Teams confirmed for 2022 College Rugby Association of America’s Fall Classic in Charlotte, December 3-4 | Latest Rugby News

The Collegiate Rugby Association of America (CRAA) has confirmed its fixtures for the 2022 Fall Classic, which will take place December 3-4 at the Mecklenberg Sportsplex in Mathews, NC.

Headlined by the Women’s D1 Elite and Women’s D1 and D2 Fall Championships, the weekend of rugby will also feature two Men’s D1A Cup Championships. All matches will be broadcast LIVE for free on The Rugby Network.

The CRAA has partnered with The Rugby Network (TRN) to provide free-to-air online coverage of the Championship weekend, and the CRAA ‘Game of the Week’ in 2023. Complementing its comprehensive coverage of Major League Rugby, TRN is excited to expand. offering rugby and bringing the collegiate game to the fore.

“Last year’s championship event was an incredible experience for the CRAA and the competing teams, an experience we are excited to expand on this December. Our goal is to provide student-athletes with a professional experience and broadcast to all fans, alumni and spectators at participating institutions,” said CRAA President Paul Keeler. “Partnering with the Rugby Network for our championships and upcoming match of the week is the best opportunity for college rugby to reach alumni and fans both near and abroad.”

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American Collegiate Rugby Association Fall Classic | December 3-4, 2022

Mecklenberg Sportsplex – Matthews, NC | *ALL TIMES AND*

December 3, 2022

13:00 |: 1st Division Elite Women’s National Championship Lindenwood vs. Life

15:00 |: Division 1A Men’s Mint City Cup Championship |: Colorado State vs Kentucky

17:00 |: Division 1 Women’s Fall Championship |: Navy vs. Utah State

19:00 |: Division 1A Men’s Hornet’s Nest Bowl Championship |: Ohio State vs Penn State

December 4, 2022

12:00 |: Division 2 Women’s Fall Championship

The women’s bracket features some of the best in college rugby. Moving from spring to fall, the Women’s D1 Elite National Championship will feature the 2021 champion Lindenwood University vs Life University:, the fifth year in a row the Lions will face the Running Eagles in the final game of the year. The Women’s D1 Fall Championship will include the 2021 US Naval Academy vs State of Utahand there will be winners in the Women’s D2 Fall Championship Temple against the 2021 champions Vassar compete against the winner of the second semi-final Colorado School of Mines and: US Coast Guard. The D2 semi-final matches will not be broadcast by The Rugby Network, but the Championship final will be broadcast on Sunday.

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“We continue to elevate the professional environment for these championship matches, which create a fantastic student-athlete and fan experience for college rugby,” said CRAA Women’s Rugby President Olivia Benzan-Daniel. The Fall Classic Championship Weekend is the highlight of the fall rugby season.”

The Mint City Bowl features the Colorado State University Rams from D1A’s Rocky Mountain Conference facing D1A debutant the University of Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats were undefeated in SCRC D1AA through the 2022 fall season and finished their slate with a tie against Big10 runner-up Ohio State. At the end of the Ohio State meet, the Wildcats were invited to test their mettle in the Fall Classic against the 19th-ranked Rams.

The Hornet’s Nest Bowl sees two top D1A teams in Ohio State University and Penn State University. The Buckeye’s finished No. 2 in the Big10 Championship (17th), while the Nittany Lions played in the Rugby Eastern Conference this fall. These two teams will meet for the first time this season in the Fall Classic.

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The Mecklenburg Sportsplex is a large sports complex and park in Matthews, North Carolina and has previously hosted the CRAA Fall Classic. The facility is located southeast of Charlotte with 12 full-size football fields anchored by a 5,000-seat stadium.

8×8 Sports, an American rugby apparel company, is the “naming partner” of the overall event and also sponsored the CRAA Spring Championships in Houston, Texas. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event.

The College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) is a competition sanctioned by USA Rugby that includes the premier divisions of men’s and women’s college rugby. Competition includes Men’s D1A, Women’s D1 Elite, Women’s D1 and Women’s D2. The CRAA is committed to creating the best possible experience for student-athletes, maintaining commercial resources in the college game, and creating an experience for our members to engage their academic institutions and alumni.


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