Yale Shows Spirit in Brown Defeat

Despite the heavy loss, the young Yale team fought to the end and showed great team spirit. With a roster including only five upperclassmen, Yale did make Brown work for their points, but the opposition relied on their experience and was clinical in attack. Yale did create chances to score of their own but was left frustrated that they could not cross Brown’s line. This game was a valuable experience for Yale’s young team and an important part of the journey.

Yale’s next match is against Ivy Conference powerhouse, Dartmouth, on 10/26 in Hanover.

Lapse in Concentration Costs Yale

Yale hosted Harvard at Fairfield University for the Cormack Cup. Yale started slowly and fell behind but managed to claw their way back into the game and were leading 16-14 just before half time. A defensive lapse allowed Harvard to score under the posts to go into half time with a slender 21-16 lead. Yale started the second half in the worst possible way as they completely switched off defensively and allowed Harvard time and space. Harvard took these opportunities and piled on 28 unanswered points. Yale showed determination and fought back with two second-half tries that secured a losing bonus point.

It was a bitterly disappointing way to lose the Cormack Cup but invaluable experience for the team. Yale now focuses on playing Brown on October 12th in Providence.

Bonus Point Win in Ivy Opener

Alex O’Neill ‘20 competes in the air at a line out.

Alex O’Neill ‘20 competes in the air at a line out.

Yale scored five tries and four conversions to take a bonus point, 33-15, victory over the University of Pennsylvania. The team defended well and rebutted UPenn’s strong ball carriers. Dan Marsh ’21 controlled the game superbly at fly half whilst newcomer, Drew Ward ’23, had a stand-out performance in his debut match. Mahlon Sorenson ’22 was potent on the wing, scoring three tries. Yale will play American International College on Friday, 27th at 7.00pm in a non-conference match up. 


Penalty Try

Mahlon Sorenson ‘22 (3)

Henry Large ’22


Dan Marsh ’21 (3)

Columbia edge Yale in Tight Contest

Yale traveled to NYC to take on Columbia in the final pre-season match. The game was fiercely contested, particularly at the breakdown, with neither side managing to convert pressure into points. It was in the 70th minute that Columbia crossed the line after a quick tap penalty and a fast pass out wide that lead to a try in the far left corner. Columbia also managed another try out wide in the 75th minute. Yale fought to the very end and did manage to cross the line in the final play of the match, however, the referee felt the line was not ‘in-line’ with the posts and did not award the try. It was a tough and physical match for both teams and evenly contested throughout and the experience was invaluable for Yale’s young team. Final score 10-0 to Columbia.

In the development match, Yale dominated with a 29-5 win. Tries were scored by Adam Rothman '22, Haris Gargovic '22, Daniel Esguerra '22, Ariel Melendez '23 and Jack Madden '23. Khaleel Rajwani '20 added two conversions.

Yale host the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, September 22nd. 1.00 pm Kick-Off.

Yale lose to Fairfield in Pre-Season Match-Up

Yale lost out to a very strong Fairfield team 56-12 last weekend. Fairfield, boasting 12 new freshmen recruits, 9 of which started were a formidable opponent throughout the match. Yale started the game slowly, struggling to maintain possession through uncharacteristic errors, that resulted in Fairfield dominating both territory and possession stats. Despite the loss, the team will use this as a learning opportunity and will look to bounce back with a positive performance on Saturday, September 14th, away to Ivy League opponents, Columbia.

The development team, boasting 16 new players, played a hard-fought match with Fairfield B-side, losing 44-21.

Yale Defeats Coast Guard in Season Opener


Coast Guard visited New Haven for a unique session involving a combined practice session then a 40-minute match. The first part of the session saw Yale and Coast Guard compete in lineouts, scrums and backs play. After a short break, both teams put on their uniform in preparation for a live match.

Yale dominated the match and spent large portions of the game deep in Coast Guard territory. Yale created many scoring opportunities but failed to capitalize as the try line beckoned. However, the pressure mounted and a quick tap penalty then pass from flyhalf and captain Dan Marsh '21 fed hard-running second-row Ryan Vollmer '21. Ryan drew in the last defender and neatly offloaded to outside centre Syimyk Kyshtoobaev '22 who beat the defender to score. 5-0 to Yale.

