CBS Sports Network to air D1A Rugby National Championship

“The plan is to continuously expand the reach and awareness across multiple divisions, codes and genders" - USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - USA Rugby has announced that CBS Sports Network will televise the D1A Rugby National Championship on Saturday, May 6 from Saint Mary's Stadium in Moraga, Calif. The match will start at 7 PM, ET.

"We couldn't be happier to have CBS Sports Network as a television partner for our 2017 National Championship event," said D1A Rugby Commissioner Kevin Battle. "CBS provides a national platform and professionalism that our student-athletes and elite collegiate programs deserve."

The exposure CBS Sports Network provides D1A Rugby is just the beginning of a committed strategy to brighten the spotlight on USA Rugby's largest membership base - college rugby.

"This is part of a broader plan to build on the initiative we've set forth surrounding elite college rugby," said USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne. "This is very exciting news for not just this year, but also our multi-year plan to increase the scope and reach of the sport."

Saint Mary's College hosted last year's D1A Rugby National Championship as part of the 2016 USA Rugby College 15s National Championships. Life University and Saint Mary's reached the 2016 D1A Rugby Final for a fourth consecutive season. Last May, the Life Running Eagles outlasted the Gaels in an exhilarating championship fixture, 24-20.

Information related to ticketing for the Championship event in addition to competition updates throughout the remainder of the 2016-17 D1A Rugby season and postseason can be found on D1ARugby.com.