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NSCRO Confirms Fall Playoff Venues

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NSCRO Confirms Fall Playoff Venues

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NSCRO has officially awarded the hosting rights for its Fall men’s playoffs.

The selection process for the Spring playoff and National Championship events is underway.

The Central Region Championships for both the Challenge Cup and Champions Cup will be hosted by the City of Columbia, MO. on 9-10 November 2019 at the Scott Boulevard Fields in Columbia, Mo.

The Challenge Cup Mid-Atlantic Region Championship will be hosted by the Raleigh Rugby Football Club on 16-17 November at the Poole Road Rugby Complex in Raleigh, NC.

The South Cup Championship (Champions Cup) will be hosted by Life University on 16-17 November at the Lupo family Field facility in Marietta, Ga.

The Northeast Region Championships for both the Challenge Cup and Champions Cup will be hosted by Siena College on 23-24 November in Loudonville, NY.

The Mid-Atlantic South Region (Champions Cup) Championship will be hosted by the Raleigh Rugby Football Club on 07-08 December 2019 at the Poole Road Rugby Complex located at 7417 Poole Road, Raleigh, NC.

NSCRO began a bidding process in July and concluded the process in late August. The process was managed by Matt Robinette, NSCRO Director of Events. Each of these hosts completed comprehensive bids that benefit both parties and offer world-class facilities for these high-profile events.

NSCRO congratulates these organizations on winning the bid to host these events and we look forward to working with them through the planning process. NSCRO and our host partners are committed to delivering value to our members through well-run, professionally produced championship events.

“The NSCRO bid process is detailed and thorough," said Steve Cohen, NSCRO President. "Communication is critical and understanding expectations paramount.”

Cohen added that in the bid process, successful bids have to provide a high-quality venue, an ability to produce a professional event, and have the event be a benefit to the members of NSCRO as well as to the host community.

“We’re all very excited that the bid process has concluded with the selection of four outstanding venues, and the event planning can begin,” said Cohen.

Zach Franklin, Sports Sales Manager, City of Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau remarked that "NSCRO events will impact Columbia in many different ways. From an economic impact perspective, sports tourism has helped us assist some of our venue holders in finding ways to generate alternative sources of revenues in the form of venue rental all while generating tax dollars from the visiting participants, and their families. We also believe this event will drive the city's vision to make Columbia the best place for everyone to live, work, learn and play.

“Sports tourism means a great deal to our community. Being home to Mizzou athletics brands Columbia as a ‘sports town’ We want to embrace this and show our citizens that there are a plethora of events out there to enjoy in their own backyard. This event also allows us to further our partnership with the Columbia Rugby Football Club. They are a crucial stakeholder in us winning these bids, and we would not be able to run the quality of events that we do without them.”

Representatives from the other venues have also echoed their enthusiasm to host NSCRO’s flagship events again this year:

Rosalind Chou, Head Coach of Life University Women's Rugby, said her program is "absolutely thrilled to host another important NSCRO event."

Greg Matthew, Director of Rugby, Siena College remarked that "Siena is very excited to once again be hosting the Northeast Region Championships. We are committed to bringing quality rugby to the Capital Region and NSCRO provides an excellent opportunity to do so. Partnering with NSCRO for such important events allows Siena to reach a wider audience and show our beautiful campus, as well as developing focus and goals for our rugby program including reaching an NSCRO Championship event."

Adrienne Bryant, Chairperson, Raleigh RFC Board of Directors remarked that the "Raleigh Rugby is extremely excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with NSCRO again this year. Last year was a tremendous success and we value any opportunities like this to help promote, support and encourage the development and organization of small college rugby in the United States."