HBCU Rugby Programs Making Historic Moves

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 Men Qualify for 7s National Championships

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.

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.