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College: Who's Coming Back; Who's Playing This Weekend

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College: Who's Coming Back; Who's Playing This Weekend

Arizona vs GCU from 2020. J Dalton photo. We could see this again very soon.

The quote from Ernest Hemmingway's The Sun Also Rises about how Mke Campbell went bankrupt—"Gradually, then suddenly"—is kind of how, in a more positive fashion, we will see college rugby come back.

We're in the gradual phase right now, but it will flow back in short order. This week we have two teams visiting Lindenwood men, with Marian and Central Washington arriving in St. Charles. Unfortunately, it's not three teams, as the women's game against Penn State has been canceled.

Lindenwood is favored against Marian (even if the Lions are playing their 2nds, it's a VERY good 2nds team), and probably favored also against a CWU team playing its first game in a year.

All Eyes On Games At Lindenwood

Davenport's game at Life has been called off, as has a couple of other games on various schedules (Navy at Southern Virginia and Army at Queens). Tennessee is set to play at the Nashville Rugby Club, however, so we've got that going.

On the women's side we've got Central Washington at BYU in a rematch of a game played two weeks ago (which CWU won).

But ... on the horizon we'll start to see more teams in action. Reports are that the Midwest is opening up a bit, and we might see Bowling Green, Illinois, Indiana, and IUPUI, to name a few, actually take the field this spring.

Out west, Arizona has announced it's coming back and will kick of its season against Grand Canyon next week. The Wildcats will also play Central Washington, BYU, and Air Force.

So of course that implies GCU and Air Force will also return. There is also a season for the SCRC teams that remains on the books, and should happen, at least some of it.

"We are beyond grateful to the university, campus health, and campus recreation for allowing us the opportunity to play this season" said Arizona Director of Rugby Sean Duffy. "Without them, this does not happen. I am also thankful for the buy-in from our athletes and coaches to the protocols that have allowed us to stay safe, stay ready, and demonstrate our ability to compete in these precarious times. With respect to Cal, UCLA, and Utah, we are in constant contact with each of their administrations and we look forward to adding them to our calendar if possible for 2021 and beyond."