7 September —National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) will hold the 2022 Men's and Women's National Championships in Houston, Texas. Major League Rugby’s Houston SaberCats will host the tournaments over two consecutive weekends at their home field, AVEVA stadium.
The Women’s Nationals will be held on December 3-4 and include the semifinals and finals for Division I, Division II and Small College. Following regional playoffs, a total of ten teams will travel to Houston seeking a national championship.
The Men’s Nationals are scheduled for December 9-11. The Men’s Division II and Small College teams will play their semifinals (Friday) and finals (Sunday) over the three-day weekend.
On Saturday, December 10, the day starts with the Rhino Rugby Bowl and Lonestar Bowl which will feature exciting high-level teams that have earned national exposure. The men’s Division I and Division I-AA national championship matches follow the two bowl games.
Jeremy Treece, NCR Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our teams always feel welcome in Houston, and the SaberCats staff consistently deliver a professional-caliber experience for our players. We look forward to having both the men and women compete for national championships in Houston this year.”
The national championship tournaments will bring 28 teams, over 700 athletes and coaches, and thousands of fans to the city of Houston.
The Houston SaberCats have become regular hosts of college rugby events. The men’s nationals return to AVEVA stadium for the second year. Also, the SaberCats hosted the 2022 men’s and women’s All Star tournaments this past January.
“We are excited to bring one of the premier college rugby events back to Houston. It is great to have both the men’s and women’s championships—showcasing the future stars of American rugby.” added J.T. Onyett, President of the Houston SaberCats.
The full playoff schedules will be released in the coming weeks.
About National Collegiate Rugby
National Collegiate Rugby is the largest collegiate rugby organization with over 600 men's and women's teams. Evolving from the National Small College Rugby Organization, which was founded in 2007, NCR serves small colleges, Division II and Division I programs. NCR's sole focus is the growth and development of college rugby through a range of competitions and championship pathways, member services and governance.