Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
Play-by-play audio from the NSCRO Division 3 Men’s Collegiate Region 2 (Western Conference) playoff match, will be available on the radio and through the internet.
Set for this Sunday, November 21, at 2pm Eastern Time, the match is between Wayne State (Great Plains RFU Champion) and Benedictine (Heart of America RFU Champion).
Pregame show should start at 1:45pm Eastern Time.
While Sunday afternoons are usually reserved for watching football on TV, here’s a chance to get your rugby fix at the same time.
The Radio link is: http://wildcat.wsc.edu/k92/
Wayne State College has an enrollment of less than 1500 male undergraduate students and should not to be confused with Wayne State University (Detroit) which has an enrollment of 23,000 students.
Benedictine College has an enrollment of less than 1000 male undergraduate students and is located in Atchison, Kansas.
If you hear “gun shots” before the game, don’t panic, it is simply fireworks going off as the teams take the field from the changing rooms.
The Wayne Rugby Park has bleachers for 400, a bowl/embankment for 700, press box, new broadcasting tower for radio and TV, along with a 2 story clubhouse that straddles the 50 yard line and the 2nd floor with outdoor deck 25 feet above the ground for a great view of small college rugby action in the land where “The Buffalo Roam”
Yes, there are buffalo only 9 miles away !
This complex is complete with 5 rugby-only pitches on 20 acres, and will be host of the NSCRO Div 3 Western Conference Regional Championship on April 2-3 with the #1 small colleges from Texas, Southern California and Minnesota/North Dakota making the trip to play the winner of Sunday’s “Border War” game between the #1 team from Kansas vs Nebraska/South Dakota.
The Regional winner then heads to the NSCRO National Championship on April 30-May 1 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
With their new broadcast tower there is hope that the Regional Championship matches will be on Web TV. A big step forward for college rugby in general, as all levels of collegiate rugby have struggled with exposure.
The broadcast might not be “Monday Night Football” but several games have been done play by play in the past, in a town that is catching onto small college rugby, and the fantastic past and future of NSCRO.