The CRC team arrived late Wednesday night at the hotel. The team has one more training session before matches kick off early Saturday morning, and are going into the weekend with high expectations. The lineup is an assortment of players from all years. The two freshman, Mike Weir and Jasper Green have demonstrated a tremendous on field impact in the past tournaments are expected to play large roles in the Big Green’s performance over these next few days. The senior captains, Struan Coleman, Fuller Winton, and Jack Badenhausen have put the team in a great place for the tournament. Saturday’s matches will be broadcasted from the stadium on ESPN+. Go big green!
The lads of the DRFC embarked on the Club’s annual Tour March 13th. Tour has long been one of our most cherished and exciting traditions since the late Dick Leisching ‘59 pioneered the first historic journey to England in 1958. This year, the team traveled to the great state of Florida. The trip was divided into three sections, beginning in Key West, followed by a handful of nights in Miami and a final stop in Orlando.
After a nice bonding journey from Miami down to the Keys, the boys took some time to settle in, enjoy the beach, and get some touches in during a little off-the-cuff beach volleyball tournament to get both the laughs and the competitive juices flowing. Training commenced that first evening with 7’s work, incorporating some members from a local men’s club. That Saturday, we fielded two full sevens sides in a tournament at Florida International University, competing against FIU and a skilled, sizable men’s club. Both sides performed well and benefited from the live play. The first side came out victorious.
From there, the squad relocated to Miami, got in some solid lifts, and settled back into a two-a-day schedule, which has served the team very well historically, throughout pre-seasons and Tours. In a rare Thursday match, the First XV took on UCF. Having met last spring in the DIAA playoffs, an intense match was anticipated. It became a rather chippy encounter shortly after play began, but the boys were intent on availing themselves of the opportunity to get back into the fifteens rhythm. Dartmouth conceded a penalty early on, leading to UCF’s only points of the match resulting from the proceeding penalty kick. Skipper Struan Coleman ‘19 broke open scoring for the Big Green with a try in the corner after breaking through two tackles on a ball out the back from Mikey Weir ‘22. A few minutes later, Weir danced through the defense for a score of his own under the sticks. Credit to the forward pack for strong running in the opposition 22, which contributed to the scoring platform throughout the match. A barreling run up the middle from Malcolm Robinson ‘22 set Jack Badenhausen ‘19 up for a try off a penalty 10 meters out. Co-Captain Fuller Winston ‘19 touched down the next one off some play through the hands by the backs in the wide channel. Charlton McArdle ‘21 scored next off quick cross-field ball movement from a dominant Dartmouth scrum. In short order, Dartmouth found themselves deep in the UCF half. Mason Koch ‘20 pushed through the defense and connected with JM Seibert ‘19 on a supporting line for the final try of the match. Big credit to the Dartmouth defense, who put in a number of big hits and a strong shift to shut down the UCF attack. Final score 34-3, with conversions coming from Pat Sheehy ‘20 and Mikey Weir. The final day of tour saw an intense conditioning and training session back at UCF in the Florida sunshine.
As always, Tour is the result of months of collaboration and effort at all levels of the DRFC, from the generosity and support of alumni to the lads putting in the work throughout the year. Congrats to Tour Director Dylan Burke ‘19 who shouldered the majority of the work to make this trip a reality. We would like to extend our utmost thanks to all those parents, alumni and friends of the Club who brought the boys out for meals, arranged for training locations, and lent hands in a variety of other ways down in Florida, especially Dick Berlin, Jamie Goodman, Tom Perelli, Mike Murphy, the Burke’s (P‘19), and the Seibert’s (P‘19).
We turn our attention now to a packed spring season, which will see friendly matches against UMass opening for the New England Free Jack’s, Ivy Sevens, the DIAA Playoffs, and the CRC. Stay tuned for more as the boys look to leave a legacy in the coming months.
Next week, the lads of the DRFC will embark on one of the Club’s most cherished traditions—Tour. This year’s trip will see the squad to Florida, with training and matches in Key West and Miami. Tour Director Dylan “Noodle” Burke ’19, and a.k.a. self-proclaimed ‘Supreme Leader’ for the next two weeks, has worked tirelessly over the past months designing what promises to be a superb experience for the fellas. He’ll have something of a legacy to live up to after Peter Badenhausen’s '18 2018 Tour of Northern California.
