Written by Pat Clifton    Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:39    PDF Print Write e-mail
Rutgers into Empire, Out of DI-A
Colleges - Men's DI College

Rutgers has been accepted into the Empire Rugby Conference. The Scarlet Knights, along with Army's developmental side, will make the Empire an 11-team league, which will employ a 10-match home-or-away schedule.

Rutgers joins Texas A&M as teams that have exited DI-A following the 2012 season. Rutgers finished 0-6 in Rugby East this season and managed just one win in two years of DI-A play.

While the Mid-South appears to be crumbling, the Rugby East has a chance to remain strong, with several teams remaining committed to DI-A. Stay tuned to RUGBYMag for DI-A updates.

A DI-A coaches meeting has been scheduled for June 23rd in Houston, the same place and time the Eagles take on Italy at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Written by Alex Goff    Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:32    PDF Print Write e-mail
Life Chasing that 33
Colleges - Men's DI College

Last Monday the Life University undergraduate rugby team sat in a classroom on campus, waiting for their film and analysis session to commence.

Director of Rugby Dan Payne walked in, strode up to the whiteboard and wrote on number on the board.


Cariaga and Life still chasing those 33 points. Numina Photo.“What does this mean?” Payne asked. “What’s significant about this number?”

The players looked at each other for a moment, and then the light went on in several heads at once. Colton Cariaga spoke up.

“It’s the number of points Cal beat us by last year.”


After preparing all season, finishing 2nd in the Mid-South last year, and making the DI-A playoffs, Life traveled to California and lost 43-10.

“A lot of us remember that,” said Cariaga. “We had gone through a pretty good season and then in that game we found out how far away we were. We’ve talked about that 33 a lot. We think about how high the bar is set, and what we’ve done to get there.”

The message has been part of Payne’s approach throughout the season, trying to measure against the highest standard, not against the opposition. The approach has meant some big blowouts, two victories against rivals Arkansas State, and a 75-3 quarterfinal defeat of Penn State.

“We know BYU has a bunch of seniors and will be a very tough team, but we are playing at home,” said Cariaga. “And we’ve been challenging ourselves all season. We’ve been chasing that 33.”

Written by Pat Clifton    Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:53    PDF Print Write e-mail
Texas A&M Out of DI-A (Updated)
Colleges - Men's DI College

Texas A&M has officially withdrawn from DI-A following the 2012 season. The Aggies alerted USA Rugby and fellow DI-A members of their decision earlier this week.

“For us, financially, we just can’t sustain it. In my personal opinion, I absolutely love the competition and it kind of breaks my heart that we have to leave it. We got travel grants from USA which paid for one half of one trip. Basically, right now, everything our guys do is on their backs,“ Texas A&M coach Brett Mills told RUGBYMag.

“It’s close to $2,000 a year to play rugby, and we lost probably 12 kids at Christmas time because of that. There’s nothing I’d rather do than compete in the competition.”

Texas A&M’s announcement is the first of what’s expected, by many, to be a rash of departures from the two-year-old competition.

Another team expected to leave DI-A is A&M’s former Mid-South rival Oklahoma. The Sooners, A&M and Texas Tech, which was estranged from the original Southwest Conference, could be the backbone of a new DI-AA conference.

Notre Dame is also expected to leave DI-A’s Mid-South, either for a DI-AA league or the Rugby East. It would seem the Mideast is a good fit in DI-AA, as the Fighting Irish already play a fall schedule against those teams. The Rugby East makes a lot more sense geographically for the Irish in DI-A, but simply switching leagues has ripple effects.

Rumor has it Army and Rutgers are seeking entrance, or have already been accepted to, the Empire Rugby Conference. However, RUGBYMag confirmed with Army coach Rich Pohlidal that it's his second and third teams who will play in the Empire.

A DI-A coaches meeting has been scheduled for June 23rd in Houston, the same place and time the Eagles take on Italy at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Keep tuned to RUGBYMag for updates on DI-A.

Written by Press Release    Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:59    PDF Print Write e-mail
Pools Set for CRC June 2-3
Tournaments - USA 7s CRC

Organizers of the upcoming USA 7's Collegiate Rugby Championship, coming to PPL Park in Chester, PA (June 2-3), today announced the four pools along with the tournament schedule. The tournament features 16 elite University teams competing in 38 matches over two days, in exciting pool play format. 

The four pools are as follows:

Pool A) Life University, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Temple

Pool B) Dartmouth, Delaware, Maryland, and Florida

Pool C) Arizona, NC State, Texas, and Oklahoma

Pool D) Army, California, Notre Dame, and Navy


The tournament officially kicks off with a Life vs. Penn State match on Saturday, June 2 at 8:50 a.m. The final match of the day will pit Army against Cal at 7:03 p.m. The two top teams from each pool will move on to the final round on Sunday, June 3, kicking off at 9:50 a.m. The championship match will take place on Sunday, June 3 at 5:18 p.m.

The full schedule with game times is available at

Tickets for the two-day event of rugby, live entertainment, gourmet food, interactive games and activities are on sale exclusively through ComcastTIX. One-day and two-day passes, starting at $18, can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 or in person at the PPL Park box office.

USA Sevens LLC owns and operates America’s premier rugby event, the USA Sevens Rugby Tournament. Held annually, the event is one of the nine international stops in the HSBC Sevens World Series. With an attendance of over 50,000 during the two day event, it is the largest annual rugby event in North America and one of the fastest growing rugby events in the world. The CRC in Philadelphia is the largest domestic rugby event in the USA

Global Spectrum ( manages PPL Park, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.

Written by Alex Goff    Thursday, 10 May 2012 10:54    PDF Print Write e-mail
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