This week marks the end of final exams at colleges across the country, as well as a time students look forward to a well-deserved break from classrooms and homework assignments. For the most competitive college rugby teams in the country, the winter break isn’t just about guzzling eggnog and gift giving, but an important time to get better equipped for a spring semester of rugby.
The University of Oklahoma Men’s Collegiate Rugby Program has announced the appointment of Doug Neubauer as its new Head Coach to continue the development of its high-performance program and its competition with the top programs in the country.
D1A Rugby, with the insightful feedback from coaches in Rugby East, has put together an All-Conference 1st Team, 2nd Team, and Honorable Mention list in order to recognize several of the student-athletes who made noticeable impacts on their teams this fall.
D1A Rugby, with the helpful input of coaches from around the conference, has put together a 1st and 2nd All-BTU side. Indiana, who finished the season undefeated but ineligible for the BTU Championship, and Wisconsin, who beat Ohio State in the Conference Final, top the selection list with six and five players, respectively.
The ACRC Bowl match against Army allowed Life to bring its top side together for a challenging test before the team splits for finals and the holiday season. While Life put together an entire team performance, outside center Harley Davidson was especially impressive, producing lighting quick line breaks throughout the evening and scoring two tries.
Life’s dominant 53-19 win over No. 3 Army did not see the Running Eagles jump 2014 D1A Champions Saint Mary’s for the No. 1 spot. However, the votes between the two powerhouses are beginning to split, and a less than punctuated victory next semester for Saint Mary’s could see the Gaels slip.
Life and Kutztown left the ACRC Bowl Series with impressive victories, but it was the Running Eagles’ 53-19 win over Army that was heard loudest. Patiently waiting to meet the Rugby East Champions in Charlotte, N.C., Life has quietly been fine tuning a team that has the “most collective talent since I’ve been here,” according to now-former Head Coach and current Life University Athletic Director Dan Payne.
The Hawkeyes earned the victory they desperately sought in a 36-31 outcome against Michigan. The five-point win was due in large part to hard-charging outside center David Ryberg. The senior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, saved his best performance of the season for the last match with a hat trick against the Wolverines.