San Francisco Tour Vlog

Day 10:

The final day is game day and the Big Green took on Cal on Witter Field. For a full recap of the game check out the match report. Despite a loss, the DRFC looked strong against one of the best teams in the country. After the match, the team had a meal with the Cal players which was a great experience. The players and coaches packed into the vans and headed off to the airport afterward to catch the redeye back to the East Coast.

Day 9:

After a walk through session at the hotel in the morning, the DRFC went to Cal in the afternoon for a captain's practice.

Day 8:

The morning started with a recovery session in the hotel pool in the morning and some film. In the afternoon the boys drove around the Marin area and saw places like Muir Woods and Stinson Beach. In the afternoon the team trained in Marin and interacted with the Marin Highlanders youth rugby club.

Day 7:

The team had most of the day free to explore the city and in the evening was a scrimmage versus San Francisco State. All 37 players saw playing time in a strong performance leading up to Cal.

Day 6:

The DRFC had a morning conditioning session at Ocean Beach San Francisco. In the afternoon, the team had the day off to explore the city.

Day 5:

The team got a lift in at the Boss Barbell Club before going to Stanford to practice in the afternoon. That evening the squad went north to San Francisco for the next leg of the trip.

Day 4:

After a light recovery session in the morning, the team had the day off. This included an alumni lunch hosted by the McAdam family and later a dinner hosted by the Hinshaw family.

Day 3:

Down at UC Santa Cruz, the A-side had an "intensity session" practice with UCSC while the B-side played a match. The team looked strong with good performances from underclassmen and juniors returning from their quarter off. The DRFC came out with a 55-5 victory.

Day 2:

The DRFC headed to Stanford to get in two training sessions in preparation for the B-side match versus UC Santa Cruz the next day. Not pictured in the video is the team dinner later at Buca di Beppo.

Day 1:

After spending the night with host families in the Palo Alto area, the DRFC got ready for its first day on tour. In the morning, the team went to the Boss Barbell Club for a lift led by Coach Goonan. In the afternoon, the boys went over to Rich May Field where they had a fitness and install session.

End of Year Coach's Letter

Dear Friends,

With Fall 2017 in the rear-view mirror, we are provided great opportunity to reflect and review. November 11th, 2017 saw Dartmouth defeat a very strong Harvard team, 41-20, to win the Ivy Rugby Championship for the eleventh consecutive year. These accolades are a by-product of the relentless work ethic and commitment from all involved with Dartmouth Rugby. At the beginning of the fall, the team united around our mission and vision for this season and the ethos of the program. In honoring all that have paved the way for us, we embraced our three pillars: Character, Commitment, and Consistency. With a special thank you to the senior leadership group, Joann Brislin, Alex Magleby and the Entire DRFC Board, we have been able to continue the legacy and tradition that the DRFC stands for.

It is nice to have reminders that we are involved in something much bigger than ourselves. The DRFC is truly an amazing family. We experienced this first hand during Homecoming this fall, where we celebrated the most recent inductees into the Wearers of the Green for the 2011 and 2012 CRC Championships. To hear the impact that the DRFC has had on these young men and how much the students valued and appreciated their time as members of the club was something special. It is a testament to the culture and community, which has been fostered and developed since the club’s inception in 1951. My family and I are very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible program.

After a successful fall, we now turn our attention to the winter training to prepare for the Spring D1AA Playoffs, along with the Collegiate Rugby Championship. Winter is a great opportunity to develop physically, as well as refine our technical skills. Games this winter against Navy and Army will help provide valuable, high caliber game experience. After that, we are on to our spring tour of San Francisco starting on March 17, which will culminate with a game versus Cal on March 24th at 1 pm.

We thank you for your continued support and are excited to contribute to the legacy that is the DRFC.

Best,

James Willocks

Head Coach

Dartmouth Rugby Football Club

Captain's Kickoff Letter

“A member of the DRFC honors the hard work of those who have gone before him by improving himself and others through a relentless work ethic within the daily activities of the club.”

