Navy Men’s Rugby Fall 2019 schedule will see Navy kick off their season on August 31st 2019 against Irish powerhouse, Trinity College before facing ten D1A teams. Home games this Fall include Air Force on October 5th and current D1A Champions, Life University on November 9th.
Following on from the success of our inaugural boys rugby overnight camp in 2018, we are delighted to announce our 2019 camp dates.
For our camp brochure click the link below and then click “Rugby Camp”. Registration details can also be found in the link:
Limited places remain for Navy Rugby Camp 2019 and registration is closing soon.
This Saturday, April 20th, Navy Rugby will host the D1A National Championships Quarter Finals at the Brigade Sports Complex, Annapolis.
Navy finished the regular season, nationally ranked 4th and face current champions, Life University at 1100 before Arkansas St and Lindenwood battle it out at 1300.
We hope to see you at on Saturday. GoNavy!!
Navy Rugby’s inaugural overnight camp was a big hit with this year’s pioneering campers, who enjoyed an immersive sample of life as a Midshipman at the Naval Academy.
Navy Rugby Camp 2018 consisted of four rigorous rugby practices on Blake Field I at the Brigade Sports Complex. Campers’ core skills were consistently challenged as part of the camp’s curriculum, culminating in a typical Navy Rugby practice session on Friday morning.
Former Navy Rugby Captain, Ensign McNerney provided Navy Rugby campers with an intimate insight into life as a Midshipman at the Naval Academy. While staying in Bancroft Hall and eating in King Hall, our campers watched the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill on Worden Field, toured the Naval Academy, enjoyed a Q&A with current Midshipmen and explored downtown Annapolis.
Asked about camp, Navy Director of Rugby, Gavin Hickie said, “We had a lot of fun working with the fine young men during camp. Each young man came here with a willingness to work hard and a desire to be challenged, which are traits we seek. It was fantastic to watch their development into a cohesive group of friends by the end of the week. We would like to sincerely thank each camper along with their parents for a great few days.”
The Midshipmen will play a total of 27 games during Fall 2018. Navy 1st XV will play in D1A Mid-South, while Navy 2nd & 3rd XV will play in the Cardinal Conference, giving each side a shot at a Conference Championship.
“We have designed a very ambitious and challenging schedule for next season. Our goals are to compete with the very best and to ensure our young guys are developing through experience and education” said Navy Director of Rugby, Gavin Hickie.
Navy kicks off the Fall 2018 season with a home game against varsity opponents, St Bonaventure. All kick off times to be confirmed.
Navy 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.
“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.
Navy tore apart Pool F on Saturday June 2nd to qualify for the CRC Quarter-Finals. Navy started the day with a 24-5 win over Maryland, followed by a stunning 26-7 victory over Army. With qualification riding on the last game of the day against Central Washington, the Midshipmen came back from a 7-0 deficit with 24 unanswered points, winning out 24-7 and topping Pool F.
Seeded in 5th place for the Quarter-Final draw, Navy faced an impressive Lindenwood team and lost 22-0. Lindenwood went on to be crowned the Penn Mutual CRC Champions in both the men’s and women’s competition.
Navy finished up it’s season nationally ranked 8th in XVs and 10th in 7s.
Navy will host a 7s tournament tomorrow, Saturday May 19th, kicking off at 0900. Teams coming to Annapolis include Rugby East Champions, Penn St and CRC Pool F opponents, Maryland.
0900 Navy I v Maryland
0920 DC Elite v Virginia Tech
0950 Susquehanna v Navy II
1010 Penn St v Delaware
1030 Navy I v DC Elite
1050 Maryland v Susquehanna
1110 Penn St v Virginia Tech
1130 Navy II v Delaware
1150 Navy I v Susquehanna
1210 DC Elite v Maryland
1230 Delaware v Virginia Tech
1250 Navy II v Penn St
1310 Maryland v Delaware
1320 Navy I v Penn St
1350 DC Elite v Navy II
1410 Susquehanna v Virginia Tech
United States Naval Academy Captain and All-American 8 man, Connor McNerney has won the Rudy Scholz Award as the nation's top men's college rugby player.
Read the full article HERE
The 2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship will be televised live by the ESPN family of networks and will feature the most television and digital coverage in the tournament’s history.
The three-day rugby event is one of the largest gatherings of collegiate and high school rugby teams in the world. Penn Mutual is in the fourth year of a title sponsorship for the event.
Navy Rugby Class of 2018
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Navy sent two teams to Westpoint on April 28th to participate in the inaugural Service Academy 7s. Navy
After impressive displays against VMI, Coast Guard and Air Force, Navy faced Army in the Championship game and went on to win the tournament.
Focus turns to preparation for this year’s Penn Mutual CRC, where Navy are drawn in the same pool as Army.