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Maud’s History – Part 1 – Tulane’s Beginning

The Early Years of Rugby in Louisiana:

The Tulane University and New Orleans Clubs, and Union Affiliations

PART 1:  Tulane University


Peter J. Maud



The following is an attempt to document the early history of the sport of rugby in the State of Louisiana primarily documenting the contributions of the Tulane University Club, the New Orleans Rugby Club and early union affiliations. This report is based upon the personal recollections of the author, some published media reports, and copies of official club and union files which were retained by the author following his departure from the New Orleans area. (Some original data was sent to Ed. Lee, Secretary of the Eastern Rugby Union.) Unfortunately records are incomplete and any reader who can supply missing data is encouraged to contact the author in order to update this report. The author was a member of the Tulane University Club from 1967 to 1970, of the New Orleans Club from its initial year of formation in 1973 to 1979, and the founding president of the Louisiana Rugby Union. In the Fall of 1979 he departed New Orleans due to professional advancement opportunities.

The first rugby game to be played by a Louisiana team occurred in the Spring of 1967.  The Southeast Louisiana University Rugby Club from Hammond played either one or two games that Spring, evidently just prior to the formation of the Tulane University Club.

History of Tulane University Rugby Club – 1967 to 1970


The first games played by the Tulane Rugby Club team took place in the spring of 1967 against the Baylor Medical College club and, as the majority of the Tulane team was from the medical school, the game was billed as “the battle of the young doctors”. Evidently Baylor was victorious. The Tulane club had primarily been founded by two medical students, Michael Keyes and Howard Goldberg, who had the initial intention to found a field hockey team. Evidently, according to an article written by Keyes in the Hullabaloo, the Tulane student newspaper, “a lack of money, competition and coaching practically precluded starting a hockey squad, so it was decided to play rugby instead”. (1)

The club, shortly after its founding, was fortunate enough to enlist the help of Arnold DuPisani, a member of the South African consular office in New Orleans, to coach and play scrum half for the team. Other early members besides Keyes and Goldberg, included medical students Bill Terry, the team captain, Jay Scully, Pete “the boot” Anderson, Brian Travis, Mike Maffet, Joe Chiapella, George Stelling, and Pat Schow, ably assisted by Nick Price (architecture), Fred King (law), Randy Starett (Business), Pat Kelly ( LSU Med. School anatomy professor) and Peter Maud (Tulane faculty) who took on the coaching responsibility after DuPisani’s departure for his home in South Africa. Others from the 1967 – 1970 era included Stan Smith, Ken Roy, Tim O’Mara, Bob Urann, Howard Sheridan, Nick Mantus, Brian Francis and probably the first undergraduate to play, Bob Edmundson, followed by John Howe. Apologies are extended to those whose names do not appear. Nobuo Hayashi (Tulane faculty) became the Tulane coach for the club beginning in the Fall of 1970.

Club team records for the 1967- 68 are not available but are for the second (1968 – 1969) season where the club first team had a 14 – 4 – 0 record, out scoring their opponents by 226 points to 91. The newly formed second team played four games, winning 3 and losing 1. For the third season (1969 – 1970) the first team record was 11- 9 – 1, (285 points for versus 162 against) with the second team only playing one game which they won.

                         Tulane University Rugby Club, 1967 – 1968 Season         

 No records available.                  

           Tulane University Rugby Club, 1968 – 1969 Season




                                                                                   “A” Team

Date                         Opponent                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

10/27/68  Southeastern Louisiana College                                Away                         W                          11 – 8

11/02/68  Memphis Wanderers                                                Home                          W                          16 – 0

11/03/68  Memphis Wanderers                                                Home                          W                          21 –10

11/09/68  Pensacola                                                 Home                            W                        21 – 3

11/17/68  Southeastern Louisiana College                               Home                          W                          26 – 10

12/07/68  Memphis Wanderers                                                Away                          L                             3 – 8

12/08/68  Memphis Wanderers                                                Away                         W                          12 – 0

02/02/69  Pensacola                                                 Home                          L                             3 – 8

02/15/69  University of Denver*                                             Home                          W                            8 – 3

02/15/69 Baylor Medical School*                           Home                          W                            6 – 5

02/16/69  University of Wisconsin*                        Home                          W                          12 – 0

03/09/69  Southeastern Louisiana College                               Away                          W                          20 – 0

03/16/69  Pensacola                                                 Away                          W                            3 – 0

03/29/69  Rice University                                        Away                          L                             6 – 13

03/30/69  Baylor Medical School                             Away                          L                             3 – 17

04/13/69  Southeastern Louisiana College                               Home                          W                          20 – 0

04/19/69  Springhill College                                     Home                          W                          19 – 0

05/10/69  Southeastern Louisiana College                               Away                          W                          16 – 6

                                                                            “B” Team

Date         Opponent                                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

03/16/69  Pensacola                                                 Away                          L                           3 – 5

04/20/69  New Orleans Blues**                                              Home                          W                          17 – 8

04/26/69  Springhill College                                     Away                          W                            8 – 5

05/10/69  New Orleans Blues**                                              Away                          W                          17 – 8

*  Tulane Mardi Gras Tournament

**First year of the New Orleans Blues club formation.                    

Tulane University Rugby Club Results, 1969 – 1970 Season




                                                                                   “A” Team

Date                         Opponent                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

10/05/69  New Orleans Blues                                    Home                       W                           39 – 6

10/12/69  Springhill College                                     Away                         W                           11 – 0

10/19/69  Pensacola                                                 Home                         W                           16 – 6

10/25/69  Notre Dame University                            Home                         L                            12 – 17

11/02/69  Hammond*                                              Away                         W                           15 – 0

11/16/69  Pensacola                                                 Away                         L                            10 – 13

11/22/69  Memphis State University                        Home                         W                           42 – 3

11/23/69  Pensacola                                                 Home                         W                           15 – 13

12/07/69  Memphis State University**                    Away                         L                              3 – 6

12/08/69  Huntsville**                                            Away                         W                           26 – 0

02/07/70  Holy Cross University***                       Home                         L                              8 – 13

02/07/70  University of Wisconsin “B”***                             Home                         W                           25 – 0

02/08/70  Denver Barbarians***                             Home                         W                              8 – 3

02/28/70  Pensacola                                                 Home                         L                            11 – 21

03/01/70  Springhill College                                     Home                         W                           21 – 8

03/08/70  Hammond*                                              Away                         L                               6 – 11

03/21/70  Pensacola                                                 Away                         L                            Forfeit

04/04/70  Springhill College                                     Away                         L                               3 – 11

04/05/70  Hammond                                                                Home                         W                              8 – 5

04/11/70  Freeport (Bahamas)                                 Away                         L                               6 – 26

04/11/70  Freeport “A” (Bahamas)                          Away                         T                                   0 – 0


“B” Team

Date         Opponent                                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

10/25/69 Springhill College                                     Home                         W                           8 – 5

* The Southeastern Louisiana College Club became a city team for some time.

**The Liberty Bowl Rugby Tournament

***Tulane Mardi Gras Tournament

Maud’s History – Part 2 – NORFC 1973-74

The Early Years of Rugby in Louisiana:

The Tulane University and New Orleans Clubs, and Union Affiliations

PART 1:  Tulane University


Peter J. Maud

Part 2: The New Orleans Rugby Club:  1973 – 1974


The New Orleans club was founded in the Fall of 1973 primarily due to the fact that there were quite a large number of ruggers residing in the city who were no longer either eligible to play for the Tulane team, or having graduated from other institutions moved to the city for employment purposes. Bob Urann, Stan Smith and Peter Maud, all previous Tulane players, were the three players primarily responsible for founding the club. Others listed on the official club roster for that Fall of the first year included Fred King, Mike Martin, Barry Kennedy, Joe Hamby, Max Bishop, Charlie Monnot, Lawrence Williams, Tom Crosby, Joe Fox, John Nicol, Richard Odum, Barry Haney, Rick Fuchs, Dennis Fitzgerald, Robert Tuminello, Ken Roy, Mark Bergschneider, Richard Evans, Billy Goodell, Glen Wondergem, and Bill Cloud.

Although not listed on the roster for the Fall season, Mike Porter soon appeared on the scene and became the club coach for the next four years. A more complete description of his contributions to the club and to the state is to be found in the January 1978 edition of “Rugby” (2)

Over the next few seasons other players who became major contributors to the club included Segundo Fernandez, Bob Squires, Brian Travis, Crosby, Joe Hamby, Whit Oliver, Steve Davies, Dave Farrar, Doug Guth, Barry Johnson, Jim Rozek, Dave Jones, Harvey Hatfield, Grady Williams, Andre Pelser, Robert Markel, T. R. Rainey, and too many others to list.

New Orleans Rugby Club, 1973 – 1974 Season


A  photo  taken on September 15, 1973 immediately following the first game for the new club against L.S,U “B” team had the following team members:


Rear row left to right: Peter J. Maud, Bill Cloud, Bob Urann, Ken Roy, Tom Crosby, Max Bishop, Richard Evans, Bob Tuminello, Dennis Fitzgerald, and Glen Wondergem.


