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Marietta, Georgia, February 20, 2019 – For the third year in a row, Life University (LIFE) has been selected as one of two host sites for the USA Rugby Men’s D1A National Semifinals. The National Semifinal match will take place at Lupo Family Field, on the campus of Life University, on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. The winner will advance to the D1A National Championship on May 4, 2018 (location TBD).

“We are honored again to have been considered and ultimately selected to host one of two USA Rugby D1A semi-finals in 2019,” says Head Men’s Rugby Coach Colton Cariaga. “First and foremost, it is a testament to the support from our University administration, alumni and friends who have provided us with world class facilities. Without their leadership, continued investment and belief in us, this would not be possible. Secondly, we are grateful for the work the D1A leadership team, led by commissioner Kevin Battle, has done to ensure collegiate rugby is on air in as many homes as possible and as often as possible. Great strides continue to be made on that end. The competition among D1A member institutions and the commitment to the overall growth of the game continues to build, and we look forward to putting on an excellent event this spring.”

Last season, LIFE went undefeated in the regular season before hosting Penn State University in the semifinal at Lupo Family Field, where they dispatched the Nittany Lions 69-14 and punched their ticket to the D1A National Championship, where they routed the University of California Golden Bears by a 60-5 final score.

Tickets will go on sale online at a later date and will also be available at the gate on match day. For up-to-date information on the event, please visit LIFERunningEagles.com. If you have any additional questions, please contact Sports Information Director Billy Mangum at William.Mangum@LIFE.edu or 770.426.2833.

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