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 :

VALERIE PAVILONIS

GUEST COLUMNIST

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/

Two Wins v Columbia For The Bulldogs

 Pic thanks to Yale Alumni rick Bannerot

Pic thanks to Yale Alumni rick Bannerot

Yale 1st XV 67-0 Columbia

The men’s first team earned an impressive victory in their Ivy League home opener on Saturday, defeating a physical Columbia side 67-0. Columbia played well from the start and kept the game close leading into the second half. Their scrappy defense and hard runs forced the Bulldogs to sharpen their offensive shape and pillar defense as the game went on. Ultimately, the Yale defense held strong and kept the Lions from scoring. In all, it was an instructive and hard-fought victory for Yale. The Bulldogs will take on a strong Brown side at home next Saturday.

Yale Development 38-10 Columbia

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Captian Khaleel Rajwani led the Yale Development Side 10s to a strong kick-off against the Columbia side. Freshman Center Boris Epie opened the scoring with his first ever try for the White and Blue, later breaking through for a second try later in the half. Two other rookies, Freshman Winger Elias Kalembo and Sophomore Forward Neehar Ghandi, scored their first points as Bulldogs. Led by Veteran Forward Josh Racine (1 Try), Markus Reneau (1 Try) and Rucking specialist Hank Loughlin, the Development side showed grit in a 38-10 victory.

Team News v Columbia

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With Ryan Vollmer and Lucas Holter unavailable, The Bulldogs welcome back Junior Alex O Neill and provide a debut for freshman Syimyk Kyshtoobaev. it is great to welcome back senior Diego Sialer, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since the Spring tour.

Junior Mateo Beccar Varelo returns from injury to join the replacement bench.

Thank you to our friends at Fairfield University for hosting this home game. Follow all the action on twitter @YaleRugby

Book now for the alumni / family weekend

Join us for a fantastic day of rugby and more as Yale takes on Brown at home on October 6th 2018. We will have a tent at the pitch, complete with food and refreshments. All friends, family, alumni, and players from both Brown and Yale are welcome.

We will also be honoring the family of Henry Wheeler, captain of the 1942 Yale squad that toured Bermuda and met with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Rugby, tradition, and friendship on a fall day at the pitch in New Haven. What more could you ask for? Hospitality tent opens at noon, matches start at 1:00!

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friends-of-yale-rugby-fall-family-weekend-tickets-50328371514


Yale to commemorate Henry P. Wheeler, Yale Mens captain of 1942

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The image above dates back to 1942. A special moment in our clubs history. In this image, the Yale Captain, Henry P Wheeler, introduces his players to the Duke & Duchess of Windsor in Nassau, Bahamas. We are delighted to welcome Henrys family to Yale to celebrate his impact on our program. Come join in the fun, Family / Alumni Fall weekend, October 6th at HQ v Brown University

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Rugby 7s World Cup kicks off this weekend

WHERE TO WATCH https://www.rwcsevens.com/news/348590?lang=en

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FRI JUL 20 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Pre-round of 16, Match 1

KENYA 7S

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TONGA 7S

Local time kick off 13:01AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 16:01, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Pre-round of 16, Match 2

CANADA 7S

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA 7S

Local time kick off 13:23AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 16:23, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Pre-round of 16, Match 3

FRANCE 7S

V

JAMAICA 7S

Local time kick off 13:45AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 16:45, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Pre-round of 16, Match 4

WALES 7S

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ZIMBABWE 7S

Local time kick off 14:07AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 17:07, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Pre-round of 16, Match 5

SAMOA 7S

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UGANDA 7S

Local time kick off 14:29AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 17:29, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Pre-round of 16, Match 6

RUSSIA 7S

V

HONG KONG 7S

Local time kick off 14:51AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 17:51, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Pre-round of 16, Match 7

JAPAN 7S

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URUGUAY 7S

Local time kick off 15:13AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 18:13, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Pre-round of 16, Match 8

IRELAND 7S

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CHILE 7S

Local time kick off 15:35AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 18:35, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Round of 16, Match 9

SCOTLAND 7S

V

WINNER M1

Local time kick off 19:03AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 22:03, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Round of 16, Match 10

ARGENTINA 7S

V

WINNER M2

Local time kick off 19:25AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 22:25, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Round of 16, Match 11

AUSTRALIA 7S

V

WINNER M3

Local time kick off 19:47AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 22:47, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Round of 16, Match 12

ENGLAND 7S

V

WINNER M5

Local time kick off 20:09AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 23:09, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Round of 16, Match 13