Front row: Lawrence Williams, Charlie Monnot, Barry Haney, Joe Hamby, Stan Smith, and Richard Odom.

The following are listings of games played by the New Orleans Club from Fall 1973 through Spring 1978. Data is unavailable for some seasons and any reader who is able to fill in either games played or game results is encouraged to contact the author.


Club Officers, 1973 – 1974 Season


President                                 Peter J. Maud                         Social Chairman                     Barry Kennedy

Coach                                      Michael Porter                        Treasurer                                                Charlie Monnot

Match secretary                      Lawrence Williams                 Captain                                   Bob Urann



(No match result data available.)


Date                         Opponent                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

09/15/1973              Louisiana State University “B”                Away                      

09/22/1973              Montgomery                            Home

09/26/1973              Pensacola                                 Away

10/06/1973              U. Southern Mississippi “B”    Home

10/13/1973              Tulane University                    Home

10/27/1973              Memphis                                 Away

11/10/1973              Springhill College                     Away

11/17/1973              Louisiana State University       Home

Maud’s History – Part 3 – NORFC Record 74-78

The Early Years of Rugby in Louisiana:

The Tulane University and New Orleans Clubs, and Union Affiliations

PART 3:  NORFC Records 1974-78


Peter J. Maud


New Orleans Rugby Club, 1974 – 1975 Season

Club Officers


 President                                                Peter J. Maud                         Social Secretary                      No data

Coach                                      Michael Porter                        Match secretary                      No data

Captain                                   Bob Urann                              Treasurer                                                No data



“A” Team




Played    20             Won   13,               Lost  7,                                    Tied  0,                   Pts. For  375,           Pts. Against  217 


Date                         Opponent                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

10/06/1974              Vanderbilt University                                                                  W                         28 – 9

10/12/1974              Crescent City                                                             L                            9 – 14

10/20/1974              Tulane University                                                      W                           22 – 6

10/26/1974              Memphis Wanderers                                                                  W                           30 – 20

10/27/1974              Memphis Old No. 7                                                  L                              6 – 11

11/02/1974              Louisiana State University                                         L                            15 – 37

11/16/1974              Springhill College                                                       L                            18 – 28

11/23/1974              Southeast Louisiana University                                                 W                           20 – 6

12/07/1974              Pensacola                                                                   W                           14 – 6

01/25/1975              Pueyrredon (Argentina)                                             L                            6 – 23

02/01/1975              Louisiana State University                                         W                           16 – 12

02/08/1975              U. Western Ontario (Canada)                                     L                              4 – 10

02/15/1975              Springhill College                                                       W                           14 – 0

02/22/1975              Crescent City                                                             W                              4 – 0

03/01/1975              Tulane University                                                      W                             45 – 6

03/08/1975              Southeast Louisiana University                                                 W                             13 – 0

03/15/1975              Memphis Old No. 7                                                   W                           18 – 0

03/29/1975              HMY Britannia (United Kingdom)                             W                           64 – 0

04/05/1975              Pensacola                                                                   W                           16 – 10

04/12/1975              Houston                                                                     L                            13 – 19

There was no “B” team during the first two years of club existence.

At the conclusion of the 1974 – 1975 season at the annual general meeting held in the Spring, the club constitution was formerly adopted. Items of interest from the by-laws included information relative to club fees ($15 per player per half season), club colors (gold jerseys with black letters, black shorts, and gold socks with black tops), selection committee (coach, captain and vice-captain), and composition of club officers as listed below.


New Orleans Rugby Club, 1975 – 1976 Season      

Club Officers


President                                 Peter J. Maud                        

Treasurer                                                Charlie Monnot

Secretary                                                Segundo Fernandez

Match secretary                      Grady Williams                     

Social Chairman                     Dave Farrar

Publicity                                  Bob Squires or Dave Jones (contradictory information – secretary vs. president’s reports)

Grounds keeper                      Steve Sallman

Coach                                      Michael Porter

Captain                                   Bob Urann  (Fall 1975)

                                                Tom Crosby (Spring 1976)

Vice Captain                           Jim Rosek




“A” Team


Played    24,            Won   18,               Lost   4,                   Tied   2,                  Pts. For   497,          Pts. Against   204 


Date                         Opponent                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

09/27/1975              Louisiana State University                       Home                         L                            3 – 49

10/04/1975              Memphis Old No. 7                 Away                         T                            12 – 12

10/11/1975              Mobile                                     Home                         W                           24 – 0

10/18/1975              Pensacola                                 Away                         W                           22 – 6

10/25/1975              Springhill College                     Away                         W                           12 – 6

11/01/1975              Tulane University                    Home                         W                           27 – 12

11/08/1975              Southeast Louisiana U.            Home                         W                           20 – 10

11/22/, 11/23/1975  Baylor University*                  Away                         W                           10 – 0

                                San Antonio*                                                             T                              6 – 6

                                Blue Goose*                                                              W                           14 – 0

                                Austin Huns*                                                            W                           10 – 0

                                Minneapolis*                                                             L                            6 – 12

12/06/1975              Houston                                   Home                         W                           58 – 0

01/17/1976              Pensacola                                 Home                         W                           39 – 0

01/24/1976              Tulane University                    Away                         W                           42 – 6

01/31/1976              Springhill College                     Home                         W                           22 – 0

02/07/1976              Crescent City                           Away                         W                           28 – 4

02/11/1976              HMS Danel (United Kingdom) Home                         W                           12 – 4

02/14/1976              Jackson                                    Home                         W                           36 – 0

03/13/1976              Mobile                                     Away                         W                           13 – 9

03/20/1976              U. of New Orleans                   Away                         W                           45 – 12

03/27/1976              Houston Old Boys                   Away                         L                             6 – 22

04/03/1976              Louisiana State University       Away                         L                            16 – 34

04/10/1976              Memphis Old No. 7                 Home                         W                           14 – 0

“B” Team


Played    17,            Won   12,               Lost   3,                   Tied   2,                  Pts. For   196,          Pts. Against   198. 

Date                         Opponent                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

09/27/1975              Louisiana State University “B”                Home                         L                            3 – 48

10/11/1975              U. of New Orleans “A”            Home                         L                            0 – 35

10/18/1975              Pensacola “B”                          Away                         T                            14 – 14

10/25/1975              Springhill College                     Away                         W                           30 – 0

11/01/1975              Tulane University “B”             Home                         W                             6 – 3

11/08/1975              Panama City “A”                      Home                         W                             7 – 6

11/15/1975              Crescent City                           Home                         T                              0 – 0

01/17/1976              Crescent City                           Home                         W                             7 – 6

01/24/1976              Tulane University “B”             Away                         W                           27 – 0

01/31/1976              Springhill College “B”              Away                         W                           30 – 0

02/07/1976              Louisiana State University “B”                Away                         W                              4 – 0

02/14/1976              Jackson “B”                             Home                         W                           20 – 0

03/13/1976              Panama City “A”                      Away                         W                           12 – 4

03/20/1976              U. of New Orleans “B”            Away                         W                           10 – 4

03/27/1976              Houston Old Boys “B”            Away                         L                              3 – 57

04/03/1976              Louisiana State University “B”                Away                         W                            12 – 11

04/10/1976              Memphis Old No. 7                 Home                         W                           11 – 10

New Orleans Rugby Club, 1976 – 1977 Season

Club Officers


President                                 Charlie Monnot

Secretary                                                No data                  

Treasurer                                                No data

Match secretary                      No data

Social Secretary                      No data

Publicity                                  No data

Grounds keeper                      No data

Coach                                      Michael Porter

Captain                                   No data

Vice Captain                           No data



“A” Team


Played    28,            Won   21,  Lost   4,                Tied   3,   Pts. For   583,   Pts.  Against   173. 

Date                         Opponent                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

09/12/1976              University of New Orleans      Home                         W                           50 – 0

09/18/1976              Memphis Old No. 7                 Away                         W                           23 – 9

09/25/197                                Southeast Louisiana University               Home                         W                           26 – 0

10/02/1976              Houston                                   Away                         T                            17 – 17

10/09/1976              Mobile                                     Home                         W                           38 – 0

10/16/1976              Tulane University                    Home                         W                           44 – 0

10/23/1976              Pensacola                                 Away                         W                           29 – 0

10/30/1976              Houston Old Boys                   Home                         W                           14 – 0

11/06/, 11/07/1976  University of Georgia              *              Away                         W                           24 – 3

Tallahassee*                            Away                         W                             6 – 3

Atlanta Renegades*                  Away                         L                              6 – 13

11/27/1976              Panama City                             Away                         W                           15 – 0

12/04/1976              Crescent City                           Home                         W                           12 – 0

12/11/1976              Louisiana State University       Home                         W                             4 – 0

01/22/1977              Tulane University                    Away                         W                           36 – 6

01/29/1977              Dallas                                      Home                         T                              0 – 0

02/06/1977              U. of New Orleans                   Away                         W                           48 – 0

                                Springhill College                                                       W                           24 – 4

02/12/1977              Mobile                                     Away                         W                           25 – 15

02/19/1977              Atlanta                                     Home                         L                              6 – 14

02/26/1977              Houston                                   Home                         W                           25 – 0

03/05/1977              Southeast Louisiana University               Away                         W                           8 – 3

03/12/1977              Jackson                                    Away                         W                           32 – 4

03/19/1977              Houston Old Boys                   Away                         L                            13 – 40

0326/1977                               Memphis Old No. 7                 Home                         T                            10 – 10

04/09/1977              Bermuda Renegades                 Home                         W                           16 – 3

04/23/1977              Louisiana State University       Away                         L                            8 – 25

04/30/1977              Crescent City                           Away                         W                           24 – 4












“B” Team


Played    17,            Won   12,                Lost   4,                   Tied   1,   Pts. For   305,   Pts.  Against   128. 


