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It Feels Like Spring in College Rugby Now

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It Feels Like Spring in College Rugby Now

Mary Washington is back on the field. David Hughes photo.

We've got a lot going on this week in college rugby.


The new kid on the block is St. Thomas, which come off a victory of 80-0 over North Florida. Head Coach Gavin McLeavy spent a long time heavily involved in the Okapi youth and HS program, and several of those players have ended up at St. Thomas, so they know each other pretty well. Along with some additional players from places such as Trinidad & Tobago and Bermuda thanks to McLeavy's work as an announcer for the Rugby Americas North competitions. Those players knew McLeavy and signed on at St. Thomas as a result.

So it's a different-looking, and young team stepping up from D2 into the D1AA Florida league. They face a hard-hitting Central Florida team.

San Jose State's solid start gets a major test with hosting Chico State. Dallas provides a stern test for Rice, while an imposing Western Washington team has to travel 350 miles to Corvallis, Ore. to take on Oregon State. 


BYU at Cal is a massive game and earlier this year we spoke to BYU Head Coach Steve St. Pierre about how many of the top D1A teams play each other. 

"We've evolved over time," he said. "We know we need good games so we all try to play each other."

St. Pierre has a bunch of forwards who have been waiting for their chance and ... well ... this is really their chance. They take on a Cal side with outstanding defense—they have, in six games, given up three tries. Two of those were against UCLA last week. 

Lindenwood plays a neutral-site game with Mary Washington. UMW has been working its way through the Rugby East and did pretty well, beating Mount St. Mary's, Penn State, and Southern Virginia, while losing competitively to St. Bonaventure, Life, and Queens. But Lindenwood is another thing entirely and they are embarking on a hot series of games that includes Life, Arkansas State, and Central Washington.

Oh yes, of course, Central Washington visits Arizona. 

College Game of the Week Highlights The Rugby Network Weekend

Keep an eye on Grand Canyon at UCLA and the ongoing battles in the California Conference.

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Check back for scores:

D1A Games
Date Away   Home Conference Referee
2/10 UC Santa Cruz 8-112 Cal Poly California Kirk Swanner
2/10 Cal State Long Beach 38-15 Sacramento State California Ardy Farhangdoost
2/10 Saint Mary's 68-3 Santa Clara California Morris Fuller
2/10 San Diego State 22-36 UC Santa Barbara California Frank Palumbo
2/10 McKendree 0-113 Arkansas State Independent  
2/10 Central Washington 19-17 Arizona Non-Conf. Will Nelson
2/10 BYU 53-26 Cal PAC Marquise Goodwin
2/10 GCU 21-47 UCLA Non-Conf. Gregor McDonald
2/10 Texas A&M PPD North Texas Red River Wian Engelbrecht
2/10 Texas Tech 0-57 Texas Red River Blair McLure
2/10 Texas A&M PPD TCU Red River  
2/10 Lindenwood 39-0 Mary Washington Rugby East Ben Dickinson
2/11 Boston College 7-64 Saint Mary's Non-Conf.  
D1AA Games
Date Away   Home Conference Referee
2/10 Fresno State 31-22 Nevada Reno California D1AA N  
2/10 Chico State 15-37 San Jose State California D1AA N  
2/10 San Francisco State 0-48 American River College California D1AA N  
2/10 U. San Diego Ppd Claremont Colleges California D1AA S  
2/10 Eckerd 21-17 FAU Florida D1AA  
2/10 FSU 20-0 FIU Florida D1AA  
2/10 UCF 17-24 St. Thomas Florida D1AA  
2/10 UF 33-29 USF Florida D1AA  
2/10 U. Dallas 10-33 Rice Lonestar D1AA  
2/10 SMU 0-28 UTSA Lonestar D1AA  
2/10 Texas State 0-49 Sam Houston State Lonestar D1AA  
2/10 WWU 59-21 Oregon State University NCRC D1AA  
2/10 Lindenwood 2 61-17 Tennessee Non-Conf.