2022 USA Rugby Club National Championships – May 20-22

This weekend, the top senior club teams in the USA will face off in Atlanta, GA to stake their claim at the 2022 USA Rugby Club National Championships! Read more about how the teams got here and their journey to the Championship.

It was a year of change as teams emerged from the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a new Super Regional (SR) format from the USA Rugby Club Competitions Committee (USAR CCC) was rolled out. Controversial decisions by this newly formed committee included barring Seattle from advancing to their Division 1 SR, costs for traveling to SRs were astronomical due to rising inflation (out of control of USAR CCC), the same for traveling to Nationals and referee management for SR and Nationals has fallen outside the long established USA Rugby High Performance Referee Pathway. 

Other quizzical decisions by the USA Rugby Club Senior Council include not budgeting to stream the event, breaking tradition from the last few years. Frankly this is an expectation from the members so why wasn’t it budgeted from the start? At the time of publication and 48 hours before the event is set to begin there has not been an announcement that Nationals will be streamed but we are hearing rumors that it may be (we will update if confirmed). UPDATE 5/18: Streaming will be provided by The Rugby Network

Regardless, a Championship will happen this year and we applaud all the participants and the eventual winners. We would urge clubs to consider the above and other concerns we’ve heard as we move into another competition cycle this fall. We can be the change we want to see, but we need to get organized and involved. There are lots of well intentioned folks involved, but the execution continues to be poor.

Women’s D1

On Friday, May 20 teams will play in semi-finals to determine who will move on to the National Championship. First up is from the West is the Colorado Gray Wolves who will play Tempe from Pacific at 2:00 PM EST. Then we will see NOVA from the East battle the Chicago Lions from the Midwest at 4:00 PM EST.

Winners of those matches will move on to the USA Rugby Club National Championship final on Sunday, May 22 at 2:15 PM EST.

Date

Time (EST)

Team 

Score

Team 

Score

Competition

5/20/20222:00 PM
Colorado Gray Wolves
51Tempe11
USA Rugby Club SF
5/20/20224:00 PMNOVA53Chicago Lions20
USA Rugby Club SF
5/22/20222:15 PMColorado Gray Wolves 19NOVA 27
USA Rugby Club Final

Women’s D2

On Saturday, May 21 teams will play in semi-finals to determine who will move on to the National Championship. First up is from Northern is Palmer College who will play Providence from Atlantic at 12:00 PM EST. Then we will see Knoxville Minx from the Gulf Coast battle the Berkeley All Blues from Pacific at 12:00 PM EST.

Winners of those matches will move on to the USA Rugby Club National Championship final on Sunday, May 22 at 10:45 AM EST.

Date

Time (EST)

Team

Score

Team

Score

Competition

5/21/202212:00 PM
Palmer College
 13Providence27 
USA Rugby Club SF
5/21/202212:00 PMKnoxville 70Berkeley 10
USA Rugby Club SF
5/22/202210:45 AM Knoxville 8 Providence 25
USA Rugby Club Final

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