There are few things that are as special as the walk from the parking lot over to the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse early on a late summers morning when the sun has not quite risen above the trees and the mist still hangs low over Brophy. The moment is extended as one opens the door and hears the familiar voices of teammates, returned from their various summer locations, reunited after several months apart.

While this has been a summer of change for the DRFC there are some things that will always remain the same. To grow you must know who you are and so two weeks ago the players of the DRFC sat down together and reflected upon what it means to be part of the club.  This resulted in the statement above based around three main ideas:

Culture. We remember those who have gone before us and how their work and their generosity has allowed the DRFC to be what it is today. The club is bigger than us.

Character. We seek improvement not only in ourselves but also in others. We elevate those around us through our tireless grit and recognize our roles to uphold the standards and reputation of the club, both on and off the pitch.

Commitment. We strive every day to get a little bit better. It is easy to be great for a week. It is much harder to be great for a season.

With this mentality and under the incredible guidance of Head Coach James Willocks and Assistant Coach Justin Goonan the DRFC has fervently prepared for the upcoming season. Two-a-day practices and increased ownership by the players has led to the greatest depth of talent that I have seen as players push one another to improve in all aspects of the game. Competition for places is fierce and selection has never been harder but our increased emphasis on the fundamentals and intensity should allow us to continue to carry out the free flowing, attacking rugby that has become a hallmark of the club.

With the fall season about to commence this Saturday, September 9th,, at 10am with a match against Penn State, we are putting the final touches on our preparations before we once again stride out onto Brophy. The DRFC has been the largest part of my experience here at Dartmouth and to be able to lead the team out this weekend is truly an honor and a privilege. I would like to thank you for your generous support and hope to to see you at the Homecoming gathering or at some other point this year.

Sincerely,

Benji Hannam ‘18

DRFC Captain

DRFC Summer Update

Late Summer DRFC Update From the Executive Board


Folks – we’ve had a more active summer than usual, with the departure of Gavin Hickie to the terrific opportunity he’s been given as the Director of Rugby at the Naval Academy triggering a buzz of activity for the Executive Committee. We thought it a good idea to provide a brief update as we prepare for the upcoming Fall season.

First of all, we would like to congratulate Gavin on his new position, and wish him all the best. Gavin did a terrific job in his five years as our Head Coach, and was very open and professional with us in his handling of the potential move to Annapolis. He leaves the DRFC in better shape than he found it, which has long been the catchphrase for all the members of the DRFC . Good luck, Gavin!

We are very happy that James Willocks will return to Hanover and become our next Head Coach. James’ familiarity with our current team, as well as his understanding of the DRFC culture, will add to his obvious skills as a rugby coach in making this transition as smooth as possible. We are grateful that James has decided to rejoin the DRFC family.

We also welcome Justin Goonan to the staff as our new assistant coach. Justin’s track record with Spring Hill College and the US Eagles coaching staff will be a tremendous asset to James and Technical Director Alex Magleby as we continue to strive to keep the DRFC at the pinnacle of US Collegiate Rugby.

Let us also remind all that on Saturday evening, October 7, the National Champion Sevens teams from the 2011 & 2012 CRC tournaments will be inducted into the Wearers of the Green. Following that, they will be honored at a pig roast under a tent at the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse. All DRFC supporters and friends are invited to join us, with registration available now at this link: :http://dartmouth.imodules.com/s/1353/directory/index.aspx?sid=1353&gid=369&pgid=12910&content_id=24659&authkey=C9JL6fBtyg4jKf0ZJAFsKBm1rhY2YOELhfKdsKP2P2BLpQ38Wl44ZA%3d%3d

This will be Homecoming weekend, the team plays Yale in the late morning, with the football team also hosting Yale at 1:30 PM – it promises to be a great weekend in Hanover. Make your plans to join us and sign up now for the highlight of the Fall DRFC season!! The annual DRFC Board meeting will take place on Sunday, October 8 at 10AM in the Clubhouse – all Friends of the DRFC are welcome to attend.

We close by extending the thanks of the team, the coaches and the Executive Committee for the tremendous work done by all the members of our Board of Governors, led by outgoing fundraising Chair Geoff Parker ’86, and for the financial support provided by you, our DRFC friends and family. Your support through the years allows us to continue to provide the highest quality coaching for our students.

