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Fresno State faces Kansas for club men’s rugby national championship

The undefeated Fresno state rugby team will play for a national championship – just 13 years after the team was formed.

The club, formed in 2009, competes for the American Rugby College DI-AA National Championship against the University of Kansas at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The match will be broadcast live In connection.

“Being able to lead the team as we write history for the State of Fresno does not feel like I have ever felt before,” said team leader CJ Banuelos. “Just thinking about winning this trophy makes me cry a little and I know it makes the other boys upset. “We have such a large group of men; and everyone is working hard to achieve our long-term goal.”

Unlike NCAA-sponsored college scholarships at the University, such as football and softball, rugby is a club sport and none of the athletes receive a sports scholarship.

To travel for competition, the team relies heavily donationsand seeks to continue community support for its pursuit of its first national club championship, said coach Patrick Kwan.

Fresno State beat San Diego 46-7 and Western Washington 52-15 in the Western Conference Championship to secure a place in the final against the Eastern Kansas champion.

Seth Olvera, a senior who played for the team for three years, said that reaching the league game “is not a surprise.

“There has been an accumulation over the last three years,” Olvera said. “It’s a good job and earned thanks to the amount of skills, talent and dedication we have.”

Overall, Fresno State is 9-0 (including a win-loss) and averages more than 60 points per game. The club beat Sacramento State 36-0 to win its first Western Pacific championship.

“Throughout the preparation, the championship and the playoffs, we have not lost a single game,” said Banuelos. “With only one game left, we can have a completely undefeated season and move from third place in our category to No. 1.”

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