The College Rugby Association of America’s (CRAA) has confirmed the competition field for the 2023 CRAA-USA Rugby College Men’s Premier 7s National Championship, May 5th-7th at SaberCats Stadium in Houston, TX. Paired with the XVs championships and Women’s 7s National Championship events, the full competition schedule is now sorted, bringing a full festival experience to one of the best rugby venues in the country. All matches will be streamed LIVE on The Rugby Network.
2023 CRAA COLLEGE MEN’S 7s NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
|POOL A||POOL B||POOL C||POOL D|
|Lindenwood||Life U||Arizona||Central Wash|
|Penn State||Grand Canyon||Santa Clara||Air Force|
|CRAA Selects||Florida||Texas A&M|
*Pool A teams will have a scheduled bye, with the top two teams advancing to quarterfinals
2022 Champion Lindenwood Lions will return to the field, with a CRAA Selects squad also joining the bracket. The CRAA Selects is composed of reserves players from competing teams, with the same edition running out for the Women’s competition.
In an effort to create a world-class experience for fans and student-athletes alike, CRAA has partnered with the Houston SaberCats and Major League Rugby to create an unparalleled digital experience for more than 40 of USA Rugby’s premier, high performance college programs in attendance.
“We’re days away from Championship kickoff now, with an exciting field of top rugby programs from around the country descending on Houston,” said Paul Keeler, President of CRAA, “A sincere thank you to our organizers, supporters and partners for coming together behind this event, providing a remarkable championship experience for these student-athletes.”
CRAA Championship Weekend Partners include: 8×8 Sports, RTIC, World Rugby Shop, VisitPearland, AIG, AEG Rugby, Houston Physicians Hospital, All American Orthopedic, Pickle Juice Sport, Wintergreen, Houston Sabercats, Major League Rugby and The Rugby Network.
Sabercats Stadium will be the backdrop for all championship matches on May 6-7, 2023. Sabercats Stadium is a proper rugby union stadium in Houston, Texas, as part of Houston Sports Park and is home to the Houston Sabercats of Major League Rugby (MLR). The facility was opened on April 13, 2019, is the first stadium built specifically for use by Major League Rugby, and the second rugby-specific stadium for professional competition in the United States.
CRAA has partnered with The Rugby Network (TRN) to provide free online streaming of XVs and Sevens matches with professional broadcast production. TRN provides full 1080p HD streams with replays and highlights of every single MLR match. They also produce weekly rugby shows, documentaries, and latest news from the MLR.
The College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) is a USA Rugby sanctioned competition that includes premier divisions within Men’s and Women’s Collegiate rugby. The competition includes Men’s D1A, Men’s D1AA, Women’s D1 Elite, Women’s D1 and Women’s D2. CRAA is committed to creating the best possible experience for student athletes, keeping commercial resources in the collegiate game, and creating experiences for our members to engage their academic institutions and alumni.