The DRFC comes off a weekend of strong performances in Las Vegas, with the first squad winning the collegiate tournament, a successful XV’s season in the fall, and a winter of consistent hard work both in the weight room and on the training pitch. Big goals for this year’s tour include preparation for the DIAA Spring XV Championship and the Sevens season, which culminates with the CRC in June.
Dartmouth will compete in a sevens tournament at Florida International University on March 16th, a friendly XV match against the University of Central Florida on March 21st, and a friendly XV match against Eckard College at UCF on March 23rd.
Many thanks to Bob Phillips ’60 who hosted the boys for an end-of-season banquet Wednesday evening in Hanover. The alumni dedication to the Club never ceases to impress. We look forward to seeing our Florida alumni and family in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates from Tour!
Dear Family & Friends,
The fall of 2018 chapter closed this past November, culminating with the DRFC winning its 11th consecutive Ivy Championship defeating Brown in trying conditions, 37-7. This result was the product of months of hard work and dedication from the students and staff. We set out in late August to write a new chapter, a chapter not complete yet, but definitely has a promising foundation all due to the consistent hard work and effort from the students.
A great deal is spoken about leadership and developing leaders. Something the DRFC has done since its inception in 1951, with the student involvement being crucial in the daily running of the program. This year has been no exception with a particular emphasis, or possibly lack of emphasis on the term “leader”. Early in pre-season we spoke as a squad about leadership and what that means and how the traditional approach can imply that by calling certain students’ leaders, we imply that others are not. With this in mind we spoke about leading being the ability to make those around you better, a skill that we all have, regardless of experience or class year.
Using this approach and the weekly training environment we worked to provide decision making, problem solving and peer driven feedback opportunities throughout the weekly process. From players scouting opposition film to player driven conversations on the training pitch the rate of development and level of understanding is continuing to improve. With incredible direction and example coming from the senior class the returning students have done a phenomenal job of welcoming and integrating the newest members.
This Fall along with the first XV and second XV we set out to provide more games for development players, entering a 3rd team in a local New England Rugby Union competition. This providing crucial experience to our younger players. Playing a total of 16 games for all sides across the fall season, Including approximately 17 new first side appearances, 9 new first side caps from the class of 2022.
This Fall also saw the addition of Mike DeRosier as athletic trainer Hamish McCallion as our resident Kiwi rugby and S&C specialist, along with Peter Sickle who assisted with all teams. All who added significant value and embodied all the values that we hold dear.
The DRFC would not be what it is without the support of our Alumni, friends and families. A special thank you to Dan Kenslea whose tenure as chairman of the board of governors has come to an end. His contribution to the program and student athlete experience had been extraordinary. We would also like to extend a very special thank you to the parents, led by Carolyn Badenhausen, the organization and support week in and week out has been incredible (it would be no exaggeration to state that we are the best fed team in the county!).
We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you all this spring.
Nate Brakeley ‘12 has just been added to the roster for the USA Eagles’ November internationals. The lock will be looking to add to his 16 caps against the Maori All Blacks, Samoa, Romania, and Ireland. Currently, he is playing for Rugby United New York which will joining Major League Rugby this January for its inaugural season. Before playing for RUNY, Brakeley played for the New York Athletic Club and Cambridge University. In other news, Brakeley was also recently named the new Chairman of the DRFC Board and will be replacing Dan Kenslea '75.
Be sure to cheer on Nate and the USA this weekend as they take on the Maori All Blacks in Chicago for The Rugby Weekend which you can stream on FloRugby.
This Saturday, Jasper Green ‘22 will be putting on the USA jersey at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. The Youth Olympic Games are organized by the International Olympic Committee and are held once every four years. While raised in London, Jasper was born in California and played on the High School All-American team throughout his time in high school at Saint Paul’s School (UK). During his brief time at Dartmouth so far, Jasper played a big role in the first three matches and scored some remarkable tries showing off his skill and athleticism. Before the competition gets started, we were able to ask a few questions to Jasper…
How was the training camp at the Olympic Training Center at Chula Vista?
