Nate Brakeley '12 Named To USA For Fall Internationals

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.

Preseason: Week 1 Report

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.

Incoming Freshmen Class of 2022

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.



Dartmouth Well Represented at Collegiate All-American Camp

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.

Madison Hughes '15 to Captain USA In Rugby World Cup Sevens

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

To follow Madison and USA, you can view the games live with the schedule below.


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

DRFC Finishes the Season as One of the Top 7s Teams in the Country

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:

Peter Badenhausen
Brendan Buckley
Ollie Englehart (Co-Captain)
Ben Goodman
Benji Hannam (Captain)
Steve Hinshaw (Co-Captain)
Julien Johnson
Ian Sullivan
Andy Werchniak


DRFC Squad for CRCs

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

CRC Schedule of Events

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

Upcoming DRFC Reunion Dates

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.


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.


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.


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: :

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)


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 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

DRFC Captain