Thursday, June 7, 2018

Navy Joins Mid-South Conference

Press Release
Rugby is excited to announce that the Men’s 1st XV team will join the Mid-South Conference for the 2018/19 season.

Navy will be added to an impressive group of teams which includes Arkansas State, Clemson, Davenport, Life and Lindenwood, further reinforcing the Mid-South as the country’s premier collegiate rugby conference . Life University is the reigning D1A National XVs Champions, while Lindenwood University is the current USA Rugby Collegiate 7s and Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby 7s Champions.

Notable victories over Air Force, Notre Dame College, Penn State and Indiana University over the past season, has catapulted Navy eleven places in the national rankings to finish the year in 8th place. By moving from an Independent to the Mid-South, Navy is guaranteed five league games and an opportunity to compete for the D1A Mid-South Conference Championship.

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“We are looking forward to joining the Mid-South Conference and testing ourselves against the best rugby programs in the country. We are under no illusion of the sizable challenge that lies before us, but this is a statement of our intent.”, said Navy Director or Rugby Gavin Hickie

Coach Hickie continued, “Consistently challenging ourselves in high pressure situations through rugby, plays a key role in the development of our Midshipmen both on and off the playing field. Competing on a weekly basis against high quality opponents will only make us stronger. Participating in the Mid-South allows us to build a schedule to maintain our traditional rivalries and meet D1A Rugby’s playoff qualification.”

Navy’s full Fall 2018 schedule will be released in the coming days.

“Joining the D1A Mid-South Conference is another step in our commitment to Navy Rugby. With the support of the Naval Academy, Naval Academy Athletic Association, our Navy Rugby Alumni Association and all our Midshipmen, our goal is to further establish Navy Rugby as one of the top collegiate rugby programs in the nation. We look forward to establishing new rivalries within the conference to complement our traditional service academy and regional rivalries” said Navy Senior Associate Athletic Director, Robb Dunn.

D1A Commissioner, Kevin Battle had this to say about Navy’s move to Mid-South, “Navy’s inclusion to the Mid-South Conference confirms that D1A’s toughest conference, just got tougher. The pathway to to the D1A post season is clear, either win your conference or perform well enough in all of your matches to be ranked in the top 16 teams in the country. Navy is one of America’s premier programs and I’m confident the Midshipmen are up to the task.”

Navy’s full Fall 2018 schedule will be released in the coming days.

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