The College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) has confirmed its fixtures for the 2022 Fall Classic, December 3-4 at the Mecklenberg Sportsplex in Mathews, NC.
The action-packed rugby weekend will also showcase two Men’s D1A Bowling Championships. All games will be streamed LIVE for free on The Rugby Network.
CRAA has partnered with The Rugby Network (TRN) to provide free online streaming of the championship weekend, and CRAA’s “Match of the Week” in 2023. To complement its end-to-end coverage of Rugby Major League, TRN is excited to expand the rugby offering and bring the collegiate game to the fore.
“Last year’s championship event was an amazing experience for CRAA and the competing teams, an experience we are delighted to expand on in December. Our goal is to give the student-athletes a professional experience and deliver coverage to all the fans, alumni and viewers of the participating institutions,” said Paul Keeler, CRAA Chairman. “Partnering with the Rugby Network for our championships and the coming week’s game brings the best of college rugby to alumni and fans near and abroad.”
American College Rugby Association Fall Classic | December 3-4, 2022
Mecklenberg Sportsplex – Matthews, NC | *EVERY TIME*
December 3, 2022
1:00pm | Elite Women’s National Championship Division 1 | Lindenwood vs. Life
3:00pm | Division 1A Men’s Mint City Bowling Championship | Colorado State vs. Kentucky
5:00pm | Division 1 Women’s Fall Championship | Navy vs. Utah State
7:00pm | Division 1A Men’s Hornet’s Nest Bowl Championship | Ohio State vs. Penn State
December 4, 2022
12:00pm | Division 2 Women’s Fall Championship
The Women’s brackets feature some of the best college rugby has to offer. Moving from spring to fall, the Women’s D1 Elite National Championship will feature the 2021 Champion Lindenwood University vs. University of Life, for the fifth consecutive year the Lions will face the Running Eagles in the final game of the year. The Women’s D1 Fall Championship will feature the 2021 Champion United States Naval Academy vs. State of Utahwhile the Women’s D2 Fall Championship will see winners Temple against the 2021 Champions Vassar take on the winner of the second semi-final between Colorado School of Mines a US Coast Guard. The D2 semi-finals will not be streamed by The Rugby Network, however the Championship Final will be on Sunday.
“We continue to elevate the professional environment for these championship games which creates a great student-athlete and fan experience for college rugby,” said Olivia Benzan-Daniel, CRAA Women’s Rugby President. “Seeing women’s and men’s rugby at the highest levels compete at the Fall Classic Championship Weekend is a highlight of the Fall rugby season.”
The Mint City Bowl features the Colorado State University Rams of the D1A Rocky Mountain Conference facing the D1A debutant, University of Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats were undefeated in SCRC D1AA during this Fall 2022 season and finished their schedule with a tie against Big10 runner-up Ohio State. At the end of the Ohio State game, the Wildcats were invited to test their mettle against the 19th ranked Rams in the Fall Classic.
The Hornet’s Nest Bowl sees two of D1A’s top teams face off in The Ohio State University and Penn State University. The Buckeye’s finished 2nd in the Big10 Championship (ranked number 17) while the Nittany Lions played in the Eastern Rugby Conference this fall. These two teams will meet for the first time this season in the Fall Classic.
Mecklenburg Sportsplex is a large sports complex and park in Matthews, North Carolina and has hosted the CRAA Fall Classic in the past. The facility is southeast of Charlotte, with 12 full-size football fields anchored by a 5,000-seat stadium.
8×8 Sports, an American rugby apparel company, is the overall event’s “naming partner” and has also sponsored the CRAA Spring Championships in Houston, TX. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event.
The College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) is a USA Rugby competition that includes the major Men’s and Women’s Collegiate rugby divisions. The competition includes D1A Men, D1 Elite Women, D1 Women and D2 Women. CRAA is committed to creating the best possible experience for student athletes, preserving commercial resources in the collegiate game, and creating experiences for our members to engage with their academic institutions and alumni.