We believe that the success of the DRFC is built on three legs, all of which combine for us to succeed:

·       The incredible commitment of our young men, every week, every year, to become the best rugby players they can be, to continue the legacy of the DRFC, and to be great ambassadors for Dartmouth College.

·       The dedication of our high quality coaches to assist these players in their development as players, and more importantly, as future leaders in our society

·       The incredible support that you, our friends and family, show every year to the DRFC, which allows the players and coaches the opportunities to succeed. None of this happens without your support!

Thanks again!

The Executive Committee of the Board of Governors – Rich Akerboom ’80, Jean Balgrosky P’18, Nate Brakeley  ’12, Mark Caron ’85, Dan Kenslea ’75, Geoff Parker ’86

Willocks Returns As DRFC's New Head Coach


Penn State Head Coach Selected to Lead Dartmouth Men’s Rugby


HANOVER, NH; August 11, 2017—Dartmouth announced today that former 4-year DRFC assistant coach, James Willocks, will return to the Big Green coaching ranks to lead the men’s rugby program.

Senior Associate Athletic Director Joann Brislin is eager to welcome Willocks aboard. “James is a great collegiate coach and we are thrilled to have him return to Dartmouth. He is first and foremost an educator and understands the needs of our team members as Dartmouth students and rugby players. James is a hard worker and I look forward to working with him and his staff.

During his first tenure at Dartmouth, Willocks helped the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club win four Ivy League XV and 7s Championships, become a Div. I-AA XVs national semi-finalist and U.S. Rugby 7s bowl champions. He also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Big Green football program over that time.

“Whitaker, Charlie and I would like to thank the entire Penn State Community; we are forever thankful for the time we were able to spend in Happy Valley  and the relationships we were able to build in a short time. We are very excited to head back to Hanover and want to thank Joann Brislin and the entire DRFC board for the opportunity to come back to a program with such a rich tradition.”

Most recently Willocks served as head coach of Penn State Men’s Rugby, helping the Nittany Lions to the Varsity Cup national semi-finals.

A native of Balclutha, on the South Island of New Zealand, Willocks graduated from the University of Otago, earning a bachelor’s degree with a double major in exercise & sports science and exercise prescription. He has served as an intern for the Otago ITM Cup rugby team in New Zealand, where he also played Premier Level rugby for the Alhambra Union Rugby Club. Willocks also serves as an assistant coach with USA Rugby’s Men’s Collegiate All American team.

Willocks will lead an eager and accomplished staff strong in skill acquisition and strength and conditioning backgrounds. As announced recently, Justin Goonan, An NSCA certified S&C Specialist, with a BA in Economics and a MS in Strength & Conditioning, will lead the DRFC backs and S&C programming. Willocks will also be assisted by Tom Kindley, a post-graduate assistant from New Zealand’s Otago

DRFC Homecoming Celebration

DRFC Homecoming Celebration

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hanover, NH


Friends and Family of Dartmouth Men's Rugby,

Saturday, October 7, will be a day of rugby and Dartmouth revelry. The DRFC will take on Yale in the morning at 11:00am (First XV vs Yale followed by second XV). After the rugby matches, you can take in the Dartmouth-Yale football game (1:30pm kick-off) or visit your favorite Upper Valley spots.  After the football game, return to the tent at the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse for a pig roast and celebration of the new inductees to the Wearers of the Green, the members of the 2011 and 2012 CRC Championship teams. The tent will open at 5:30pm. 

Catch up with friends and teammates, meet some of this year's players and hear some CRC tournament memories from the championship teams.

The cost for the pig roast is $60 per person, catered by Maple Street with all the fixings including corn bread, beans, cole slaw, salad, watermelon, BBQ chicken, cookies and brownies.

The bar will serve beer, wine and soft drinks. 

This is an at-cost event; please continue to support the DRFC with your seasonal Friends gift. If you plan to attend, please click the button below. 

If you missed the chance for the iconic DRFC sweater vest (see photo), they are now for sale!

Share your alumni spirit and sponsor a player for $25.

