Rowan Rugby fields three separate sides during the fall 15s season.
The A side is comprised of the highest performing players in the program. A typical member of the A side is an upperclassman with several years experience playing B side. However, high achieving players can win a starting position regardless of their class year. The B side consists of experienced players actively striving for the honor of wearing a Rowan A side jersey. With over 60 players on the roster, competition is fierce for starting positions and practices are as competitive as games. Rowan’s A and B side players are guided by an experienced seven-man coaching staff, including specialists in areas such as scrummaging, kicking and skills development.
For players transitioning to rugby with little or no prior experience, this fall Rowan will field its first ever Developmental Team. The Developmental Team will compete separately in the NSCRO. This new team structure will provide less experienced players with intense practices and quality game time under the guidance of a coaching staff separate from the A and B side staff. The goal will be to acclimate new players to the Rowan system and promote them to the B side as quickly as possible.
This season Rowan’s A side moves up to DIAA after five years competing successfully in DII. During that time, Rowan won three conference championships, qualified for the national playoffs four times, reached the Sweet 16 four times, the Elite 8 three times and finished each of the last two years ranked #5 nationally. In addition, Rowan finished 2016 undefeated in two consecutive conference seasons. The Profs have not lost a home game since 2010.
Competing in DIAA for the first time in 2017, the Profs were undefeated in regular season conference play and reached the MARC finals before losing. Rowan was rewarded with a spot in the national playoffs where they bowed out in the Sweet 16. The team finished the season ranked #16 in DIAA and in the top 50 of all DIA and DIAA teams combined. At the conclusion of the season, two players were named in FloRugby’s all-DIAA team. In addition, one other player was named to the DIAA all-freshman team.