CIS Conference play set to start in soccer, rugby

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OTTAWA (CIS) – Conference play got under way on Thursday in CIS soccer, while the start of the women’s rugby regular season is set for Sunday.

In soccer, Nipissing and Laurentian have the honour of playing the first official games of the 2012 campaign as the Voyageurs host the Lakers for a women’s and men’s doubleheader tomorrow in Sudbury.

Only OUA teams are in action in Week 1, with 26 more matchups scheduled throughout Ontario from Friday to Monday. League play starts the following weekend in the AUS, RSEQ and Canada West conferences.

On the women’s side, the reigning back-to-back CIS champion Queen’s Gaels open their defence of the Gladys Bean Memorial Trophy on Saturday with a home tilt against cross-town rival RMC.

In men’s competition, reigning national champion Victoria has to wait an extra week to officially kick off its defence of the Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy. The Vikes host CIS newcomer UNBC on Sept. 7 and 8.

In women’s rugby, the RSEQ kicks things off with a pair of Labour Day weekend contests. Carleton visits Ottawa on Sunday, while Montreal – new to the league this year – travels to Quebec City on Monday to face Laval.

League action starts on Sept. 5 in OUA, Sept. 7 in AUS and Sept. 21 in Canada West. The 2011 Monilex Trophy champion Guelph Gryphons open at home against McMaster on Sept. 5.

St. Francis Xavier will host the 2012 CIS women’s rugby championship in Antigonish, N.S., from Nov. 2-4. The CIS soccer championships will follow a week later (Nov. 8-11) at Victoria (women) and Laval (men).

The inaugural Top 10 national rankings in CIS soccer and rugby will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

2012 CIS SOCCER: KEY DATES

Aug. 30: Start of OUA women’s & men’s regular season

Sept. 6: Start of RSEQ women’s & men’s regular season

Sept. 7: Start of AUS women’s & men’s regular season

Sept. 7: Start of Canada West women’s & men’s regular season

Nov. 1-4: Canada West men’s Final Six

Nov. 2 and 4: RSEQ women’s and men’s semifinals (Nov. 2) and finals (Nov. 4)

Nov. 2-4: AUS women’s and men’s Final Six

Nov. 2-4: OUA women’s and men’s Final Four

Nov. 3-4: Canada West women’s Final Four

Nov. 8-11: CIS women’s championship at University of Victoria

Nov. 8-11: CIS men’s championship at Laval University

2012 CIS WOMEN’S RUGBY: KEY DATES

Sept. 2: Start of RSEQ regular season

Sept. 5: Start of OUA regular season

Sept. 7: Start of AUS regular season

Sept. 21: Start of Canada West regular season

Oct. 19-21: Canada West Final Four

Oct. 27: OUA final & bronze

Oct. 27-28: AUS Final Four

TBD: RSEQ playoffs

Nov. 2-4: CIS championship at St. Francis Xavier University

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