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Rugby Club Makes the Playoffs!

The Rugby Club at Eastern Connecticut State University has finished their regular season 6-1 and has qualified for post season play in the New England Football Rugby Union (FERFU) Division III college championships. Last year, the club qualified for the playoff in the Division IV category and made it all the way to the championship game. The club will be competing in a first round match against Tufts University in Medford, MA on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. on the Tufts University campus.

During the regular season, the Rugby Club posted the following results -

Won Against New Haven University, 55-5
Won Against Trinity College, 49-10
Won Against Central Connecticut State University, 27-17
Won Against Western New England College, 29-12
Won Against Western Connecticut State University, 29-7
Lost Against Springfield College, 10-7
Won Against University of Hartford, 61-7

The Rugby Club is a recognized organization of the Student Government Association at Eastern. To learn more about the Rugby Club, please go to the following link.

For complete standings in NERFU men's college division III, please go to the following link.

Thumbnail image for Championship - Fall 2009 002.jpgOn Saturday, November 14, 2009, the Eastern Rugby Team fell short of their undefeated season when they lost 10-0 to the Golden Bears of Western New England College in the New England Rugby Football Union (FERFU) Division IV championship game.

While Newport, Rhode Island is often seen as the epitome of beauty, the conditions at Fort Adams State Park were anything but ideal. Heavy winds combined with a steady rain throughout the morning made for muddy and difficult conditions to handle the ball and move up the field for the Warriors. The first half ended in a 0-0 deadlock, an unusual position for Eastern's team who averaged 43 points per game previous to Saturday's match. WNEC scored twice early in the second half and it was a deficit that the team was not able to overcome.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Championship - Fall 2009 004.jpgSGA sponsored a student bus to the game and a number of Eastern fans braved the weather to salute their team on a great season. The team's spirits were high despite the disappointment of finishing short of their ultimate goal. Congratulations to the team for a fantastic run!


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                 The sea gulls were the only ones happy with the weather...

The Eastern Rugby Team has reached the championship match of the New England Rugby Football Union (FERFU) Division IV playoffs after a decisive 54-5 victory against Merrimack College this past Saturday at Thomas Nevers Field.

A few weeks ago, the Rugby Team earned its first playoff berth in its short five year history. By improving this past week to 7-0, the team has the opportunity to end its playoff run with an unblemished record and the championship.

The championship game will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Noon in Newport, Rhode Island at the Fort Adams State Park. The team will be facing Western New England College (Springfield, MA). Eastern's Student Government Association is offering students the opportunity to attend the game by sponsoring two buses. The buses will be leaving the Student Center parking lot at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Students can reserve seats at the Information Desk in the Student Center. Reservations are first come, first serve and you will need your University ID when you sign up in the Student Center.

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On Saturday, October 31, 2009, the Eastern Connecticut State University Rugby Team defeated first round opponent Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) by the score of 50-7. With the win, the team stays undefeated on the season and improves to 6-0.

As the top seed, Eastern will host the semi-final match in the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) playoffs against Merrimack College (North Andover, MA) on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Thomas Nevers Field on Eastern's campus.

The winner of Saturday's match will advance to the finals in Newport, Rhode Island at Fort Adams State Park on Saturday. November 14, 2009. 

The Rugby Team is a recognized club of the Student Government Association at Eastern. To learn more about the Rugby Team, please go to the following link.

Eastern Rugby Team Makes Playoffs


    ECSU RUGBY 2009.JPGEastern Connecticut State University's Rugby Team will be playing on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 1 p.m. against Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) at the Windham Tech Field in the first round of the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) playoffs.

The team went 5-0 during the regular season after defeating Rhode Island College (67-0), WPI (19-15), Connecticut College (37-0), Nichols College (17-14), and Framingham State (57-10). Eastern placed first in their division.

It is the first time in the Rugby Team's five year existence that they have gone undefeated and the first time that they have made the playoffs. If the team wins the first round, they will host the semi-finals game on Saturday, November 7. Should they win the semi-finals, they would advance to the championship game on Saturday, November 14 in Newport, Rhode Island.

Captain Phil Cyphers said "we were ready to come and win games. Last year, we were one game away from the playoffs and that led us to coming out with the mindset of winning and winning big. This team has incredible unity, both on and off the field. We hope that everyone at Eastern comes out Saturday as our fans have given us a big boost during the season."

The Rugby Team is a recognized club of the Student Government Association at Eastern. To learn more about the Rugby Team, please go to the following link.

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