Chula Vista training camp was a week of intense training week in which we topped up our strength and conditioning, as well as honing our cohesion as a team and specific individual skills. It was rewarding to watch 6 months of training begin to accumulate into a threatening team. The men’s team that we trained with helped to simulate the type of top-class skill and athleticism we would face in teams like France and South Africa. Although I was injured with a quad tear for the first week and a half, the top-class facilities and staff available helped to expedite my recovery. Madison Hughs and Ben Pinkleman were extremely helpful in explaining how to avoid the pitfalls they faced in Rio 2016, and how to deal with media and external distractions.
What position are you playing and how does the team look?
I have been playing edge prop and wing. The team looks to be a threatening outfit with a combination of speedsters, big men, and steppers, who could be key to unlocking an international defence. The defensive aggression and the restart piece of the game have become the cornerstone of the men's continued success remain the main areas of focus in the U18 side.
What is the experience like at the Youth Olympics?
The ability to walk around and see tracksuits brandishing every country from around the world fills me with intense national pride. In no other situation have I been stopped at almost every corner to take pictures with everyone from senior citizens to children. Buenos Aires provides an incredible atmosphere for the games as lines to attend events spill out from the venues for a number of blocks. The opening ceremony and the Olympic village and venues themselves reveal the stature of the event that still hasn’t really sunken in.
How does it feel to represent the USA?
It’s an incredible honour to be able to wear the “team USA” kit and the red, white, and blue. There is a certain responsibility that is attached to wearing the name of the most successful country in Olympic history. The name is recognisable and being a part of the history is an incredible experience. To have the chance to further improve on the stellar record of the team is an opportunity that we feel we must grab tightly.
What are you looking forward to going into Saturday?
The chance to test yourself against the best in the world is something I believed that I would never get to do, while I was playing schoolboy rugby. Rubbing shoulders with professionals and stars of the future will be an unforgettable experience. The atmosphere created by the crowd will also be an alien experience to playing at home and will test the grit and steel of the team to its limits.
The members of the DRFC reconvened in Hanover last week for pre-season training camp. Nearly 40 players completed their first week of camp this weekend, rounding out a strong initial showing from all classes. The boys have been putting in shifts on the pitch, in the weight room and in the film room in preparation for another big season for the Club.
This week started on Sunday evening with a meeting to overview the rest of the week. Monday saw the players run a Bronco (endurance test), and a 20-meter and 40-meter spring for testing. Two-a-day sessions continued through Wednesday and on Thursday there was a rest with only one practice in the afternoon. Friday was back to two practices, but Saturday had just a morning session. The team lifted in Levrone on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. There was a much-rumored Sunday morning session, but when the players showed up, there were pleasantly surprised to hear that they were going paintball shooting instead which was a great team-building activity.
New team trainer Mike Derosier and coach/strength intern Hamish McCallion of New Zealand made their first appearances at Brophy this week. Fortunately, Mike did not have to deal with many injuries, but Hamish got right into the swing of thing by leading stretches, coaching the backs, and helping lead team lifts.
Pre-season training weeks and matches have historically provided the DRFC with a strong base moving into regular season play, and the bar has only been set higher with last year's performances. The boys are looking forward to the exciting road ahead, especially as the Class of 2019, led by Struan Coleman (Captain), Jack Badenhausen (Co-Captain) Fuller Winton (Co-Captain), embark on their penultimate year with the Club and are on the hunt to leave their mark.
The DRFC has a challenging season coming up this fall. First, the Big Green takes on two out of conference teams, Army and New England College. Then the Ivy season begins, and given the new structure of the Ivy League, Dartmouth will play all of the teams in the North Division (Harvard, Yale, and Brown), but only two of the teams from the South Division (Cornell and Columbia). With a top 4 finish, the DRFC will qualify for the Ivy League Playoffs and hope to make the Final. If Dartmouth wins the Ivy League title or gets an at-large bid, it will compete for the D1AA Fall Championship against the other top teams from across the country in late November and early December.
