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Founders Discount Announced

2020-2021 NCR Registration Opens Monday August 17, 2020

We want to help our member clubs!

We know our members will be facing new challenges this upcoming rugby season, budgets have been cut and participating on the field will be more difficult than usual.

NCR is announcing a Founders Discount.  Register your NCR club starting Monday August 17, 2020. To help grow your club and keep your bottom line low, NCR club registration is discounted to $900 with $20 player fees.  This is an exclusive discount only valid until September 30, 2020.

Join an organization committed to serving our collegiate rugby members!

From a myriad of services designed to support you on the field and provide recognition for accomplishments off the field, NCR provides everything you need for a better rugby experience!

With limited Fall rugby on the field action expected, NCR is already focusing on expanding our Spring events to included new 15s tournaments in addition to our planned 7s events. Our Men’s 15s All-Star Championship is already planned for early June 2021.

Club registration must first be completed by a club administrator by clicking on the “Club Portal” button above.  Once done, club members, such as players and coaches will register by click the the “Register” button

Final Registration Flyer


Vice President Steve Hiatt Named NCR Men’s Director

For Release – Tuesday August 4, 2020

Marlton, NJ


National Collegiate Rugby is pleased to announce the appointment of Vice President Steve Hiatt as its Interim Director of Men’s Rugby. NCR CEO Steve Cohen who has been the long term NSCRO/NCR Men’s Director will be stepping down from his role as Men’s Director to focus more of his time on strategic programming for the organization.


Hiatt started serving NSCRO in 2014 as a key advisor and was named the NSCRO Vice President in 2017.  He has been the coach of the California State University Maritime Academy’s rugby team since 2010.


As Director of Men’s Rugby with NCR, Hiatt’s focus will be helping NCR teams and players achieve the best collegiate athletic experience possible. With the recent exponential growth of clubs joining NSCRO and now rebranded as NCR, Hiatt will look to raise the service bar even higher for NCR’s members. NCR CEO Steve Cohen says “We are thrilled that Steve will be taking over this role.  His commitment to the organization has made him a role model for all of our staff and we cannot wait to see the impact his influence will have on men’s collegiate rugby in the US.”  


Hiatt made the US National Team in both of rugby’s formats, 7s and XVs, as well as the USA Collegiate All-American team. Hiatt and his wife Karen live in Northern California with their three daughters.  He received his MBA from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

About NCR

Formed in 2020, NCR is committed to the development of college rugby by providing a wide array of services and governance for men’s and women’s collegiate rugby programs. NCR is proud to oversee nearly 15,000 men’s and women’s collegiate rugby players from about 600 programs across the United States.

NCR evolved from the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) which was founded in 2007. Originally created to support the growth and development of small college rugby, the organization now serves college rugby programs of all sizes.

Penn Mutual Coach of the Month – May 2020 Darrin Barner – Wayne State College

Congratulations to Darrin Barner, Head Coach of Wayne State College Men’s and Women’s Rugby Clubs on his selection as the Penn Mutual Coach of the month for May.

Looking at the wins and losses at the seasons end can paint a picture of a coaches understanding of strategy and structure.  What it does not always capture is the impact of the coach beyond the X’s and O’s, usually. In the case of Coach Barner the impressive trophy cabinet speaks to his technical ability to teach a high standard of play, but more so it is testimony to his capacity to reach and connect with student athletes who have often never played the game and generate a love for the game like few others can.

His players know his secret to success, they see the countless hours he commits to the team both during the season and off-season. They see him as a student of the game with a passion for lifelong learning who shares responsibilities based on trust with his captains. But more than anything his players see him not only as coach but a life changer.