June 06, 2011, 1:36 p.m. (ET)

BOULDER, Colo. – Three new national champions were crowned on Sunday in the Emirates Airline USA Rugby Men’s Club National Championships that were held at Infinity Park at Glendale, Colo. this weekend.

  • The Glendale Raptors (Glendale, Colo.) defeated Olympic Club of San Francisco 20-15 in Men’s Division I National Championship
  • New Orleans beat defending Division II champions, Tampa Bay Krewe (Tampa Bay, Fla.), 27-21 in the Men’s Division II National Championship
  • Metropolis (Minneapolis, Minn.) won the Men’s DII National Championship by beating Syracuse 46-25

MEN’S CLUB DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Glendale Raptors (20-15 over Olympic Club)

The Glendale Raptors claimed their first-ever National Championship on Sunday defeating Olympic Club of San Francisco.  It was a battle of styles with Olympic employing a tactical kicking game and Glendale exhibited a flowing attacking game.  Dewan Reed, Glendale’s electric fullback earned MVP honors for his role in the win, displaying his blistering pace and fantastic step that caused headaches for Olympic Club all game.  The home team was elated at their victory and were swarmed by their supporters once they received the Championship trophy.   The players showed their appreciation by endlessly signing autographs and taking pictures with their fans and thoroughly enjoying their fantastic win.

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MEN’S CLUB DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: New Orleans (27-21 over Tampa Bay Krewe)
Two Southern rivals, Tampa Bay Krewe and New Orleans played in a thrilling DII final.  New Orleans’ massive forwards led the way for their team.  Tampa Bay was within a converted try for the last ten minutes of the game, but New Orleans’ defense held strong and brought back a National Championship to the Big Easy.  New Orleans’ big loosehead prop, Matt Upton, won the MVP trophy, a token of his warrior-like performance in the final.

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Metropolis won the Men’s DIII Club title by pouring it on opponents Syracuse in the second half of the National Championship game.  With only two points the difference at halftime, Metropolis kicked into gear and scored six second half tries.  The two pillars in Metro’s backline, inside center Isaac Johnson and Flyhalf Nate Osborne, played controlled and clever rugby that allowed their side the victory.  Osborne won MVP honors for his two-try performance and his ability to ignite his backline.

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