BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana State University Rugby Club will be joining D1A Rugby for the 2015-16 season as the newest member of the Red River Conference.
Formally a member of the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference, LSU cites an increase in the level of competition, the opportunity to enhance its recruitment of high school players out of Texas, and renewing its rivalry with Texas A&M as reasons to spring for the Red River.
“We decided to make a change that gives LSU Rugby the best chance to succeed moving forward,” said club President Zach Stratton. “We’re very excited for this upcoming season, and competing against new teams in the Red River Conference who have all been very welcoming and hospitable towards us joining the conference.”
The Tigers’ season was shortened this past year due to a suspension, but with 12 starters returning, the team has a bright outlook for the 2015-16 season.
“The Red River is ecstatic about LSU’s inclusion into the conference,” said Red River Commissioner and TCU Director of Rugby TeShay Flowers. “Given the program’s pedigree of success on the national stage, the Tigers will make a valuable addition to our improving conference.”
The Red River Conference will again split its competitive 15s schedule between the fall and spring semesters. After going undefeated this past season, Oklahoma was stripped of its Conference title, which was then awarded to a 4-1 Texas A&M side – a team LSU beat 39-0 in February.