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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.

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…

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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…

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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…

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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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NIRA Tier ONE Championship: Army, Dartmouth, Harvard, Quinnipiac The National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) Tier One Championship will be held this weekend, November 16-18. Last weekend Mount St. Mary’s won the Tier Two Title 22-15 over Sacred Heart. The Tier One Championship will have semi-final matches between Army versus Dartmouth and Harvard against Quinnipiac. The winners will meet on Sunday for the Championship. All games will be available to watch through ESPN +. Army vs. Dartmouth Last year Dartmouth lost a heartbreaker in the championship final to Quinnipiac. This year Dartmouth comes into the Championship weekend with a 7-1 record,…

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USA Rugby College Nationals The USA Rugby 2018 Men’s D1AA  and Women’s D1 and D2 Fall Championships and the Men’s D2 National Championship brackets have been finalized. The playoffs will begin November 17-18 with the Round of 16 and Quarterfinal fixtures for Men and Women’s D2,  and quarterfinals and semifinals for Men’s D1AA and Women’s D1 being held at Vassar College, East Carolina University and Mount St. Mary’s. The Championships will be played at the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex @ Matthews in Charlotte, NC on the weekend of December 1-2. Tickets to the Fall Championships are available by clicking, here. USA…

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NSCRO & Jim DeLorenzo NSCRO Release WEST CHESTER, PA  16 October 2018 – The National Small College Rugby Organization is pleased to welcome Jim DeLorenzo to the NSCRO team as our new Strategic Consultant, concentrating on public relations, marketing, and sponsorship development.  DeLorenzo is the Principal of Jim DeLorenzo Public Relations (Philadelphia, PA), and over the last five years has developed a deep interest in the sport of rugby through his work with the annual Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. “I am greatly energized by the work NSCRO has done in building the sport of rugby over the past several years,…

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National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) NSCRO Release The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) NSCRO has officially awarded the South Cup Championship, Mid-Atlantic South Region Championship, Central Region Championship, and Northeast Region Championship events as part of its Fall men’s playoffs. These hosts are official ‘on-the-clock’ and have been handed host responsibilities for these NSCRO flagship events. The selection process for the Spring playoff and National Championship events is underway. The Central Region Championships for the Challenge Cup National Championships and Champions Cup National Championships will be hosted by Madison Union Rugby on 10-11 November 2018 at the Wisconsin…

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New England College Women’s Rugby On July 11, 2018, Lou Izzi, Director of Athletics at New England College, announced the addition of varsity women’s rugby as the school’s ninth women’s sports offering. The women’s rugby team will begin competition in the fall of 2019.  A national search for the program’s first full-time head coach was conducted and Tom Campbell was hired as the College’s first-ever women’s rugby head coach. He will begin the new position on September 24. Izzy indicated that “Tom emerged from a strong pool of candidates as he demonstrated a true passion for the sport of rugby…

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Louisville vs. Tennessee Rugby The University of Louisville hosted the University of Tennessee Men’s Rugby Club on Saturday, September 1 in the first match of the season. Tennessee snatched the win in the closing seconds with a try for a 24-20 win. The Louisville Cardinals finished their 2017 Mid America Rugby Conference in third place and head coach Emil Walton hopes to improve upon that this season. The match against 10th ranked Tennessee was fast paced and played at high-intensity. The Cardinals took a 10-7 lead at the break after tries by Terran Meek and Noah Meneses. During the second…

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Iona College Rugby vs. UMass Iona College Men’s Rugby hosted UMass in the opening match of the D1A Rugby 2018-2019 season in New Rochelle, NY last night winning 59-15. The match was broadcast on ESPN+. Iona College starters include 5 freshmen, 1 transfer and 1 player at a new position. Two additional freshmen were replacements. The team lost two key players from injury in Collegiate All-American Mike Scarcella and Mike Marro. Last year, the Gaels breezed through the Liberty D1A Rugby Conference, I-95 Division while going 11-2 overall. UMass is also a very good team, who lost last year to…

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Virginia Commonwealth University Men’s Rugby Richmond, VA Nick Hill will be the next head coach/director of rugby of the Men’s Rugby Club at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He will be taking over a club that went 5-2-2 last Fall, finishing second in the north division of the Cardinals Collegiate Rugby Conference. Hill brings with him an impressive resume of international coaching experience. From several different schools in the U.K. to schools and clubs in Chile. Along the way, there were self-funded trips to shadow the coaching staff of the Canterbury Crusaders in New Zealand and then again with the Ulster…

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BYU Rugby BYU Rugby Release BYU has hired Steven St. Pierre as the new head coach of the men’s rugby team. St. Pierre will take over responsibilities immediately for the five-time national championship team. St. Pierre played rugby at BYU from 2005 to 2009 and captained the 2009 squad on their way to BYU’s first rugby national championship. He served as an assistant coach for BYU Rugby from 2012 to 2017. “Steve is a great representative of the type of young men the BYU Rugby program has produced over the years,” said assistant dean of students Jim Slaughter, who oversees…

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NSCRO Coaching Workshop & Player Camp The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) free coaching workshop and player camp will be held on August 25-26, 2018 at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. The Saturday session will be from 9 am to 5 pm, while on Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. NSCRO Coaching Workshop Workshop topics include Fitness Standards, How to Build Attack Patterns & Formations, HEAD SMART Tackle System, Pre-Season Planning, Building a Championship Culture, Motivating Your Team, plus. It is open to coaches of all levels. NSCRO Guest coaches Leo Lafaiaili’i: former Auckland Blues player, two-time Rugby World…

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