BOULDER, Colo. - USA Rugby debuted its first-ever Men’s College Division II rankings this week. Fourteen DII college rugby commissioners determined the rankings and will continue to vote on the emerging clubs in the country on a weekly basis.
“We’re hoping that these rankings will help push DII closer to the center stage at this time of year where they belong,” said USA Rugby Collegiate Director Rich Cortez. “A weekly ranking for Men’s DII rugby should be a good mechanism to bring it to the forefront of people’s attention.”
The DII conferences have put forth the effort in making sure they are playing their competitive 15s schedule during the fall. This consistency among the entire division will provide an accurate representation of the DII landscape through the weekly rankings.
“I’m impressed with the diligence by which the voters are making their choices,” added Cortez. “The best part of the process is that teams not currently on the list are making a push for inclusion, and it shows that the level of competition among DII Men’s College Rugby is changing and improving.”
Salisbury, the defending Men’s DII National Champion, is off to a 5-0 start and sits atop of the 2013 rankings. Opening at number two is Notre Dame College, who has registered a win against 2012 semi-finalist Indiana University (Penn.). UM Whitewater, (6-0), James Madison (6-0) and 2012 finalist Minnesota Duluth (6-0) round out the top five.
Here is a list where the top-25 teams rank:
- Notre Dame College
- James Madison
- Minnesota Duluth
- Buffalo State
- Grand Valley State
- Indiana University PA
- Old Dominion
- Kent State
- Illinois State
- St. Louis
- Southern Illinois
- Coast Guard
- UW Stout
- Rhode Island
Molloy, Bentley, New Hampshire, UNC Wilmington and Louisiana Lafayette are all currently on the cusp of breaking into the top 25. View how your favorite Men’s DII teams rise and fall in the rankings each week here.