We hope to see many of you there!

The Executive Committee of the DRFC Board

PS. We will also be holding the semi-annual meeting of the full DRFC Board of Governors the next morning in the Clubhouse at 10:00am - as always, all are welcome to attend.



2017 Mens All Ivy Team Announced


Nine DRFC Players Named to All Ivy Men's First Team


Congratulations to the 15 men of our Ivy League schools who have been awarded with the distinction of being named All-Ivy honors for rugby!

Selections were made by vote of the 8 coaches of the Ivy Rugby Conference. These men are receiving honors for their skill and dedication on and off the field.

All Ivy Men First Team

1. Nick Carey (Harvard)
2. John Landers (Brown)
3. Krieg Greco (Dartmouth)
4. Jadrien Guy (Columbia)
5. Struan Coleman (Dartmouth)
6. Nkanyiso Nzimande (Brown)
7. Benji Hannam (Dartmouth)
8. Hayden Aldredge (Dartmouth)
9. Ollie Engelhart (Dartmouth)
10. Dawit Workie (Dartmouth)
11. Nick Hoynes (Brown)
12. Steve Dayneka (Harvard)
13. Luke Bienstock (Dartmouth)
14. Julien Johnson (Dartmouth)
15. Max Parker (Dartmouth)

All Ivy Men Second Team

1. Nezim Mmeswa (Princeton)
2. Gordon Driscoll (Dartmouth)
3. Vlad Sychou (Yale)
4. Brian Coryn (Harvard)
5. AJ Ding (Yale)
6. William Haynes (Princeton)
7. Alex Salazar (Penn)
8. Matthew Trembley (Columbia)
9. Max Weber (Princeton)
10. Alex Ogilvy (Brown)
11. Harry Seavey (Yale)
12. Connor McDermott (Brown)
13. Cameron Apple (Columbia)
14. Andrew Solidinhi (Harvard)
15. Ryo Inkyo (Cornell)

All Ivy Men Honorable Mentions

1. David Harris (Penn)
2. Ethan Venosa (Cornell)
3. Mohamed Shalan (Princeton)
4. Steven Hinshaw (Dartmouth)
5. Jack Bryan (Princeton)
6. Luke Hayhoe (Brown)
7. Scott Cockburn (Yale)
8. Tyler Preston (Columbia)
9. Matt Scimmanna (Harvard)
10. Jae Kim (Brown)
11. John Schuler (Cornell)
12. Adrian Odonayo (Princeton)
13. Joe Goode (Yale)
14. Patrick Sheehy (Dartmouth)
15. Robbie Waddilove (Harvard)
16. Alec Bayliff (Penn)
17. Trevor Anesi (Brown)
18. Edmond Hogan (Cornell)
19. Evan Wijaya (Penn)
20. Michael Ball (Brown)

Source: http://www.ivyrugby.com/news/2017-mens-all-ivy-team-announced

Letter from DRFC Captain Hayden Aldredge '17

Dear Friends, 

The snow has melted and the spring rugby season has started here in Hanover. It has been a busy and productive “offseason” for the DRFC. The entire team came into the winter term looking to improve on a fall season that saw us win our 10th straight Ivy League title. As many of you know, the winter conditions of New Hampshire can sometimes be an impediment to rugby development, but we worked very hard to overcome the cold and snow. The boys put in many hours in the Floren Varsity weight room, lifting three to four times a week. Additionally, we were able to have two indoor practice sessions a week in order to keep our rugby instincts sharp. Due to the unique nature of Dartmouth’s quarter system, many team members are off campus during winters. This allows for younger players to step up and contribute to the first team. This process allows us to develop younger guys in our efforts to achieve consistent excellence on the field. Overall, the DRFC spent the cold winter months hard at work. 

