Four teams remain in quest of Division II College National Championship

Four teams remain in quest of Division II College National Championship

BOULDER, Colo. – Furman University will host the 2013 USA Rugby Men’s Division II College National Championship Dec. 7-8.

“USA Rugby is proud to present the first DII Men’s College National Championship to be played in the fall,” said USA Rugby Collegiate Director Rich Cortez. “This Championship was made possible by the collaboration of all of the DII Conferences across the United States. We are extremely pleased Furman University Rugby, under the direction of John Roberts, has agreed to host this Championship on their extraordinarily beautiful campus.”

The four semifinalists competing for the DII National Championship will be reigning National Champion Salisbury University, 2011 winner UW-Whitewater, UM-Duluth and James Madison University.

Cortez believes the schools battling for the National Championship this weekend are well-deserving clubs.

“These four teams represent the finest DII college programs in the country,” said Cortez. “The competition should be evenly matched with four well-coached squads who are ready for the challenge.”

Saturdays semifinals will feature the number-one overall ranked Salisbury versus James Madison, followed by UW-Whitewater taking on UM-Duluth. Less than 24 hours later, a consolation game will be played followed by the match to determine the 2013 DII National Champion.

All matches will be played on John S. Roberts Field on the Furman University campus in Greenville, S.C.

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  • Guest - Informed Rugger

    Great final four this year! Duluth and Whitewater should be a lot more competitive than last years Elite 8 game. Look for Duluth to be hungry to avenge their National Title loss last year. Their strong forward presence with atheltic backs gives them one of the most dynamic teams in all divisions of rugby in the US. As well as Whitewater who is still salty over their close loss to Lindenwood 2 years ago, and who wants to beat Duluth to get back to their 2011 title run. Both these teams boast impressive D2 and D3 football teams, so dont look for either of these teams to drop off for years to come. PLayers to watch - UMD: #13, #10, #8, *15.. UWW: #14, #8 #2....... JMU lost to Salisbury last fall but they have improved dramatically. The Sharks return almost their entire back line so this will be an interesting match up. SU coach Doc Davis looks for his 5th National title while JMU looks to make a statement in their first final 4 appearance with their experienced fly half and imported England center. JMU has had a strong year and looks to upset former MARFU rival Salisbury. PLayers to watch - SU: #10, #13, #6.. JMU: #10, #12, #13..... Whitewater 40- 25 over Salisbury in the final

  • Guest - Discount Double Check

    In reply to: Guest - Informed Rugger

    Coming from someone who played in the national final last year....#10 -on Salisbury OVERRATEDDDDDD

  • Guest - boom

    In reply to: Guest - Discount Double Check

    Madison is returning their ENTIRE back line and has dominated in the forwards. Medium rare salisbury has only played 5 games this season. players to watch #'s 1-15Madison is going through them like a hot knife through butter. Train stops here.

  • Guest - Chuck

    In reply to: Guest - Discount Double Check

    Bitter much DDC? Look how mad you are....

  • Guest - On-Line Fan

    In reply to: Guest - Informed Rugger

    Will the games be streamed live on-line?
    Is so, how to access?

  • Guest - guest

    In reply to: Guest - On-Line Fan

    Yes. You can find the link to the live stream for each game below.

  • Guest - Jmu fan

    What are the game times for this weekend?

  • Guest - guest

    In reply to: Guest - Jmu fan

    su vs jmu at 1230

  • Guest - Guest

    In reply to: Guest - guest

    I don't think that is correct. My understanding is that on Saturday, the JMU v SU D2 semi-final match is at 11:00 AM. The Kutztown v PennState match (ACRC Chhampionship Final) is at 12:45 and the other D2 semi-final match of UMD v UWW is at 2:30. On Sunday, the D2 Final is at 12:30.

  • Guest - Guest

    JMU played Salisbury in an exhibition match, it was not part of the regular schedule for either team, and personally, I don't think either team played like it was a conference match. JMU didn't even bring all of their starters to that game. "Imported English Center" also makes it sound like JMU scholarships, they don't,

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