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CRAA competition is beginning to heat up in 2023 after this weekend’s sizzlers. The highly anticipated meeting between Central Washington and University of British Columbia (UBC) did not disappoint. Just a week after UBC beat Saint Mary’s, Central Washington came in swinging and downed the back-to-back Canadian Rugby Champs 32-17. “Playing UBC is always going to be a dog fight and we showed up for one,” said Central Washington Coach, Todd Thornley, of his team’s powerful performance. With a long season yet to be played, Coach Thornley looks forward to the challenge – “Our schedule is set up to find out exactly where we sit amongst the top teams in the D1A. It should be fun!”

The action continued over the weekend with a 24-14 Grand Canyon University win over a formidable UCLA opponent. Seeing as this was the first CRAA match for both teams this season, both sides look forward to what’s ahead. In reflecting on his team, GCU Coach, Sean O’Leary, said “It was a good start to a long D1A season. Our young team went very well against a solid UCLA squad.” 

Packing up one of the first rugby weekends of 2023, Saint Mary’s College beat Cal Poly handedly 85-7 while their California neighbor, Cal, took town Santa Clara 79-3. 

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