Indiana – Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Indiana

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Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington attracts students from around the globe who want the ideal college experience‰ great traditions, a gorgeous campus,international culture,Big Ten sports, and an active academic climate. Herman B Wells, the university’s long-standing president (1938‰-1962) and chancellor (1962‰-2000), is credited for elevating the university’s stature in research, the arts, and international studies. IU is now known around the world as one of the leading public research universities in the United States. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington as well as our traditions like the world-famousLittle 500bicycle race and Indiana University continues to grow and make history every year. The Indiana University Men‰’s Rugby Club was founded in 1962, and lately has emerged as one of the top collegiate rugby programs in the Midwest. The Hoosiers compete in the Big Ten Universities (BTU) Rugby Conference, and completed their second consecutive 15s undefeated regular season campaign in November. The team is currently ranked #13 in the D1A national rankings.
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The club has shifted its focus to its spring sevens campaign, winning the ACRL 7s at Notre Dame, the BTU Qualifier Tournament at Michigan, and earned their CRC bid with a dominant performance at the BTU Sevens Championship. Coach Sarasopa ‰Sopa‰ Enari is in his fourteenth season leading the program, and has led the team as far as a Final Four and #2 ranking in 15s. Coach Enari previously played for the Fiji and Samoa national teams, and appeared against the All Blacks. The 2015 Indiana Rugby team are a young squad eager to make noise on the national stage. Their roster includes many former standouts from powerhouse Indiana high school programs such as Penn and Cathedral.

Head Coach: Sopa Enari
Assistant Coach: David Fee
Assistant Coach: John Bryant
Assistant Coach: Matt Bedwell

Players to Watch
Indiana has a slew of homegrown talent, so the Hoosiers will not be hurting for playmakers. Teddy Terezis is an outstanding athlete who will command the attack from the flyhalf position. Jake Hidalgo provides elite speed on the wing. Brian Hannon possesses top-notch dropkicking skills and can make things happen in the midfield. Tyler Sousley is another big gun. He helped Arizona to a semifinal berth last year.

The Scoop
The Hoosiers are definitely a dark horse to make the top eight and challenge for a semifinal berth. They have only made the quarterfinals on one occasion, with an upset at the hands of Boston College preventing them from getting there last year. The addition of Sousley is big, so look out for Indiana to make some noise. The Hoosiers have the talent to make a deep run and maybe even challenge for the top prize.

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