National Intercollegiate Rugby Association

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National Intercollegiate Rugby Association
National Intercollegiate Rugby Association logo.png
Legal statusAssociation
Region served
United States
Official language
Amy Rusert
Main organ
Board of Directors

The National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) is the highest governing body of collegiate women's rugby in the United States founded in 2018.


Tier Club Location Nickname Type Joined Coach
Division 1 Army West Point West Point, New York Black Knights Federal Service Academy 2018 Bill LeClerc
Brown University Providence, Rhode Island Bears Private 2018 Kathy Flores
Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire Big Green Private 2018 Katie Dowty
Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts Crimson Private 2018 Mel Denham
Long Island University Brooklyn, New York
Brookville, New York
Sharks Private 2018 Colleen Doherty
Mount St. Mary's University Emmitsburg, Maryland Mountaineers Private 2018 Farrah Douglas
Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut Bobcats Private 2018 Becky Carlson
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, Connecticut Pioneers Private 2018 Michelle Reed
Division 2 American International College Springfield, Massachusetts Yellow Jackets Private 2018 Tara Roberts
Molloy College Rockville Centre, New York Lions Private 2018 Melissa Olman
Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio Falcons Private 2018 Luke Markovich
Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina Royals Private 2019 Katie Wurst
West Chester University Chester County, Pennsylvania Golden Rams Public 2018 Tony Deremer
Division 3 Bowdoin College Brunswick, Maine Polar Bears Private 2018 MaryBeth Mathews
Castleton University Castleton, Vermont Spartans Public 2018 Frank Graziano
Colby–Sawyer College New London, New Hampshire Chargers Private 2018 Ken Pape
New England College Henniker, New Hampshire Pilgrims Private 2019 Tom Campbell
Norwich University Northfield, Vermont Cadets Private 2018 Austin Hall
University of New England Biddeford, Maine Nor'easters Private 2018 Ashley Potvin-Fulford

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Championship finals[edit]

Division 1[edit]

  • 2018 – Dartmouth 19–14 Harvard [3]
  • 2017 - Quinnipiac 29-20 Dartmouth
  • 2016 - Quinnipiac 46-24 Central Washington
  • 2015 - Quinnipiac 24-19 Army

Division 2[edit]


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  3. ^ "Dartmouth Claims Program's First NIRA Championship". USA Rugby.
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