U. of Delaware – Collegiate Rugby Championship
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U. of Delaware

The University of Delaware was founded in 1743 making it one of the oldest in the Nation. UD is the largest university in Delaware and has become one of the nation’s top universities, with approximately 18,500 graduate and undergraduate students attending. The University of Delaware Men’s Rugby Club (UDRFC) was founded in 1972. The Club currently fields three sides (A, B and Development) and beginning in the Fall of 2016 will once again be competing in Rugby East. The primary focus in the Fall is on the 15s version of the game and in the Spring this expands to Developmental 15s and tournament play in 7s which ensures game time for every member of the 70 strong player pool. UDRFC has produced All Americans as well as players competing at the highest level across club rugby in the United States. Competing as an independent in D1-AA during the Fall of 2015, the Blue Hens finished with a 5-3 record with the only losses being to Rugby East powerhouses Kutztown, Penn State and Wheeling Jesuit. The season ended with a victory against Iona College in the 2015 Bowl Series: #Quinn4TheWin Ice Bucket Challenge, while also breaking into the top-20 ranked teams in the Nation. Under the guidance of former Wilmington RFC Men’s Coaches Struan Murray and Tom Conard, and renowned 7s Coach Biddy Boyle, the Blue Hens are looking forward to returning to the field in the Penn Mutual CRC’s.

Players to Watch
Tom Abram represents the blue collar nature of the team. He’s combative, skillful, and he possesses a high work rate. Tom has an eye for space and will be a key distributor. Matt Ramirez is a strong ball carrier and runs quality lines. He is also exceptional in support and will be a key figure in contact and defense. Grayson Haynes is a very athletic prop. A long striding, rangy runner, Grayson will be critical in providing ball and taking advantage of mismatches when they appear.

The Scoop
The Blue Hens are returning to the big show for the first time since 2013. The program underwent some off-the-field issues, but the current stakeholders have worked hard to return it to prominence. The path included playing in and winning the City 6 division of the CRC last year, which has landed the Blue Hens back in the main event. They finished fifth in 2012 and ninth in 2013, and they have a proud tradition of being very competitive in 7s. This team may be a bit young to be a serious contender for the Pete Dawkins Trophy, but expect Delaware to compete well against every opponent.

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