The RUGBY PatCast is a regular podcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. This episode features Amy Rusert, one of the architects of the NCAA rugby initiative, who is back on the front lines as the commissioner of the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA). She comes on the pod to advocate and educate on the effort to make rugby a fully-sponsored NCAA championship sport.... Read More
DIA is now in full swing and some conferences have started taking playoff shape. Rugby East, the Big 10 and Liberty are all more than half way through while several other conferences are early on in the season.
Rugby East is set for a battle royal later this season. Army took down Kutztown 24-17 to remain undefeated in conference play and is on a collision course with Penn State later... Read More
There were a number marquee games over the weekend. Several games saw ranked teams match up and others see teams headed for a collision course in the coming weeks.
In the Great Midwest, Whitewater, Illinois State Marquette all remain undefeated. Marquette continues to raise eyebrows, this time beating a ranked Northern Iowa team convincingly 73-10.
Marquette and Illinois State will face off in... Read More
DIAA had another week of action packed conference play. All five conferences had games take place this weekend.
St. Joe’s and West Chester both moved to 2-0 in conference play and Rowan moved to 2-1. In previous years, the conference had two divisions but this season all six teams are in one division. All three of these teams will vie for the top spot and a berth to the DIAA playoffs.... Read More
The DII College rankings saw some movement with 19 of the top 25 in action this weekend. For the most part the favorites won, but a couple of teams moved up thanks to impressive results.
A couple of teams that were originally ranked in our top 25 have elected to move to NSCRO (according to an NSCRO Newsletter) this season and will not be counted in the rankings going forward. Northern Michigan... Read More
Nine ranked teams played games this week with two matchups occurring between ranked opponents. Both favorites won those matchups but they were close games.
Mary Washington nearly pulled off the biggest upset over Navy but a poised Midshipmen came back to win 15-14 late in the match. Navy drops a couple spots to nine overall and Mary Washington moves up to 18 despite the loss.
Army defeated Iona... Read More
DIA had a number of thrilling conference and non-conference games this weekend. Some ranked teams were tested heavily and one team taking a ranked scalp.
There were several high profile non-conference games. After a week filled with drama, that saw the Iona program thrown into upheaval, the team traveled to West Point for a date with Army. The Black Knights ended up winning 29-19. Iona has... Read More
Collectively, Army and Navy have made a combined 26 final four appearances dating back to the original collegiate national championship season of 1980. The Black Knights have made it to the semifinals 12 times and the Midshipmen 14, though four of Navy’s runs were through the Varsity Cup, a privately run championship that ran from 2013-2017.
Still, a national title evades both.
Army reached three... Read More
DIAA had a full slate of conferences and games take place over the weekend. In total, five conferences had action over the weekend.
The Ivy Conference kicked off this weekend and all of the favorites came up victorious. Perennial champions, Dartmouth defeated Harvard 55-13 and both Penn and Yale won comfortably.
The MARC had its second weekend of action. Rowan and Pitt picked up their... Read More
The DII college season is now in full swing and in some cases playoff positions are starting to take shape. Here is a breakdown of what happened across the country in DII.
The Tri-State has been plagued by a myriad of forfeits but several teams are raising their hands to come out of the conference. Last year’s winner RPI and William Paterson sit atop the north division and are odds on... Read More