Heavy dose of D1A on MCAA roster
Alex Solomon | June 16, 2014
Following a camp held this past weekend in Merrimack, Mass. consisting of 53 players, Head Coach Matt Sherman and his coaching staff have selected 33 of college rugby’s best who make up the 2014 Men’s Collegiate All-American touring side.
Saint Mary’s well represented in All-Playoff Team – Backs
Alex Solomon | May 21, 2014
D1A’s All-Playoff Team continues with its selections for the nine through 15 positions. As it goes with any list recognizing individual achievement, several backline players were plenty worthy of making the cut, but there was simply not enough room for them, due in part to a group of Saint Mary’s backs being too explosive to leave off.
Life’s bigger units highlight All-Playoff Team – Forwards
Alex Solomon | May 19, 2014
With the best of the best butting heads during the D1A Playoffs, some truly impressive student athletes played terrific rugby during the postseason. Here is a list making up the 2014 D1A All-Playoff Team for the forward positions.
Life, Arkansas State battle for third and final time
Alex Solomon | May 1, 2014
There might not be a better rivalry in college rugby right now than the one between Life University and Arkansas State. The powerhouse programs are the top two sides in college rugby’s most skilled and competitive conference – the Mid-South. So, after facing each other twice this year in the regular season, it is no suprise the two respected rivals will meet for a third time in D1A’s National Semifinal this Saturday.
Saint Mary’s and three Mid-South teams into Semifinals
Alex Solomon | April 27, 2014
For the second consecutive week, the home teams won each of the D1A playoff matches. Based on the final scores, the matches were not very competitive, although three of the four losing teams Saturday did jump out to early leads.
Second round matches to determine Semifinals
Alex Solomon | April 25, 2014
After each of the four higher seeded teams were able to avoid upsets in the D1A Playoff’s opening round, Saturday’s Quarterfinals should provide plenty of excitement.
2014 D1A Playoffs set, kickoff April 19
Alex Solomon | April 14, 2014
Twelve teams have battled through their conference schedules, tested themselves in non-conference matches, and have now earned the right to play for a National Championship.
Life overcomes Arkansas State, wins Mid-South
Alex Solomon | April 8, 2014
With an opportunity to clinch the Mid-South title at hand this past Saturday, Life University did just that by beating Arkansas State. The victory pushes Life’s unbeaten streak to 5-0 on the season, but Arkansas State did not make things easy on the Running Eagles.
Red Wolves get another crack at Life
Alex Solomon | April 4, 2014
D1A Rugby’s No. 2- and No. 3-ranked teams will collide Saturday in Jonesboro, Ark., when Life pays its Mid-South rival Arkansas State a visit.
Week 18: Weekend Wrap
Alex Solomon | March 31, 2014
Oklahoma prevailed against Texas Tech and won the Allied Rugby Conference title in the process. In the Mid-South, Life and Arkansas State both won, but only by a combined 10 points. San Diego State was Saint Mary’s latest victim, as the Gaels won its third straight match by at least 90 points.
Week 18 Preview
Alex Solomon | March 28, 2014
An automatic spot in the D1A playoffs will be on the line when Oklahoma and Texas Tech battle Saturday. Elsewhere, Lindenwood gets another crack at Life, and Saint Mary’s will not find a pushover when it ventures to southern California to face San Diego State.
Week 16: Weekend Wrap
Alex Solomon | March 17, 2014
Week 16 brought the D1A season to its midway point, and squads from each conference have begun to identify themselves as playoff cailber teams based on their performances on the pitch.
Week 15: Weekend Wrap
Alex Solomon | March 10, 2014
In an extremely competitive weekend of D1A Rugby, six conference matches were played in total, all of which were decided by six points or less.
Life overpowers Arkansas State
Alex Solomon | March 4, 2014
When the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked teams in Division 1A go head-to-head, especially two teams that are as familiar with one another as Life and Arkansas State, an epic battle down to the final minutes can often be expected. Life, however, unexpectedly had its way with its Mid-South rival in a 34-7 rout on March 1.
Week 14: Weekend Wrap
Alex Solomon | March 3, 2014
Aside from snowstorms forcing the two matches out of the West to be cancelled, March arrived with a number of compelling matches in D1A Rugby. There were no nail-biters to speak of, but both Saint Mary’s and Life earned wins agains teams expected to challenge each school for conference titles. Also, the once though of one-team race in the Allied Rugby Conference looks to be completely up for grabs.
A-State Rugby partners with New Zealand academy
Alex Solomon | February 26, 2014
Arkansas State University’s rugby club is pleased to announce its partnership with the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand (IRANZ) that oversees the top two rugby academies in the world – the New Zealand academy and the South African academy.
