Is This The Year Life Success Brings A First Time Title Back To Georgia? - Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Many times a bridesmaid, can 2018 be the year that the Life University Screaming Eagles finally become the bride of the Penn Mutual CRC?

Few schools big or small have been able to embrace, and succeed in recent years in college rugby like the Georgia school, and this year coach Carlton Cariaga’s squad wrote a new chapter in Life’s success un 15’s going undefeated at 17-0 and crushing Cal in the final in Glendale, Colorado in May.

They now will bring that mojo to Philly with a core of the same players for sevens that had success in 15’s. Now keep in mind Life may not need much outside help to take the Dawkins Trophy back to The Peach State this year, but they got some when five time champion Cal chose to abdicate their spot this year. That opened up a window for schools who have had success but have not conquered the Bears in sevens to carve their new path. For Life, that path has included two narrow championship game losses (2013 and 2017), to third place finished (2014 and 2015), a fourth place finished in 2012, with a run to the CRC Final four inly interrupted by a narrow quarterfinal loss to Arizona in 2016.

All that success, and talent, should play well for Life this year. Leading the Life attack will be Duncan Van Schalkwyk, a South African native and US citizen who is one of rugby’s fast rising stars in the US. A USA Under 20 and Collegiate All American, he will continue his balance of scholastic success (he plans to to begin the Doctorate of Chiropractic program after he graduates with his Bachelor’s Degree this June) and rugby success after the CRC.

He will be joined by Donovan Norphlet, another USA Sevens rising star along with Harley Wheeler, the latest in a growing number of intercollegiate football players who have made the transition to rugby’s speed and has now been a three year starter for the Screaming Eagles.

Life always brings one of the largest and most enthusiastic supporter groups to Philadelphia every year. That enthusiasm has been tampered a bit in the late Sunday sunshine, but this year, maybe, will be the year that the screaming for the Eagles from Georgia can continue with a trophy in hand.

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