College 15s National Championships schedule set, to air live on Rugby Channel
MORAGA, Calif. - The 2016 USA Rugby College 15s National Championships, consisting of five championship matches at Saint Mary's College Saturday, May 7, will be broadcast live from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT on The Rugby Channel.
Launched earlier this year, The Rugby Channel was created by Rugby International Marketing and Omnigon as a groundbreaking online service offering exclusive live and on-demand coverage of top-tier domestic and international rugby events. The HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series and Guinness PRO12 competition have already enjoyed air time on the subscription-based platform, which will stream College 15s at no charge to viewers.
"May 7 at Saint Mary's will be championship day for USA College Rugby--five divisions--men and women, a beautiful college setting, thousands of fans, and extraordinary competition," said USA Rugby College Director Rich Cortez. "We can't wait to see the action and take delight in the efforts of the player, coaches, and referees. College rugby continues to be an integral part of the growth of our sport on the national landscape of important sporting events."
The biggest weekend in collegiate 15s rugby kicks off with Fall Champion Davenport University and University of Southern California at 9 a.m. PT at Saint Mary's Stadium. USC will take the place of Spring Champion Tulane University, which was unable to attend the Championship weekend. The Trojans finished third at the Spring Championships at UC Davis.
UC Davis' men's team will attempt back-to-back Championship campaigns in the Men's Division 1AA Final against Notre Dame College at 11 a.m. PT. The Falcons competed in Division II last season and beat several formidable opponents on the way to Moraga.
The first Women's D1 Elite Final will see a familiar name in Penn State University who plays Brigham Young University at 1 p.m. PT. The Nittany Lions are coming off a D1 National Championships in 15s and sevens in 2015, while the Cougars' season received a boost in the fall with the institution recognizing the women's program as an extramural club team.
For the fourth consecutive season, Life University and Saint Mary's College will do battle for D1A Rugby bragging rights. Kicking off at 3 p.m. PT, the D1A Final pits the top two ranked teams in the Canterbury D1A Top 20 rankings against each other at the end of an arduous playoff competition.
Closing out College 15s is the Women's DI Spring Championship Final featuring UC Davis and Virginia at 5 p.m. PT. The two faced heavy competition at their respective regional events to reach this point in their postseasons, and the Spring Championship trophy will be awarded when the final whistle blows at Saint Mary's Stadium.
College 15s tickets will be available for purchase Saturday, May 7, at Saint Mary's Stadium. For more information on The Rugby Channel, visit therugbychannel.tv.