LAFAYETTE, Colo. – The California Conference will grow to a six-team competition next year with the addition of California State University, Sacramento.
Sacramento State, as the school’s most commonly referred to, return to D1A Rugby’s California Conference after two years of playing out of D1AA’s Pacific West Conference. This past season, the Hornets showed great improvement and advanced to the National Quarterfinals before falling to eventual National Champions UC Davis.
“The Sacramento State Men’s Rugby program is very excited about moving back up to D1A,” said head coach Adam Macrae. “We want to test ourselves against the best competition in the United States.”
The addition of Sacramento State adds depth to an already competitive league that boasted four teams in the Canterbury D1A Top 20 at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season – including No. 2-ranked Saint Mary’s College.
“We welcome the Sacramento State Rugby team back to the California Conference after a two-year hiatus,” said the conference’s commissioner and Cal Poly’s Director of Rugby Charles Zanoli. “As a charter member of the College Premier Division, Sac State has worked hard to rebuild their form, and we look forward to adding them to our conference schedule.”