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Arkansas State

Focusing on its mission to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth and enrich lives, Arkansas State University is the catalyst for progress in our state, the Delta and the Mid-South region.Founded in 1909, A-State meets the challenges of continuing as a destination university for more than 13,500 students through the combination of world-class research with a long tradition of student-friendly instruction. The second largest university in Arkansas, Arkansas State is a doctoral-level national institution with more than 150 degrees areas of study, including a robust online program, and a diverse student body from across the nation and the world. The economic and cultural engine of Northeast Arkansas, A-State‰’s public-private partnerships include hosting the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine which is Arkansas‰’ first osteopathic medical school, the creation of Mexico‰’s first American-style university with ASUCQ in Queretaro, and working with O‰’Reilly Management for the Red Wolf Convention Center and Embassy Suites.

Head Coach: Shaun Potgieter
Assistant Coach: Blake White
Athletic Trainer: Matt Chadwick

Players to Watch
Zach Young turned a lot of heads at last year’s tournament as a freshman. He’s big, athletic, strong and fast. He’s also got a good rugby IQ, can break tackles and is strong in contact. He will create with offloads. Neil Maestri is a pure burner, something which the Red Wolves have lacked the last couple of years. At the 2016 men’s club national championships, he led all try scorers paying for the Little Rock Stormers. Preston Weigel is the workhorse with an unending motor. He’s not particularly large, but plays as though he is.

The Scoop
Arkansas State has reached the quarterfinals each of their last two years, its only forays in the tournament, but been hard done by to not go further. In 2015, a flurry of penalties and yellow cards helped Arizona knock the Red Wolves off, and in 2016 they got lumped in the same pool as four-time-defending-champion Cal and drew the Bears again in the quarterfinals. They lost both times, but gave Cal its best tests of the tournament. Look for A-State to go at least a step further and contend for the title this time.

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