NEW ZEALAND 7S

V

WINNER M6

Local time kick off 20:31AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 23:31, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Round of 16, Match 14

FIJI 7S

V

WINNER M7

Local time kick off 20:53AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 23:53, Fri 20 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Round of 16, Match 15

SOUTH AFRICA 7S

V

WINNER M8

Local time kick off 21:15AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 00:15, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Round of 16, Match 16

USA 7S

V

WINNER M4

Local time kick off 21:37AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 00:37, Sat 21 Jul 2018

SAT JUL 21 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl Quarter Finals, Match 17

LOSER M1

V

LOSER M8

Local time kick off 12:26AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 15:26, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl Quarter Finals, Match 18

LOSER M2

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LOSER M7

Local time kick off 12:48AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 15:48, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl Quarter Finals, Match 19

LOSER M3

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LOSER M6

Local time kick off 13:10AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 16:10, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl Quarter Finals, Match 20

LOSER M4

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LOSER M5

Local time kick off 13:32AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 16:32, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge Trophy Quarter Finals, Match 21

LOSER M9

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LOSER M15

Local time kick off 14:04AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 17:04, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge Trophy Quarter Finals, Match 22

LOSER M10

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LOSER M14

Local time kick off 14:26AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 17:26, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge Trophy Quarter Finals, Match 23

LOSER M11

V

LOSER M13

Local time kick off 14:48AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 17:48, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge Trophy Quarter Finals, Match 24

LOSER M16

V

LOSER M12

Local time kick off 15:10AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 18:10, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Cup Quarter Finals, Match 25

WINNER M9

V

WINNER M15

Local time kick off 15:32AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 18:32, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Cup Quarter Finals, Match 26

WINNER M10

V

WINNER M14

Local time kick off 15:54AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 18:54, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Cup Quarter Finals, Match 27

WINNER M11

V

WINNER M13

Local time kick off 16:16AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 19:16, Sat 21 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Cup Quarter Finals, Match 28

WINNER M16

V

WINNER M12

Local time kick off 16:38AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 19:38, Sat 21 Jul 2018

SUN JUL 22 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl 21/24 Place, Match 29

LOSER M17

V

LOSER M20

Local time kick off 09:00AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 12:00, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl 21/24 Place, Match 30

LOSER M18

V

LOSER M19

Local time kick off 09:22AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 12:22, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl Semi Finals, Match 31

WINNER M17

V

WINNER M20

Local time kick off 09:44AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 12:44, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl Semi Finals, Match 32

WINNER M18

V

WINNER M19

Local time kick off 10:06AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 13:06, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge 13/16 Place, Match 33

LOSER M21

V

LOSER M24

Local time kick off 10:28AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 13:28, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge 13/16 Place, Match 34

LOSER M22

V

LOSER M23

Local time kick off 10:50AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 13:50, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge Trophy Semi Finals, Match 35

WINNER M22

V

WINNER M23

Local time kick off 11:12AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 14:12, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge Trophy Semi Finals, Match 36

WINNER M21

V

WINNER M24

Local time kick off 11:34AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 14:34, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Cup 5/8 Place, Match 37

LOSER M25

V

LOSER M28

Local time kick off 11:56AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 14:56, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Cup 5/8 Place, Match 38

LOSER M26

V

LOSER M27

Local time kick off 12:18AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 15:18, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Cup Semi Finals, Match 39

WINNER M25

V

WINNER M28

Local time kick off 12:40AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 15:40, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Cup Semi Finals, Match 40

WINNER M26

V

WINNER M27

Local time kick off 13:02AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 16:02, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl 23/24 Place, Match 41

LOSER M29

V

LOSER M30

Local time kick off 13:24AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 16:24, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl 21/22 Place, Match 42

WINNER M29

V

WINNER M30

Local time kick off 13:46AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 16:46, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl 19/20 Place, Match 43

LOSER M31

V

LOSER M32

Local time kick off 14:08AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 17:08, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bowl Final, Match 44

WINNER M31

V

WINNER M32

Local time kick off 14:30AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 17:30, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge 15/16 Place, Match 45

LOSER M33

V

LOSER M34

Local time kick off 15:02AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 18:02, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge 13/14 Place, Match 46

WINNER M33

V

WINNER M34

Local time kick off 15:24AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 18:24, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge 11/12 Place, Match 47

LOSER M35

V

LOSER M36

Local time kick off 15:46AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 18:46, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Challenge Trophy Final, Match 48

WINNER M35

V

WINNER M36

Local time kick off 16:08AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 19:08, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Cup 7/8 Place, Match 49

