For a Cal squad that had been preparing for the tournament with heavy hearts since teammate Robert Paylor suffered a spinal injury during the Bears’ win against Arkansas State in the Varsity Cup final, the CRC title gave the program reason to smile.
Nine of the 11 D1A teams competing in Vegas are doing so in sevens at the CRC qualifier. The field includes Buffalo, Clemson, Colorado, Lindenwood, Michigan State, Santa Clara, St. Bonaventure, Utah State and Wheeling Jesuit.
It’s the most exciting weekend of the Big Ten 15s season and all the teams will travel to Elkhart, IN to play final matches and determine final conference rankings. Key championship matches will stream live on The Rugby Chanel.
With the finals match results in, the Big Ten championship weekend is set. The championship day of rugby will take place on November 12th in Elkhart, IN and should be a full day of rugby with six matches to be played.
The top four teams in the Big Ten Universities are on collision course Saturday, Oct. 29. Sixth-ranked Indiana will host another undefeated side in Wisconsin, while Michigan pays No. 19 Ohio State a visit.
College players disappear from the sport following graduation rather than continuing to play at the club level at an alarming rate. However, the Men’s DI Club National Championship featured two D1A grads who have bucked the dropout trend in order to continue to compete at the highest level.
After going undefeated on their way to a BTU title, and adding wins against Davenport and Kutztown to their résumé, the Hoosiers are staring at their biggest challenge of the season – a Quarterfinal match against Lindenwood.
Ohio State and Indiana will meet in the Big Ten Championship Saturday in Rockford, Ill. This match has the makings to be highly competitive, as these physical sides look to end the Big Ten season with a trophy in hand.
Indiana and Ohio State win their matches, and will advance to the BTU championship match on Nov. 14th. Michigan State notched their second win of the season, while Minnesota claimed their first victory of the season.
Ohio State was able to tie its match against Wisconsin with a late penalty kick. Now, with only two weeks left, four teams find themselves in the race for the two spots in the Big Ten Universities Championship game.
The conference of blowouts continues, as the average point differential this weekend was 59 points. Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Illinois all walked away with wins in week three of Big Ten play.
Indiana will travel to Ann Arbor to take on the Wolverines in its third Big Ten game of the season. Michigan will try to get its first win against the Hoosier side in two years, while Indiana fights to keep its undefeated streak alive.
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.
With the BTU Championship out of the realm of possibility, Indiana was out to prove they were the best team in their conference, and that type of determination and focus came from a small but proud senior class.
The Rockford Region will host the 2014 BTU Rugby Big Ten Universities Conference Championship at Sportscore Two, in Loves Park, IL. The championship will take place on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The battle for first place in the Big Ten Universities Conference between Indiana and Michigan was as thrilling as advertised. Although Michigan controlled several aspects of the game, it was Indiana that used a late rally to come away with a 19-17 victory.
The Wolverines and Hoosiers represent the two remaining teams in the conference without a loss to their record. The game is also a rematch from last year’s Big Ten Championship game, which concluded in a 58-38 victory for Indiana.
After three weeks of Big Ten Universities rugby, three undefeated teams remain. This past Saturday, Indiana drubbed Iowa, Minnesoata defeated Illinois, and Michigan won a back-and-forth battle against Wisconsin.
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 dog days of summer is the season of sevens for men’s and women’s senior clubs across the country, but for high school standouts, including 15 future D1A players, the summer lends opportunities to hone their skills in 15s and get themselves on a National radar.
Penalties have been handed down to the BTU Champion Indiana University Rugby Football Club after it became apparent that two of its players were not eligible to play in the Big Ten Universities’ Conference ahd Championship matches, as well as D1A qualifying matches.