College Premier Division Set to Launch

College Premier Division set to launch

BOULDER, Colo. – The USA Rugby College Premier Division (CPD) is set to kickoff on Friday March 4, marking the start of an elite collegiate men’s rugby competition.

“This competition is one of the visible results of USA Rugby’s commitment to college rugby. The end goal for us is to showcase the college game as a high level competitive sport in America,” said USA Rugby Collegiate Director, Todd Bell.

“Pairing a dynamic and action-packed Olympic sport with well-established university brands is a great opportunity for rugby to attract new talent and expand the fan base.”

The College Premier Division was originally slated to be called the College Premier League, but was changed as each of the teams are still classified as Division I and therefore teams are not technically a league, but rather an elite division.

The opening weekend of College Premier Division competition will be highlighted by the annual Wasatch Cup battle between long-time rivals BYU and Utah at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. This matchup is the first ever USA Rugby “Barnburner,” a CPD match selected by USA Rugby that encapsulates the competitiveness and spirit of college rugby.

The first match of the CPD will start Friday March 4, with the Arizona State Sun Devils hosting the Colorado Buffaloes at the Arizona State University Soccer Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

The College Premier Division is an elite collegiate rugby competition sanctioned and administered by USA Rugby. The CPD is modeled after NCAA competitions and features 31 elite men’s college rugby programs competing in four conferences, Rugby East, Mid-South, Western, and Pacific. The regular season sees all teams in the conference play one another, with the two top seeds qualifying for the playoffs. Playoffs are single elimination and the two unbeaten teams advance to the CPD final. The winner of the CPD will be declared the National Champion.

CPD Quarterfinals | May 7, 2011 |
CPD Semifinals | May 14, 2011 | Infinity Park | Glendale, Colorado
CPD Championship | May 21, 2011 | Rio Tinto Stadium | Sandy, Utah

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