The incoming freshman class is certainly one of the strongest that Dartmouth has ever had. While the club relies heavily on recruiting from within Dartmouth to get athletes who have never played rugby before, increasingly the DRFC has managed to attract some of the top high school rugby players in the US and overseas. The class of 2022 is internationally represented with two players from the UK and one from Jamaica who attended school in Canada. Additionally, two players have represented the USA with the High School All-American Team in international competition.
Coach Willocks will be assembling the top players in the country next week when the Collegiate All-American team holds its selection camp at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO.
Also attending the camp will be Oliver Engelhart '18. He finished his senior season on a strong note by being named to the Collegiate Rugby Championship Dream Team and as a Collegiate All-American 7s Honorable Mention. As one of the best 7s players in the country, he'll be looking to achieve the same honor in 15s and represent the USA.
Tom Kindley did a fantastic job this past year as the strength and conditioning intern for the team. His last experience in the states before returning to New Zealand will see him fill the same role at the selection camp where he'll be in charge of preparing the best collegiate rugby players in the country.
For more information check out the USA Rugby press release.
As the USA hosts the Rugby World Cup this upcoming weekend, Madison Hughes '15 will be captaining the home side in their attempt to win their first 7s World Cup. Hughes injured his knee earlier in the year at Sydney 7s and made his return to the Sevens World Series at London 7s during the last leg of the season. Now that he is healthy, Madison will play a key role as the main playmaker for the Eagles.
Hughes got his first start for the USA 7s in the 2014-15 season as a junior at Dartmouth, and the next season he was named the youngest ever US captain as a senior. He is the most recent Dartmouth alum on the list of USA 7s player which includes Al Dekin '87, Kevin Whitcher '99, Alex Magleby '00, and Joe Killefer '06.
There will be an alumni meetup in San Francisco on Saturday between 12 pm and 3 pm at Tres (130 Townsend Street) for tacos and refreshments. If you would like to attend please RSVP as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To follow Madison and USA, you can view the games live with the schedule below.
2018 RUGBY WORLD CUP SEVENS TV SCHEDULE
Friday, July 20
4 pm: Olympic Channel
7 pm: NBCSN
Saturday, July 21
12:25 pm: Olympic Channel
3 pm: NBC
5 pm: Olympic Channel
6:30 pm: NBCSN
Sunday, July 22
11:55 am: Olympic Channel
2:30 pm: NBC
5 pm: Olympic Channel
7 pm: NBCSN
The DRFC gave a strong showing at the CRC this weekend, taking two and drawing one of their three matches in pool play on Saturday to advance to the elimination rounds on Sunday. The day started against Iona where the Big Green responded strongly in the second half to make up for a rusty first half. Dartmouth was unable to score a third time which ended the match at 12-12. The second game was against highly favored Kutztown. However, the boys came out strong and controlled the entire match and won 36-12. The final contest of the day was against Temple. While the Big Green got out to a comfortable initial lead, Temple came back in the second half but the Dartmouth reserves were able to hold off the treat. Although the Day 1 results reflected the team’s strong play and execution, it came at the cost of some key play-makers, Coleman (’19) and Bienstock (’20), who were made unavailable for Sunday’s competition due to injuries.
Today, the reserves filled in seamlessly and contributed to the squad’s early lead against UCLA in the quarterfinals. Dartmouth got out to a 21-7 lead at the half thanks to strong play by Oliver Engelhart, Jack Badenhausen, and Fuller Winton. However, a few breaks let UCLA come back into the and the Bruins took the dramatic match in sudden-death overtime, having tied the score with a try in the last seconds of regulation play. It was UCLA that got the last score to advance to the semi-finals.
Dartmouth did pick up some awards this weekend though. Oliver Engelhart was named to the tournament Dream Team while Fuller Winton was an honorable mention.
In all, the DRFC has had a successful, though very long, year of competition, taking the Ivy League title in the fall, playing a few friendly and test XV’s matches during a tour of the Bay Area in late March, and working through matches in Kansas and North Carolina to return to the West Coast for the DIAA Championship Final.
