The College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) has confirmed their fixtures for the 2022 Fall Classic, 3-4. December at the Mecklenberg Sportsplex in Mathews, NC.
The action-packed weekend of rugby will also feature two Men’s D1A Bowl Championships headlined by the Women’s D1 Elite and Women’s D1 and D2 Fall Championships. All matches will be streamed LIVE for free on The Rugby Network.
CRAA has partnered with The Rugby Network (TRN) to provide free online streaming of the Championship Weekend and CRAA “Match of the Week” in 2023. Complementing its end-to-end coverage of Major League Rugby, TRN is excited to expand rugby -offers and bring the collegiate game to the fore.
“Last year’s championship event was an incredible experience for the CRAA and the competing teams, an experience we are excited to extend this December. Our goal is to provide the student-athletes with a professional experience and deliver broadcasts to all fans, alumni and spectators of the participating institutions,” said Paul Keeler, CRAA President. “Partnering with The Rugby Network for our championships and upcoming match of the week is to deliver the best of college rugby to alumni and fans both at home and abroad.”
College Rugby Association of America Fall Classic | 3.-4. December 2022
Mecklenberg Sportsplex – Matthews, NC | *ALL TIMES ONE*
3 December 2022
13:00 | Division 1 Women’s Elite National Championship | Lindenwood vs Life
15:00 | Division 1A Men’s Mint City Bowl Championship | Colorado State vs. Kentucky
17:00 | Division 1 Women’s Autumn Championship | Navy vs. Utah State
19:00 | Division 1A Men’s Hornet’s Nest Bowl Championship | Ohio State vs. Penn State
4 December 2022
12:00 | Division 2 Women’s Autumn Championship
The women’s bracket features some of the best that college rugby has put on display. Moving from spring to fall, the Women’s D1 Elite National Championship will feature the 2021 Champion Lindenwood University vs. Life University, for the fifth year in a row the Lions will face the Running Eagles in the final game of the year. The Women’s D1 Fall Championship will include the 2021 champion US Naval Academy vs. Utah Statewhile the Women’s D2 Fall Championship will see winners of Temple vs 2021 Champions Vassar take on the winner of the second semi-final between Colorado School of Mines and US Coast Guard. The D2 semi-final matches will not be streamed by The Rugby Network, but the championship final will be streamed on Sunday.
“We continue to elevate the professional environment for these championship games that create a great student-athlete and fan experience for college rugby,” said Olivia Benzan-Daniel, CRAA Women’s Rugby President. “Seeing women’s and men’s rugby at the highest level compete in the fall, the Classic Championship Weekend is a highlight of the fall rugby season.”
The Mint City Bowl features the Colorado State University Rams of D1A’s Rocky Mountain Conference facing the D1A debutant, the University of Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats were undefeated in SCRC D1AA during this fall 2022 season and finished their schedule with a tie against Big10 runner-up Ohio State. At the conclusion of the Ohio State game, the Wildcats were invited to test their mettle against the 19th-ranked Rams at the Fall Classic.
The Hornet’s Nest Bowl sees two premier D1A teams meet in Ohio State University and Penn State University. The Buckeye’s finished second in the Big10 Championship (ranked #17) while the Nittany Lions played in the Rugby East Conference this fall. These two teams will meet for the first time this season at the Fall Classic.
The Mecklenburg Sportsplex is a large sports complex and park in Matthews, North Carolina and has previously hosted the CRAA Fall Classic. Located southeast of Charlotte, the facility features 12 full-size football fields anchored by a 5,000-seat stadium.
8×8 Sports, an American rugby apparel company, is the “naming partner” for the overall event and has also sponsored the CRAA Spring Championships in Houston, TX. Sponsorships are still available for the event.
The College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) is an American rugby sanctioned competition that includes premier divisions in men’s and women’s collegiate rugby. The competition includes Men’s D1A, Women’s D1 Elite, Women’s D1 and Women’s D2. The CRAA is committed to creating the best possible experience for student-athletes, keeping commercial resources in the collegiate game, and creating experiences for our members to engage their academic institutions and alumni.