BOULDER, Colo. – Oregon State University’s Men’s Rugby Club is the 38th current member of the D1A Rugby competition.
Following a review by USA Rugby’s Collegiate Department and D1A Commissioner Kevin Battle, the Beavers were accepted into college rugby’s premier competition amongst Division I teams.
“Oregon State’s rugby team has exemplified the type of program we seek, both on and off the field, to add to D1A,” explained Battle. “They have shown to be competitive against some of the finest rugby programs in the country in recent years, and more importantly, the team is continuing on an upward trend and is committed to joining the ranks of elite college rugby programs.”
Last season, Oregon State qualified for the 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship and played spring 15s in the PAC Rugby Conference. The Beavers, like fellow D1A Independent club University of Arizona, do not align with one of D1A’s six geographical regions. Both Arizona and Oregon State will compete in the PAC Rugby Conference, but will have an opportunity to qualify for the 2015 D1A Playoffs if they finish the season ranked in the top 12 of the Canterbury D1A Top 20 Rankings.
So far this fall, the Beavers have focused on their sevens program, already competing in five tournaments in hopes of building a résumé strong enough to qualify for spring’s 2015 College 7s National Championship. Outside of its PAC schedule, Oregon State already has a match scheduled against 2014 D1A Playoff team Santa Clara as well as Pacific Northwest power Central Washington.