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Competitions

See below for the competition structures for all TRU member divisions. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to admin@texasrugbyunion.com.

D1

The Red River Rugby Conference Men’s D1 clubs will play a home & away schedule of eight matches.

Playoffs & Seeding

The top four teams will attend playoffs to determine the overall winner of the division.  At the end of the 8-match regular season, the first place team will host the fourth place team, and the second place team will host the third place team on April 18, 2020.  The winners of those matches will face off at the Red River Championships on April 25, 2020.

The winner of the Red River Conference will advance to the USA Rugby National Playoffs as the Red River Men’s D1 Champion and will face the Pacific Rugby Premiership Champion on May 16, 2020.  The winner of that match will advance to the USA Rugby Men’s D1 Championship match on May 30, 2020.

D2

The Men’s D1b teams will continue to participate in D2 this year. D2 is split into two regions, north and central/south. Clubs will play the other clubs in their area both Home and Away resulting in a four team playoff.

Playoffs & Seeding

The Championship weekend will be a four team playoff, with the semi-finals on Saturday, April 25, 2020 pitting North #1 vs South #2, and South #1 vs North #2. The winners of those two matches will advance to the Red River Men’s D2 final on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

The winner of the Red River Conference will advance to the USA Rugby National Playoffs (Round of 8) on May 16-17, 2020, as the Red River Men’s D2 Champion.  If the Men’s D2 Red River Champion wins both Round of 8 matches, they will advance to the USA Rugby Men’s D2 Championship match on May 30, 2020.

D3

The Men’s D3 Competition consists of teams split into North, Central and South divisions. Clubs will play the other clubs in their area both Home and Away resulting in a four team playoff.

Playoffs & Seeding

Seeding will be determined by weighted average competitions points (i.e. Total Competition Points Earned / Total Competition Points Available).  The top two seeded regional winners get a bye straight into the Red River Championship weekend (April 25-26, 2020), and the number three seed regional winner would be included with the three second place teams in the Wildcard Round on April 18, 2020. The top two seeded teams in the Wildcard Round will host the matches at their home pitch.

Wildcard Playoff Format – 6 Teams

  • Three Division Winners and Three 2nd Place Teams
  • Division Winners and Second Place seeding based on weighted average standings points per match
  • Top Two Division Winners (#1 and #2) receive Bye through to the Red River Championship round on April 25, 2020.
  • Wildcard Week is April 18, 2020
  • Remaining Division Winner (#3) hosts lowest seeded 2nd place team (#6)
  • Highest seeded Second Place team (#4) hosts remaining second place team (#5)
  • RRRC Championships (Saturday, April 25, 2020)
  • #1 vs winner of #4 vs #5
  • #2 vs winner of #3 vs #6

The winners of these two matches will face off on Sunday, April 26, 2020 for the Red River Men’s D3 Championship.  Red River Conference Champion will advance to the USA Rugby National Playoffs (Round of 8) on May 16-17, 2020.  If the Men’s D3 Red River Champion wins both Round of 8 matches, they will advance to the USA Rugby Men’s D3 Championship match on May 30, 2020.

D4 – TRU

For the 2021-22 Season, the Men’s D4 competition exists only the North.  With an emphasis on development of the game, Division 4 is subject to relaxed eligibility and competition rules. For full eligibility regulations, review the TRU Men’s D4 and Women’s D3 Division Regulations.  With only three Clubs participating in D4 for the 2021-22 season, there will be no playoff; rather, the participating Clubs will work to find a way to schedule additional matches among themselves and friendlies with other Clubs.

D1

Women’s clubs will play Red River and Rocky Mountain teams. Points will be awarded per league match and recorded in CMS in order to rank clubs for playoffs.

Playoffs & Seeding

The top four teams will advance to the Red River/Rocky Mountain playoffs to determine the  top two seeds for our region. At the end of the regular season, the first place Red River team will host the Rocky Mountain second place team, and the Rocky Mountain first place team will host the Red River second place team on April 23.

The winners of those matches will advance to the USA Rugby National Playoffs (Final Four) on May 21. If teams win their final four match, they will advance to the USA Rugby Championship match on May 22.

D2

Women’s D2 clubs will play the other clubs of their conference (North and South) both home and away. Points will be awarded per league match and recorded in CMS in order to rank clubs for playoffs.

Playoffs and Seeding

The Championship weekend will be a four team playoff, with the semi-finals on Saturday, April 23 pitting North #1 vs South #2, and South #1 vs North #2.

The winners of those two matches will advance to the Red River Women’s D2 final on Sunday, April 24. The winner of the Red River Conference will advance to the USA Rugby National Playoffs (Round of 8) on May 7, as the Red River Women’s D2 Champion.  If the Women’s D2 Red River Champion wins both Round of 8 matches, they will advance to the USA Rugby Women’s D2 Championship match on May 21.

D3 – TRU

The women’s D3 structure continues to follow the format announced in 2019. The aim of this structure is to maximize ball in play time, and player development in a set up with more transferability to XV’s than traditional 7s. This should allow clubs to accelerate the growth of new players quicker and more effectively, while providing high involvement levels for experienced players and a competitive environment as you build numbers towards a XV’s squad.

2021 Schedule

  • 12/18/21 – @ Grand Prairie
  • 1/22/22 – @ McAllen
  • 2/12/22 – @ Alliance
  • 3/26/22 – @Denton

For full regulations, review the 2019 WD3 Guidelines.

D1

Clubs will play the other clubs home and away. Points will be awarded per league match and recorded in CMS in order to rank clubs for playoffs.

Playoffs & Seeding

Conference championships take place in April of each year. Information will be shared with each team individually.

D2

Teams will play 7s round robin tournaments in the spring.

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