The College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) has confirmed its matchups for the 2022 Fall Classic, December 3-4 at the Mecklenberg Sportsplex in Mathews, NC.
An action-packed rugby weekend will feature both Men’s D1A Bowl Championships. All matches will be streamed LIVE for free on The Rugby Network.
CRAA has partnered with The Rugby Network (TRN) to provide free online streaming of the Championship weekend, and CRAA “Match of the Week” in 2023. Complementing its coverage of the end of Major League Rugby, TRN is delighted to be expanding. offering rugby and bringing the college game to the forefront.
“Last year’s championship event was an incredible experience for CRAA and the competing teams, an experience we are excited to expand on this December. Our goal is to provide a professional experience to student-athletes and to all fans, alumni and spectators of participating institutions,” said Paul Keeler, CRAA President. “Partnering with The Rugby Network for our championships and upcoming match of the week will deliver the best quality college rugby to alumni and fans near and abroad.”
College Rugby Association of America Fall Classic | December 3-4, 2022
Mecklenburg Sportsplex – Matthews, NC | *EVERY TIME*
December 3, 2022
1:00 p.m Division 1 Elite Women’s National Championship | Lindenwood vs Life
3:00 p.m Division 1A Men’s Mint City Bowl Championship | Colorado State vs. Kentucky
5:00 p.m Division 1 Women’s Fall Championship | Navy vs. Utah State
7:00 p.m Division 1A Men’s Hornet’s Nest Bowl Championship | Ohio State vs. Penn State
December 4, 2022
12:00 p.m Division 2 Women’s Fall Championship
The women’s bracket features some of the best college rugby has on display. Moving from spring to fall, the D1 Elite Women’s National Championship will feature the 2021 champion Lindenwood University vs. University life, a fifth straight year the Lions will face the Running Eagles in the final game of the year. The D1 Women’s Fall Championship will have the 2021 champion US Naval Academy vs. State of Utahwhile the D2 Women’s fall championship will see the winners The temple vs. 2021 champion Vassar take the winner of the second semifinal between Colorado School of Mines and US Coast Guard. The D2 semi-final matches will not be broadcast by The Rugby Network, however the championship final will be on Sunday.
“We will continue to elevate the professional environment for these championship games that create a fantastic student-athlete and fan experience for college rugby,” said Olivia Benzan-Daniel, CRAA Women’s Rugby President. at the Autumn Classic Championship Weekend is a highlight of the Autumn rugby season.”
The Mint City Bowl features the Colorado State University Rams from the D1A Rocky Mountain Conference facing D1A newcomers the University of Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats were undefeated in SCRC D1AA this Fall 2022 season and concluded their schedule with a tie against Big10 runner-up Ohio State. At the conclusion of the Ohio State game, the Wildcats were invited to test their mettle against the 19th-ranked Rams in the Fall Classic.
The Hornet’s Nest Bowl sees two D1A premiership teams face off in Ohio State University and Penn State University. The Buckeye finished 2nd in the Big10 Championship (ranked #17) while the Nittany Lions played in the Rugby East Conference this fall. These two teams will meet for the first time this season in the Fall Classic.
The Mecklenburg Sportsplex is a large sports complex and park in Matthews, North Carolina and has hosted the CRAA Fall Classic in the past. The facility is located in southeast Charlotte, and features 12 full-size football fields anchored by a 5,000-seat stadium.
8×8 Sports, an American rugby apparel company, is the “named partner” of the overall event and also sponsored the CRAA Spring Championships in Houston, TX. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event.
The College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) is a USA Rugby sanctioned competition that includes the premier divisions of Men’s and Women’s Collegiate Rugby. The competition includes D1A Men, D1 Elite Women, D1 Women and D2 Women. CRAA is committed to creating the best possible experience for student-athletes, maintaining commercial resources in the college game, and creating experiences for our members to engage academic institutions and alumni.