JONESBORO (RugbyMag.com) - Arguably the best rivalry in American rugby is renewed Saturday in Jonesboro, Ark., as No. 3 Arkansas State hosts top-ranked Life. The Running Eagles swept this series last season, beating the Red Wolves 30-14 in Marietta, Ga. and 17-13 in Jonesboro, but Arkansas State advanced a step further in the postseason, reaching the DI-A final.
Arkansas State has a new head coach this season in Alex Houser, who is 0-0 as such against Life. Houser assisted Matt Huckaby in Jonesboro last season and Dan Payne at Life the year before.
"It's been good since I've come to Arkansas to see those guys and the [Life] program progress," said Houser. "Some of those older guys like Colton [Cariaga] and guys like that I even played with when I was still playing."