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

The College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) has confirmed the matchups for the December 3-4, 2022 Fall Classic at the Mecklenburg Sportsplex in Matthews, NC.

Headlined by the Women’s D1 Elite and the Women’s D1 and D2 Fall Championships, the action-packed rugby weekend will also feature two Men’s D1A Bowl Championships. All matches will be streamed live for free on The Rugby Network.

The CRAA has partnered with The Rugby Network (TRN) to provide free online streaming of the Championship weekend and CRAA “Match of the Week” in 2023. TRN is excited to expand, complementing its end-to-end coverage of Major League Rugby. Offer rugby and bring the collegiate game to the fore.

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

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College Rugby Association of America Fall Classic | December 3-4, 2022

Mecklenburg Sportsplex – Matthews, NC | *for all time*

December 3, 2022

1:00pm | Division 1 Elite Women’s National Championship | Lindenwood v Life

3:00 pm | Division 1A Men’s Mint City Bowl Championship | Colorado State vs. Kentucky

5:00 pm | Division 1 Women’s Fall Championship | Navy vs Utah State

7:00 pm | Section 1A Men’s Hornet Nest Bowl Championship | Ohio State vs. Penn State

December 4, 2022

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

The women’s bracket has some of college rugby’s best performances. Moving from spring to fall, the Women’s D1 Elite National Championship will feature the 2021 champion Lindenwood University Vs. Life University, for 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 champion US Naval Academy Vs. State of Utahwhile the winners of the Women’s D2 Fall Championship will be featured Temple vs 2021 Champions the year Face the winner of the second semi-final between them Colorado School of Mines And US Coast Guard. The D2 semi-final matches will not be streamed by The Rugby Network, although the championship final will take place on Sunday.

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“We continue to elevate the professional atmosphere for these championship matches that creates a wonderful student-athlete and fan experience for college rugby,” said Olivia Benzon-Daniel, CRAA Women’s Rugby President. The Fall Classic Championship Weekend is the highlight of the Fall Rugby season.”

The Colorado State University Rams from D1A’s Rocky Mountain Conference take on D1A debutants, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, in the Mint City Bowl. The Wildcats were undefeated in SCRC D1AA during this fall 2022 season and finished their schedule with a tie against Big10 runner-up, Ohio State. At the conclusion of the Ohio State match, the Wildcats were invited to test their mettle against the 19th-ranked Rams in the Fall Classic.

The Hornet Nest Bowl pits Ohio State University and Penn State University against two major D1A teams. The Buckeyes finished 2nd in the Big 10 Championship (ranked #17) when the Nittany Lions played in the Rugby East 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 hosted the CRAA Fall Classic in the past. The facility is located southeast of Charlotte, with 12 full-size soccer fields anchored by a 5,000-seat stadium.

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

The College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) is a USA Rugby sanctioned competition comprising the premier divisions in men’s and women’s collegiate 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, keeping commercial resources in the collegiate game, and creating experiences to connect our members with their educational institutions and alumni.


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