Arkansas State tames Lions
Alex Solomon | February 25, 2014
Playing in its first Division 1A Rugby match in program history, Lindenwood had the difficult task of traveling to Arkansas State to take on the Red Wolves. Inve a 25-17 losing effort, Lindenwood proved it belonged in the Mid-South Conference, while Arkansas State enjoyed the challenge from its new rival.
Week 13: Weekend Wrap
Alex Solomon | February 24, 2014
Week 13 saw a couple of teams from the California Conference get back on track coming off of difficult losses. The Mid-South got underway when Arkansas State hosted Lindenwood, and there was a match that finished in a tie from the Allied Rugby Conference.
Mid-South Conference Preview
Alex Solomon | February 21, 2014
Division 1A’s Mid-South Conference is college rugby’s equivalent of college football’s Southeastern Conference (SEC). From top to bottom, each team has an incredibly skilled roster and some of the very best coaches guiding them.
Saint Mary’s vs. BYU highlight non-conference matches
Alex Solomon | February 12, 2014
Coaches throughout the Division 1A league beleive scheduling matches outside of their respective conferences is an important way to increase skill level and ensure their club is playing the best possible rugby late into the season. This weekend, several teams will be tested in non-conference matches.
NeMani Delaibatiki, Head Coach at Arkansas St.
Grant Cole | November 4, 2013
The Arkansas State University Men’s Rugby Club has named NeMani “Mani” Delaibatiki as it’s Director of Rugby and Head Coach. Mani hails from New Zealand where he grew up playing both codes of rugby at loose forward and center.
Let’s Get It Started
Jarrod Beckstrom | September 26, 2013
Rankings this season count for all the marbles, as only the top 12 will advance to the play-offs in April.
60 D1A Selections to Collegiate All-Americans
Jarrod Beckstrom | July 25, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. – D1A athletes accounted for 60 USA Rugby AIG Men’s All-American selections, a nod to the quality of play and the caliber of athlete in the competition.
D1A Stars in France for JWC
Jarrod Beckstrom | June 6, 2013
LA ROCHE SUR YON, France — Six standouts from four D1A teams are representing the USA in the IRB Junior World Championshps in France this month.
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 4, 2013
JONESBORO, Ark. – Life University is headed to its first ever D1A National Championship game after beating rivals Arkansas State 18-13 in the semifinals.
Catch the Semifinals LIVE
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 4, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. – Follow the path to the National Championship LIVE! St. Mary’s vs. Cal Poly will be webcast live on UStream at 2 p.m. PT. Arkansas State vs. Life will be broadcast live on 103.9 The Game at 1 p.m. CT.
Gloves Off in Jonesboro
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 2, 2013
JONESBORO, Ark. – The gloves are coming off. Arkansas State and Life have gone two rounds this season and the third and final is going to be a good old-fashioned slugfest between two heavyweights in the D1A Semifinal.
And Then There Were Four
Jarrod Beckstrom | April 27, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. – Only four teams remain in the hunt for the National Championship after a great weekend of playoff rugby.
ASU down K-town 31-10 in Quarterfinal
Jarrod Beckstrom | April 27, 2013
JONESBORO, Ark. – The Arkansas State Red Wolves are headed to the semifinals after a 31-10 victory over Kutztown in the D1A Quarterfinals. Arkansas State will now meet familiar foes Life in the semifinals next weekend.
JB’s Picks: D1A Quarterfinals
Jarrod Beckstrom | April 25, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. – The D1A Quarterfinals are finally here. Eight teams have risen above the rest and are ready to make a run to the National Championship on May 18. I expect to see some fierce battles this weekend, particularly in the Mid-South/East match-ups.
Sights on Sully
Jarrod Beckstrom | April 22, 2013
JONESBORO, Ark. – From gap year rugby limbo to one of the most dangerous fly halves for the #1 team in the country, Pat “Sully” Sullivan has come a long way, but the journey isn’t over yet.
Life Wins, Red Wolves Get Last Laugh (For Now)
Jarrod Beckstrom | April 14, 2013
MARIETTA, Ga. – Another Life/Arkansas State battle and another instant classic. It took all 80 minutes to decide a winner and Life came out on top. But Arkansas State’s effort, despite the loss, handed them the Mid-South Conference title, giving the Red Wolves the last laugh. For now…
ASU Eyes Mid-South Sweep in Marietta
Jarrod Beckstrom | April 10, 2013
The Mid-South Conference title, a #1 playoff seed, and more than a little pride are all at stake this Saturday, April 13 when the top-ranked Arkansas State Red Wolves take on Life in Marietta.
