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Details Confirmed on CRAA 15s Finals Weekend

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Details Confirmed on CRAA 15s Finals Weekend

The last time the D1A final was held is 2019, won by Life in a tight game over Cal. David Barpal photo.

The College Rugby Association spring championships weekend is set for April 30 at Aveva Stadium in Houston with four major titles set to be handed out.

Three of those will be for women, including the Spring Championships for D2 and D1. The D2 semifinals will actually be held on Friday, April 29 leading into the championship day.

The National D1 Elite championship game will also be held. That championship is formed from the four D1 Elite teams, who have been building toward April 16's semifinals, with Central Washington at Life and Penn State at Lindenwood.

The winners will meet up in Houston.

And then there will be the men's D1A Championship game. Who plays in that remains up in the air with an Eastern bracket of six teams and a Western bracket of six teams to be confirmed. Lindenwood, Texas A&M, Army, Cal, and BYU have been confirmed as conference champions. Ohio State is a conference champion but has bowed out of the playoffs, and Saint Mary's has, according to our calculations, also clinched with one game to go. So that's six teams set, with another six at-large seeds to be finalized. The first round of D1A playoffs will be April 9, with the quarterfinals between the winners and teams that received a bye taking place April 16. The semis will be a week later April 23.

Dubbed the College Rugby Association of America 8x8 Sports XVs Championship Weekend, the event will see all four finals played in the stadium and all four shown live on The Rugby Network.

Here's the schedule:
12:00pm Division 2 Women’s Spring Championship
2:00pm Division 1 Women’s Spring Championship
4:00pm Division 1 Elite Women’s National Championship
6:00pm Division 1A Men’s National Championship

"We are excited for the opportunity to have women’s and men’s competitions at the highest levels compete in the 8x8 Sports Championship Weekend,” said Olivia Benzan-Daniel, CRAA Women's President. “Providing a professional environment for these championship matches creates a fantastic student-athlete and fan experience for college rugby.”

“Our goal is to provide the student-athletes with a professional experience and deliver broadcast to all fans and spectators of the participating institutions,” said Paul Keeler, CRAA Chairperson. “Partnering with the Houston Sabercats and The Rugby Network is helping us achieve our goal and create great student athlete and fan experiences."

“This is an event we have greatly anticipated as top programs and divisions in college rugby come together for an electric championship Saturday,’ said USA Rugby CEO, Ross Young, “The collective effort by all involved to help this experience come to life is inspiring and a perfect showcase of rugby community values. We’re eager to see student-athletes, friends, families and fans descend on such a first-class facility as Aveva Stadium and hand out some championship hardware.”

AIG, Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau and 8x8 Sports have also stepped up to partner the CRAA Championship Weekend. 8x8 Sports, an American rugby apparel company, is the naming partner of the overall event and has also sponsored the CRAA Fall Classic in Charlotte, NC. AIG and Pearland are event partners for the event, who have provided resources to benefit the championship participants.