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CRC 7s Moves to Maryland, Held Earlier

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CRC 7s Moves to Maryland, Held Earlier

Kutztown vs Dartmouth in the 2022 Men's Premier final. Alex Goff photo.

National Collegiate Rugby has announced that the CRC 7s tournament, which had been held in late May in New Orleans these past two years, will move to April and will be held in the DC area.

The tournament, which features seven brackets, four for men and three for women, with well over 100 teams attending, is now slated for April 28-30 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md., just about 20 miles outside the DC Beltway.

The move was made based on feedback from the teams involved, which indicated that waiting for Memorial Day Weekend, wich was often after classes were finished, was difficult for both school-supported and club teams.

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“After consultation with our members, we learned that a majority of teams prefer an earlier date that does not extend beyond the school term," said NCR CEO Jeremy Treece in a released statement. "While the tournament has always been in late spring, the CRC will be even stronger in April.”

NCR chose the Maryland SoccerPlex based on its high quality fields, proximity to a large number of collegiate rugby programs, and the fact that three large airports are nearby. Home to the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, the complex boasts 24 fields and a 5,000-seat stadium.

"We are extremely excited to host the Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s," said Matt Libber, Executive Director of the Maryland SoccerPlex. "The CRC is an opportunity to highlight our facility amongst the rugby community while showcasing talented rugby programs from across the country." 

“The Maryland sports complex offers an ideal environment for the CRC," added Treece. "And, given its location, it’s closer to more college rugby teams and their fans. We look forward to making this the best CRC yet.” 

The CRC will hold competitions for Men's Premier Cup, Men's D1 Club, Men's D2, Men's Small College, Women's Premier Cup, Women's D1 Club, and Women's Small College. The largest bracket will be the Men's Premier Cup with 32 teams. The Men's Small College and Women's Premier will have 16 teams, and the rest 12 teams each, totaling 112 participating programs altogether.

While the tournament does draw from all over the nation, the vast majority come from the Eastern Seaboard states from North Carolina north to Massachusetts, and moving the tournament from New Orleans to the DC area makes travel much easier for them. 

2022 CRC Champions:
Men's Premier: Kutztown
Men's D1 Club: Sam Houston State
Men's D2: IUP
Men's Small College: New Mexico Tech
Women's Premier: Lindenwood
Women's D1 Club: Roger Williams

Perhaps in an indication of the difficulty of playing in late May, the Women's Small College competition was held separately in Pittsburhg in 2022, with University of Chicago taking the title.