Date                         Opponent                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

10/09/1976              Mobile                                     Home                         W                           39 – 0

10/16/1976              Tulane University                    Home                         W                           13 – 0

10/23/1976              Pensacola                                 Away                         W                           16 – 0

10/30/1976              Houston Old Boys                   Home                         L                            14 – 20

01/22/1977              Tulane University                    Away                         W                           30 – 0

01/29/197                                Dallas                                      Home                         W                             9 – 4

 02/06/197                               U. of New Orleans                   Away                         W                           48 – 0

                                Springhill College                                                       W                           42 – 0

02/12/1977              Mobile                                     Away                         W                           4 – 3

02/19/1977              Atlanta Renegades                    Home                         L                            4 – 16

02/26/1977              Houston                                   Home                         W                           4 – 0

03/12/1977              Jackson                                    Away                         W                           31 – 10

03/19/1977              Houston Old Boys                   Away                         L                            13 – 40

03/26/1977              Memphis Old No. 7                 Home                         T                              0 – 0

04/09/1977              Bermuda Renegades                 Home                         W                           16 – 3

04/16/1977              Tulane University                    Home                         W                           18 – 8

04/23/1977              Louisiana State University       Away                         L                              4 – 24

*Atlanta Peachtree Tournament

New Orleans Rugby Club, 1977 – 1978 Season


Club Officers


President                                 Charlie Monnot

Treasurer                                                Richard Evans

Secretary                                                Jim Rosek              

Match secretary                      Robert Markel

Social Secretary                      Alan Breslin

Publicity                                  T.R. Rainey

Grounds keeper                      Anton Hajjar

Coach                                      Peter Maud

Assistant Coach                      Andre Pelser

Captain                                   Bob Urann

Vice Captain                           Stanley Smith



“A” Team                              


Played    21,            Won   11,                                Lost   10,     (3 additional games            were played but results are unavailable)

Date                         Opponent                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

10/01/1977              Jackson                                    Home                         W                           44 – 4

10/08/1977              Baton Rouge                            Away                          L                             0 – 10

10/15/1977              Houston                                   Away                          L                             4 – 25

10/22/1977              Houston Old Boys                   Home                          L                             0 – 22

10/29/1977              Tulane University                    Home                          L                              6 – 12

11/5, 11/6/1977       St. Louis Falcons*                   Away                         W                           16 – 3

                                Atlanta White*                                                           L                               3 – 4

11/12/1977              Louisiana State University       Home                         W                           26 – 0

11/19/1977              Mobile                                     Home                         W                           20 – 0

12/03/1977              Memphis Old No. 7                 Away                          L                           19 – 23

12/10/1977              Pensacola                                 Home                          W                          42 – 0

01/28/1978              Houston                                   Home                         W                           28 – 10

02/04/, 02/05/1978  Ohio State University**                                             L                              0 – 4

                                Iowa State University**                                             W                              6 – 4

                                Emory University**                                                                  W                           29 – 0

02/18/1978              Tulane University                    Away                         W                           12 – 4

02/25/1978              Jackson                                    Away                         W                           12 – 6

03/04/1978              Baton Rouge                            Home                         W                             22 – 6

03/11/1978              Memphis Old No. 7                 Home                         L                            No data

03/18/1978              Mobile                                     Away                         L                            No data

04/01/1978              Vancouver Rowing Club          Home                         L                              22 – 26

04/08/1978              Louisiana State University       Away                       No data                    No data

04/15/1978              Crescent City                           Home                       No data                    No data

04/22/1978              Pensacola                                 Away                       No data                    No data

*   Atlanta Peachtree Tournament

** Mardi Gras Tournament in Hammond, Louisiana.


“B” Team


Played    15,            Won    9,                                 Lost    6,     (3 additional games             were played but results are unavailable)

Date                         Opponent                                 Venue                      Result                      Score

10/01/1977              Jackson                                    Home                         W                           28 – 10

10/08/1977              Baton Rouge                            Away                         W                           16 – 4

10/15/1977              Houston                                   Away                          L                              8 – 30

10/22/1977              Houston Old Boys                   Home                          L                              6 – 28

10/29/1977              Tulane University                    Home                         W                              14 – 0

11/12/1977              Louisiana State University       Home                         W                           14 – 7

11/19/1977              Mobile                                     Home                          L                             0 – 4

12/03/1977              Memphis Old No. 7                 Away                          W                          11 – 4

 01/28/1978             Houston                                   Home                         W                             4 – 0

02/18/1978              Tulane University                    Away                          L                             0 – 3

02/25/1978              Mississippi State University    Away                         W                             6 – 4

03/04/1978              Baton Rouge                            Home                         L                              6 – 10

03/11/1978              Memphis Old No. 7                 Home                            W                                        No data

03/18/1978              Mobile                                     Away                         W                           No data

04/01/1978              Vancouver Rowing Club          Home                         L                            18 – 10

04/08/1978              Louisiana State University       Away                       No data                    No data

04/15/1978              Crescent City                           Home                       No data                    No data

04/22/1978              Pensacola                                 Away                       No data                    No data

(Authors Note: I think that I would be remiss if I failed to mention the short term contributions to the club during the Spring 1978 season of one of our subsequently renowned players. Eddie Murray, the Tulane University field goal kicker, came in to my office one day and expressed a desire to play rugby for our team. He had played a little in his home town of Victoria, Canada. He was welcomed aboard after assuring me that head coach Larry Smith had no objections. It was during a game in Jackson, Mississippi, that I witnessed the longest successful penalty kick that I have ever seen. We were awarded a penalty kick about 10 yards inside our own half. When I indicated to the referee that we were going for the goal he grinned like the proverbial Cheshire cat while the Jackson team began to laugh. The opposition was still laughing when the ball sailed between the posts with plenty of height to spare. The only published record that I have been able to find of Eddie’s post high school rugby career appeared in the February 24th edition of Tulane Hullabaloo which cites Murray as being the primary force that allowed the New Orleans club to defeat Tulane the previous week. He only played during the Spring 1978 season. Eddie went on to fame in professional American football. Initially drafted as the field goal kicker for the Detroit Lions in1980, he spent 19 years in the NFL, making two Pro Bowl appearances, and earning a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XXVIII as a member of the 1993 Dallas Cowboys team.)

Maud’s History – Part 4 – NORFC 74-78

The Early Years of Rugby in Louisiana:

The Tulane University and New Orleans Clubs, and Union Affiliations

PART 4:  Early NORFC Review


Peter J. Maud

In brief review of the first five seasons of club existence, it is interesting to note the increase in playing numbers as indicated by the development of a solid second team by the commencement of the 1975 – 1976 season. Probably the highlights of club occurred between 1975 and 1977 where the first team played a total of 52 games, winning 39, losing only 8, and tying 5, amassing a total of 1080 points for and only 377 against. The “B” team was equally successful during this time playing 34, winning 24, losing 7, and tying 3. The point’s differential was not quite as dramatic as they scored 501 for versus 326 against. 

This report would be incomplete without touching on some of the social aspects of the club. Perhaps one of the most notable contributions came from Bob Urann, Tom Crosby, and Dave Farrar when they founded Spilfters and Schmulchkins Rugger’s Pub on Frerret Street. This became the club HQ. It was where club members drank, sang, socialized, and even became an operating room where Dr. Stan Smith would provide free medical assistance (stitching, wound dressing etc.) to both the New Orleans club members and even to members of the opposition when requested. Stan was also famous for his 50 (well at least it seemed that long) verse rendition of “Eskimo Nell”! The choir was pretty good also! Club spirit during the early years resulted in many friendships that last until the present day.



This team photo was taken during the 1975/1976 season


Rear row, left to right: Don Gartside, Doug Guth, Richard Evans, Dave Farrar, John Nicol, Vern Peck, Jim Rozek, Steve Sallman, Peter Maud, Dave Kangha, Brian Travis, Barry Johnson, Grady Williams, Gary Boesh, Jim Trenton, Bob Squires, Dan Rodman.


Front row, left to right: Mac McCollough, Steve Davies, Tom Crosby, Lawrence Williams, Bob Urann, Harvey Hatfield,

Stan Smith, Charlie Monnot, Mike Porter, Segundo Fernandez.