It’s been an exciting but trying year for the Class of 2018, who has led the Club through an important, formative, and promising several months. The DRFC has a saying, “Leave the Club better than you found it,” which the ‘18s have certainly done. The team is in a strong place which it will surely use as a springboard moving into the 2018-2019 seasons, and they owe that, in large part, to the leadership and legacy the seniors have offered. Hats off to the ‘18s. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and hope they will return to Corey Ford Clubhouse in the fall to see the fruits of what they have helped build over their tenure unfold.
The Club is certainly looking forward to a big year beginning next fall.
Special thanks to our Class of 2018:
Ollie Englehart (Co-Captain)
Benji Hannam (Captain)
Steve Hinshaw (Co-Captain)
Dartmouth Rugby headed down to Philadelphia this Wednesday to begin final preparations for the Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC). The squad made a rapid and seamless transition into Sevens training this spring, having closed out a hard-fought XV’s run in the USA Rugby DIAA Championship tournament just a few weeks ago.
Twelve players have made the trip for the DRFC, with seven of them making repeat appearances in the CRC. Coleman (’19) and Bienstock (’20), who both played last year, will look to bring the physicality from forwards. Engelhart (’18) is set to lead the squad once again, directing play from scrumhalf, as usual. Pat Sheehy (’20) and Jack Badenhausen (’19) bring the boots for the Big Green, while Winton (’19) and Brevnov (’20) add lightning speed to Dartmouth’s attack.
Lewis (’21), who has made the roster as a freshman, and Goodman (’18) add a valuable element of shift ball-movement and running to the team’s arsenal. Peter Badenhausen (’18), Steve Hinshaw (’18), both of whom have earned their first appearances at the tournament this season, and Hannam (’18) round out the DRFC squad as three hard runners and exceedingly physical players on both sides of the ball.
Tune in this Saturday, June 2, as the DRFC kicks off pool play against Iona at 10:55AM EST on ESPN 2. Following pool matches: v. Kutztown, 1:20PM EST; v. Temple 3:15PM EST on ESPN+. The Big Green looks to move into elimination play on Sunday.
2018 Dartmouth CRC Team:
Struan Coleman ’19
Luke Bienstock ’20
Fuller Winton ’19
Oliver Engelhart ’18
Patrick Sheehy ’20
Jack Badenhausen ’19
Gyorgy Brevnov ’20
Benji Hannam ’18
Peter Badenhausen ’18
Steven Hinshaw ’18
Ben Goodman ’18
Jarrett Lewis ‘21
Dear DRFC Friends
It is an exciting time of the year, as the CRC's are just a week away. After a few tough weeks of training, our team is looking very strong, and we would love to have as many people as possible come out and support the boys.
There will be a Friday night get-together, Saturday morning tailgate, as well as Saturday evening reception following the matches. All friends, family, and alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend these events. Please see below for the details of each event:
Friday Night: Get-together at the sports bar Fox and Hound, 1501 Spruce Street in Center City.
Saturday Morning: The tailgate starts at 8:30AM in parking lot B, near the playing fields. Look for the Dartmouth banner and tent.
Saturday Evening: Reception at The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, 247 S 17th St (corner of Locust St), Philadelphia from 7:30-10:30PM. It will be in an upstairs private room and include light food and a time-limited open bar (followed by cash bar).
If you cannot attend the CRC this year you can follow along on ESPN.
The 2018 Penn Mutual CRC television schedule:
Saturday, June 2: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Sunday, June 3: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Sunday, June 3: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET on ESPNews
All of the other matches featured in-stadium will be covered live on ESPN+ or you can follow us on Twitter.
Looking forward to seeing many of you in Philadelphia this weekend, and best of luck to the boys in green!
Pat O'Neill '20
DRFC Alumni Chair
50th reunion - Saturday, June 9th from 4-5 pm
55th and 60th - Wednesday, June 13th from 4-6 pm
All others - Saturday, June 16th from 11am-3 pm
Come to the Corey Ford Clubhouse to meet up with other rugby alums and their guests. There will be refreshments at each reunion. On the June 16th reunion, there is often touch rugby played. This information will also be on the reunion program.
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.
After a walk through session at the hotel in the morning, the DRFC went to Cal in the afternoon for a captain's practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dartmouth Rugby Football Club
“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.
Benji Hannam ‘18
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!
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