This effort is aimed at success in our spring season, and specifically in the Varsity Cup in April and the Collegiate Rugby Championship in June. On April 8th we will visit Clemson to play them in the first round of the Varsity Cup. This should be a great matchup that results in an entertaining game of 15s rugby. If we win this first round match, we would then host University of California Berkeley in Hanover on April 15th, which would be the first time in DRFC history that Cal visits Dartmouth. In preparation for these matchups we will be touring California from March 16th to March 25th. This tour will feature two first-team games and two second-team games. On March 17th the first team will play University California San Diego at 7 PM. On March 25th the first team will play UCLA in Los Angeles at 1 PM. A postgame tailgate with alumni will follow. The second team will play OMBAC Men’s club on March 21st in San Diego and University of Southern California on March 24th at 8 PM in Los Angeles. For any more information on our spring tour plans, please contact tour organizer Gordon Driscoll at Gordon.E.Driscoll.17@Dartmouth.edu. All alumni support while in California will be greatly appreciated. 

We are extremely excited for the spring season to begin. The club lost a great assistant coach when James Willocks left to assume the head coach position at Penn State.  But we are still in the great hands of Head Coach Gavin Hickie and are very optimistic for a great spring season. As always we are incredibly appreciative to all of our alumni for the huge amount of support we receive. Without your support, the DRFC would not be the incredible organization it is. Thank you for that, and we hope to see you out at the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse sometime this spring. 

 

Thank you, 

Hayden Aldredge ’17

Hayden.J.Aldredge.17@Dartmouth.edu

DRFC Captain

 

 

Varsity Cup 2017 Announcement

The 2017 Varsity Cup bracket has been finalized.

The DRFC will travel to face Clemson away in the Round of 16 on April 8th. If Dartmouth wins this match, they will host Cal in the Quarterfinals on April 15th. 

http://www.goffrugbyreport.com/news/varsity-cup-finalizes-brackets

DRFC Players Listed in Goff Rugby Top DIA-Level Forwards and Backs for Fall Season.

Many Dartmouth Rugby players were included in Goff Rugby Report's top forwards and backs of fall play. Krieg Greco, Gordon Driscoll, Struan Coleman, Benji Hannam and Hayden Aldredge were included on the list of forwards. Oliver Engelhart, Dawit Workie, Luke Beinstock, Julien Johnson, and Max Parker were included on the list of backs.

Check out the full lineup of forwards here:

http://www.goffrugbyreport.com/news/top-dia-level-forwards-fall

Check out the full lineup of backs here:

http://www.goffrugbyreport.com/news/top-dia-level-backs-fall

DRFC Helps Clean Up 2016 CHAD Half Marathon

Dartmouth helped clean up the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Half-Marathon that takes place in Hanover every October. It is a great opportunity for Dartmouth Rugby players to give back to the local community each fall.

DRFC Legend Dick Liesching '59 Meets 2016 Team

Following an 86-0 beatdown at Yale, Dartmouth met DRFC Legend Dick Liesching '59. The DRFC has an award named after Dick Liesching, given to a senior who is not an officer but contributed most to the DRFC both on and off the pitch.

Letter from DRFC Head Coach Gavin Hickie

Dear Friends,

Although our Ivy season is merely three weeks old, the staff and players of the DRFC have been hard at work for months. As soon as the CRC concludes each year, we, the DRFC staff, consisting of Alex Magleby, James Willocks, Ben Schuler and I, sit down together and review all the lessons learned over the previous 12 months. We evaluate each area of our game, to see what we can do more effectively. The DRFC is constantly evolving through a new senior class each year, and through a young professional coaching staff with an insatiable appetite to push the boundaries of our sport.

We have the most wonderful student-athletes at the DRFC. Young men who demonstrate unwavering commitment to the cause on a daily basis. The cause created in 1951 going from strength to strength today.

It is the staff of the DRFC I would like to focus on and provide you with an update.

Alex Magleby '00, Technical Advisor to the DRFC is also USA Rugby’s General Manager of National Teams and Performance. Mags oversees all of our men’s and women’s national teams and is a key component of USA Rugby’s long-term vision for success. USA Rugby is in safe hands with the Big Green’s former captain and coach steering the ship of high performance development. Alex was in Rio this summer, witnessing rugby return to the Olympics after a 92-year absence.  Leading Team USA was of course, our very own Madison Hughes ’15.

