2018 NSCRO Men’s National All-Star match between Pacific Coast and LoneStar. © 2018-19 National Small College Rugby Organization. Photo by Norma Salinas
The NSCRO Men’s National All-Star Championship (NASC) is set to kickoff over Memorial Day weekend at the newly-built AVEVA Stadium in Houston, Texas. NSCRO has partnered with the Houston SaberCats to bring nearly 140 players representing 48 different colleges into the limelight of All-Star Rugby. This event will also serve as an opportunity for recognition as an NSCRO All-American and selection to the USAR Collegiate All-American Camp this summer.
In 2018, NSCRO took another giant step forward to better the college rugby experience with the creation of the National All-Star Championship. The goal was to provide a quality venue and outstanding experience for players that went above and beyond what they were used to. The event gave these talented players an opportunity to play on a side with similarly talented players and have excellent coaching. Our hope was to inspire these players to strive for rugby greatness beyond their college playing years.
The first event was held in late June 2018 at the Round Rock Sports Complex in Round Rock, Texas and hosted by the Austin Elite MLR team. Nearly 120 players participated. When the dust settled the Pacific Coast Grizzlies defeated the Northeast Rhinos in the final by a score of 26-10.
For 2019, the same five Regional teams - Pacific Coast, LoneStar, South, Mid-, and Northeast - are returning to the NASC after having tasted the success at the 2018 event.
This event is helping players realize their dreams to be a better player and expand their understanding of the rugby culture – which is depicted in this video.
What are you doing Memorial Day weekend? Come join us and support the college rugby experience. A detailed welcome packet including the match schedule is available here. If you cannot be with us in person, be sure to watch the live streaming by Next Level Rugby on the NSCRO YouTube Channel with commentary by “The Rugby Evangelist” Grant Cole.