Editor’s note: The author worked in the admissions department and coached the rugby program at Lindenwood-Belleville, which is fully-funded and fits the mold of the varsity or quasi-varsity movement.
Varsity. It’s a word that gets used a lot in rugby circles nowadays. And it tends to rankle some, perhaps for different reasons. The idea is to deconstruct some of the misconceptions or hang-ups... Read More
In the final round of Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference 15s play in the fall semester, three matches were played: Texas walloped Houston, Baylor pulled away from Oklahoma convincingly at home and Arkansas edged Texas Tech by a slight margin.
LSU, TCU and Texas A&M did not play this weekend.
Arkansas 40, Texas Tech 36
Arkansas was led by three tries from flyhalf Jack Casey and two from... Read More
The final DI rankings of the season remain unchanged from the last rankings. The only games that took place were the DIAA final and an exhibition between St. Mary's and Gordon of Australia.
Although Mary Washington won the DIAA championship, they did not slot in the rankings. They will have the opportunity to prove us wrong by possibly taking on a Dartmouth squad that is in prime position for the... Read More
With the conclusion of the DII season last weekend, the rankings are updated for the final time this season.
Wisconsin Whitewater claimed its second consecutive national title and remains the undisputed top team in the country.
Although Whitewater won the game, VMI took the Warhawks to the brink. A 75th minute score was the ultimate difference between the two teams. VMI comes in at number two.... Read More
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated the Virginia Military Institute 34-27 in dramatic fashion to capture its second consecutive DII National Title. With the game tied 27-27 at the 75 minute mark, winger Alec Treuthardt found a gap out wide and sprinted 60 meters for the game winning score.
Both VMI and Whitewater played semifinals on Saturday but VMI by far had the tougher game. The... Read More
Mary Washington used a strong second half to defeat St. Joe’s 37-13 in the DIAA Fall Championship on Sunday at the campus of Furman University. The Mothers trailed 13-5 at the break but slowly took over the game to take home the school’s first ever rugby title.
St. Joe’s took an early lead with a penalty but Mary Washington stormed back with a try from fullback Bradlee Nicholls to take a 5-3... Read More
There was very little action among ranked teams in DI during the week prior to Thanksgiving. Only five ranked teams played but one of those matchups was between ranked teams.
It was the battle of the Gaels in California as Iona traveled west for a tour game. St. Mary’s took it to Iona, putting up 74 points on the visitors. Despite the big loss, Iona only drops three spots. There is still a gap... Read More
The DII playoffs took place prior to Thanksgiving and there were so many close games. Two playoffs games went to overtime and with bad weather across the country, ranking the teams has become a difficult task.
The four teams to come out of their respective regions slot in at the top four spots. Whitewater remains the consensus number one. Grand Valley State gave Whitewater its toughest game of... Read More
No official press release has been sent out, nor will it be, but the Varsity Cup is done. Founded by BYU in 2012, with its first postseason being staged in 2013, the competition was a team-driven independent entity which struck partnerships and sponsorships with United World Sports, NBC and Penn Mutual.
BYU claimed the first three titles, the third of which was eventually stripped for fielding an... Read More
The Southeastern Conference has named its All Conference Teams. The four playoff teams dominate the first side.
Kentucky led the way with six players including conference player of the year, flyhalf Brendan Essen. Essen helped lead a dynamic Kentucky offense to its first ever conference title and playoff berth.
Tennessee added five to the first team while Alabama and South Carolina added several... Read More