National Collegiate Rugby will host the 2021 Collegiate Rugby Championship on Memorial Day Weekend, crowning men’s and women’s 7s national champions in conjunction with a conference representative side 10s competition.
The CRC has been the crown jewel of collegiate rugby since 2010, putting the sport on the big stage via national television and major league stadiums and serving as the proving grounds for dozens of future Olympians and pros including Nate Ebner, Madison Hughes and Danny Barrett.
Now owned and operated by NCR, the membership home to more than two-thirds of college rugby, the CRC is poised for a rebirth as a true national championship.
“National Collegiate Rugby is about the player experience, first and foremost, and we are thrilled to welcome the CRC, which has provided an unparalleled stage to so many for so long, to the home of college rugby,” NCR CEO Jeremy Treece said.
All NCR member teams are eligible for selection to 2021 CRC. A selection committee will be assigned the task of choosing the final 32 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams to compete in CRC May Madness 7’s. All NCR members are eligible for selection to their conferences representative 10s team and all member teams are eligible for selection to the 2021 CRC, though they will have to comply with event-specific COVID protocols and provide signed consent from school administration.
“We are committed to providing the best championship experience possible in 2021, and that begins and ends with safety. We are diligently working with all appropriate parties to assure we provide the safest environment possible for rugby student-athletes to return to competition in a meaningful way,” NCR 7s Commissioner Pat Clifton said.
Teams with administrative approval to play rugby this spring can apply for consideration here. Coaches of NCR member teams with players interested in participating in the rep side 10s competition should contact their conference commissioners, and interested players should contact their coaches. Click on the appropriate tournament below.
Formed in 2020, NCR is committed to the development of college rugby by providing a wide array of services and governance for men’s and women’s collegiate rugby programs. NCR is proud to oversee nearly 15,000 men’s and women’s collegiate rugby players from about 600 programs across the United States.
NCR evolved from the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) which was founded in 2007. Originally created to support the growth and development of small college rugby, the organization now serves college rugby programs of all sizes.