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DUKE UNIVERSITY RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB

1/30/12 - Duke Wins Southern Conference Rugby Tournament
Tough Defense Holds Opponents to 12 Points in 5 Games
Duke University Rugby captured the 2012 USA Rugby Southern Conference Tournament Cup yesterday by defeating favored Appalachian State University by a score of 12-5. The hard fought battle knocked several Duke starters out of the game with injuries and was decided by a spectacular try with 2 minutes remaining by Duke's Will Snyderwine. Snyderwine, a senior outside center, also scored Duke's first try. The Blue Devil's defense and hard tackling held the Mountaineers to just one try. The Blue Devil's stifling defense was evident in every game of the two-day tournament, as they held their first three first round opponents to zero points.
Duke 21, The Citadel 0
Duke opened the tournament with a 21-0 victory over the very physical club from The Citadel. Captain John Pennington started the scoring with a tackle breaking effort early in the game. Snyderwine scored a try just prior to halftime and Sam Jamieson-Drake, Duke-s 6' 5", 260 lb lock closed it out with a punishing run with a minute remaining. Backfield captain Max Coar converted all three kicks after tries for 6 points.
Duke 5, Furman 0
The next match was a defensive battle with former conference champion, Furman University. Colin Howard scored Duke's only try with 6 minutes left in the game and The Blue Devil defense shut out Furman's usually high-scoring offence to preserve a 5-0 victory.
Duke 26, Western Carolina
Saturday's final match was a 26-0 victory over Western Carolina. Uki Deane scored two tries, John Pennington and Nick Wellner each scored a try and Max Coar converted three of four kicks to add 6 points.
Duke 8, Lander 7
Sunday's first match pitted undefeated Duke against undefeated Lander University. In one of the most physical games of the tournament, Duke scored first on a tough 20-yard run by Uki Dean but the conversion kick was missed, putting Duke up 5-0. Lander retaliated with a try and conversion just before the half to take a 7-5 lead. Strong defensive efforts by both teams kept the remainder of the game scoreless until 12 minutes into the second half when Max Coar nailed a 30-yard penalty kick to put Duke ahead 8-7. The Blue Devil defense again stepped up, holding Lander scoreless for the remainder of the match, preserving a hard-fought victory and sending 4-0 Duke into the Championship Finals against 4-0 Appalachian State. Duke Rugby begins the Southern Conference regular season Saturday, Feb. 4th at home vs. Guilford College.

10/6/11 - Duke Rugby scrimmages Duke Grad Team, puts up tough fight with help from rookies
After the cancellation of their first two games, the men of Duke Rugby gained some much needed playing time by holding a 40 minute scrimmage against the Duke Graduate School rugby club. The match was tied at an even 7 points apiece until the last play of the match, when the graduates scored a try and converted the points to end the match at a close 14-7. The undergraduates played an intense defensive game by hitting low and communicating well on the defensive line. This was the first real competitive match for many freshmen on the team, but they put up an impressive effort nonetheless. Duke Rugby's next match is home against UNC Pembroke on Friday October, 14.

9/18/11 - Duke Rugby officially famous! Random guy at SUBWAY asks players for autographs.
Duke Rugby participated among other ACRL competitors in the Atlantic Coast Invitational in Greensboro this weekend. After losing their four pool play games against UNC, Wake Forest, Maryland, and UVA on Saturday, the Blue Devils were given the 5 seed for Pool B. Sunday morning they lost in an opening round game to Florida St. For more details on the tournament please visit the ACI website. In a lunch break on their first day of play, some of the players ventured to a local SUBWAY to fuel their rugby appetites. There they were approached by a man asking for autographs for his boss, who played rugby and was also a Duke fan. Why would he think his boss would want the signatures of a bunch of undergraduate CLUB rugby players? Probably because we're awesome. Why don't you have any of our autographs?

WELCOME BACK RUGGERS Welcome back to all returning Duke Rugby players, and also a warm Duke welcome to incoming freshmen. This is a huge year for the Duke Rugby club as we have changed leagues (again), will be competing in the ACRL sevens tournament in Greensboro, and are considering the possibility of a team trip to watch the IRB sevens tournament in Las Vegas. We're looking forward to the next few weeks as training gets back underway and are excited to get new players involved in our incredible sport.

