KINGSTON, R.I. - The Norwich men’s rugby team started the season with a hurricane and ended it with a nor’easter.
They traveled to Rhode Island to take on the University of Rhode Island Rams on Saturday. It started to rain as soon as they arrived and the weather got progressively worse, as the temperature never went above forty degrees and the wind picked up as the game began.
The game was critical to URI, as a win would have put them in first place in the conference, but a loss would have eliminated them from the playoffs in favor of the Coast Guard Academy. Some Coast Guard players even made the trip from New London to cheer on the Norwich Cadets.
With the win, URI became the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) Div. II Men’s regular season camps. Next weekend they host Boston University, the second seed, for the right to go to the National Sweet Sixteen in the spring.