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NSCRO Small College National Championship

April 30-May 1, 2016
Since 2002, the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) has been at the forefront of fostering and developing small college rugby programs in the United States. NSCRO is comprised of more than 230 men’s and 100 women’s colleges and universities who participate in more than 30 leagues as part of NSCRO’s national playoff systems. Our playoffs provide teams the opportunity to compete on a national level and showcase their abilities to a broader and larger audience. Our National Championships are held at the finest rugby facilities in the country including: Infinity Park (Glendale, CO), Founders Field (Pittsburgh, PA), Rugby Athletic Center (Charlotte, NC) and PPL Park (Philadelphia, PA). NSCRO live streams all of its National Championship events allowing fans from all around the world a chance to experience the action. In 2015, more than 50,000 fans from over 100 countries watched the Men’s Championship from Infinity Park. At our Men’s 7s National Championship, the final was played in front of nearly 10,000 fans in PPL Park stadium.

Championship Schedule

April 30
Semifinal - 12pm Eastern Connecticut State University 7 vs. 14 Claremont Colleges
Semifinal - 2pm University of Southern Indiana 24 vs. 25 Mount St. Mary's University

May 1
Third Place - 11am Eastern Connecticut State University vs. University of Southern Indiana
Final - 1pm Claremont Colleges vs. Mount St. Mary's University

NSCRO helps teams develop, grow and gain recognition outside of their conference or union while also giving them a chance at a national title and national ranking. By legitimizing small college rugby, NSCRO has allowed colleges/universities to increase their visibility and student enrollment. This has also led to increased team participation (e.g., more players, more staff/trainers, and dedicated coaches), increased school support and encouraged alumni to get more involved. NSCRO has assisted several men’s and women’s players in getting recognition and opportunities to participate in USA Rugby’s High Performance camps, which has led some to All-American honors and higher level playing opportunities. Working with USA Rugby, NSCRO has established a scouting network as part of the new USA Rugby’s Men’s Eagle Eye Scouting Program.

The increased popularity of rugby in the U.S. has given NSCRO the unique opportunity to partner with several companies who share our enthusiasm and dedication to collegiate rugby. This has allowed our organization to expand and hire key individuals to better support the growing needs of our members.

NSCRO understands the importance of collegiate rugby in developing today’s student-athletes into tomorrow’s leaders. Our Leadership Development Program has been created to provide student-athletes ways to better serve their respective team, college/university and community.

NSCRO will continue developing programs and policies to meet the needs of small colleges as well as provide guidance, resources and support to our growing collegiate rugby community.

NSCRO is the “Home of Small College Rugby in America.”

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