Maud’s History – Part 5 – Birth of the Union

The Early Years of Rugby in Louisiana:

The Tulane University and New Orleans Clubs, and Union Affiliations

PART 5:  Regional Union Beginnings


Peter J. Maud


The Southeast Gulf States Rugby Association


A proposal was made in early October 1969 by Maud, at that time the coach of the Tulane University Rugby Club, to form an association of rugby clubs in the southeast Gulf States to further develop, and promote the game of rugby. A letter was mailed requesting that representatives from the clubs attend a meeting to be held on October 25th in New Orleans on the Tulane campus. (The reason for the proposed date was due to the fact that the Tulane Club was due to play Notre Dame that afternoon while the Tulane “B” side was scheduled to play Springhill College.) Invitations were mailed to the following clubs: Pensacola Rugby Club, the Southeast Louisiana College Rugby Club, Springhill College Rugby Club, New Orleans Blues Rugby Club, Louisiana State University Rugby Club, and Tulane University Rugby Club. It is interesting to note that Louisiana State University were invited but they evidently they did not form a team until the following year.

The meeting was duly held with Patrick DeLouise, from the Hammond Club (this may have been at a time when the Southeast Louisiana Rugby Club for a short time became the Hammond Club), Michael vonDeckbar and Alber Enos representing the New Orleans Blues Rugby Club, Michael Keyes and Peter Maud, the Tulane University Club,  and Gene Gerdes, independent. Although there were no representatives from either the Springhill Club or the Pensacola Club they gave verbal approval for the formation of the association. The following motions, as extracted from a letter sent to all relevant parties, were approved at the meeting:

1. That the general objectives of the association shall be to promote, encourage and organize the playing of rugby throughout the Southeastern Gulf States area.

2. That the officials of the association shall consist of a president, secretary /treasurer, and one representative designated from the clubs not represented by either the president or the secretary/treasurer. Therefore each club will be entitled to one vote.

3. That officials be elected on a one year basis at a meeting to be held in September or October of the playing year.

4. That the membership fee for individual clubs will be $10 per year plus a 25 cent per year individual team member fee for all players who participate in Southeastern Gulf States conference games.

5. That a Southeastern Gulf States Conference will be formed within the association and that each team entered in the conference will play one home and one away game with all other conference teams. (Specific rules for the conduct of conference games will be drawn up at a later date. Fixtures to be organized for the 1969-70 season prior to February 1, 1970)

Officials elected for the 1969-70 season were: President, Peter J. Maud, Tulane University Rugby Club, and Secretary/Treasurer Michael E. von Deckbar, New Orleans Blues Rugby Club.

Some of the other issues that were debated at that first meeting and subsequently at later dates either by mail or telephone included: publicity, clinics, laws of the game, representative fixtures, appointment of referees, penalties for cancellation of matches, punishment for players being sent off during a game etc.

Ultimately fixtures for all participating teams were arranged to be played during the Spring of 1970. As no results were recorded for the New Orleans Blues team it is assumed that the club had folded by then.

Game Results for the Spring 1970 Season


Date                                         Teams                                      Venue                      Winner                     Score


02/21/1970              Springhill    vs.   Hammond                     Springhill                 Springhill                 Forfeit

02/22/1970              Pensacola    vs.   Hammond                     Pensacola                 Pensacola                 Forfeit

02/28/1970              Tulane       vs.   Pensacola                       Tulane                     Pensacola                 18 – 11

03/01/1970              Tulane         vs.   Springhill                      Tulane                     Tulane                     21 – 8

03/01/1970                 Hammond    vs.   Pensacola                                  Hammond                                Pensacola                 19 – 3

03/07/1970              Pensacola    vs.   Springhill                      Pensacola                 Pensacola                 16 – 3

03/08/1970              Hammond   vs.   Tulane                          Hammond                                Hammond                                11 – 6

03/14/1970              Springhill    vs.   Tulane                           Springhill                 Springhill                 11 – 3

03/15/1970              Hammond   vs.   Springhill                      Hammond                   Not played

03/21/1970              Pensacola    vs.   Tulane                          Pensacola                 Pensacola                   6 – 0*

04/04/1970              Springhill    vs.   Pensacola                      Springhill                 Pensacola                 16 – 3

04/05/1970              Tulane         vs.   Hammond                    Tulane                     Tulane                       8 – 5

*This game was technically forfeited due to the Tulane team having an insufficient number of players.


Final Team League Standing for the Spring 1970 Season


           Team                            Played      Won        Lost         Tied         Points For     Points Against    

1st        Pensacola                          6             6           0             0                72                   17

2nd.=    Tulane                               6             2           4             0                49                   53

2nd =    Springhill                         5             2           3             0                22                   59

4th        Hammond                        5               1           4             0                19                  43

In a letter dated May, 18, 1970, Maud submitted his resignation as president of the association due to the fact that he was leaving the area and moving to the University of New Mexico in order to further his education. In that letter, on behalf of the Tulane Club, he nominated Jim Silverwood of the Pensacola Rugby Club to succeed him as president for the following 1970/1971 season. It was also requested that other clubs nominate a potential president of the association. This request resulted in only one response, from the Springhill Club, supporting the nomination of Jim Silverwood. Association files for the Spring 1970 were forwarded to Jim.

It is believed that Jim Silverwood left the Pensacola area and unfortunately the association did not survive.

The Louisiana Rugby Union


1974 -1976                    


The second attempt to form a coordinated association of rugby clubs in the Southeast came in the Fall of 1973 when Maud, upon his return to Louisiana, proposed to the Louisiana clubs that a local union be formed to regulate and promote the sport within the state of Louisiana. The Louisiana Rugby Union became a reality at a meeting held on April 22nd, 1974. Member clubs at that time included the Crescent City Rugby Club, the Louisiana State University Rugby Club, the New Orleans Rugby Club, the Southeast Louisiana University Rugby Club, and the Tulane University Rugby Club. At that time no decision was made as to which regional union the Louisiana Rugby Union would apply for membership.

Shown below is the initial Louisiana Rugby Football Union constitution as adopted in the Spring of 1974.








The name of this Union shall be the Louisiana Rugby Football Union.



It is the purpose of this Union to regulate the play of  Rugby Football in the state of Louisiana, to improve the standard of play, and to promote the growth of the sport.

                Activities of the Louisiana Rugby Football Union in support of these aims may include:

                1.  The coordination of scheduling among member clubs.

                2.  The organization of a Louisiana Rugby Football Championship.

                3.  The training, assignment, and supervision of referees.

                4.  The organization of representative teams as required for matches against other Unions or touring clubs.

                5.  The organization or sectioning of tours and tournaments.

                6.  The provision of other forms of assistance to member clubs as available.

                7.  Encouraging by any practiced means the formation of new rugby clubs in Louisiana.



                The Louisiana Rugby Football Union shall have sole jurisdiction over all games of Rugby Football played in the state of Louisiana.

                All games under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Rugby Football Union shall be played  according to the current Laws of the Game as approved by the International Board and published by the Rugby Football Union in England.


Membership in the Louisiana Rugby Football Union shall be open to all rugby clubs in the state of Louisiana upon payment of dues in the amount fixed by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Governors.



                The Board of Governors shall consist of one representative chosen by each member club, the President, the Secretary-Treasurer, and the President of the Louisiana Society of Rugby Referees.

                Except as hereafter provided elsewhere in this constitution, the Board of Governors may make regulations concerning the conduct of any rugby football game in the state of Louisiana.

                The Board of Governors shall hold regular meetings twice each year. A special meeting of the Board of Governors may be called at any time, appropriate notice having been given, at the  request of any two members.

                Fifty-one percent of the membership of the Board of Governors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.



                The officers of the Louisiana Rugby Football Union shall be the President and the Secretary-Treasurer.

                The President and the Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected by the Board of Governors at a regular meeting and shall serve for two years. Consecutive terms may be served.

                No individual shall simultaneously represent his club on the Board of Governors and serve as an officer of the Louisiana Rugby Football Union.

The President shall provide executive leadership in the activities of the Union.

The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Governors and may cast a deciding vote in case of a tie.

The President shall represent the Union in relationships with other Constituent Bodies or with civil governments.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall maintain an accurate and complete record of the activities of the Union.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall give adequate notice of meeting of the Board of Governors.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall coordinate scheduling of matches between member clubs and shall function as the Fixture Secretary of the Union with respect to arranging representative matches with other Unions or touring clubs.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall collect the dues of the Union, and all other funds payable to it, and shall pay all bills incurred by the Union.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a record of all income and expenditures of Governors, giving the condition of the treasury.




The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, the Secretary-Treasurer, and the President of the Louisiana Society of Rugby Referees.

The Executive Committee shall conduct the regular business of the Union.

It is authorized to take all such actions as will carry out the Union’s purposes and further its objectives, subject to the limitation that it may not spend, or contract to spend, more money than is actually in the Union Treasury without the approval of the Board of Governors.

                Two thirds of the membership of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.






The Louisiana Society of Rugby Referees shall be established as an organ of the Louisiana Rugby Football Union. The Society shall provide referees, to the extent possible, for all games played under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Rugby Football Union.

The Society shall have sole authority with respect to any questions concerning the interpretation of the Laws of the Game.