The second half started in a similar vein with Yale piecing together some nice plays. It was defensive pressure resulting from good line speed and a turnover from Kevin Gallagher '22 that led to quick ball reaching Dan March '22. Dan cut a great line to score under the posts and also converted his try. 12-0. More defensive pressure and a turnover from first-year Nick Rice '23 and then fast hands out wide allowed Nick Weinberger '23 to beat three defenders to score in his first appearance. Coast Guard scored on the last play of the game, capitalizing on a loose pass to leave the final score 17-5 to Yale.

Yale now turns their attention to the next match-up away to Fairfield University on Saturday, September 7th.

Nemec Cup Comes Back To New Haven

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Last weekend, the Yale Rugby Men’s 1st XV won the Nemec Cup for the first time, beating Fairfield University 39-17 on a sunny day in New Haven. It was a day jam packed with Rugby, starting with the NOBS v Grad program, finishing 17-15 to the Grads. The Yale Women’s 7s side played 2 games v Fairfield University in a closely contested duel. Fairfield came out on top in both, 15-12 and 19-15.

The Wallbridge Wager was retained by the Young alumni, beating the Yale Development XV 20-17. All in all it was a great day of rugby.

Relive all the weekends action by clicking HERE

Bulldogs start the spring season with a 44-5 win

On a beautiful spring day in New Haven, the Bulldogs showed glimpses of excellent attacking rugby, scoring eight well worked tries. Next weekend, the Bulldogs will be taking on Fairfield in the Nemec Cup, which Fairfield pipped last season.

Tries: S Cockburn 3 , D Marsh 2, A O Neill, M Sorenen, H Seavey

Kicks: D Marsh 1, S Kyshtoobaev 1

Washington DC tour a great success

The Yale Men’s Rugby squad traveled to Washington DC for a 5 day Spring tour. We hope you enjoy the video, it highlights the trip, incorporating our pre season games v Navy & Georgetown. The Spring season kicks off on Saturday, March 31st v Quinnipiac at Home. Stay tuned for match-day information. Go Bulldogs!!!

Thank you to all connected with Yale that made the spring pre season tour a great success.

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Save the Date: April 6, 2019!

The Yale Rugby Alumni weekend is officially scheduled for the weekend of April 6. Please mark your calendars, and be sure to join us for a full weekend of Yale Rugby events!

Once again, it is time to prepare for the year's finest and most worthy social event - The Yale Rugby Alumni Weekend, of course! Please be sure to save the date; more details to follow soon. We look forward to seeing you there!

Some planned highlights:
- Reception and Dinner at Mory's on Thursday evening
- Golf outing and welcome reception on Friday
- First XV vs. Fairfield, alumni games, and dinner on Saturday

Jim Dayton RIP

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On Wednesday February 13, Yale Rugby lost former player Jim Dayton ’87 who passed away in his sleep completely without warning.

Jim was a cross-over athlete from his first love hockey which he played at Yale for four years. He played rugby on the wing in his junior and senior years. More recently, Jim has volunteered substantial time to Yale Rugby to help develop our long term plan for the club’s facilities.

Please find attached Jim’s obituary. Philip Lynch is coordinating a recognition gift for Jim so please email him at lynchphilip@gmail.com if you would like to participate. CLICK HERE to read more



Last Minute Preparation for the Coaching Workshop

A Message from Yale Rugby Football Club:

We are looking forward to welcoming you to New Haven in the morning. Please look out for a Yale Rugby Banner outside the Building on the main road -


There is parking outside the surrounding areas of the Yale Architecture Building, 180 York Street (you will need to pay). However, there is free parking in the carpark behind the Payne Whitney Gym, 70 Tower P'way, New Haven, 06511. Please allow for an 11min walking commute.

Start Time

The workshop will begin at 10.00am sharp so allow time for parking / walking etc.

Coffee / Tea

There is a Willoughby's located right next to the building.


Lunch will be provided - We will be serving subs from Zoe's restaurant.


