DIA Rugby News
Most college rugby programs will be idle or mostly idle this fall, but a few are active, and they all have to adjust to the COVID world we live in.
"With no contact we're working a lot on skills that don't require contact," said Lindenwood Men's Head Coach Josh Macy. "We'll probably be a lot better on ball skills and skills not related to contact."
USA Rugby’s behind-the-scenes efforts to adjust residency rules aren’t just about complaining about what happened before; they have a direct influence over the near future.
Prompted in part by the Wes White Fiasco, USA Rugby is pushing World Rugby to rethink how it judges whether a player is a resident or not.
This is a weird time for college recruiting as the COVID-19 pandemic has led schools to shift to online learning, or to shut down or curtail sports; meanwhile, reports are that college enrollment, expected to be down this year, is likely holding steady or may even be up at some institutions.
The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the rosters of college rugby programs, even if those programs aren’t playing rugby.
Travel between countries has been restricted, and it’s been difficult for overseas-based players to get as they look to start their 2020-21 college school year.
College Rugby Association of America Commissioner Kevin Battle has been furloughed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.