The Northern State University Men’s Rugby Club qualified for nationals at the West territorial playoffs. The team was seeded sixth of eight teams vying for a seed in the national tournament. NSU advanced to the championship round, where the team secured a national berth, but fell short to the Wichita Barbarians 29-17.
Northern will represent the West as the No. 2 seed in Chula Vista, Calif., May 12, and will open the tournament against the Sin City Irish of the Southern California Union.
Earlier this spring, Northern took the Wayne State Tournament, with victories over North Dakota State University, Iowa State University, Manitoba (Canada) and the University of Minnesota.
The team recently returned from the Ruggerfest Tournament in St. Louis, Mo., where it placed third.