One of the most competitive leagues in Men’s DII College Rugby has to be the Southern Conference Premier League, but on team is shaking up that notion early on.
The conference split this year into a top tier and a second tier, and the result it, no one gets an easy game.
Furman University has officially named Mike Miller the men's rugby program's new Head Coach.
Miller replaces John Roberts, who announced in January that he was stepping down.
John Roberts, who founded the Furman rugby team in 1998 and developed it into one of the nation’s top small college rugby programs, has stepped down as head coach.
In a midweek clash of top teams in the Southern Rugby Conference, UNC-Charlotte defeated Furman 29-16.
Both teams were undefeated going into the match and understood that the game would have playoff implications.
The Southern Conference is all set for the conference final 7s tournament at Furman on the 22nd after last Saturday’s final leg.
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater No. 8 John Grams is Goff Rugby Report’s MVP Forward for Men’s DII College Rugby.
Men's DII Semifinal: Furman v Minnesota-Duluth
This is the final Men's DII rankings for the 2016-17 season.
The time finally came, and in fact the time came with just a few minutes left in the first half.
This was the Men’s DII College final, and leading into halftime Wisconsin-Whitewater was leading 7-3. Only 7-3.
Furman University pulled off quite the upset Saturday, winning their Men’s National DII semifinal over three-time defending champs Minnesota-Duluth 32-29.
Bolstered by a vocal home crowd - the semis were held at Furman - the Paladins played some sterling defense and torched the Fighting Penguins for three key first-half tries that proved the difference.
OK so we have the preview articles on each team, and now it’s time to make some predictions.
Furman At Home in the National Semis
Whitewater #1 But Now's Time to Prove It
The key game for Furman University this season was the Southern Conference final.
Going into that game Head Coach John Roberts - after whom the college’s rugby field is named - acknowledged the massive importance of that matchup with UNC-Charlotte. Lose and you still make the national playoffs, but win … and you’re at home for the entire playoff run.