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May, 2019

SEYReview: LIFE UNIVERSITY

Southeastern Youth Rugby (SEYR) is run by a group of dedicated volunteers committed to advancing rugby both in their local Fishers, Indiana community and nationwide. “SEYReview” shines an occasional spotlight on teams, clubs, and stories unique to the sport.

Life University: If you’re a parent or player new to the sport of rugby, you’ve probably never heard of it. Founded in 1974 as a chiropractic college, it maintains that tradition today with nearly 2,000 post-graduates in chiropractic, health, and wellness-rated disciplines but only 700 undergraduates. The campus is located in Marietta, Georgia on 110 wooded acres. The student body is incredibly diverse, comprising 51% women and 38% minorities.

Most of Life University’s athletic teams, collectively known as the Running Eagles, compete as part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I level, primarily competing in the Mid-South Conference. Note I say “most.”

Life U's most notable sport is rugby. After a hiatus in the 80s and 90s, their undergraduate collegiate rugby program was reintroduced as a varsity sport and began play during the 2010–2011 season. In that time, the little Georgia school of barely over 700 undergrads has won four D1-A National Championships. Since just 2013, Life U has been on an incredible hot streak of winning or finishing runner-up in the national championship final for seven consecutive years. If you asked us what the dominant collegiate athletic program in the state of Georgia is, we're probably not picking the Bulldogs.
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