The D1A Red River Collegiate Rugby Conference is right around the corner on this Saturday April 1st. This competition will host some excellent college rugby match-ups. The inaugural Canterbury North America Red River Collegiate Rugby Championships will be held at Huns Field in Austin, TX. Gift-Time Rugby Network will be broadcasting the championship live.
Undefeated in league play, #16 ranked LSU will face Baylor on Saturday at 5:30 PM. The championship match winner will have an automatic bid into the D1A USA Rugby playoffs and a shot at getting to the national championships.
Captaining the LSU squad Brennan Falcon says his team is looking forward to the upcoming weekend. “Last year we won the Red River but since it was a point system. There was no championship game. This year we get the opportunity to play in a physical match to defend our title.”
“Playing in big games, such as this championship, creates a buzz around the club. Players and coaches show up to training with a little extra incentive and excitement.” LSU hasn’t played a league match since the beginning of March and is itching for another match to play. Last weekend’s scheduled match against University of Houston was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Brennan goes on to explain that his team didn’t get the chance to face Baylor in the regular season. Baylor also owns an undefeated league match record so, “we are excited to face them in the Red River Championship. I feel that our players will respond to the challenge Baylor presents.”
Last year, after LSU won the Red River Conference and moved on to the D1A Playoffs. They met a sound opponent, losing to Arizona. This season, to prepare for the playoffs, LSU reached out and played a couple matches against #6 Arkansas State. The Tigers want experience playing more developed and higher ranked teams to prepare them for challenges they have yet to face.
The head-to-head with a prepared Baylor squad will be a tough, physical, and exciting match to wrap up the Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference Championships.