LOSER M37

V

LOSER M38

Local time kick off 16:40AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 19:40, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Cup 5/6 Place, Match 50

WINNER M37

V

WINNER M38

Local time kick off 17:02AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 20:02, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Bronze Final, Match 51

LOSER M39

V

LOSER M40

Local time kick off 17:24AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 20:24, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Cup Final, Match 52

WINNER M39

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WINNER M40

Local time kick off 17:49AT&T Park, San Francisco

Your Time - 20:49, Sun 22 Jul 2018

Yale welcomes Scott Robertson to New Haven

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This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the best rugby coaches in the modern game. Scott Robertson is the Head Coach of the Canterbury Crusaders, the winners of the 2017 Super Rugby Championship. Scott has 22 appearances for the All Blacks and was the Head Coach of the New Zealand U20s side that won the U20’s RWC in 2016. One of Scott’s main strengths is creating a successful team culture as we have witnessed throughout his glittering coaching career. Scott will be joined by Greg McWilliams, the Yale University director of Rugby and Mens head coach. Greg and Scott have worked together with the famous Barbarians side. Greg is also the current attack and backs coach with the USA Mens National Team, who have just come off the back of a 3-0 summer series win, beating Russia, Scotland and Canada. Scott and Greg will be joined by other guest coaches on the dayThis is not to be missed.

Agenda:

  • 8.45am - Registration - Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street New Haven. Lecture Room LC101
  • 9.00am - Introduction - Greg McWilliams, DOR Yale University & USA MNT assistant coach
  • 9.15am - Key Note Speaker - Scott Robertson, Crusaders Head Coach - 'Creating a world class culture'
  • 10.30am -Break
  • 10.45am- Greg McWilliams - ‘exploring the coaching mindset’.
  • 11.30am - Depart for training Fields, 70 Central Ave, New Haven, CT 06515
  • 12.00pm - 'See how its done' -On Field session lead by Scott Robertson
  • 1.30pm - Q & A with Scott and the coaching staff (sandwiches and refreshments will be provided)
  • 2.30pm-Final words

For more information about the event, please contact yalemensrugby@gmail.com

11 Bulldogs Awarded 2017 Academic All-Ivy Men's Team

Congratulations to 11 of our very own players who have been awarded with the honor of appearing on the 2017 Academic All-Ivy Men's Team. These players qualified for the honor for appearing in at least two Ivy Rugby Conference matches while also maintaining a GPA of at least 3.7. The selections were made by all 8 coaches of the Ivy Rugby Conference based on these players achievements on and off the field. These Bulldogs include:

  1. Bryan Herbert '18 (Yale)
  2. Scott Cockburn '19 (Yale)
  3. Joseph Goode '19 (Yale)
  4. Josh Racine '19 (Yale)
  5. Harry Seavey '19 (Yale)
  6. Diego Sialer '19 (Yale)
  7. Kohl Weisman '19 (Yale)
  8. Alex O'Neill '20 (Yale)
  9. Mateo Beccar Varela '20 (Yale)
  10. Kevin Gallagher '21 (Yale)
  11. Tat Wei Lee '21 (Yale)

The full list can be viewed here: https://www.ivyrugby.com/news/mens-2017-academic-all-ivy-team

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Yale Rugby prepare for Hong Kong and Tokyo Tour 2018

Yale Rugby wrap up a successful off-season as they prepare for the upcoming tour to Hong Kong and Tokyo March 9th-24th. Having trained 4/5 times per week on strength, conditioning, and skills since returning from Winter Break, the Bulldogs have hit the fields once again as they continue to work hard towards the tour fixtures. Returning in late March they face their first spring scrimmage against UCONN Away March 31st. Tune into @YaleRugby on Twitter for updates and news from tour!

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Director of Rugby Greg McWilliams appointed as assistant coach with the USA Men's National Team.

Intro: Yale University is delighted to announce that Director of Rugby Greg McWilliams has been named as the USA Men’s National Team Attack & Backs Coach for the America Rugby Championship (a tournament played between USA, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Brazil, and Uruguay) over the next six weeks. We caught up with Greg before his departure. 

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Lucas: Can you tell us a little bit about your USA Men’s Rugby coaching experience so far?

Greg: After the last Ivy League game of the 2017 fall season, I assisted on the European tour with the USA Men’s National team so it's great to get another bite at it. I had been coaching with the USA Men’s Collegiate All-American side (U 23) since 2015 so I got to know a number of the players and staff which made the integration easier. We played Germany & Georgia on that tour and competed well, it's an exciting time with the World Cup on the horizon. The players are a very tight group who are prepared to work hard to get better - that's essential. The squad will meet up in San Diego on January 24th to begin the prep for the ARC. It's going to be a testing tour but we will learn a great amount as a group. We can test a lot of players over the course of the six games as we reduce the player pool leading into the summer tests.

