Harvard gets a stern test and then a week off in the Women’s National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) league, and that’s good timing as the Crimson prepares to face Dartmouth October 23.
For the defending NIRA champion Crimson (they won it all in 2019 and there was no NIRA season in 2020), this is exactly what they want as they think about another championship.
Arizona State pulled off a bit of a shock in women's D1 rugby, defeating Grand Canyon University 36-27.
It was a very well-played game given the layoff for both programs, but to see what is essentially a club team defeat a varsity program shows that such a result is possible.
Dartmouth and Harvard remain undefeated in NIRA's DI and look to be on a collision course not only for October 23, but for the final on November 20.
Perhaps the biggest game in women's D1 and NIRA college rugby was Thursday night's Life University vs Penn State clash.
Life won 27-19, but that was a pretty good showing from Penn State.