Louisiana State University – Alexandria achieved one of its major season goals on Saturday, April 16th, as they qualified for a spot in the National Small College Rugby Organization 7s Men’s National Championships, to be held in Philadelphia during the Penn Mutual Collegiate 7s Rugby Championships.
LSU-Alexandria went undefeated in the NSCRO 7’s Regional qualifiers, that was held at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. LSU-Alexandria would seal their place in the NSCRO 7s championships with a 17-12 victory over University of North Alabama.
This small country school is probably not on the radar of most of the rugby communities, but it is one that has been having early success. As this is their inaugural season as a rugby program, they have been feeling their way through the waters. A program that was proposed and guided by head coach, Boyd Lejeune, and stabilized by former Arkansas State University administrator, Dr. Daniel Howard, they have built their program around introducing new demographics of rugby players from around the country, and the Caribbean, to the university through Rugby. Many of their young talent has been found playing high level rugby, such as the former NACRA Under-19 Men’s Rugby Championships.
With one year almost completed, this young program has established a strong foundation for the future. The potential ceiling for this team has the potential to reach the heights of rugby programs like Lindenwood University, Arkansas State University, Life West and other teams that have followed the similar formula of building the schools population with talented rugby players. Watch for them over the next four years. There’s clearly plenty to come.