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After a long fight to get back on campus, Delaware will return to action this fall following roughly two years of suspension. The Blue Hens were dealt a five-year ban in the fall of 2013 after a well-publicized party that grew out of hand was attributed to the club. Alumni and team members have worked since the incident to get back in the university's good graces,
"The team deeply regrets and takes full accountability for its actions leading to the suspension and is looking forward to turning this negative into a positive," a release about the reinstatement said.
"First and foremost I would like to thank the Administration at University of Delaware for giving us this great opportunity. I would also like to thank the Friends and Family of Delaware Rugby as well as the Rugby Community for supporting us throughout this entire process and look to them for their continued support as the hard work is just beginning," said Delaware captain Chris Mattina.
"A fundamental part of rebuilding this program is going to be working with our club sports office and the Athletics Department on creating a strong foundation for transparency. Our goal is to create a professional environment, providing a platform for rugby student-athletes to not only advance their level of rugby, but to enhance their learning experience at UD and develop leadership qualities for life. This pathway will have our players aspire to play rugby at the National and Olympic level as well as learn to become leaders on and off the pitch. With that being said we are looking forward to taking the field this fall and are excited to represent UD with dignity and respect.
"We will be looking to compete in both 15's and 7's in the upcoming fall and spring seasons and will also be bringing in a new head coach within the next few months.
"We have learned a lot from this experience and understand it is a privilege to wear the uniform representing our school and it will not be taken for granted."
"Going forward, the newly established UD Rugby Alumni Association will provide both leadership and mentorship for the club," added UDRAA board member Steve Severino. "We will play a key role ensuring the Mission and Goals of our student-athletes are fulfilled through scholarship opportunities, facilitating performance in the classroom and on the pitch, as well as post graduate career mentoring."