Listed below is the team schedule for the next few weeks, which will be an integral part of introducing new players to the game and setting the standard for the rest of the year
Tues. Aug 30: 6-8p West Campus SEVENS TRAINING - New Players Welcome
Thurs. Sept 1: 6-8p West Campus SEVENS TRAINING - New Players Welcome
Fri. Sept 2: Student Activity Fair/Recruiting
Sun. Sept. 4: Team meeting and New Player Information Session
Tue. Sept 6: 6-8p East Campus Quad Scrimmage and Recruiting - New Players Welcome
Thurs. Sept 8: 6-8p FIFTEENS West Campus
Sat. Sept 10: 1-3p SEVENS TRAINING West Campus
Tues. Sept 13: 6-8p FIFTEENS West Campus
Wed. Sept 14: 6-7p? Team Physical Fitness Training
Thurs. Sept 15: 6-8p FIFTEENS West Campus
Sat and Sun Sept 17 and 18: ACC SEVENS TOURNAMENT - McPherson Stadium, Greensboro NC
For the remainder of the year all practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8, with team physical fitness training every Wednesday.

7/26/11 - Duke Rugby mourns the loss of alum Dckson R. Pitts DURFC lost a good one Tuesday July 26. Dickson R. " Dickie" Pitts died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 56. Dickie played second row/#8 from 1973-77 and was club president '76-'77. He was an NCRFU select side player his senior year. He is survived by his wife and two daughters and two brothers, the younger of whom, Robbie, was a wing forward for Duke '75-'79. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, especially those of us who were honored to call him friend.

4/10/11 - Duke Rugby volunteers at Ronald McDonald House The men of Duke Rugby gave back to the community Sunday morning by preparing breakfast for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House in Durham. The kitchen was bustling as the players cooked a delicous meal of eggs, bacon, hash browns, and Andrew Leggett's infamous pancakes. The Ronald McDonald House is a charity which provides a nurturing home environment for the families of children who are undergoing treatment at the Duke Hospital. If you want to be cool like Duke Rugby or just learn more about the Ronald McDonald House, check out their website.

4/2/11 - Tom Luciano leads team to their first try in weeks.
Clemson visited Duke this weekend and the teams battled it out on Duke's turf lacrosse/soccer/ultimate frisbee/rugby field. After weeks of playing hard fought rugby, the team finally had something to celebrate about when captain and outside center Tom Luciano broke the field open and scored Duke's third try of the season. Clemson ended up winning 57-5, but hey at least we had something to celebrate about. Senior lock Louis Hellman also played well in his last career match, providing strong support in rucks and proving an unstoppable force in line-outs.


3/26/11 - Duke Rugby ventures to Virginia, breaks scoring drought.
After being outscored 152 points to nil in their last two games, the Blue Devils finally put some points on the board with a penalty kick by flyhalf Max Coar. Virginia still managed to take home the victory, defeating Duke 60-3.


3/18/11 - UNC wins a close one.
Ha just kidding, it wasn't close. I don't really want to talk about it, so here's an adorable video of foxes jumping on a trampoline instead.



2/26/11 - Scoreboard Error Gives False Hope to Duke Fans in First Home Match
The Hokies of Virginia Tech visited the Kornfield this weekend with the Blue Devils hoping to prove their ACRL worthiness to the home crowd. As the clock struck zero, the scoreboard read 55-3. While Duke fans may have been thinking "Oh well that wasn't too bad, at least we scored a few points," they thought wrong. The final score was Virginia Tech 56, Duke 0. Duke has a two week break then heads to Chapel Hill to take on their rivals UNC.


2/19/11 - Blue Devils play first ACRL match, suffer close loss
This weekend Duke traveled to Atlanta to play their first match in ACRL play against Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech opened strong with a try, a penalty kick, then another try to put the score at 17-0. After a scoreless first half, Duke struck first in the second half when lock Louis Hellman scored a try off of a lineout. Max Coar converted the kick to bring the score at 17-7. Georgia Tech converted another penalty to points, but Duke retaliated with a try by Colin Howard to put the score at 20-14. Duke played with intensity and put the ball into Georgia Tech territory late in the game, but came up short. The Blue Devils are visited by Virginia Tech next Saturday.


2/12/11 - Duke Rugby wins home opener against UNC Greensboro
On Saturday February 12th, the men of Duke Rugby traveled to Greensboro to take on their old conference rivals, the UNCG Spartans. The Blue Devils struck first, opening up the first half with a try by winger Brad Welch to put the score to 5-0. UNCG struck back with two consecutive tries to go ahead 10-5. Fullback Nick Hurst broke the field open with a big run and tied the game at 10-10. Nick Wellner scored the winning try as time ran out to clinch the Blue Devils' first victory of the season, 15-10. Duke travels to Atlanta next weekend to take on their first ACRL opponents, Georgia Tech.