As Established by the Louisiana Rugby Football Union


1.  Dues for membership in the Union are set at $25.00 per year.

2.  The dates for the regular meeting of the Board of Governors shall be fixed by the Executive Committee and announced to the members with at least three weeks notice. Ordinarily, one meeting will be held in late April, at which time the officers are elected, and one meeting in early September.

3.  The playing year and the terms for all officers shall run from July 1 to June 30 of the calendar year next following.

4.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall call a meeting of the Fixture Secretaries of all member clubs in October of each year to arrange schedules among member clubs for the next playing year. That is, there will be a meeting in October, 1974, to arrange schedules for the 1975-1976 playing year.

5.  All member clubs must inform the Secretary-Treasurer of their complete schedules when finally arranged, but no later than November 30, even if there are some open dates. Thereafter, the Secretary-Treasurer must be informed of any changes or additions.

6.  The scheduling shall be so arranged that each member club plays other member clubs once each Fall and Spring, normally on a home-and-away basis, these to be designated as League Games. It is the responsibility of the home team to inform the Secretary-Treasurer of the results of each League Game. Points will be awarded for League Game results according to the following scheme: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. The team with the greatest total number of points in League Games shall be declared Louisiana Champion, except that in the event of a tie, co-champions shall be declared. A floating trophy shall be awarded each year to the Champion. Further games may be scheduled among member clubs, but any such games shall not be counted as League Games and shall not affect the Championship.

7. Any member club arriving late for a regularly scheduled game within Louisiana shall be fined as follows: $5.00 after 15 min. delay; $10.00 after 30 min. delay. If either team is not prepared to play one-half hour after scheduled time, the referee will decide, in consultation with both captains, whether to cancel the game or play as the teams stand. Any game cancelled under this provision shall be considered forfeited by the offending team.

8.  The Louisiana Society of Rugby Referees shall prepare, and the Secretary-Treasurer shall distribute to all member clubs, a detailed procedure for the operation of the Disciplinary Committee established by Article VIII of the Constitution.

9.  With the advice and consent of the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee will appoint selectors and a coach for any representative matches.

10. Attention is particularly drawn to the Laws applicable to the proper size and marking of grounds. This is the responsibility of the home team, and a referee may refuse to officiate, or a visiting team may, without prejudice, refuse to play on an improperly marked ground.

Several changes were made to the constitution and regulations following this initial draft.

It was not until a meeting held on Tuesday, December 3rd 1974, that the Louisiana Rugby Union voted unanimously to apply for membership within the Eastern Ruby Union. Subsequently at an E.R.U. meeting held in Philadelphia on March 16, 1975, the Louisiana Rugby Union was formally elected to Local Union membership in the E.R.U. At that same meeting Maud, who attended that meeting as an invited observer, was elected as a director to represent Louisiana. It is also of interest to note that at that meeting the Southeastern Rugby Football Union was also elected to Local Union status within the E.R.U.

Ironically a few days prior to the E.R.U. meeting, Maud had received a letter from Gerard Seymour, President of the Heart of America Rugby Football Union, requesting that he attend a meeting to be held on Saturday March 15th to discuss the formation of a proposed Western Rugby Football Union. By this time however, the decision to apply for membership within the E.R.U. had already been made.

An attempt was made in 1995 by Dave Shepherd, a member of the Southeastern Louisiana University Rugby Club, to form a Southern Rugby Union. He contacted clubs and unions from west Texas to Florida, with a tentative meeting set to be held on 24th May, 1995 in the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans. It is unknown as to whether or not the meeting actually took place but the proposed union did not materialize.

Elected officials (1974 – 1976):


President                                             Peter J. Maud

Secretary/Treasurer                                    Patrick De Louise

President of the Referees Society         Michael Porter

During the first year of the union’s existence a Louisiana Championship was held with each team playing home and away games against the other union members. Following is the championship final standing:

1. Louisiana State University R.F.C.

                                2. New Orleans R.F.C.

                                3. Southeastern Louisiana University R.F.C.

                                4. Tulane University R.F.C.

                                5. Crescent City R.F.C.

Three representative fixtures were played by the union between Spring season 1974 and the Fall of 1975. Results were as follows:

Date                        Opponent                                Match Result           Pts. For.                  Pts. Against            


01/23/1974              Club Pueyrredon (Argentina)                Lost                                    0                20

11/15/1975              Florida Rugby Union                                        Lost                                        7                10

12/13/1975              Texas Rugby Union*                                        Lost                                        3                38

*Although officially listed as a union representative fixture, Tulane had earlier indicated that their team members were unavailable due to end of semester exams. Likewise some of the L.S.U. players had also indicated that they were unavailable for the same reason. Some of the L.S.U. players were supposed to be available and were selected. A few days prior to the fixture being played several L.S.U. members withdrew from the team and on the day some were no shows. The net result was that the team was comprised entirely of New Orleans club members with the exception of one player from the Southeastern Louisiana University (Robert Tuminello).









The Following Represented the State of Louisiana at Rugby: 1974-1975.

                                Versus                                Versus                                                    Versus

                                  Club  Pueyrredon                         Florida                                                    Texas

                                  January 23, 1974                   November 15, 1975                 December 13, 1975

                            Louisiana 0, Pueyrredon 20             Louisiana 7, Florida 10                       Louisiana 3, Texas 38

Fullback                   D. Bare (L.S.U)                        D. Cohen (N.O.)                      P.J. Maud (N.O.)

Wings                      G Gerdes (Crescent City)         F. Perkins (L.S.U.)                   J. Rosek (N.O.)

                                F. Perkins (L.S.U.)                   S. Solliman (N.O.)                   D. Cohen (N.O.)

Centers                    J. M. Hamby (N.O.)                 L. Williams (N.O.)                   S. Salliman (N.O.)

                                P.J. Wylie (L.S.U.)                   C. Monnot (N.O.)                    C. Monnot (N.O.)

Fly Half                   C.L. Monnot (N.O.)                 E. Reinowski (L.S.U.)                              R. Tuminello (U.S.L)

Scrum Half              R. Urann (N.O.)                       L. Bratton (L.S.U.)                   R. Urann (N.O.)

Hooker                    T. Yokum (Tulane)                  T. Yokum (N.O.)                     T. Yokum (N.O.)

Props                       P. Dial (L.S.U.)                        R. Evans (N.O.)                       W. Oliver (N.O.)

                                M. H. Porter (N.O.)                  J. Lewis (L.S.U.)                      M.H. Porter (N.O.)

2nd. Row                  S. P. Davies (N.O.)                  R. Causey (L.S.U.)                   G. Williams (N.O.)

                                R. Causey (L.S.U.)                   R. Edmundson (L.S.U.)           D. Guth (N.O.)

Wing Forwards        T. L. Crosby (N.O.)                 T. L. Crosby (N.O.)                 S. Smith (N.O.)

                                P. J. Maud (N.O.)                     M. H. Porter (N.O.)                  D. Farrar (N.O.)

Number Eight          B. L. Haney (N.O.)                  M. Lawson (L.S.U.)                 B. Travis (N.O.)

Coach                      M. H. Porter (N.O.)                  M.H. Porter (N.O.)                   M. H. Porter (N.O.)

In the Spring of 1976 a match was arranged to be played between the Louisiana Rugby Union State team and a representative side from the Orange Free State (South Africa). All major arrangements were made including the purchase an official Louisiana Rugby Union plaque which was to be presented to the visiting team. Unfortunately just before the touring team was due to depart from South Africa, then President Carter, refused to allow visas to be issued. Obviously this was related to the apartheid policy in place in South Africa at that time.

Perhaps special mention should be made of the part played by the South African Consular staff in the development of the game of rugby within the state, particularly Arnold Du Pissani and Andre Pelser. Arnold was very instrumental in helping the initial development of the Tulane University team as a player (scrum half) and the team coach. At a later date Andre coached the Tulane team, and at one time also played for, and coached, the New Orleans club. He also coached both the Louisiana Select Team and the All Southern Team. The original Mardi Gras Rugby Tournament cup (The Andries Gobler Cup) was donated by the South African Consul.

Another individual who made a significant contribution was Michael Porter (2), a member of the Tulane University faculty, whose knowledge of the laws of the game, and his ability as a forwards coach (he coached the first three state representative teams) positively impacted the game within the state.

Others who played a significant part in the early development of the Louisiana game included Bob Urann, Stan Smith, John Healey, Dave Shepherd, and Max Simmonds who was very influential as a referee and coach. There were  too many others to individually identify. 

(Authors personal note: The Eastern Rugby Union, the parent body of the Louisiana Rugby Union, was originally founded in 1934 and played representative games against a visiting Cambridge University (England) team that same year and again in 1938. The next representative game by an All-Star ERU team was played against the Quebec Provincial Representative team in the Spring of 1962 in Montreal. I was a member of the Quebec team and had the misfortune to have as my opposite number Tony Madigan, an Australian 1960 Rome Olympic bronze medal light heavyweight boxer, whom, I believe, lost to gold medal winner Cassius Clay in the semifinals. Quebec, however, won the match!)

(Limited data only is available for the following four years. Any reader who has more detailed information, concerning representative fixtures and selected players in particular, is requested to contact the author in order to make this a more complete report.)