ASU Hammers Davenport in Rematch
Jarrod Beckstrom | March 31, 2013
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Davenport suffered their first-ever home loss on Saturday, falling 27-60 to the #1 Arkansas State Red Wolves in Grand Rapids.
Red Wolves vs. Panthers: Round 2
Jarrod Beckstrom | March 29, 2013
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It was a scrap for the ages the last time around and it will be another scorcher on Saturday when #1 Arkansas State takes on #7 Davenport in Grand Rapids.
#1 Red Wolves Embrace Community and Opportunity
Jarrod Beckstrom | March 26, 2013
JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State had last weekend off, but they didn’t get much rest. Over 50 players from the #1 team in the country served their community by helping on a Habitat for Humanity build in Jonesboro.
ASU escapes Davenport in Jonesboro thriller
Bradley Ryan | March 18, 2013
JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas State found themselves in a place they aren’t used to being on Saturday: behind. The Davenport Panthers evidently had a very productive few weeks after their D1A debut was spoiled by Life as they jumped all over the Red Wolves in the first half and had a sizable halftime lead.
ASU Rugby comes from behind to defeat Life, 28-22
Jarrod Beckstrom | March 11, 2013
JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State came from behind and survived an intense finish to defeat the top-ranked team in the country, Life University, 28-22, in men’s rugby Saturday afternoon at the ASU Rugby Field.
Plenty of drama in store in Jonesboro this weekend
Bradley Ryan | March 9, 2013
They don’t get much prettier than this one. Life at Arkansas State. Two college rugby thoroughbreds, both with very real National Championship aspirations will square off in a crucial Mid-South conference game this Saturday (March 9) when the Life Running Eagles go into the heart of Red Wolves territory and try to pinch a win.
Life, ASU show class in out-of-conference play
Bradley Ryan | February 24, 2013
MARIETTA, Ga. — It’s the conference from hell. The Mid-South has the 2012 D1A runners up (Arkansas State) and semifinalists (Life) as well as the D1-AA national champions (Davenport).
Cougars claw their way to a D1A National Championship
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 19, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – BYU won the USA Rugby D1A National Championship in thrilling fashion in front of a home crowd of 8,733 on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
BYU v. Arkansas State National Championship Match Preview
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 16, 2012
When the BYU Cougars take the field for the 2012 Men’s D1A National Championship game on Saturday it will be the seventh year in a row they have had a shot at the title.
BYU to face Arkansas State in USA Rugby D1A National Championship at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday May 19
Brigham Young Rugby | May 15, 2012
After two thrilling National Semifinals the two teams that will meet in the Men’s D1A College Rugby National Championship have been determined. BYU and Arkansas State are set to meet in the Championship at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Saturday May 19, 2012. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. MDT and tickets are available online at http://www.riotintostadium.com.
Arkansas State v. BYU: By the Numbers
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 15, 2012
The Arkansas State and BYU rugby teams have had some of the most mind-boggling statistics in college rugby through the 2012 season. For the most part, they dominated their league matchups on their way to the playoffs and throughout the playoffs have withstood difficult tests.
BYU, Arkansas State set for D1A National Championship game!!
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 14, 2012
After two thrilling National Semifinals the two teams that reigned supreme in the Men’s D1A College competition were BYU and Arkansas State. Those two teams are set to meet in the D1A Men’s National Championship at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy Utah on May 19, 2012. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. MDT.
Get your tickets for the D1A National Championship on May 19!!
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 14, 2012
USA Rugby Men’s Division 1A National Championship
Week 10 Barnburners: Penn State v. Army ; Arkansas State v. Life
Jarrod Beckstrom | April 19, 2012
Penn St. vs. Army. Arkansas St. vs. Life
Week 5 Barnburner: Arkansas St. @ Life
Jarrod Beckstrom | March 15, 2012
Get ready to feel this wrath!
Life pounds Sooners, Red Wolves do the same to Aggies
Jarrod Beckstrom | February 20, 2012
The opening week of the Men’s Division 1A season got underway on Friday with the Life Running Eagles pounding the Oklahoma 74-5 in Norman.
Arkansas State Looks Back on 2011, Preps for 2012
Jarrod Beckstrom | February 16, 2012
As we approach the end of 2011, we look back and reflect on the ups and downs of the program, as we anticipate the challenges that come with the coming new year.
CPD Barnburner: Life University (3-0) v. Arkansas State (2-0)
Jarrod Beckstrom | March 30, 2011
The USA Rugby College Premier Division (CPD) Barnburner for this week is a clash of collegiate rugby powerhouses battling for supremacy in the Mid-South Conference. The Life University Running Eagles and the Arkansas State Red Wolves are set to battle at 1:00 p.m. CDT at the Arkansas State Rugby Pitch in Jonesboro, Ark.