This weekend was a winning weekend for HBCU Rugby Classic teams and participants.
Howard University Women win East Regional Championship
Howard University Rugby Women ran through the eastern regional conference of the College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) D2 Regional playoffs. Their big victories came in the form of a 46-0 semifinal win over the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and a 43-26 Eastern Regional final win over Appalachian State.
They will be representing the east coast at the CRAA D2 National Championships taking place in Houston, TX on May 7-8, 2023.
Howard University Rugby Women will be the first HBCU Rugby program and to be contenders for a National Championship in the 11-year history of HBCU Rugby, and could potentially be the first Howard University women’s program to win an athletic national championship in the 156 years of the school’s existence.
Howard University Rugby Women are looking for support from the community to help them travel down to Houston for this historic moment. If you feel compelled to help them, you can donate to their GoFundMe or show support by purchasing some Howard University Rugby Women’s Merchandise
Howard University Rugby Men Qualify for 7s National Championships
2023 HBCU Rugby Classic Men’s Division Champions, Howard University Rugby Men, have officially qualified for the 8th seed in the East bracket of the famed, College Rugby Championship 7s, put on by National College Rugby.
This marks the first time an HBCU Rugby team has been a participant in the Collegiate Rugby Championships, as well as being the hometown defenders.
The Collegiate Rugby Championships were created in 2010 by the late Jon Prusmack. It features 122 teams, 300 matches, 8 men’s & women’s divisions, on 5 fields, over 3 days. This year it will take place on April 28-30 in Washington DC at the Maryland Soccerplex & Adventist Healthcare Fieldhouse.
All the matches will be streamed and available on The Rugby Network and Youtube.
University of Maine-Farmington Women win Plate finals
2023 HBCU Rugby Classic Women’s Division Champions, University of Maine-Farmington, competed in the Ohio rugby 7s tournament, Beast of the East Collegiate tournament, and was able to win the Banshee Plate.
They also came in 3rd in the conference championships, that were hosted by Endicott.