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Defending Champion WSC Women's Rugby Club Elite 8 Matchup Set for Sunday, Nov. 3

Published: 10-30-2013 11:40 am

The defending national champion Wayne State women’s rugby club will face Minnesota Moorhead at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in an Elite Eight matchup. The winner of the match between the two undefeated teams will advance to the Final Four in Cherry Hill, N.J. 

The WSC women’s club team brought home the National Small College Rugby Organization's national title with a 32-0 win against Roger Williams (R.I.) University last year. The championship was Wayne State’s first national title. The rugby team, which is a club sport at Wayne State, draws players from all over campus, many of whom play the sport for the first time at the college.

Admission to the game is free and there will be more than $1,000 in prizes given out during the game. Every time WSC scores, Frisbees will be tossed out to fans for prize coupons for such things as oil changes, bowling, food, drinks, haircuts, tool sets, DVD players, cash, and a WSC parking permit.

“Rich Cortez, the USA Rugby director for college rugby, will be on hand from Boulder, Colo., for this regional championship game,” WSC rugby club Coach Darrin Barner said. “Rugby will be an Olympic sport in 2016, and the U.S. has an Olympic training center in Chula Vista, Calif.”

“Key players for WSC will be Amber Kutnik and Maggie Warrick, both of whom have had tryouts on the USA roster,” Barner said. “Kutnik returned from a tour in Wales this August.” The USA Rugby College structure includes 900 colleges.

The match will be played at the Wayne Rugby Park, which is two blocks south of McDonald’s off Highway 35. Arrive early for best seats at the 50 yard line, and come hungry; there will be BBQ Pork sandwiches, baked pasta, and Cajun chicken and rice at the clubhouse.

For more information, contact WSC rugby club coach Darrin Barner at 402-316-0100 or


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