Carolinas Rugby Union Spring Update
February 29, 2020
We wanted to update a few items for our members as far as CGRU championship, South Championship, USA Rugby reorganization, and 15s schedule for 2020.
CGRU Championship was awarded to the National Athletic Village in Southern Pines on April 18th and 19th. We will have D3 Men’s and Women’s Semi-finals on Saturday and Finals on Sunday. Men’s D2 will have their championship on Saturday. Men’s D4 will have their inaugural championship on Sunday.
The True South has awarded the conference championship to Knoxville for May 2/3. Details about the facility can be found at: https://www.tennesseerugby.com/trp
KNOX RFC will have more information about hotels and other amenities soon.
East Coast Championship (TBD) will be May 16th and 17th and National Championship (TBD) two weeks later. We do not know where those will be located at this time.
USA Rugby hurdles towards insolvency at the end of May. It is rumored that World Rugby will step in financially in some manner, our opinion is that they will. The main driver of insolvency was the overspend for the World Cup, lawsuits, and general poor management. The Geographical Union presidents have been meeting to help influence the future of USAR in a positive direction and to ensure our members aren’t forced to finance these missteps and to put in place checks to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We also explore a plan B in case USAR is unable to take reasonable measures to ensure viability. We don’t believe our members are getting our money’s worth and we are trying to make sure that trend ends.
We received a lot of feedback on 15s schedule, we will continue to weigh the feedback and provide guidance soon. Some of the decisions may be determined by what happens with USAR, and if “plan b” has to be implemented. The feedback was definitely one-sided to having a more condensed matrix season with most people favoring the fall. We do have considerations such as certified ref numbers that are stretched thin during the spring. We would also like to try and schedule the men and women teams associated with each other to play similar schedules as much as we can control. We must also consider daylight saving time and the weather patterns for our part of the world. We will have some decisions made before summer 7s begins.
Our women’s team finished 3rd at LA sevens this weekend and we are waiting on results of the collegiate women’s side. Due to Matrix matches, we did not send a men’s team but look for other opportunities for a tour for them.
It looks like Clayton's rugby park is coming along well, and we know that they'd love any financial support you can offer.