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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now that the Mid-South and West have both reached their midway points in the 2014 season, it is time to recognize players around the country who have bee playing at a high level, as well as hand out some midseason awards.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.riotintostadium.com.
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.
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.
As the 2012 regular season comes to an end, a look at the past 11 weeks brings all sorts of memories and emotions for players, coaches, and supporters. There were upsets, blowouts, and matches that went down to the wire; and there were tries, big hits, and missed tackles that may never be forgotten. Veteran players led many teams, while others relied on youth to guide them through the season. No matter the differences in style of play, club location, or overall record, all players and coaches participated in a grueling competition that they will always remember.
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.