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National Collegiate Rugby COVID-19 UPDATE

Issued Tuesday May 26, 2020

NCR is working hard to make sure everything’s ready when play returns, including having insurance for players, coaches, and referees, competitions ready to go, and venues selected.  Remember: referees are covered for free under NCR’s insurance plan.  Like you, NCR is monitoring decisions from the state and federal government on reopening.  Once reopening occurs NCR will be putting together a best practices summary specific to the sport of rugby and reporting on decisions from its member institutions.

For collegiate rugby, the primary source of what will be permitted along with related safety/health protocols will be driven by the school itself in concert with its state and federal guidelines. World Rugby guidelines may supplement what is mandated by university and college officials in conjunction with government standards, but they cannot supersede them.

NCR will fully respect and comply with all school decisions in this matter.

The American College Health Association has put forth a comprehensive guidance that addresses facilities, practice, personnel, emergency care and planning to assist in deciding if a college can safely bring back athletes and students to campus. This guide is an excellent resource for understanding the areas of consideration for players, administrators, and coaches, though individual institutions and athletic conferences will make the final determinations on the return to rugby as they govern practice facilities

https://www.acha.org/documents/resources/guidelines/ACHA_Considerations_for_Reopening_IHEs_in_the_COVID-19_Era_May2020.pdf

If you have questions regarding NCR’s policy on return to play, please contact us at info@ncr.rugby.

Other valuable resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NCAA

The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association

World Rugby return to play update

World Rugby Covid-19 Courses

National Federation of State High School Associations

Southeastern Conference

Men’s Small College All-Americans and Rising Stars Named

We are pleased to release our selections of 25 student-athletes named as Small College Men’s All-Americans and 25 Rising Stars for the 2019-20 season.

National Collegiate Rugby has over 6,500 active men’s collegiate players. Players were primarily considered based on club nominations submitted to NCR and reports from NCR scouts at our Fall playoffs.

This year’s All-Americans include seven 2019 All-Americans along with five 2019 Rising Stars rising to full All-American status plus thirteen new selections. The Rising Stars saw four players from 2019 receiving this honor again plus 21 new selections.

Small College All-Americans recipients have been determined by our selection committee to be the preeminent collegiate players within our organization. These 25 All Americans have demonstrated their skills, commitment and physical dominance that have made them stand out among their peers.

Each All-American selected player will be sent a All-American t-shirt and a gold medal in recognition of this honor, while the Rising Stars will be sent a Rising Star t-shirt and a silver medal.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Small College All Americans class:

2019-20 Small College All-Americans
Name School
Abraham Asante Claremont Colleges
Justin Delcher Loyola University Maryland
Vince Duhig Christendom College
Ceasar Escajeda Angelo State University
PJ Ernst Franciscan University
Mathew Gash-Glider Endicott College
Anthony Giacchi Salve Regina University
Danny Giannascoli Loyola University Maryland
Matthew Grundlingh Claremont Colleges
Harry Holte Salve Regina University
Marcus Josiger University Wisconsin Stevens Point
Josh Leatherby Franciscan University
Connor Lehner Claremont Colleges
Patrick Newton Christendom College
Mike Nita Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Dominic Odden St. John’s University
Connor Pederson Claremont Colleges
David Prezzia Franciscan University
Chance Sears Claremont Colleges
Blades Shields Plymouth State University
Nick Sommer Williams College
Riley Stone Susquehanna University
Trevor Ulicni Oregon Institute of Technology
Sean Vickery Xavier University
Jeff Wood Alfred University
2019-20 Small College Rising Stars
Name School
Will Arnold Christendom College
Thomas Audino Christendom College
Zack Barnes Franciscan University
Declan Boldy Xavier University
James Comerford Salve Regina University
Danny Connors Spring Hill College
Ryleigh Cornelius Elon University
Alex Cortessis CSU Maritime Academy
Nick Cuddeback Christendom College
Keegan Echevarria Western Oregon University
Dylan Ferguson Elon University
John Gblah Sonoma State University
Connor Gorman Loyola University Maryland
Jacob Jenkins CSU Maritime Academy
Owen Kennedy Christendom College
Anthony McGrath Loyola University Maryland
Nick Mills University of Maine Orono
Zachary Nadeau Endicott College
Joshua Napora University of Nebraska Omaha
Sean Nolan MiraCosta College
Tate Phillipson Abilene Christian University
Jeremy Seow Claremont Colleges
Elijah Tafao-Braganza University of New Orleans
Vaughn Williams University of Denver
Jonah Wolfe CSU Maritime Academy

Women’s Small College All Americans Named

National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) has announced a list of twenty-five student-athletes named to the Small College Women’s All-Americans for the 2019-20 season.

The selection committee worked with coaches around the country to identify the twenty-five exceptional women who make up this annual Small College Women’s All-Americans list. This year’s list is comprised of one freshman, three sophomores, eight juniors, twelve seniors and one graduate student.

Each player will be sent a All-American t-shirt and  medal in recognition of this honor.

Congratulations to the following women:

Player Team
Kylee Billings Minnesota State University Moorhead
Anika Blackman Albright College
Sydni Carpenter University of Findlay
Zoe Cockinos Salve Regina University
Alyssa Denger Ithaca College
Britni Ebert MiraCosta College
Anna Fleecs Wayne State College
Stephanie Franz Eckerd College
Heather Grabow University of Wisconsin – Platteville
Cecilia Hammond College of St. Benedict
Brook Hoesing Wayne State College
Olivia Hull College of St. Scholastica
Lauren Judkins Lee University
Nicole McCardle Endicott College
Tylea McCarthy-Walker SUNY Oswego
Jasmyn Nash Minnesota State University Moorhead
Isabelle Robinson Wayne State College
Cedar Sands Fairmont State University
Pam Sbarro University of Scranton
Trixie Jo Schlechter University of South Dakota
Grace Schreiber Colgate University
Leila Shokat Reed College
Emily Sion St. Bonaventure University
Amanda Steffins Angelo State University
Amanda Wisbeck Endicott College