The University of Memphis Rugby Team was informed on Friday, July 31, 2020 that their fall 15s season would not happen. There were a combination of issues that cancelled the season, all related to Covid-19.
The University of Memphis club sports division exists under the authority of “clubs” at Memphis and clubs have been prohibited from meeting in person until September 18, 2020. There will be rolling evaluations going forward and in-person meetings (practice) will be evaluated on a monthly basis as the university functions are normalized.
Simultaneous to the announcement from the UM officials, the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference (SCRC) had received notice from several conference teams regarding the same problem. Simply, they were not allowed to play by their universities. So, conference commissioner Martin Bradley has decided to cancel conference play for the fall. Teams may play friendlies as their universities allow.
The SCRC will be evaluating the possibility of have a 15s competition in the spring.
The Tiger leadership will be posting training challenges for the players to increase their speed, aerobic fitness and strength. “Might as well work on our fitness while we are off,” stated captain Ethan Scott. “When we come back together, I want our players bigger and faster.”