DRFC Assistant Coach, James Willocks had a very busy summer too. James is an integral part of our coaching staff with a very bright coaching future ahead of him. Along with coaching the DRFC student-athletes, Coach Willocks oversees all of our strength and conditioning in Floren Varsity Gym. James consistently gets the best from our Big Green rugby players. James also works with Dartmouth football players in his capacity as Assistant S&C Football Coach. Coach Willocks provides us with close ties to our football program and has been instrumental in turning former Big Green football captain, Stephen Dazzo ‘15, into one of the country’s leading young rugby players. 

On top of welcoming baby Charlie into the word this year, James was part of the USA Rugby Collegiate All-American staff who traveled to Australia in August. Coach Willocks is a rising star within the USA Rugby world.

The DRFC would not function as fluidly as it does without the incredible hard work of our athletic trainer, Ben Schuler. From working with many players around the country, and getting a deeper understanding of the various collegiate rugby programs around the US, I have become acutely aware of the challenges most collegiate rugby programs face. Not only does the DRFC boast the very best facilities and alumni support in the country, we also boast the very best rugby athletic trainer. Ben looks after any and all of our bumps and bruises incurred by our student-athletes, ensuring their safety and wellbeing first and foremost. I work closely with Ben, monitoring all of our athletes’ health. Over the years, Ben has built a strong relationship with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, which provides all of our student-athletes speedy access to top medical care. Ben’s typical day consists of working out of Davis Athletic Training Center on campus, multiple visits to DHMC and of course, being ever present at our practices and games. Ben goes above and beyond his duties each and every day for the DRFC and we are very fortunate to be able to count on his services. It gives me great peace of mind to know that our student-athletes are in very safe hands.

It is because of Ben’s tireless work ethic that saw him selected as athletic trainer to the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans tour to Australia this summer. Ben is a vital cog in the DRFC machine.

We are excited to welcome back Quinn Connell ’13 as our Development coach this Fall. Quinn was co-captain in 2012/13, my first year as head coach of the DRFC and finds himself back on campus as the Director of Engineering of the Mobile Virtual Player (MVP).  Quinn’s MVP is taking the football world by storm and will be unveiled in rugby in due course. Quinn is doing a superb job with our freshmen rugby players and we are fortunate to have a recent Dartmouth graduate within our coaching ranks.

We are delighted to welcome Annalise Hall to our coaching staff this year. Annalise is a New Zealand intern from Otaga Technical College. Annalise contributes to all our strength and conditioning, while assisting Coach Quinn will our Development squad.

The DRFC has proven to be an ideal learning environment for our coaching staff. Former New Zealand interns, Matt Long and Todd Thornley are now thriving in their professions. Matt is head of strength and conditioning at London-Scottish Rugby Football Club and Todd is the head coach of Central Washington varsity rugby program.

Rugby is a year-round sport these days. Since the CRC in June, I have led our USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans squad to a highly successful tour of Australia. Along with Coach Willocks and Ben, Coach McWilliams of Yale and Coach Hickey of Notre Dame, I oversaw a three game series “Down Under” against Darling Downs RFC, Brothers RFC and Queensland Selects. The coaching staff provided an intense High Performance environment for our country’s elite collegiate rugby players, working their way towards becoming future Eagles. Many of the players on our tour to Australia have been selected to the USA Select squad, which is currently playing an international competition in Uruguay. Working at the national level, provides the DRFC staff with unique challenges, thus developing our own coaching skills.

After I returned from Australia back to Hanover, our new season with the DRFC commenced with a two-week preseason training period. We started with tough losses to Boston College and Navy before starting our Ivy Rugby Championship defense. It is important to note that each year, the DRFC staff and players map out our season. We go through a grueling pre-season before we get to pull on our Dartmouth rugby jersey and formally test ourselves. We aim to win every game we compete in. We aim to hit the ground running following preseason, but we do not aim to peak in September. While we firmly believe we are fully capable of beating BC and Navy and aim to do, we are fully aware that it takes us time to reach our potential each season. It takes time for new personnel and combinations to gel. We aim to learn from every practice and every game, peaking midway through our Ivy season, which is almost upon us. I am confident we are in a good place to defend our Ivy Rugby Championship for the ninth consecutive year. We never take our place atop of the Ivies for granted, and we strive each day to ensure we remain where we believe we should be.

