Army West Point at their new field on the Mount Carmel campus in Hamden, Connecticut. Both Mikah Maples and Ilona Maher had hat trick on the day. Quinnipiac took an early 5-0 lead in as Mikah Maples scored a try from the wide channel. Army answered back six minutes later with a try by…

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August 31, 2017 NIRA Preseason Rankings NAtional Intercollegiate Rugby Association Release MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) announced the 2017 preseason coaches poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches. The Bobcats from Quinnipiac University were selected as the preseason favorites to defend their 2016 NIRA crown. The Bobcats were unanimous favorites in the number-one position and return seven All-American selections to the squad, including 2017 MA Sorensen Award Winner, Ilona Maher. The squad begins their quest to defend their back-to-back titles as they open their 2017 campaign on Saturday against Army. Last year’s National runner-ups…

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Mickey Bateman Joins Clemson Rugby Coaching Staff Clemson Release: Aug. 18, 2017 CLEMSON, SC— Clemson University Head Rugby Coach, Steve Lynch, announced today that Mickey Bateman has been hired as an Assistant Coach for Clemson University Men’s Rugby Program. Bateman comes to Clemson from Lindenwood University, where he was a 4-year starter, 2-time 7s National Champion, National MVP and multi-year 7s and 15s All-American. “Mickey is known throughout collegiate rugby as one of the best and most knowledgeable players in the country,” said Coach Lynch. “We are very fortunate to have him join the Clemson family and we expect him…

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August 16, 2017 Mel Denham Named Harvard Women’s Rugby Head Coach Harvard Athletics Release CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – “Harvard Athletics has announced the hiring of Mel Denham as the head coach of women’s rugby. Denham joins the Crimson after a three-year tenure as the head coach at Central Washington. “We are thrilled to announce Mel Denham as the head coach of women’s rugby,” said Bob Scalise, the John D. Nichols ’53 Family Director of Athletics. “Mel has been very successful as a head coach, and she was instrumental in helping the women’s program’s elevation to varsity status as an assistant coach.…

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August 15, 2017 John Gulden Named Men’s & Women’s Rugby Head Coach at Marywood University Photo: Marywood University Athletics Marywood University Release: July 26, 2017 Scranton, Pa. – John Gulden, Philadelphia, has been tabbed to lead Marywood’s newest programs, men’s and women’s rugby, according to an announcement made by Dr. Mary Jo Gunning, Director of Athletics and Recreation. Gulden was selected after an exhaustive search and will begin his duties at Marywood immediately. The Rugby programs will begin varsity competition in the 2018-19 academic year, giving Gulden a full year to recruit prospective student-athletes. “John Gulden was chosen by our…

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August 14, 2017 Ken Pape Named Colby-Sawyer Women’s Rugby Head Coach  Colby-Sawyer Athletics Release NEW LONDON, N.H. – July 7, 2017 – Colby-Sawyer Co-Athletic Director Bill Foti has announced the hiring of Ken Pape as the head coach of the women’s rugby program. Pape will take over a very successful women’s rugby club program as it transitions to varsity status for the 2018 fall season. The team, which boasts a 75-48 program record, is currently affiliated with the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) and has won five conference titles. Colby-Sawyer also has five divisional second place finishes and five…

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James Willocks Named Dartmouth Men’s Rugby Head Coach Dartmouth Rugby Release HANOVER, NH; August 11, 2017—Dartmouth announced today that former 4-year DRFC assistant coach, James Willocks, will return to the Big Green coaching ranks to lead the men’s rugby program. Senior Associate Athletic Director Joann Brislin is eager to welcome Willocks aboard. “James is a great collegiate coach and we are thrilled to have him return to Dartmouth. He is first and foremost an educator and understands the needs of our team members as Dartmouth students and rugby players. James is a hard worker and I look forward to working…

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Justin Hundley Named Penn State Men’s Rugby Head Coach Penn State Release UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.– Penn State has selected Justin Hundley as head coach of the men’s rugby program. A Penn State graduate, he will begin his duties in late August. Hundley brings 10 years of high school and collegiate coaching and administrative experience to the Nittany Lions’ men’s rugby program. “Justin Hundley is well versed in the rich history of Penn State Rugby from his playing days with the Nittany Lions,” said Assistant Athletic Director Michael Cross. “His energy and passion for the sport are obvious and his standards…

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