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Gamecock Rugby rising in national rankings

USC control the ball in a second-half maul on their way to a 20-17 victory over Wake Forest.
USC control the ball in a second-half maul on their way to a 20-17 victory over Wake Forest.
Mark Morris --

University of South Carolina rugby has again been recognized for their early-season success, as they have climbed into the Top-20 collegiate teams in the country, according to a national publication.

The Gamecocks jumped two places this week in the American Rugby News poll after a win in their first match of the Carolina Rugby League’s spring matrix. Head Coach Geoff Mason's A-side ground out a tough 20-17 victory against Wake Forest University, last weekend to kick off their Spring season.

USC has steadily risen up the poll in the last few weeks. The beginning of 20110 saw the Gamecocks being ranked at the bottom of the 25 team poll, however in recent weeks they have been making a name for themselves with pre-season and now a matrix win.

USC's jump in the poll come along with other Southeastern teams including Tennessee and Florida gaining ground on the West Coast powers.

The Carolinas Rugby League was founded in 2009 with the goal to promote the growth and continued success of collegiate rugby in North and South Carolina. It features seven of USA Rugby South's top collegiate squads, the CRL will operate as a round-robin competition each spring semester.

This is not USC first national recognition, in late 2009 they were recognized as one of the largest sides in the country. The program now offers three full traveling sides

The next home match for the Gamecocks will see USC's Palmetto (C) side will be taking on 3-time national champion Furman University on Saturday, January 30, at 3:00 PM on USC's STWFC Rugby Field. Carolina A & B will be traveling to Greenville, NC to take on East Carolina University that same Saturday, and will play its next home match against Appalachian State University on Saturday, February 6 at 1:00 PM on USC's STWFC Rugby Field.


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