We are currently 2-0 in our Ivy Championship. We shutout a tough and emotional Harvard team 20-0, opening their fantastic Mignone Rugby Field in the process. We stepped it up a gear last week in our first home game of the Ivy season by beating Brown 64-15. We are now starting to hit our stride and aim to take our form into a challenging fixture against Yale at New Haven Rugby Club this Saturday.

DRFC Captain, Hayden Aldredge ’17, spoke of our gratitude for what we have as Dartmouth rugby men. I would like to echo Hayden’s sentiments and thank you all for your ongoing support of the DRFC. The staff and players are acutely aware of the culture, history and hard work that has gone into making the DRFC what it is today. None of us would be here without those that have gone before us, without Corey Ford’s vision and guidance. We are indebted to each and every one of you that allows us to test ourselves every day in unbelievable surroundings. I have been extremely fortunate throughout my playing days to play on some of the top rugby pitches around the world. Twickenham, Murrayfield, Lansdowne Road, Welford Road, the Millennium Stadium, the list goes on. However, I firmly believe our gorgeous Brophy Field with the red trees in the Fall background is the most picturesque and beautiful setting for a game of rugby. Not a day goes by without us being extremely grateful to everyone who made Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse our home.

 

Best,

Gavin Hickie

DRFC Head Coach

Gavin.Hickie@Dartmouth.edu

 

 

Letter from DRFC President Max Parker '17

Friends of Dartmouth Rugby,

As I embark on my fourth and final season as a member of the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club along with my fellow members of the Class of 2017, I am filled with conflicting emotions of pride, that I am able to represent a club with such brilliant tradition as the DRFC, and sadness, that my time wearing the green jersey will soon come to an end. I've had the privilege of playing rugby under incredible guidance and leadership for the last three years, and this year is shaping up to be no different.

It's as exciting a time as ever to be affiliated with the DRFC. This year marks the 65th Anniversary of the DRFC, and the Club is looking forward to having yet another successful fall campaign filled with events to celebrate the momentous occasion.

We plan on extending our dominant tradition in the Ivy League by winning our 10th consecutive Ivy League title in 15s this fall, and we open up our title defense this Saturday, September 24th down in Boston against Harvard. This will be the first match played in Harvard's brand new rugby facility, and there's no better occasion to flood their stadium with Dartmouth fans and ruin their event.

We'd then like to welcome everyone up to Hanover on Saturday, October 1st for a rugby-specific homecoming weekend. We'll be playing Brown at noon, and will have a barbecue after the game at the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Club.

Finally, we'll be hosting Cornell in Hanover on Saturday, October 29th over actual Homecoming weekend, and would love to see everyone who is coming up for the weekend at the match.

The Club continues to be in very good hands. This year marks the 5th year that our head coach, Gavin Hickie, has been at the helm. He is joined again by our strength and conditioning coach, James Willocks, and our athletic trainer, Ben Schuler, as well as first-time assistant coaches Anna-Lise Hall, who is interning from the University of Otago, and Quinn Connell '13, who is leading our developmental side. We are also frequently joined by Alex Magleby '00, who is currently the Director of Performance for USA Rugby, but assists with the DRFC whenever his schedule allows.

It has truly been an honor and a privilege to play Dartmouth Rugby during my time in Hanover. The spirit of the DRFC is alive and well in the Club today, and will continue to thrive for years and years to come.

 

Best,

Max Parker '17

DRFC President

Maxwell.H.Parker.17@Dartmouth.edu

Leadership advice from U.S. rugby captain Madison Hughes

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/leadership-advice-us-rugby-captain-madison-hughes?utm_source=Dartmouth+News+Today&utm_campaign=fb9411cacd-dartnews_today_2016_08_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4ae973c30b-fb9411cacd-391292477

Madison Hughes was named captain of the U.S. men’s rugby team in 2014, despite being the youngest member of the team. He shares leadership advice with NBC, check out the link above!