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Illini rugby prepares for upcoming seven-on-seven season

Illini rugby prepares for upcoming seven-on-seven season

By Edwin Hsieh

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 decide if the team will receive an invitation to the Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelph...

Illinois rugby ends fall season 2-4

Illinois rugby ends fall season 2-4

By Carley Kulenkamp

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 season. Illinois went into this game looking for a win, which would have secured them a spot in the B...

Men’s rugby suffers tough conference loss

By Carley Kulenkamp

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 a win in its game Saturday, and the Illini slipped back below .500 for the second time this seas...

Lozano named D1A Player of the Week

By Carley Kulenkamp

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 of the Week.D1A Rugby chooses its player of the week from one of the 40 Division I ...

Illinois rugby scores first conference win

By Carly Kulenkamp

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 first conference win.Illinois struck first, scoring on a try by senior Mario Lozano. The Hawkeyes quick...

Illinois beaten but not defeated in conference matchup

By Carley Kulenkamp

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 was palpable amidst the chants of “Illini” and “Hoo-Hoo-Hoo-Hoosiers” as both teams prepare...

Illinois men’s rugby finishes sixth in Big Ten Championship

Illinois men’s rugby finishes sixth in Big Ten Championship

By Zoe Kaler

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 with two pools of four teams — two teams advanced from each pool and two were sent to the consolat...

Illinois rugby members play many roles on and off the field

Illinois rugby members play many roles on and off the field

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 the same time, you need the same dedication and work ethic in both music and rugby to succeed,” he...

Illinois men’s rugby spring regular season ends at Iowa

Illinois men’s rugby spring regular season ends at Iowa

By Peter Romanchuk

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 for its last regular season tournament before it hosts the Big Ten championships on April 18th at...

Illinois rugby fighting for popularity

Illinois rugby fighting for popularity

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 also becoming more relevant here at the University thanks to the Illinois men’s rugby team. “Techni...