URI rugby to compete in first Liberty Challenge
Results: URI Men’s rugby finishes fall season with 17- 12 win over Syracuse in Liberty Challenge. Rams had to come from behind twice to grab the win against a tough, physical Syracuse team. Trailing 7-3 at half despite dominating possession, Chris Hayes scored Rams’ 1st try at 56 minutes to put URI up 10-7. Syracuse responded with break along left sideline for a try, URI pushed back deep into Syracuse end, had 1 try overturned, but maintained pressure , and Sean Grenier finished series of pick-and-go to score after 64 minute, and the Rhody defense kept Syracuse backed up in their own end to finish the match. URI finished the season 4-4 in conference and 5-5 overall.
Congrats to the alums and current team on an outstanding tradition. GO RHODY!!!
Rhody Rugby steps up to Division 1A
Following several successful seasons that saw Rhode Island capture the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference title and advance to the USA Rugby D2 regional final, we have moved up to D1A this fall to compete a consistently higher level, joining New England powers such as Massachusetts, Boston College, Northeastern as well as metropolitan NY area schools such as Fordham, Fairfield, Iona and Stony Brook.
The rugby program at URI have been solidly developing for years, growing in size and competitiveness. We’ve had great success in recent years developing players with no rugby experience, but good athleticism and, most importantly, a willingness and ability to take what we teach at practices and put those lessons into practice on the field.
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 park.
Honest, it’s fun! Even our FANS are tough.