Christendom Crusaders rugby players Vince Duhig and Patrick Newton have been named NSCRO All-Americans for 2019-20, as announced by NSCRO this week. The organization also further named four Crusaders as NSCRO Rising Stars, marking the second straight year that Christendom has had multiple rugby players considered amongst the best in the nation.
NSCRO All-American players are determined by the NSCRO selection committee to be the preeminent collegiate players within NSCRO, according to the organization’s website. Of the 6500 active men’s collegiate players, only 25 were chosen as All-Americans — making Duhig and Newton’s achievement that much more remarkable.
This is Duhig’s second consecutive All-American honor, after being named an NSCRO Rising Star his freshman year of college. For Newton, this is his first All-American honor, taking the leap from Rising Star to All-American over the past year.
Twenty-five other men were chosen as NSCRO Rising Stars, including four Christendom Crusaders. Will Arnold, Thomas Audino, Nick Cuddeback, and Owen Kennedy were all named Rising Stars for the second consecutive year by NSCRO — another remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the level of talent on the Christendom Crusaders and to the team’s exceptional coaching staff as well.
Before their season was canceled this spring, the Christendom Crusaders were well on their way to a fourth straight berth in the NSCRO 7s National Championship, after competing in the NSCRO 15s National Championship playoffs in the fall. The Crusaders were also set to travel to Bermuda for the 2020 Ariel Re Bermuda International Tournament as well. While neither event came to pass, this announcement from NSCRO wraps up another impressive season from the Christendom Crusaders, making excitement for the 2020-21 season that much greater.