1976 – 1978


Elected Officials:


President                                                 David Shepherd

Secretary/Treasurer                                               Charlie Monnot

President of the Referees Society           Rick Odom

During this time several representative games were played. In the Fall 1976 a game was played between the Louisiana representative team and Georgia. The Louisiana team was the victor. (score ?) A game was played against the Florida Rugby Union on October 22nd 1977, with Louisiana winning by a score of 31 points to 12. This game was a part of the Southern ERU trials where a team to represent the Southern ERU against a Northern ERU select team was selected. Louisiana Rugby Union players selected to represent the Southern team included Bob Causey (Baton Rouge Rugby Club), Pat Dial (New Orleans Rugby Club), and Donnie Bratton, Joey Husband, and Frank Perkins (L.S.U. Rugby Club) with Bob Edmundson (Baton Rouge Rugby Club) and Andy Miles (New Orleans Rugby Club) selected as reserves.

The following represented the Louisiana Rugby Union in the game against Florida:

Fullback                   Kuykendahl                             Props                       Edmundson


Wings                      Foaster                                     Hooker                    Anderson


Centers                    Hampton                                  2nd Row                   Dial                                                                         

                                Garry                                                                       Causey

Fly Half                   Tuminello                                                Wing Forwards        Breen                      


 Scrum Half             McLean                                   Number Eight          Crosby




1978 – 1980


Elected Officials:


President                                                 Max Simmonds

First Vice President                                                Fred Romero

Second Vice President                             Ed Owens

Secretary/Treasurer                                               Charlie Monnot

Fixtures Secretary                                  Bob Causey

President of the Referees Society           Rick Odom

Highlights of the 1978 – 1979 season included state representative fixtures against the Palmetto Rugby Football Union (South Carolina) where the Louisiana side was victorious by a score of 36 points to 12, against a touring London Welsh team where Louisiana lost by 14 points to 9, and against the Greystones Rugby Football Club from Ireland with the touring team winning by 14 points to 6.

In 1978 Boyd Morrison toured South Africa with the U.S.A. Cougars and Bob Causey played for the Eastern Rugby Union representative team with Donney Bratton as a reserve.

Bob Causey subsequently played for the U.S.A. national team.

Several changes were made to the constitution during this period, including the addition of two vice-presidents and a fixtures secretary to the Executive Committee.

Maud’s History – Mardi Gras Tournie Part 6

The Early Years of Rugby in Louisiana:

The Tulane University and New Orleans Clubs, and Union Affiliations

PART 6:  Mardi Gras Tournie, Other Teams, & References


Peter J. Maud


The Mardi Gras Tournament


The first Mardi Gras Rugby Tournament was held in the Spring of 1968 and originally probably proposed by John Healey, who had been one of the prime founders of the Southeast Louisiana College Rugby Club the previous Spring. In order to make the tournament more attractive to visiting teams and to help with organizational issues, the Southeastern Louisiana club invited the Tulane club to co-sponsor the event. The preliminary games were to be played in Hammond on the Saturday and the final and semi- finals on Sunday on the Tulane University campus. The following year, due to differences of opinion as to the venue of the tournament, two separate tournaments were held, one sponsored Southeast Louisiana College and the other by Tulane University. Following are the results of the first twelve tournaments sponsored by the Tulane University club:

Results -Tulane University Tournament


Year                                        Winner                                    Runner-up

1968*                      University of Wisconsin                          Tulane University

1969                        Tulane University                                    University of Wisconsin

1970                        University of Wisconsin                          University of Waterloo (Canada)

1971                        Palmer College of Chiropractics                               Tulane University

1972                        Texas A & M University                         Tulane University

1973                        University of Indiana                                               Brown University

1974                        Potomac                                                   Austin

1975                        Pensacola                                                 University of Iowa

1976                        University of Wisconsin                          Blackthorn

1977                        San Antonio                                             Boston College

1978                        Tulane University                                    Bucknell

1979                        Vancouver Rowing Club                          University of Oklahoma

*Combined Southeastern Louisiana University and Tulane University tournament



Other Louisiana Rugby Clubs:


Southeastern Louisiana College/ Hammond/ Southeastern Louisiana University*.

New Orleans Blues

Louisiana State University

Loyola University

Crescent City Rugby Club

Baton Rouge Rugby Club

Fort Polk

(The University of New Orleans, and a team potentially called the Bayou Boys Rugby Club also tried to form but ultimately their members joined the Crescent City Club.)


*Southeastern Louisiana College gained university status and it is believed that they played as the Hammond Rugby Club  for a short period during this time.


(The Louisiana State University rugby club was founded in 1970 with the three principal players responsible for its foundation being Rob Haswell, a South African, Jay McKenna who had previously played in Maryland and Hal Rose who had prior experience with the Austin Rugby Club. In their first game the Louisiana State University team defeated the Tulane club by a score of 15 – 5. From its early beginnings  the club established itself as a rugby powerhouse in the southern part of the country and one of the better national collegiate sides as demonstrated by the fact that in 1972 it took third place in the 1st (unofficial) National Collegiate Rugby Championships. One of its early team members, Bob Causey, made a significant contribution to Louisiana rugby by being selected to play for the U.S.A. National Team, the Eagles. Further detailed information concerning the founding of this club would be better addressed by one of its early members although a brief history of the club can be found at their website: http:/ )


1. Keys, M, “The Rough, Rugged Road To Rugby” The Tulane Hullabaloo, Friday February 16, 1968

2. Maud, P.J., “Rugby Pioneer – Mike Porter” Rugby, Vol. 3, No. 8, January 1978

Jan. 14th – High School Teams Play First Official Matches

On Saturday, Jan. 14th, 2012, on the rugby pitch on the corner of Harrison and Marconi in City Park the high school rugby sides from Lake Area New Tech High School and the U-!9 Mississippi Rugby side clashed for both sides first ever official rugby match. Lake Area came out on top of the scoring with a 20-17 win, but both sides showed considerable rugby skills in their first outing.

Robert Markel, who has coached Jesuit High School since its first match a little over a decade ago, was on the sideline. He reflected on the first Deep South region high school rugby match ever. That match was between Jesuit and Brother Martin which was coached by Gary Giepert. The match was played on the “Rugby Field” in City Park. The field was developed with such drastically sloping sides that it was soon determined to be unusable. Markel recalled the match appeared like 30 kids chasing after the ball.

 It was obvious that both Lake Area and Mississippi Rugby had been well coached in the short time they had to prepare for their first match.

Lake Area coaches were Chance Doyle and Adam Ducoing. Both Doyle and Ducoing began their rugby career playing high school rugby in New Orleans, Doyle for Jesuit and Ducoing for Brother Martin. Ducoing went on to play for LSU. Doyle Both are currently playing members of the New Orleans RFC.

Mississippi Rugby’s coaches were Andy Cameron and Keith Bussolati. Cameron played for several seasons (Mobile) Battleship RFC and Bussolati played for the Army and University of Louisiville before moving back to his hometown of Biloxi.

Mississippi Rugby had their initial registration and practice on November 14th. Twenty five boys showed up. The initial motivation and energy to form the team came from Lori Sutherland. Lori had recently moved to south Mississippi from Utah. Utah is arguably the greatest state in the country for youth rugby. Her son had been playing for Davis County which regularly played the legendary youth rugby powerhouse Highland Rugby. On May 21st, 2011, in the national championship final Highland defeated Utah United by a score of 38-24 to capture their 20th national championship since 1980. On May 14th, 2011, a week before the national championships Davis County lost to Highland by a score of 20-17.

Below is an exchange of emails between Lori and local rugby player and coach Trip McCormick expressing the spirit which has supported this burst of youth rugby energy in the area this season.

Following this exchange of emails is a copy on an article about Lake Area New Tech High School that appeared in the Times Picayune and was posted on

Trip –

 Thank YOU!!!  That is why we love the RUGBY FAMILY — nothing but love & support.

 Hope to see you at a couple of games.

Great news!  We are set for our home games for South Mississippi rugby.  I was hoping the coaches of the 3 teams we are playing can e-mail me directly about times etc.  We can use the field here from 12:30 PM until 10:00 PM for those 2 Saturday games and Friday 7:00 PM til the lights go off at 10:00 PM.

 Also, a question about temporary goal posts?!  We decided to use PVC but wanted to get some feedback from ya’ll about the size or lets say minimum size requirement.  Talked to Jim Hirsh yesterday and he seems to think we can get away with no pads on the PVC as well…… true or false?!  Otherwise when I meet with Dick’s Sporting Goods for our sponsorship I will submit those as a request.

 Thanks again!!

 Lori Sutherland

MS Rugby Club

 Check out our website and the WLOX-TV piece that was done on Wednesday.  Pretty cool! 


Date: Friday, December 9, 2011, 9:41 AM

Just a quick thought from a former high school coach who has been forced into a (hopefully) temporary hiatus:

As your teams prepare to compete for the 10th Louisiana High School State Championship, I am as excited as I have been for Louisiana (and Deep South!) high school rugby since that first season of 2001-02. It’s great to see so many people taking the initiative and getting programs going where there’s a kernel of interest. 

