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Furman to host D2 Rugby Final Four this weekend

Furman University will host the 2014 USA Rugby Men’s Division II College National Championship and the American Collegiate Rugby Championship December 6-7. The two-day event features some of the finest college rugby programs in the nation.

“USA Rugby is pleased to return to Furman University for the USA Rugby Men’s Division II College National Championship,” said USA Rugby Collegiate Director Rich Cortez. “Last year’s championship was highlighted by the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s redemption victory over perennial power Salisbury University. This year’s playoffs were even better than last year, so the last four teams standing deserve proper recognition for their championship seasons. This Championship is made possible by the collaboration of all of the DII Conferences across the United States. We are extremely pleased Furman University Rugby, under the direction of John Roberts, has agreed to host this Championship on their extraordinarily beautiful campus.”

The four semifinalists competing for the DII National Championship will be reigning National Champion University of Minnesota Duluth, 2011 winner UW-Whitewater, Notre Dame College and James Madison University.

Notre Dame College will face University of Wisconsin Whitewater at noon on Saturday. At 2 p.m., University of Minnesota Duluth will play James Madison. On Sunday, the consolation game will kick off at 11 a.m. with the finals to follow at 1 p.m.

Furman, the host team, advanced to the round of 16 but was eliminated November 15 in a narrow 17-15 loss to Notre Dame.

All matches will be played on John S. Roberts Field, which is located adjacent to Paladin Stadium.

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