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
For the first time since 2010, there will not be a D1AA national championship. The College Management Council has instead decided to split the D1AA postseason into seasonal championships, awarding one for the fall and one for the spring, with no meeting planned for the respective winners.
The decision was made earlier this month, just weeks before most D1AA programs nationwide kicked up their... Read More
With the D1A season right around the corner, it is time to look at the current situation in the division. According to the leadership at D1A, some teams have switched conferences, a few teams have joined, and it is all broken down here.
Rugby East remains intact. It was rumored that Navy might be joining the conference but they elected to head to the Mid-South. The conference has seven teams with... Read More
The day after New Zealand won the 2011 Rugby World Cup, defeating France 8-7 in the final, the NY Times Sports section carried a lengthy article about the match from Emma Stoney, a stringer from New Zealand.
This contrasted with the short squib of a Reuter’s press release four-years earlier when South Africa beat England in the 2007 RWC final in France.
Since the RWC in 2007, the Times has... Read More
College rugby in Utah has been thrown in a blender over the last handful of years, and whether it’s able to come out on the other side whole remains to be seen. The University of Utah is still reeling from the program’s 2013 suspension, while four-time national champion coach David Smyth has left vaunted BYU for Utah Valley.
The upheaval has shredded two of the best rivalries in all of college... Read More