To all the coaches/administrators of the new teams, especially, congratulations and thanks! I know it seems a little early for congratulations, but the most important step is simply deciding to get it going, and you’ve done that! To all the teams, good luck this season. I’m looking forward to the best season of Deep South high school rugby yet! 


Trip McCormick



First New Orleans public school team tackles rugby
Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012

As the high school rugby season prepares to kick off in mid-January, the New Orleans area has added its first public school rugby team: Lake Area New Tech Early College High School. The Catholic boys schools that already have teams have welcomed the addition with scrimmages and advice.

Lake Area New Tech scrimmaged against one of rugby’s local powerhouses, Brother Martin, at Pratt Park in December. The Lake Area New Tech Leopards held their own in a tighter game than the 19-5 score would indicate.

“After Christmas break you won’t be able to stop us,” said Troy Mack Jr., a senior who plays inside center for Lake Area New Tech.

Lake Area New Tech officials decided to join the Deep South Rugby league in September when senior Anthony Bertrand approached school counselor John Leitz with the idea of forming a team.

“We couldn’t have a football team because we were a first-year high school, and I just decided that we should play something that’s inexpensive, fun, and something new and different,” Bertrand said.

Although they’d never played rugby before, Bertrand and his friends were eager to put a team together.

Leitz called on the New Orleans rugby community for assistance in getting the Lake Area New Tech team started.

“The biggest thing I needed was some good experience in rugby and knowledge. Jesuit, Brother Martin and Audubon coaches and New Orleans Rugby have been huge in helping us get started and moving this forward,” Leitz said.

The Deep South Rugby League consists of 10 teams across Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.

Jerry Malina, head coach of the New Orleans Men’s Rugby team and assistant coach for Brother Martin, was one of the coaches who helped develop the high school rugby program 10 years ago.

“We have been stuck on six (teams) for a long time. That’s Shaw, Jesuit, Brother Martin, Rummel, Episcopal School of Acadiana and a team from Niceville, Fla.,” Malina said. “It is really the New Orleans Rugby league, but we have incorporated teams that have nobody else to play.”

New Orleans Rugby put the word out in the rugby community that Lake Area New Tech was putting together a team.

Adam Ducoing and Chance King Doyle signed up for the head coaching positions and are now tackling the challenges of the first-year team.

“It’s got its challenges because none of them have ever played and most of them hadn’t even actually seen the game before,  but they’ve really taken to defense,” Ducoing said.

Troy said the first order of business is for the team to get rid of its football mentality. Players are using material they have received from their coaches and from their own research.

“We’ve watched videos with the coaches, we read books and we print a lot of stuff up off the Internet,” Bertrand said.

“The rules are where they’re really struggling, but we have been giving them handouts on positions and how to hold your channels, and the more scrimmages we play the better we are going to get before the season,” Leitz said.

The Leopards have faced other start-up challenges. Originally practicing on a 20-yard vacant lot next to the school, the team now has Pratt Park as its practice field.

The team has overcome financial hurdles, and after the scrimmage with Brother Martin, the team won’t have any more issues with having enough players to make up a 22-player squad.

“After this scrimmage tonight, I’ve had about six other guys come up and ask what they need to do to play ­– we are seeing that interest growing,” Leitz said.

It’s a sport that’s easy to love, the players said. Everyone gets a chance to be involved, and the game is fast and aggressive.

“It is fast-paced, no stopping ­– and I like the fact that we can strip the ball whenever we want as long as we are standing up,” Bertrand said.

The Leopards are determined and focused on becoming one of the league’s powerhouses.

“We practice more than anyone, we practice four days a week ­– we have been working hard to catch up,” Leitz said. “We have to get into the top four to get into the state playoffs and there is no doubt in my mind that we will get there.”

2011-2012 Season Deep South Rugby Report

Below you will find various entries related to events that affected Deep South Rugby and members of the Deep South  RugbyCommunity during the 2011-12 season.

Sadly the season started with the passing of Tom Alderton on Sept. 24th in
Ft Walton. Tom had been the president of the Deep South Union in the 1990s and an integral part of Okaloosa Rugby holding many positions over the past couple of decades. He will be missed.

7 Selected Events from 2011-12 and then some
more stuff:

1. NORFC Green (B) side wins Div. 2 Men’s Natioanl Championship

2. Three New High School Teams in 2011-12

3. Cameron Falcon plays for USA U-20 that wins JWRT.

4.NORFC Gold (A) side advances to Round of 32  in first season in Div. 1.

5. Shake-Up in College Divisions/ LSU in Div. 1AA

6. French Quarter Fest & Tulane Reunion/Maud

7. DeepSouthRugby.Net Gets Press Credentials to
World Cup

I’ll start with Event #7, as that was the one I was most directly involved with,.  At the finals in Auckland as the French faced the All Black haka,  I scanned down the press table and there sandwiched between the signs for ESPN and Sky Sport was
the placard displaying the location for “Mulletwrapper/”.
Bucket list item checked off for this sports reporter.

(See 2011 Rugby World Cup link for articles from New Zealand.)

Event #6: Billy Goddell called together an incredible number of regional over-50 rugby players that formed 3 complete sides and competed in the  French Quarter Fest Masters Tournie. Tulane Old Boys (circa 72-79) reunioned on the occasion and Pete Maud  – one of the founders of Tulane (1967) and NORFC (1973) was on hand to accept a  ball signed by many players who had had the fun of playing  for Tulane or NORFC with Peter way back when . (See article in 2011-12 archive)

Event  #5 was therearrangement of college divisions that took place this seasonr. Perrenial DeepSouth powerhouse LSU moved down from the College Premiere Div  to an SEC-type Conference within the DIV. 1AA umbrella. That is an oversimplification of what happened in college rugbyrealignments in this season, but to move ahead …  In Montgomery on April 14th LSU lost to Florida (35-17) in the SCRC (Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference)semi-final. Florida beats TN in the final 22-14. Alabama lost 31-22 in their semi-final vs TN  (34-12). In Sweet 16 Florida lost to FSU, but TN came back as at-large team to the tournie beat  Maryland (47-13) and FSU (45-27) to advance to the Final 4. San Diego State beats TN in semi (25-12) and then lost to Davenport (39-0) in the final.

In the former premiere division now Div. 1A  Arkansas State lost 49-42 to BYU in Salt Lake City in front of a homecrowd of 8,733. In March 2011 LSU lost 58-0 to Arkansas State.

In Div. 2 Sewanee and East Carolina came out of Dixie and South divisions in the Deep South Union region. Neither progressed to Final 4 – East Carolina losing to Salisbury 41-9 in Round of 8. Salisbury lost 51 -12 to Lindenwood in the National Championship. Lindenwood is in St Charles, Missouri, and has an enrollment including graduate students of about 17,000.

Story #4 NORFC Gold A team after  winning the Div. 2 National Championship the year before moved up to Div. 1. They had a fantastic season and advanced to the national round of 32  losing to Chicago Lions 34-12 in New Orleans on April 29th . Chicago had moved down this year from the Super League. In their next match they defeated the Boston Irish Wolfhounds (43-5) . On day 2 of Play-Offs Chicago lost to Palmer (19-15). Palmer lost to Glendale in the semi-finals  and Glendale lost to Belmont Shore (another team moved out of Super League) 34-11 in the Final.

Story #3 : Three new high school teams formed and played
competitively 15 aside in the LA high school league. The teams were  Mississippi ( an u-17 club side based on MS Gulf Coast), Lake Area High School (New Orleans-based public charter school) and Audubon  (an u-17 New Orleans based club side) . (See articles on LA High School Rugby in 2011-12 Archive.)

Story #2: USA Rugby Men’s Junior All Americans (U-20s)
Cameron Falcon (LSU & Shaw) made the USA Rugby Men’s Junior All Americans that played matches in Canada May 23rd & 26th in preparation for the Junior World Rugby Trophy held in Salt Lake City June 18th-30th. Teams competining in Salt Lake City were USA, Canada, Chile, Russia, Georgia, Japan, Tonga, & Zimbabwe.

Cameron was the starting hooker in the USA’s defeat of Japan (37-33) to claim the championship. In pool play Cameron scored a try in the USA’s victory over Tonga.
Italy was the losing team in the next level of the IRB U-20 national tournaments (Junior World Championships) which was won by SouthAfrica in a 22-16 victory over New Zealand. Italy will now move down to the Junior World Trophy tournament and I have not yet seen a report on if the USA will be  moving up to the  Junior World Championship tournament.

Story #1 : One year after NORFC Gold claimed the Div. 2 National Championship the Green (B) side rolled into Glendale and thumped Tucson 36-8 in the semi-final and then Philly Whitemarsh 36-20 in the Final to claim the Div. 3 USA Rugby Men’s National Championship.

Other Stories from the 2011-2012 Season:

Men’s Div. 2

Birmingham defeated Nashville on April `14th (30-18)  in a US Rugby South Quarter Final. They lost to Naples (35-5) in the South semi-final.  Naples went on to lose to Montauk (NY) in national play-offs in double overtime 26-21.  Montauk did not make it to Final Four. Rocky Gorge (Mid-Atlantic Union)  took the Div 2 title defeating Wisconsin 37-26.

