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Illini rugby prepares for upcoming seven-on-seven season

Richard Daniels gets lifted into the air by his teammates during a lineout in the game against Minnesota at the Complex Fields on Saturday, October 17.
March 13, 2016

Rich Daniels, the president of the Illinois men’s rugby team, circled April 2, 9 and 16 AGon his calendar as soon as the season schedule was set.Those dates are the three seven-on-seven tournaments that...

Illinois rugby ends fall season 2-4

Illinois lines up against Minnesota in a scrum during the game at the Complex Fields on Saturday, October 17.
November 2, 2015

Injury, inexperience and inconsistent defense were the story of the season for the Illinois men’s rugby team.The Illini faced the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, marking the last game of their fall...

Men’s rugby suffers tough conference loss

October 27, 2015

Tweet: [email protected] looks past loss to Purdue to prepare for its final game of the fall season By Carley KulenkampContributing writerThe Illinois men’s rugby team let Purdue surge back late to snatch...

Lozano named D1A Player of the Week

October 14, 2015

The Illinois men's rugby team is coach-less, underfunded and unknown to many students, yet it has drawn national attention with one of their own, Mario Lozano, who was named the Division 1A Player...

Illinois rugby scores first conference win

October 6, 2015

The Illinois men’s rugby team pulled off its first win of the season this weekend at Iowa in a 51-10 victory. The Illini bounced back after a tough loss to Ohio State the previous weekend to get their...

Illinois beaten but not defeated in conference matchup

September 23, 2015

The Illinois rugby team was finally able to go face-to-face with the defending Big Ten champion Indiana Hoosiers after having the game pushed back to Sunday due to inclement weather.The energy on the field...

Illinois men’s rugby finishes sixth in Big Ten Championship

Illinois' Joe Bird goes after Michigan's offense during the Big Ten Rugby Tournament v. Michigan at the Complex Fields on Saturday.
April 20, 2015

The Illinois men’s rugby team finished sixth in an eight-team field Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Tournament.  Hosted at the University at the PAR/FAR playing fields, the tournament was structured...

Illinois rugby members play many roles on and off the field

John Huguelet practices with other rugby players for the Big Ten weekend in Iowa at the Florida and Lincoln Playing Field on April 7.
April 16, 2015

Rich Daniels is a man of many passions. The sophomore is majoring in music performance with a pre-law track and is the president of the Illinois Men’s Rugby team. “Music is less competitive, and at...

Illinois men’s rugby spring regular season ends at Iowa

John Huguenot practices line-up for the Big Ten weekend in Iowa at the Florida and Lincoln playing field on April 7.
April 8, 2015

With the Big Ten Championships less than two weeks away, the men’s rugby team will have one final series of matches to determine its seeding. Illinois rugby will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, on April 11...

Illinois rugby fighting for popularity

The Illinois men’s rugby team is a club sport, although the club is working to promote its popularity on campus. The team is in the most competitive league, Division 1-A, operated by USA Rugby and not by the NCAA.
November 11, 2014

While baseball and football are considered America’s pastimes, rugby is a sport that is rapidly gaining popularity and attention in the United States. Not only is rugby growing nationwide, but it is...

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