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GCU Men’s Rugby leaps to No. 15 in latest DIA College Rugby Poll

February 21, 2018

14-point upset of No. 16 Utah gives Lopes highest DI national ranking ever

By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director

GCU Club Sports is proud to announce that the Grand Canyon University Men’s Rugby team is ranked 15th in the DIA College Rugby Top 20 Poll.  The jump of three spots from the No. 18 ranking they’ve had the past two weeks gives GCU their highest national ranking since moving up to DI over the summer, and it’s the largest jump of any school in this week’s poll.  It’s also the fifth straight week the Lopes have spent in the poll.

After a week off last week, the Lopes got back into action impressively, using a 2nd-half comeback to down the University of Utah, 48-34, dropping the Utes from the No. 16 slot to GCU’s previous ranking of 18th.  The Lopes have now split their four matches over nationally ranked squads, beating Utah and San Diego State.

The Lopes now will fight the possibility of rust, since their current three-game road trip for the Lopes will take them to Davis, California, but not until March 14th.  That’s when they’ll face another nationally ranked squad, the 19th-ranked Aggies of UC-Davis, in a 6PM kickoff.   The Lopes only have one more match on their home schedule:  Monday, March 26th, when they host Cal Poly at GCU Stadium on the GCU campus.

The entire DIA College Rugby Rankings for this week are listed below:

Rank Team Previous Rank
1 St. Mary’s (CA) 1
2 Life (GA) 2
3 California 4
4 BYU 3
5 Lindenwood (MO) 5
6 Indiana 6
7 Navy 7
8 Penn State 8
9 Arizona 10
10 Arkansas State 9
11 Army 11
12 Notre Dame College (OH) 12
13 San Diego State 13
14 Central Washington 14
15 Grand Canyon 18
16 Ohio State 15
17 Colorado State 17
18 Utah 16
19 UC Davis 19
20 Kutztown (PA) 20