Lucas: How will you manage the role alongside being a Yale coach?

Greg: I'm very lucky that USA Rugby runs parallel with the Yale Rugby program. For example, this upcoming tour with USA Rugby will not clash with the Yale Rugby schedule. For the next six weeks during our winter off season training block, the program is prioritizing our strength and conditioning to establish good habits off the field. We have a great coaching staff with Craig Wilson, with Brad Dufek, Corey Jones and Teofe Ziemnicki. It's also a great chance for them to lead. At the end of the day, the players will be taking the lead role, we are there to facilitate and support, this staff has a critical part to play in that. 

Lucas: What are your number one goals for Yale Rugby, USA Rugby, and your personal coaching career?

Greg: At the moment It’s about establishing best practice that promotes consistency at Yale for years to come. We have lots of moving parts working together, it's a lot of fun. The FYR alumni board helps to drive that. The current crop of players are driving those standards day to day and are beginning to understand the dynamics needed to be more competitive, particularly away from the field. It takes time to build that. Lastly, it is about getting the balance right between academics, rugby, family, and their social life, we continuously strive for that.

For USA Rugby, my goal is to try and help as much as I can in the next six weeks in preparation for the Rugby World Cup in Japan (2019). That is my main and only focus for the team at the moment. The support from Yale has been incredible, I'm grateful for that. I am also grateful for my amazingly patient wife Sarah. She will travel to the west coast with me which is a bonus.

As a coach, I am always trying to improve and learn something new every day. I will pick up many learnings from the players and staff  that I am excited to bring back to the Yale program in time for our jam-packed spring season. The competition is only getting stronger on the east coast so we have work to do..

Lucas: It was great to hear from you before you head off on your tour. Best of luck coach.

Get behind the Bulldogs

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In March of 2018, the Bulldogs will be traveling to Hong Kong and Japan on a Spring tour. As you can imagine, there is great cost that goes into a trip of this magnitude. Read below and support a Bulldog of your choice. Your help is so much appreciated. Simply click on a link below and follow the instructions.

Charlie Hill - Wear a hot dog suit to class ($500=a day, $1000=a week)                                                  https://www.gofundme.com/yalerugby-charlie

Henry Loughlin - Eat a tube of wasabi in under 5 mintutes                                                                    https://www.gofundme.com/hanktotokyo

Daniel Marsh - Dye my hair blue https://www.gofundme.com/yale-mens-rugby-asia-tour?pc=fb_co_dashboard_a&rcid=317d66131d3243b2afd17c329b6d3137

Khaleel Rajwani - 100 hours of community service                                                                           https://www.gofundme.com/khaleel039s-fund-for-yale-rugby-tour

Anthony Geritano Jr - Shaved head at 500, risque outfit at 1000                                                                  https://www.gofundme.com/yale-rugby-club-tour-fundraiser

Phil Kapranov - $700, will do Buffalo Wild Wings Blazing Challenge. 12wings, 6mins                                  https://www.gofundme.com/yale-rugby-tour

Ryan Vollmer - Blue hair @ $500, Dwight Schrute style @ $1000                                                                  https://www.gofundme.com/ryans-fund-for-yale-rugby-tour

Simar Chadha - Will jump into New Haven Harbor during the winter months                                            https://www.gofundme.com/Simar-chadha-rugby-tour

Lucas Holter - Blue Mohawk                                                                                        https://www.gofundme.com/lucasholterrugbytourfundraiser

William (Alika) Smith - Gumby costume for a week and take coaches out for dinner.                            https://www.gofundme.com/yalerugby-william

Bryan Herbert - $500 = Half-Marathon; $1000 = Marathon                                                                       https://www.gofundme.com/bryans-yale-rugby-tour-fundraiser

Vlad Sychou - $500 = Bald Vlad                                                                                                                 https://www.gofundme.com/qwn4wr-yale-rugby-tour

Josh Racine - Dress as Naruto, run around like a ninja ($500- one day, $1000- one week)                   https://www.gofundme.com/yalerugby-josh

Miles Kim - 500, Buffalo wild wings challenge                                                                                        https://www.gofundme.com/miles039s-yale-rugby-tour-fund

Phillip Vorster - 500 to go to classes in only rugby shorts after a winter blizzard                                      https://www.gofundme.com/phillips-fund-for-yale-rugby-tour

