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RUGBYMag.com has produced a Club of the Year award for some years, now, and we normally produce it based on an ability to succeed in a number of venues (7s and 15s, for example), and often across divisions (men and women, for example).





This is the first time we have selected a club that runs a men's team and a college team, and it is possibly the only example of it.

Life University covers both men's club rugby and men's college rugby. During this past season Life teams won the DI-A college championship, finished second in the Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s invitational, won the Plate in USA Rugby's college 7s championships, won the Men's DI club championship, finished second in the Men's Elite Cup competition, and saw five players named to the USA or USA Selects.

And to put them over the top, they are starting a women's undergraduate team. And to put them even more over the top, Life secured most of their accomplishments in the space of a few weeks.

The undergraduates beat Army and Arkansas State on the road, and St. Mary's at a neutral site in DI-A. They beat Florida, Texas, Delaware, Kutztown, and Navy on the way to a close loss to Cal in the CRC final.

The men's team beat the Chicago Lions, Denver, Old Blue (twice), NYAC, Boston, and Seattle-OPSB to take the DI title and make the Elite Cup championship game, which they lost 31-26.

So there were no easy roads, and yet they accomplished it all. For an organization, and for a group of athletes, the spring of 2013 was a remarkable run, and we would like to recognize it.

Life University is RUGBYMag's Club of the Year for 2013.