Get to know the 2017 Club Championship Finalists

Ten of the best teams in the nation will gather in Glendale, Colo. where they’ll feature in five fixtures at the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club National Championships.

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - The 2016-17 club rugby season has reached a boiling point. Ten of the best teams in the nation will gather in Glendale, Colo. where they'll feature in five fixtures at the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club National Championships.

Day 1 of Club Finals is all about Division I. Reigning DII champs Life West Gladiatrix will duke it out with four-time National Champions Raleigh Venom to kick off the Championship weekend, Saturday, June 3 at 5 p.m. MT. The women's D1 title game will be followed by the men's top division Final that will see the Austin Huns attempt to outclass 2015 National Champions New York Athletic Club.

June 4's triple-header of finals footy begins at 11 a.m. MT when the St. Louis Royals and the Bremer County Bucks will battle for the 2017 Division III National Championship. The two best teams in women's D2 rugby will take center stage at Infinity Park during the second game of Day 2. Midwest's Milwaukee Scylla and Northern California's San Francisco Golden Gate will decide which club wins its first National title, before the St. Louis Bombers and Life Running Eagles conclude the championship weekend in the Men's Division II Final.

All six National Championship matches will be broadcasted live on The Rugby Channel.

2017 USA Rugby Club Championships Schedule

Austin Huns

  • Established: 1973
  • Head Coach: Eugene Eloff
  • Previous National Championship Appearances: N/A
  • Last Year's Results: 6-6 (4th-place Red River Conference)
  • Eagles in Roster: Todd Clever (73 caps), Hanco Germishuys (2 caps) and Peter Malcom (4 caps)

Bremer County Bucks

  • Established: 1975
  • Coaches: Jesse Sathre & Joshua Tack
  • Previous National Championship Appearances: N/A
  • Last Year's Results: 11-1 (Lost in National Semifinals)

Life Running Eagles

  • Established: 1980
  • Head Coach: Blake Bradford
  • Previous National Championship Appearances: 4
    • National Championship Winners: 2008, 2013 and 2014
    • National Championship Runner-Up: 1994

Life West Gladiatrix

  • Established: 2015
  • Head Coach: Adriaan Ferris
  • Previous National Championship Appearances: 1
    • National Championship Winners: 2016
  • Las Year's Results: 15-0 (Won Division II National Championship)
  • Eagles in Roster: Bitsy Cairns (8 caps), Megan Foster (4 caps), Amy Naber (1 cap) and Jennifer Sever (2 caps)

Milwaukee Scylla

  • Established: 2001
  • Head Coach: Linda Niemela
  • Previous National Championship Appearances: N/A
  • Last Year's Results: 8-4 (Lost in Midwest Conference Championship)

New York Athletic Club

  • Established: 1973
  • Head Coach: Mick Quinn
  • Previous National Championship Appearances: 5
    • Super League Championships: 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012
    • USAR National Championship Winners: 2015
  • Last Year's Results: 5-5 (4th-place American Rugby Premiership)
  • Eagles in Roster: Nate Brakeley (9 caps), Justin Hundley (Men's Eagles 7s), Seamus Kelly (23 caps) and Al McFarland (13 caps)

Raleigh Venom

  • Established: 2002
  • Head Coach: Rick McBride
  • Previous National Championship Appearances: 4
    • National Championship Winners: 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011
  • Last Year's Results: 9-1 (Lost in National Semifinal)

San Francisco Golden Gate

  • Established: 1999 (reformed in 2013 after eight-year hiatus)
  • Head Coach: Andrew McKee
  • Previous National Championship Appearances: N/A
  • Last Year's Results: 5-3 (3rd-place Northern California)

 St. Louis Bombers

  • Established: 1962
  • Head Coach: Ben Meyers
  • Previous National Championship Appearances: N/A
  • Last Year's Results: 5-4 (Lost in Frontier Playoffs)

St. Louis Royals

  • Established: 1971
  • Head Coach: Steve McKinstry
  • Previous National Championship Appearances: 1
    • National Championship Runner-Up: 2012
  • Last Year's Results: 10-1 (Lost in National Quarterfinals)