The 2nd annual men’s rugby celebration is confirmed for January 5th, 2016 at the Union League Club this year, graciously co-hosted by Paul Massey ’82 and Greg Richter ’86. Coach Chapman, the CRA, the senior players, and myriad alumni and parents will be in attendance. Get registered early, spaces are limited like last year! colgate.edu/rugbynyc16
World rugby media has been abuzz over the past week with news of a new Pro Rugby League in the US. Did you know that Mike Hayden ’81, former Colgate Men’s Rugby captain and standout player, was the CEO and league president of the World Rugby Football League (WRFL) in the early 90’s? The WRFL was a short-lived professional Sevens league with plans to expand into several continents. Mike is also a member of the Fort Lauderdale Rugby’s hall of fame (link HERE) and the current coach of the Fort Miami women’s team. See an article from 1994 about the WRFL HERE and more importantly a promotional video from the league below.
On October 24th, the men’s rugby squad traveled to Syracuse to take on Syracuse University to finish out our conference schedule and to earn an opportunity to play in the conference championship on November 8th. With a convincing win from the week before, the guys were hungry for a berth in the conference championship. Colgate started the match with a kick deep into Syracuse’s territory and the physical battle began. In the first couple of minutes, Colgate had several scoring opportunities, but were not able to convert them into points. After the many defensive stands, Syracuse would gain possession and begin working phases to get into our area of the field and would attempt to capitalize on a few penalties committed by Colgate with penalty kicks in the 7th (converted), 18th (not converted), and 20th minute (not converted). Bernie Rawlins ’17 was able to tie the match in the 24th minute with a penalty kick of his own finally getting Colgate on the board. The following quarter of the game, did not go as well for Colgate as we had hoped. Syracuse would take advantage of good attacking ball and poor defense from Colgate. In the 27th minute (not converted) […]
On October 17, the Colgate Rugby squad took on the United States Merchant Marine Academy in hopes of avenging a 2014 loss 46-34. Coming off a tough loss and a bye week, the boys were rested and ready for the challenge. Pictures below by Coach Anne-Marie Lemal Brown Colgate started the game receiving the kick-off and began their attack. Unable to capitalize on field position, USMMA was able to gain possession and took advantage and received a penalty just inside Colgate territory. In the first two minutes, USMMA was able to take advantage of a sleeping Colgate defense by quick tapping a penalty and scoring the first try of the game. Sadly needing a wake-up call, that wake-up call came with a response. Daniel Foussard ’16 was able to cap off a drive with a try in the 10th minute (Eli Brick ’17 was unable to convert). In the 18th minute, Bernie Rawlins ’16 was able to dot down a try of his own (and converting it himself). After Rawlins added a penalty in the 25th minute, Colgate would close out the first half with a try in the corner by Kwame Larbi ’17 that Rawlins was able to […]