The bulk of the DII college division got underway this weekend. Most teams are still figuring out their own identity and many played their first game this past weekend. For the most part the results were fairly expected, however, there were several notable games on the docket.
The biggest result came out of the cardinals conference. Last year’s runner up, VMI ran into a buzzsaw in North Carolina... Read More
The first installment of the 2018 rankings are based on how teams finished last season, incoming freshman clashes and how teams have looked this preseason and early on. It is a bit of a guessing game at this point but here is the first top 25.
As in years past, the committee is made up of Rugby Today staff and several college coaches from across the country.
Only a few games took place over the... Read More
The DII college rugby season got under way last weekend, albeit a very abbreviated schedule. The Gateway conference was the only one to officially kick off as the rest of the country starts in earnest this weekend.
Last year’s conference champions, Pitt State, got off to a tough start in the defense of their conference title. Despite only having 15 eligible players, Saint Louis University edged... Read More
For all rugby programs in the country, the work never stops. Whether it’s planning for the next season, recruiting the next prospect, or preparing for the next match, the game on Saturday may be the simplest task. As one of few independent clubs in the top tier of college rugby, Central Washington University is welcoming the tough test and challenge of a new season.
In Ellensburg, Wash., the fall... Read More
The expectations have changed at Iona. The Gaels racked up an 11-2 record last fall, their first in the Liberty Conference. So when UMass comes to town Thursday for the season opener streamed live on ESPN+ at 5pm ET, the home team is expected to come out with an easy win.
But the Minutemen are well coached. Last fall, just 15 points separated Iona and UMass, with the Gaels winning 32-17 in... Read More
Yale University’s Men’s Rugby club, for many years a leader in eastern rugby circles from its founding in 1875, withdrew into the background of Ivy League rugby, ceding supremacy to Dartmouth, Brown, and Harvard. But recent signs of change under the leadership of coach Greg Williams, indicate a revival of Eli’s historic rugby past.
Williams assumed the position in 2014 after having achieved a... Read More
As in most years, the DII college landscape continues to change. Some teams have changed conferences, some teams have joined the division and a new conference has formed.
Division II was the first level to switch to a fall only championship and it remains the case today. All of the conferences but one across the country adhere to the fall schedule.
Things have been a little difficult to track in... Read More
There is already turmoil in DIAA with the announcement that the fall and spring champions will not meet to determine a true national champion. However, there is still plenty of great rugby to be played in both seasons. Here is the breakdown of the current conferences and division shifts.
The fall features six conferences and a pair of independent teams.
The Chesapeake remains... Read More
It's a sad day for Dartmouth Men's Rugby with the passing of Richard "Dick" Liesching, a true rugby innovator at the college, and also, importantly, a pioneer in the history of the sport in the United States.
Liesching, a high school student at Blundell’s School, Devon, England, decided to attend an American university, choosing Dartmouth, and entering in the fall of 1955.
Four-years later in the... Read More
With over 240 matches between 80 teams from eight conferences, the 2018-2019 D1A collegiate season begins this weekend and the excitement for the new start is building. Across the nation, college campuses are alive with clubs preparing for their first games by welcoming new players into the fold and integrating veterans back into the system. Most of the games have been announced, but there are... Read More