Four of the top six men's college teams are in action live today.
Lindenwood (#6 ranked by FloRugby) is at Life (#2). It kicks off at 1pm ET and is live here (Signup required, but it's worth it).
LSU has a chance to make a massive statement this weekend with a clash with 2016-17 D1A finalists Life Running Eagles.
This game will feature several of the very top college players in the country, including Life's Harley Wheeler and Duncan van Schalkwyk, and LSU's Brennan Falcon. It will kick off at 1pm EST and will be shown LIVE on FloRugby.com.
Dylan Audsley scored 25 points, Holden Yungert was MVP, the ground in Moraga, Calif. shook with the vibrations of the tackles between Life and Saint Mary's, and Kevin O'Connor was superb as the Gaels held of an excellent Life team 30-24 Saturday.
Life University will play for the DIA final as the Running Eagles held off BYU 36-26 in Marietta, Ga. Saturday.
The teams were very evenly matched, with BYU a little bigger overall, but Life strong in contact. The breakdowns were a constant battle between the two, with BYU doing well to disrupt Life ball, and every ruck was hotly contested
Here is the live stream info for the two DIA semifinals.
Life will host BYU at 1pm T, 10m PT. The live stream can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/LifeURugby/?hc_location=ufi
Saint Mary's will host Arizona at 1pm PT, 4pm ET. The live stream can be found here:
The DIA playoffs are down to four teams and they are four teams who have had very different paths to the semifinals.
There’s BYU, which had to play an independent schedule to earn a playoff spot. As a result, the Cougars had to play on the road for the entire playoff run - not exactly what they’re used to, but they know what they’re doing.
We’re down to four in the DIA playoffs as Saint Mary’s, BYU, Arizona, and Life all won.
Of those four games, Life v Lindenwood was easily the closest, although Indiana put up a a fight against BYU.
So there's the little matter of the DIA Quarterfinals Saturday, with eight teams left with a rugby game and a dream.
Baylor hosts Arizona, broadcast live by FloSports.
The final 16 of women’s DI playoffs kicks off this weekend at four regional sites.
Here’s the lineup of games:
Lindenwood v Washington State
Stanford v Arizona
played at Stanford
Life v North Carolina
Central Florida v Virginia
played at Life
Penn State v James Madison
Life University is packed with exciting rugby players, but Cody Melphy has turned more heads than most this season.
The finalists for the 2016-17 Rudy Scholz Award have been named, as the search for the top men's DI-level college rugby player is now down to four.
Baylor's defeat of LSU in the Red River Conference final puts the entire DIA playoff picture into some muddiness as we await the latest rankings.
(This article contains some changes from the original based on what teams will be playing in the playoffs ... basically we shouldn't have had Arkansas State in there, sorry -AG)