Men's Rugby Team Ready to Defend National Championship Title

A photo of the Fall 2023 Humboldt Men's Rugby team cheering before a match. Photo by Riley McDaniel
The Cal Poly Humboldt Men's Rugby team is heading to the semi-finals in Houston, Texas. Photo by Riley McDaniel.
Cal Poly Humboldt’s Men's Rugby team is all set to defend its national title at the National Collegiate Rugby Small College Championships.

The team won both their games at the regionals held in Vallejo, Calif., last weekend and is determined to continue its winning streak.

“On behalf of the Cal Poly Humboldt men's rugby coaching staff, I would like to thank all alumni, family, and friends for their continued support as we once again take this journey to compete on the national stage and defend our 2022 National Championship. This TEAM of student-athletes has truly dedicated themselves to the fitness work rate, discipline, and commitment to each other, on and off the field. Go Jacks!” says Head Coach Greg Pargee.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, the team won (22-11) against Colorado School of Mines, and then on Sunday, Nov. 19, they won (71-3) against Western Oregon. This impressive performance in the regionals has boosted the team's morale, and they are now preparing to travel to Houston, Texas, to play against Wayne State on Friday, Dec. 8. Humboldt previously beat Wayne State in the final game to win the championship last year. 

If the team wins the game against Wayne State on Friday, they will play for the title on Sunday, Dec. 10. The Men's Rugby team is confident and excited to defend their title. Witness the action, feel the camaraderie, and cheer on the Lumberjacks as they take on Wayne State on Friday, Dec. 8, through the official National Collegiate Rugby website.