The bracket for the men's DII national championship is now known, as 23 teams will enter the postseason. Some conferences have wrappe4d up their competitions for said bids, while others finalize their representatives.
Seven play-in games Nov. 12-13 across the country will help seat the round of 16, played at three regional sites, Pittsburgh, Pa., Wayne, Neb., and Greenville, S.C. Nine conference... Read More
USA Rugby recently announced its men's and women's All Americans. Tuesday, 130 men were named to two DI 15s teams, a 15s honorable mention list, two DI 7s teams and a DII 7s team. Last month 67 women were named to two DI teams and an honorable mention list, as well as two DII teams without a designation between 15s or 7s.
This marks the first year that USA Rugby has named DII All Americans. In... Read More
The two best teams in Division II this season set up an incredible rematch of last year’s National Championship between UM-Duluth and UW-Whitewater at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Seeking a third title in a row, the Fighting Penguins fought a defensive struggle against a potent Warhawk squad to win 25-19 bringing the trophy back home to Minnesota. UM-D exhibited a defensive masterpiece... Read More
In the rubber match between #1 UM-Duluth and #4 Salisbury, the Fighting Penguins defeated the Sharks for the second time in three years, 30-18, in order to advance to its fourth consecutive USA Rugby Division II National Championship on Sunday. Playing at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., the two-time defending National Champions employed a second half ball control offense to starve the... Read More
The DII national final is set, as Minnesota-Duluth advanced with 30-18 defeat of Salisbury in one semifinal Saturday and Wisconsin-Whitewater beat Towson 53-22 in the other. This marks the second year in a row Duluth and Whitewater will meet in the title match.
The lone common opponent for the Fighting Penguins and Warhawks this fall? Lindenwood-Belleville, the team I happen to coach. We fell 46-... Read More
DII boasts one of only two undisputed national championships left in men’s college rugby. The other is run by the National Small College Rugby Organization. Unlike their DI counterparts, virtually every DII conference in the country plays toward the same title.
That doesn’t mean the playoff system is simple, though. There are 17 DII conferences and, at last count, 161 teams. 12 of those... Read More
Vassar College earned its first ever Tri-State 7s title with a tournament victory on its home turf in Poughkeepsie, NY Sunday. With the victory, the Brewers earned an automatic berth to USA Rugby’s 7s National Championship held on May 23rd and 24th.
12 schools descended on the campus of Vassar College to play in three groups of five teams. Originally slated to include all 15 Tri-State teams, the... Read More
Saint Louis University became the first team to win a bid to USA Rugby's DII 7s National Championship by claiming the Gateway 7s title Saturday in inclement weather. The Billikiens blanked Missouri S&T, Southern Illinois and UMKC amidst heavy snowfall in pool play. They then beat Maryville in the semifinals to set up a championship meeting with Principia.
The Thunderchickens, who won the... Read More
A National Champion has been crowned, and we haven't run rankings since before the Sweet 16, so we're in line for some major shakeup. Parts of the Top 25 held up through the postseason, like the part where we had Minnesota-Duluth ranked No. 1 all season, and final four contestants James Madison and UW-Whitewater in the top five all year. Others didn't hold up so well.
We had New England... Read More
Down by nine points at halftime in Greenville, S.C. Saturday, Minnesota-Duluth showed why it’s the best team in the nation by scoring three unanswered tries and shutting out UW-Whitewater in the second half to win a second straight National Championship, 24-14.
After a first half in which Whitewater played with tempo and momentum, Duluth Man of the Match eightman Jake Luetgers broke four tackles... Read More