URI Men’s Rugby 2016-17
The University of Rhode Island Men’s Rugby Club returns this Fall with goals set on a national championship after winning the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference (USA Rugby, Division 2) championship and losing to the two-time national runners-up in a close championship final of the Northeast Regionals. Much of the club returns from a spring season that included finishing as runner-up in the Scott Milley Memorial 7s tournament in New Hampshire, the Rhody Cup tournament at URI and the 2016 Beast of the East tournament (Division 1), losing only to 4-time champion Massachusetts while defeating other division foes Connecticut and US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point. Those results follow other recent tournament successes, including the 2015 Rhody and Hoder Cups and the 2014 Four Leafs XVs. The club has a culture of hard work effort that the coaches recognize and reward. Playing time is earned through diligence at practice and performance on the field, and the competitive atmosphere brings out the best of all players, top to bottom. The team practices Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 4:15 pm on the rugby fields behind the baseball field.