Men's College Division II week one rankings

Men's College Division II week one rankings

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:

  1. Salisbury
  2. Notre Dame College
  3. UW-Whitewater
  4. James Madison
  5. Minnesota Duluth
  6. Buffalo State
  7. Colgate
  8. Grand Valley State
  9. Indiana University PA
  10. Old Dominion
  11. Towson
  12. Kent State
  13. Illinois State
  14. St. Louis
  15. Principia
  16. Marshall
  17. Southern Illinois
  18. Winona
  19. Marist
  20. Georgetown
  21. Coast Guard
  22. Furman
  23. UW Stout
  24. Troy
  25. 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.

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  • Guest - Jeramy Katchuba

    The rankings are very tough to predict at any level and almost impossible at the DII level in rugby across the U.S. The players, coaches, families and fans appreciate a couple of publications, and USA rugby, making and effort to recognize teams. It is nice to see your name on the board, but we all know that the only ranking that matters will come on December 8th. I am looking forward to figuring out where we actually stand across the country!

  • Guest - Todd Streeter

    As a commissioner of a D2 Conference, the WIIL Conference between Wisconsin and Illinois, I'd just like to clear up some potential misconceptions from folks who have posted here.

    1. The weekly poll is indeed circulated to all 14 D2 conference commissioners and USA Rugby collegiate folks have strongly encouraged all commissioners to vote.

    2. USA Rugby receives results on a weekly basis about national D2 league play and puts it in a master google doc that all commissioners can review before voting.

    3. While the rankings aren't perfect, they certainly weren't meant to be, but they are a conduit to get more commissioners involved on a national level, increase the national consciousness of teams and scores from areas outside the ones we are most familiar, and stimulate some dialogue in the rugby community.

    I am appreciative that rugby publications such as Rugby Mag have a poll and now USA Rugby also has a poll being voted on by conference commissioners. I personally voted Salisbury #1 and UM-Duluth #2 because they meant in the championship game last Spring and until either of them is beat, I don't think it makes sense to drop them. I'm glad that other commissioners have different opinions however and in the end, like another poster said, all that really matters is who hoists the hardware on December 8th.

  • Guest - WIIL Member

    In reply to: Guest - Todd Streeter

    Personally, I think these rankings are an important step towards gaining respect from USA Rugby that all of us in D2 have been hoping for....not the biggest deal in the world, but we're finally receiving something in return for the chunk of change that we send over to them every year.

  • Guest - Natty Daddy

    Salisbury will go to D1 when the college kids can afford to pay for gas, food, hotel, etc. for weekly trips to play across the east coast... which unfortunately will be never, since they are full time students who don't have that kind of money. When they get funding from the school, i'm sure they'd be glad to go up and compete with D1. Until then, stop complaining about Salisbury and watch some quality rugby that they play. This isn't Lindenwood running through the national championship 50 -12 like they did in 2012... Rowan alsmost knocked off Salisbury when they went up by 1 with about 10 minutes late in the Elite 8. Even Duluths hard nosed team was only down 12- 5 with about 25 minutes left in the final this year. Towson plays them hard every single game they play, and it shows. I'm sure all of these teams mentioned above would love to get redemption and beat Salisbury to win a final. All the teams mentioned above are comparable to Salisbury so theres no need to imply Salisbury doesnt belong in D2 just because they are winning. Don't complain about Salisbury being in D2, they are smaller than most schools, have probably the worst field in college rugby and still manage to win with meager funding. Salisbury trains hard and it shows on the field. We'll see ya in South Carolina

  • Guest - coach

    does anyone know anything about #6 buffalo state? also take a look at this and tell me what you think which is more accurate!?

  • Guest - Coach

    anyone know anything about #6 Buffalo State? also look at this and tell me what you think, which is more accurate and why?

  • Guest - NDC-FALCONS

    Notre Dame College Rugby Club all the way!! These Men's earn it and deserves to go to NATIONAL!! Hard work and teamwork pays off!! Great Job FALCONS!!

  • Guest - rugger

    LETS GO NOTRE DAME COLLEGE! within 7 games NDC scored 57 tries and averages 52 points per game beat Miami university of Ohio which is a D1 team and beat semi finalist IUP already 39-19. lets go NDC

  • Guest - NDC

    In reply to: Guest - rugger

    CDC not that good, couple of really talented players but that is all, after watching a couple of games, I hope the College is not paying the coaches much.

  • Guest - Guest

    What are the chances of getting in for the teams who have to bid their way into nationals?

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