May Madness 7s:
May 28 - 30, New Orleans

The Largest US Collegiate Rugby Tournament

110
Collegiate Teams
300
Matches
6
Men's & Women's Divisions
5
Fields
3
Days

Experience the Festival

Food and Beer Trucks

Food and beer trucks on-site and fully stocked

Live Music

Live music from great local artists

Women's Rugby Museum

US Women’s Rugby traveling museum, over 50 years of history

Festival Layout

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Where to Watch

America’s best collegiate rugby teams face off in the largest collegiate tournament. We want to see you there! Get in on the Madness and join us in New Orleans.

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About the Collegiate Rugby Championship (May Madness 7s)

Since its founding in 2010, the Collegiate Rugby Championship has driven massive growth in college rugby 7s programs. The tournament draws over 20,000 fans, major sponsors and national broadcast partners, including its current partner CBS Sports. National Collegiate Rugby Championships, LLC took ownership of the event in 2020, partnering with Rhino Sports and Leisure LLC and Patrice Prusmack, wife of the late CRC founder Jon Prusmack.

National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) governs the spring collegiate championships, including the CRC. NCR is the largest collegiate rugby organization with over 600 men's and women's teams. Evolving from the National Small College Rugby Organization, which was founded in 2007, NCR now serves small colleges, Division II and Division I programs. NCR's sole focus is the growth and development of college rugby through a range of competitions, championship pathways, member services and governance. For more information, visit ncrugby.org.

Historical Collegiate Rugby Championship Timeline

2010

Jon Prusmack founds the CRC, the first college 7s national championship. Utah wins the inaugural title in Columbus, Ohio, led by Eagle and future MLR pro Thretton Palamo.

2011 - 2012

Dartmouth men win the next two CRCs, launching the careers of Team USA Olympic captain Madison Hughes and Eagle and Freejacks GM Alex Magleby. Army win the inaugural women’s title in 2011.

2013 - 2017

Cal men win 5-straight titles with stars like 2x Olympian Danny Barrett. Penn State women win 3 in a row, followed by back-to-back titles for Life. CRC signs largest sponsorship deal in American rugby history with Penn Mutual.

2018 - 2019

Lindenwood takes over, the men unseating Cal and the women beating Life to win back-to-back double championships. Founder John Prusmack loses his battle with cancer in December 2018. 2019 marks 10-straight years of CRC on National TV.

2020 - 2021

Spring ’20, COVID pauses college rugby. NCR partners with Prusmack’s wife, Patti, to take majority ownership of the event. CRC moves to New Orleans and is only national college competition of 2021, safely returning 56 teams to meaningful play.

2022

Kutztown tops the podium as the Men's Premier National Champions, while Lindenwood women secure an impressive fourth-consecutive championship title. With 110 teams, this was the largest collegiate rugby tournament in the country.

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The Road to May Madness

Collegiate Men

Premier Cup

  • Open Regional Automatic Qualifiers
  • Conference Automatic Qualifiers

Small College, DII and DI Club

  • Conference and Regional Automatic Qualifiers
  • At-Large Bids
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Collegiate Women

Premier Cup

  • Open Regional Automatic Qualifiers
  • Conference Automatic Qualifiers

DI Club

  • Conference and Regional Automatic Qualifiers
  • At-Large Bids
Learn More