Any extra information needed please reach out to yalemensrugby@gmail.com

Yale Advance to the Ivy Conference Semi Finals

Yale RFC headed into today’s game against Harvard off the back of two tough losses against Brown and Dartmouth. We knew this was an all-or-nothing affair and put in our hardest week of training of the semester in preparation. After a tough two-point loss in the Malcom Cormack Cup last year (named after the famous ex-Yale head Coach) we faced Harvard away with a spot in the Ivy League Playoffs Semi-finals and the Cup title at stake. We arrived focused on the challenge ahead and warmed up in torrential rain and 37mph winds. Starting the first half against the wind, we traded half-a-dozen kicks and staved off 10 minutes of constant attack from Harvard. After forcing them deep into their own half it only took a few hard run phases for Captain Joe Goode ‘19 to nip around the ruck and score our first try of the game. Shortly after Ian Reid ‘19 scored the first of his three tries with Daniel Marsh ‘21’s conversion making it 12-0 to Yale. Before the half Reid put in another two and Bojan Dosljak trucked through the defence to make it 31-0. In the second half Harvard brought the fight but Yale saw them off for a well earned 31-15 win. The team will face Dartmouth away November 3rd @1PM in the semi-finals.

Brown Prove Too Strong for the Bulldogs

1942 Yale Rugby Captain, Henry P Wheelers family pictured with the Yale Rugby Squad

1942 Yale Rugby Captain, Henry P Wheelers family pictured with the Yale Rugby Squad

Courtesy of the Yale Daily News :



The Yale rugby team battled with Brown head-on in a pair of games during Family Weekend only to have its previous Ivy League winning streak broken by two losses to the Bears.

The Elis were poised to win entering the weekend after their stunning conference victories over Cornell and Columbia the past two weekends. The team swept the floor with Cornell, boasting a 77-point difference, and achieved a 67-point win over Columbia, but its victorious streak was cut short as the Bears chewed up the Bulldogs. Despite its valiant effort, Yale’s two games ended unfavorably with scores of 32–12 in the first XV and 17–7 in the Development XV.

“Our defense was especially strong,” Alex O’Neill ’20 said. “We forced them to kick the ball a lot, but unfortunately … there were a couple times where we missed some crucial passes, or made some bad decisions when it came to penalties and things like that. … We gave Brown a couple of opportunities that they capitalized on. But for the most part, we put in a good effort.”

Midway through the first half of the opening game Brown secured three points over Yale’s nil, with the Bears’ score edging up to five while the Yalies scored their first three points thanks to Mahlon Sorensen ’22. The first game, having reached halftime with a score of 8–5 Brown, still ended in defeat for the Elis even after player and photo editor for the News Lucas Holter ’21 added another seven points to the Bulldogs’ score.

The Development XV ended with a smaller gap between the Elis and the Bears, but with a final 10-point difference nonetheless. The game was particularly dicey during the first half, which ended at 17–0 in Brown’s favor, but captain Khaleel Rajwani ’20 scored to put the Elis on the scoreboard with a respectable seven points.

Though both games ended in losses, the team is optimistic about its future performances.

“We are excited to see what the team can achieve in the second half of the season after working so hard during our preseason and leading the conference after the first two games,” Holter said. “Coming into the game against Brown, we knew we would be facing an experienced and skilled side,” Holter added as he noted Brown’s 2018 victory in the Ivy Rugby 7’s Tournament.

Yale club rugby, established in 1875, last made its way to nationals in 1999. Team alumni include former U.S. President George W. Bush ’68 and Mark Nemec ’91, president of Fairfield University. The team’s titles include the 2004 Beast of the East Northeast Division I Champions and the 2005 New England Division II Champions.

After Saturday’s matches the Elis are preparing for their next home tournament against Dartmouth on Oct. 13, followed by a match against Harvard for the away semifinals on Oct. 27. The finals will be held on Nov. 10.

I’m looking forward to play[ing] Harvard and Dartmouth because I know that our team is going to improve exponentially after our defeat,” Lucas Wiseman ’22 said. “Dartmouth is going to be our biggest challenge yet, so we have to give it all we’ve got.”

This year marks the 49th anniversary of the Ivy League Rugby Championship Tournament since its inception in 1969.

LINK: https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/10/08/rugby-bears-end-bulldogs-winning-streak/