The University of Wisconsin-Madison's spring 7s team won the Big Ten, but are now ready for Fall 15s.
The state's lone Division 1 men's collegiate club - the University of Wisconsin-Madison - opened up conference play this past weekend.
Playing in USA Rugby's national D1A competition, the Badgers hosted Purdue University in a Big Ten Rugby league season-opener. Editor's note: We'll share the score against Purdue once it's confirmed.
Wisconsin fields three sides this fall: White competes in the D1A Big Ten "A-side" matches, while the Reds field a competitive side in the Division 3 collegiate men's WISCARFU conference. The Badgers' third side, the Blacks, play developmental or "B-side" matches against other Big Ten development sides on the same schedule as the Whites.
The D1A website shared a preview of the Big Ten teams in two parts this past week - Part 1 and Part 2 (featuring UW). Wisconsin Head Coach Nic Tyson, himself a UW men's rugby alumnus, has big goals for this season, according to the preview:
After winning the 2014 Big Ten Conference Championship, Wisconsin’s one-loss season a year ago wasn’t quite good enough to get the Badgers back into the title game. Ten months later, with a ton of talent back in the fold and a chip on its shoulder, Wisconsin’s goal for the season is simple.
“Our plan is to be back in the Big Ten Championship game,” Head Coach Nic Tyson said.
Here's the Badgers' Big Ten schedule for the remainder of this fall: