Army Rugby Football Club

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Army Black Knights
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Full nameArmy Rugby Football Club
Union Division 1-A Rugby
Nickname(s)Army Ruggers, Brothers XV
Founded1961
Location West Point, New York
Ground(s)Anderson Rugby Complex, Warrior Field (Capacity: ~1000)
Coach(es)Matt Sherman
Captain(s)Collum Magee, Logan Pearce
League(s)D1A, Eastern Conference
National Championships2022 (D1A)
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The Army Rugby Football Club was founded in 1961 and for over 50 years the Army Black Knights have been a leader in USA Collegiate Rugby. The Army Ruggers are West Point’s most winning team.

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In 1980 the USA Rugby Collegiate Championship playoff system was established. Since then, the Army Rugby team has qualified for every national playoff tournament, has reached more than ten semifinals, and has finished second in the nation 3 times. In 2022, Army won the CRAA D1A National Championship.

All Cadet classes play and the team currently has over 60 members drawn from the United States Corps of Cadets fielding four rugby sides.

The Division-1 A and B sides battle for dominance in the Division 1-A Eastern division, while the C and D sides typically challenge local clubs every year.

History

Army rugby plays college rugby in the Division 1–A Eastern Conference. [1] The Black Knights play their home games at the Anderson Rugby Complex on the campus of West Point. Rugby is a relatively popular sport at West Point; for example, the 2012 game against Air Force was attended by 2,000 fans. [2] Army is currently led by Head Coach Matt Sherman, the Cadets first full-time head coach. Sherman was an All American player at Cal, leading the Bears to 4 National Championships and was previously head coach at San Diego St and Stanford.

Army has one of the most successful college rugby teams in the country. Army played in three consecutive national championship games from 1990–1992. Army reached the national semi-finals four consecutive years from 2000–2003, and twice in a row in 2009 and 2010. [3] Under Head Coach Rich Pohlidal, Army joined the newly formed College Premier Division (late renamed Division 1-A) in 2010. [4] Army reached the CPD quarterfinals in 2011 before losing to Utah, [5] and again reached the quarterfinals in 2013. Army's rugby team was briefly suspended in 2013 after several team members violated the Army's code of conduct by forwarding inappropriate emails. [6] In 2014, Army reached the ACRC Bowl final, before falling to Life University. [7]

Army also plays in rugby sevens tournaments, including the Collegiate Rugby Championship, the highest profile college rugby tournament in the U.S., reaching the finals in 2011. [8] The Collegiate Rugby Championship is played every year in early June at PPL Park in Philadelphia, and is broadcast live on NBC. Army has established a rivalry against Navy at the CRC 7s tournament. [9] They won the inaugural Military Memorial Cup tournament at the Collegiate Rugby Championship tournament in 2012 and won the Bowl Final in 2016 with a 10-0 victory over Maryland. [10] Their rivalry with Navy brought them to victory in 2016 where they evened out the tournament wins against Navy 2-2. [11]

Club Honors

Army men's rugby West Point Rugby Player.jpg
Army men's rugby

Previous Seasons

2013 ARFC Season Table
OpponentPoints forPoints againstPoints diffWonLostDrawn
Kutztown 24195W
Penn State 22157W
Delaware 551738W
Navy 28262W
RMC Sandhurst 115847L
Life University 295526L
Season Totals169190-2142

Head Coach/Director of Rugby

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

PlayerPositionUnion
Ryan McCollum(Ohio) Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
David Evans(New York) Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
Greg Walker(Georgia) Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
Donny Goff(Massachusetts) Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
Dominic Mori(Oregon) Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
Vince Raimondi(USA) Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
Brock Langley(Florida) Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
Ben Lemon(USA) Prop Flag of the United States.svg United States
Nick Tengtio(Washington) Hooker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Eric Houston(Georgia) Hooker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Tucker Jennings(Kansas) Hooker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Joseph Pervall(Virginia) Hooker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Jamison Geracci(Texas) Hooker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Jeff Ferebee(Tennessee) Lock Flag of the United States.svg United States
Ben Foley(Minnesota) Lock Flag of the United States.svg United States
John Sproul(USA) Lock Flag of the United States.svg United States
John Lake(USA) Lock Flag of the United States.svg United States
Connor Parker(California) Lock Flag of the United States.svg United States
Sean Berry(Ohio) Lock Flag of the United States.svg United States
Jake Christensen(Washington) Flanker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Max Gordon(Arizona) Flanker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Tyler Glasz(Texas) Flanker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Collum Magee(Missouri) Flanker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Nick Satwicz(Massachusetts) Flanker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Sam Speer(Texas) Flanker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Andrew Yoon(California) Flanker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Zachary Boeckmann(Missouri) Flanker Flag of the United States.svg United States
Nick George(Iowa) Number 8 Flag of the United States.svg United States
Jack Ireland(California) Number 8 Flag of the United States.svg United States
Dominic Plantamura(Maryland) Number 8 Flag of the United States.svg United States
PlayerPositionUnion
Aaron Bush(Texas) Scrum-half Flag of the United States.svg United States
Jake Banarhall(New Hampshire) Scrum-half Flag of the United States.svg United States
Blake Hunnewell(New York) Fly-half Flag of the United States.svg United States
Eric Curwin(Ohio) Fly-half Flag of the United States.svg United States
Cody Brown(North Carolina) Fly-half Flag of the United States.svg United States
Matt Kaiser(California) Fly-half Flag of the United States.svg United States
Andy Ashton(Iowa) Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States
Matt Barber(Colorado) Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States
Alex Savusa(Hawaii) Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States
Dan Myers(West Virginia) Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States
Peter Basnight(Maryland) Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States
Cam Hargis(Texas) Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States
Logan Weiland(USA) Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States
Andrew Fargo(California) Centre Flag of the United States.svg United States
Gabe Chrismon(North Carolina) Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States
Alex Abia Wing Flag of Rwanda.svg Rwanda
George Levy(Texas) Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States
Logan Pearce(Ohio) Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States
Joe Dlugosh(Idaho) Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States
Raaqim Rispress(USA) Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States
Luke Heun(Alaska) Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States
David Huff(Alaska) Wing Flag of the United States.svg United States
TJ Rowe(Illinois) Fullback Flag of the United States.svg United States
Andrew Borer(California) Fullback Flag of the United States.svg United States
Joseph Chabries(USA) Fullback Flag of the United States.svg United States

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