03/17/10 - Duke Rugby Moves into Division 1

Nine out of 12 men's rugby teams from universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference will form a new league - The Atlantic Coast Rugby League - commencing with the spring 2011 season. For most teams, this change will mean fewer miles traveled during the season, but all teams will benefit from more competitive match-ups with traditional rivals.

The idea for this league is not new, according to Andy Richards. Richards and colleague Pat Kane co-founded the Atlantic Coast Invitational Tournament in 2008 for the same teams.

"We've been working on this new structure for some time. Each team had to decide what was best for them. Having nine of the 12 teams committed is a very exciting prospect, Richards said.

The rugby teams who will join the Atlantic Coast Rugby League will represent the following universities:
? Duke University
? Georgia Institute of Technology
? N.C. State University
? University of Maryland
? University of North Carolina
? University of Virginia
? Virginia Tech
? Wake Forest University


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Duke to Meet ACC Foes in Fall Sevens Tournament

"With one of the fastest teams in the country, Duke Head Coach, Jay Wisse likes the Blue Devils chances of winning the tournament. Discussions are underway with television networks about national television coverage.?

Spring 2010 - Duke Rugby Players Shave Heads to Raise $16,000 To Fight Pediatric Cancer

(Durham, NC) - Seven physicians from Duke Pediatric Hematology-Oncology joined 30 members of the Duke University Rugby team to shave their heads in solidarity with children who have cancer and typically lose their hair during treatment. The event, held Friday, April 19 from 4 -6 pm in the Children's Health Center lobby, raised more than $16,000 for childhood cancer research through St. Baldrick's Foundation.

The Duke Rugby team regularly volunteers with Duke Children's patients, so shaving their heads in support of these brave youngsters was an easy decision. Duke Rugby Head Coach, Jay Wisse, recruited the Duke Children's physicians to his team. "These doctors are the front line soldiers in this battle. The courage of the kids and the dedication of the medical professionals at Duke are inspirations to our student-athletes. Having the doctors join our head shaving team is a great honor for us,? said Wisse.

"St. Baldrick's Foundation supports our research into the causes and potential cures for pediatric cancers,? says Dan Wechsler, MD, chief of the division of pediatric hematology-oncology at Duke Children's. "We really enjoyed this event, both raising money and watching our hair fall to the ground.?

Duke Children's cancer patients were on hand to help shave the heads of some participants?one even asking in advance to be the one to shave Dr. Wechsler's head.

The Duke Rugby team was the number one sports team in North Carolina in fundraising for St. Baldrick's Foundation, beating every other college and pro team in the state.

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01/21/10 Duke Defeats UNC-Charlotte in Season Opener

3 Tries by Luciano Spark 25-5 Victory

Tom Luciano, the hard-running junior wing who was considered the fastest baseball player in the NCAA when he played baseball for Duke turned it on Sunday, breaking numerous tackles and scoring three tries. Flanker, John Pennington added another try. Team Captain, Calvin Hayes added a conversion kick and a penalty kick. Duke gained 5 points in the victory - 4 points for the win and 1 point for scoring at least 4 tries and stands atop the division. Duke meets reigning State Champion, UNC-Greensboro Friday night at 7:00 pm at the rugby field on Frank Basset Drive on West Campus.


Fall 2009 Photo Archive

Photos have been uploaded to the website. To see the pictures visit the game recaps for:

UNC Greensboro (Nov. 8th)

Davidson (Oct. 17th)

Elon (Sept. 23)

UPCOMING EVENTS (Updated 1/16/2010)

Duke expects to compete for the state and ultimately the national Division 3 Championship as it strives to move up to the new Carolinas League of Division 1 and 2 teams in the 2010/2011 season
Date
Day
Time
Event
Location
1/16 Saturday 2:00pm-4:00pm Sevens Workout (optional) West Campus
1/19 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm Regular Practice West Campus
1/19 Tuesday 8:00pm-10:00pm Mandatory team meeting/elections TBA (Most Likely in Wilson)
1/21 Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm Regular Practice West Campus




A collection of gentlemen and scholars from across the globe the men of Duke Rugby play to a high level on and off the field. Our goal for the 2009-2010 season is to win our divisional national championship, and to thoroughly enjoy ourselves in doing so.

Our club is diverse, with a perpetual international flavour that complements the stocks of All-Americans that make up the rest of the team. Our players study everything from engineering to philosophy, and Duke Rugby constantly boasts one of the highest GPAs of all club sports at Duke.

Please peruse the website to get a feel for our club, and don't hesitate to contact one of our officers if you have any queries regarding the proud tradition that is Duke Rugby.

"Si non es primoris, es pessimus"