University of Colorado’s Men’s Rugby disciplined for unregistered players

D1A Rugby: University of Colorado’s Men’s Rugby disciplined for unregistered players

On September 21, two unregistered players competed as substitutes for the University of Colorado against the University of New Mexico. While a paper roster was submitted at match time due to technical issues with the Competition Management System (CMS), the players’ eligibility was later flagged as unregistered through the digital platform. D1A recognized the infraction with initial sanctions where after review the following consequences were applied to University of Colorado Men’s Rugby;

  • Suspension from 2019 Fall Playoffs
  • Probational accord during Spring 2020 matches
  • Both unregistered student athletes suspended for remainder of Fall 2019, reinstated in Spring 2020
  • Two-game suspension, Head Coach Chris Hanson
  • Two-game suspension, Assistant Coach and active Head Coach on 9/21

Hanson had this statement regarding the disciplinary; “The University of Colorado did field two unregistered players against the University of New Mexico, an infraction we understand and take full responsibility for. We recognize the severity of this and the liability risk it creates, this has become a learning experience for the team and our staff as we move forward and implement policies and protocols to avoid such issues in the future.”