The Lindenwood rugby team and the entire University was dealt a mighty blow last week upon hearing the tragic news of the passing of Lindenwood rugby player Charles Labry. With a Mid-South clash between Davenport and Lindenwood waiting in the wings, the two schools honored a terrific young man by declaring the match, and each one to follow between the two teams, the Charles Labry Memorial Match.
There may not be many D1A matchups this weekend involving two teams at or near the top of their conference’s standings, but there are plenty of teams that currently sit in the middle of the pack and need wins to get into a conference championship conversation.
The Nittany Lions Men’s Rugby team was alleviated of its semester-long suspension a few months ago, but the team’s 30-6 win over No. 6 Davenport was Penn State’s statement to the rugby community that the Nittany Lions are indeed back.
The 2014-15 D1A Rugby season does not kick off until the Rugby East Conference gets underway Sept. 13. Still, the majortiy of D1A teams are well into their fall training regimens, and several clubs were in action this weekend against non-conference foes.
Life University has named Dan Payne as Assistant Athletics Director effective immediately. Payne has been at Life U since 2009 as Director of Rugby. During that time, he has propelled the program into elite status, playing for eight national championships and winning four in the process.
Lindenwood University’s Men’s Rugby team has displayed a commitment to excellence on the pitch ever since its inagural season kicked off two season ago in the fall of 2011. Even more impresive may be the team’s newly found commitment to its community off the pitch.