Daniel Lee - $500 for a half marathon, $750 for a full marathon                                                          https://www.gofundme.com/yalerugby-daniel

Tat Wei Lee - Wear bunny suit to class for a week                                                                                        https://www.gofundme.com/tatwei-yalerugby-fundraising

Alex O'Neill - BWW Blazing Challenge .                                                                                                           https://www.gofundme.com/yale-rugby-tour-2018-fundraiser

Joe Goode                                                                                                                                                     https://www.gofundme.com/ebn92c-yale-rugby-tour

Bhupinder Singh - Dress as a Naruto character, run around like a ninja                                                            https://www.gofundme.com/yale-rugby-tour-fund

Nick Pham - Dye hair blonde                                                                                                                                https://www.gofundme.com/nick-pham-yale-rugby-tour

Ian Reid - Dress as Naruto, run around like a ninja ($500- one day, $1000- one week)                                    https://www.gofundme.com/ians-fund-for-yale-rugby-tour

Kohl Weisman - BWW Blazing Challenge                                                                                                  https://www.gofundme.com/kohl039s-fund-for-yale-rugby-tour

Tommy Lopez - Suite Cleaning                                                                                                                        https://www.gofundme.com/gmubk-diegos-fund-for-yale-rugby-tour

Diego Sialar - Suite Cleaning                                                                                                                                    https://www.gofundme.com/gmubk-diegos-fund-for-yale-rugby-tour

Mateo Beccar -Get tased                                                                                                                                    https://www.gofundme.com/mateos-fundraiser-for-rugby-tour

AJ Ding - Get a Reverse Mohawk (Dyed pink if $750)                                                                                          https://www.gofundme.com/aj039s-fund-for-yale-rugby-tour

Bojan Dosljak - I will do errands for people who donate over $15                                               https://www.gofundme.com/yalerugbyfundraiserbojan

Bohan Lou - $500 Wax legs. $1000 wax whole body.

 

Yale Women leading the way

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Yale sits atop the Ivy Club standings, but the team has faced plenty of resistance during its 3-0 fall thus far. The Bulldogs outscored two opponents by one try each (with conversions pushing the point differential), and the team expects an equal amount of pressure in round two.

Yale began to recenter itself in fall 2015, when new head coach Craig Wilson relocated from Hong Kong, where he was involved with the national U14-U20 age grade teams, to New Haven, Conn. He joined a women’s program that hadn’t won an Ivy 15s game in three years.

“Upon arrival at Yale, it was clear that the team, for all their endeavors, lacked direction and had low numbers,” Wilson recalled those early days. “I prioritized creating a compelling and attractive vision for the players to work towards. We shifted the mindset to focusing on the details we could control, such as the importance of hard work, increasing fitness levels and having fun. On top of that, I developed their rugby IQ by introducing tactical play supported with using video analysis and increasing the amount of rugby the team watched.”

A foundation had been re-established, and Yale went 5-2 that season to win the Ivy Club division.

This year's team is of modest size - 24 registered players - but it's the youth of the squad that draws interest. Fourteen are rookies and four players are in their second season of rugby.

 “The new players have certainly added to our overall athleticism, which is a core focus of the program,” Wilson indicated. “We unfortunately lost both our captains to injury in the first game of the season, but this has created an opportunity for the other players to step up and lead. I am excited to see the progress of this group, which has huge potential.”

The team started the fall with a 74-15 win over Columbia, followed by a 36-25 victory over Cornell, and then defeated Penn 38-27 last weekend. Penn sits in second place thanks to a 26-17 season-opening win over Cornell.

“Penn are well coached and have some talented players,” Wilson reflected on the team’s latest outing. “I believe our willingness to keep working hard to the final whistle was the difference in a very close game. We will have to go up another level if we are going to beat them again, especially away from home.”

Genevieve Simmons leads all points scorers with 36 on four tries and eight conversions, while Elisia Ceballo-Countryman is close behind with 28 (4T, 4C). Ann Chia, Debbie Dada and Veronica Rodriguez have contributed three tries apiece this season, and Fatemeh Mojarradi and Sophie Freeman have crossed the try line twice each.

Columbia forfeited this weekend's match, and so Yale will resume play on Oct. 14 against the traditionally tough Cornell. Yale will then face Penn on Oct. 28 to end the season, and final standings will name league champion. A challenge match will then ensue between the Ivy Club champion and fourth-place team in the Ivy League (Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton) for promotion/relegation in fall 2018. Additionally, a new initiative will see the Ivy Club champion compete in the USA Rugby DII playoffs this fall.

News courtesy of www.therugbybreakdown.com