Rocky Mountain Youth Rugby Challenge

In June, 2012, a  Louisiana Youth A ll-Star team participated in the 12th Rocky Mountain Rugby Challenge. The team defeated Nebraska 24-20 and lost to Heart of America 26-20 and Wisconsin 31-5 before losing to Southern California in the 5th-6th place play-off.

June 12-16th, 2012 – USA Rugby South College
Women’s Select Side

Ariel Hector (LSU & Baton Rouge WRC) and Emily Loudermilk (Clemson) were selected to play in Glendale, Colorado for the USA South All Star team in the National All Star Championship.

May 5th, 2012 – South Select Side vs Bermuda

Brad Yandle (Ole Miss) and Brendan Smith (Birmingham) were selected from 52 players at South trial camp at Kennesaw State University for May 5th match against Bermuda national side. Bermuda was ranked 46th in IRB world rankings at the time of the match, Bermuda was using the match as a warm-up for 2015 world cup qualifier. That didn’t stop the USA South from handing the Bermuda National Team a 38-33 defeat. (See article in 2011-2012 for more accurate report on team selection and match.)

Jan. 2nd – USA Rugby South U-21 vs Cayman Islands

The following Deep South region players were selected to the USA Rugby South U-21 team that played the Cayman Islands on Jan. 2nd, 2012. Cayman Islands won 16-15.

Nathan Joseph – Tulane

Zack Bolsted – Auburn

Vaughan Blacksher – Univ. of South Alabama

Brendan Smith – Birmingham Vulcans

Benjamin Winiarcyzk – Auburn

Dec. 2-3rd – Dubai 7s

Corey Fredericks (NOWRFC Half Moons) was selected to the USA Women Eagles squad that played in the Dubai 7s. The Eagles finished 4th overall defeating South Africa 22-10, China 14-7, and losing to England 31-0 in pool play. They lost to Canada 36-0, and Australia 22-0 on the second day of competition.

Nov. 12-13th North American Caribbean
Rugby Association (NACRA) DHL 7s Tournament

Liz Carrier (NOWRFC Half Moons) played for USA Rugby South select women’s side that finised 4th in the tournament with 5 wins and 2 losses.

Jeff Reuther, Eric West, & Chance Doyle from NORFC played for the USA Rugby
South select team that finished 9th out of the 15 sides participating.

If you would like to make a correction or addition, mail to     This report was compiled by Tom “Croz” Crosby with input from many people.

New Orleans Rugby Foundation Bi-Annual Meeting Notes – December 28th, 2011

The third New Orleans Rugby Foundation Bi-Annual meeting took place on Wednesday, December 28th, at noon at Matt Murphy’s Irish House. This lunch meeting was open to anyone interested in the growth and improvement of rugby in the New Orleans area. The meeting was attended by approximately 20 members.

 The following topics were discussed:

I . Youth Rugby
A. Coaches
Requests was made to find volunteers to help Laura with coaching with this youth program. There were no volunteers at the meeting but we will keep looking. ( This was an overriding theme of this meeting Coaches needed and no volunteers available.)

II. High School Rugby
A. New Teams
There are four new teams in the Deep South High School League: Lake Area, Audubon, Baton rouge and South Mississippi. In addition, the principal at West Jefferson and the principal at the New Orleans Military and Maritime School have asked us to start a team. Tim falcon pointed out that Charter Schools in the New Orleans area are eager to start rugby clubs, see Lake Area and NOMMA above.
B. Field Usage Fees
As with last year there will be a $250 fee per team for field usage to help defray the costs of maintaining the two rugby fields in New Orleans.
C. Exposure to Men’s team
Ways were discussed to introduce high school players to the NORFC to promote good will. We will try to schedule two days of rugby to do so and have NORFC players make guests appearances at high school practices.
D. Days of Rugby
We will attempt to have two Days of Rugby at Pan Am Stadium on March 24 and April 21. Pan Am is available on March 24 and April 21 and is reserved for those dates.
E. Coaches
Coaches for Rummel, to help Buck were sought. It was suggested that some of the Rummel grads could help. Jarrett Falcon will speak to current members of the club who played for Rummel to see if they can help.
F. New Club Packet
Conrad Breit suggested the New Orleans Rugby Foundation prepare a ready made packet to give to high schools interested in forming a club. He was immediately put in charge of the task.
III. College Rugby
A . Coaches
Coaches for UNO and Southeastern were sought to re-energize these programs. Tim Falcon volunteered with the help of Geoff Ormsby and Seyi to talk to these universities to see if they would hire rugby knowledgeable teachers to form and coach a rugby club.
B. Exposure to Men’s team
Loyola may try to participate in the days of rugby and socials where the Men’s club and members of UNO, Tulane and Loyola were suggested. Geoff Ormsby suggested a few joint practices.

IV. Women’s Rugby
The Women’s rugby club is looking for coaches as well.

V. Men’s Rugby
A . Forwards Coach
The Men’s Rugby Club is looking for a full time forward’s coach. Steve Hazel was mentioned as a possibility but not a realistic one.
B. Communication, Schedules, Liaisons with other Rugby entities in the city
C. Referees
The need for referees was stressed in light of the expansion of rugby in the New Orleans area. Sam Brock suggested college students who have time and need cash. He will contact Steve Parrill to discuss this possibility.
D. Days of Rugby
See above.
E. Old Hickory
Old Hickory made a requests through Jim Hotard for the Rugby Foundation to pay for a set of jerseys for Old Hickory. The Rugby Foundation funds have been used exclusively for fields and associated facility (locker room) improvements. Each clubs equipment and uniforms are its responsibility.

VI. Fields
The Gretna field and the City Park field have been planted with Winter Rye seed and fertilized. Lobb’s Agricultural is presently doing the work and the Foundation spends approximately $7500 on these two fields to keep them seeded, fertilized and sprayed with herbicide. Mike Kerrigan will check with Glenn Bagert, a former player to see if he can do this work cheaper.

VII. Finances
Presently the New Orleans Rugby Foundation has a balance of $2300. Its only income is field usage fees and its expenses are the maintenance of the fields which runs about $7500 a year. Sam Farnet is trying to get the Azby Fund to donate funds to Gretna and City Park to pay for field maintenance.

VIII. Rugby Commissary Inc.
The NORFC is a 19% owner of the Rugby Commissary Inc. which owns the building at 2802 Belle Chasse Hwy. The building is rented to Ricky Templet who operates the Rugby Pub and Le BonTemps Catering from there. The building is fully paid for and the taxes have been paid this year. A new lease has been signed for 2012.
Gary Giepert

Giepert’s Report on Deep South Youth Rugby for 2011-12 Season

 Gary Giepert’s report on high school rugby to Deep South Rugby Union President Charles Dube for the Union’s 2011 AGM..
It has been a very exciting few months. I received calls and e-mails from approximately 5 students or parents regarding starting new high school rugby programs in the Deep South. In addition, I have been assured by J R Vendetto that Baton Rouge will have a high school rugby team this year. Baton Rouge has already participated in 3 or 4 7’s tournaments. Three of the calls I received were from schools in New Orleans, one was from the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain and one was from Ocean Springs, Miss.
The three schools expressing interest in New Orleans are Lake Area High School, New Orleans Military & Maritime Academy ,
and DeLa Salle. We are hoping to get two teams from these three inquiries. The school on the Norhtshore was Norhtlake Christian School from whom I have not heard back. Ocean Springs is going to be a multi-school club and had 25 players show up to its first practice.
We will have a scheduling meeting on December 2nd and anticipate having the following teams represented:
10) UPTOWN New Orleans
Games will be scheduled from mid January through mid April.

2012 Deep South High School Rugby Schedule





14 Br Martin v Niceville @ Mobile

 Lake Area v S. Mississippi @ City Park, N O

 Rummel v Audubon @ City Park  N O 

21 Audubon @ Baton Rouge

 Br Martin  v S Mississippi @ City Park, N O

 Rummel v Shaw @ Gretna

 Jesuit v Lake Area @ City Park

 Jesuit B v Br Martin B @ City Park

28 Niceville @ Ocean Springs

 Audubon v Lake Area @ City Park, N O

 Jesuit v Baton Rouge @ City Park, N O

 Br Martin v Shaw @ Gretna


2 Shaw v Jesuit @ Gretna

4 Audubon @ S Mississippi

 ESA @ Baton Rouge

 Jesuit v Jesuit of Dallas @ City Park, N O 

5 Lake Area v Rummel @ City Park, N O

9  Rummel v Jesuit @ City Park, N O

 Lake Area v Shaw @ Gretna

10  Baton Rouge @ S Mississippi

 Br Martin v Audubon @ City Park N O 

11 ESA v Niceville @ Mobile

14 Br Martin v Rummel @ Gretna 


25 Br Martin v Parkway United from St Louis @ City Park, N O

 Lake Area @ Baton Rouge

 S Mississippi @ Shaw


1 Audubon v Shaw @ Gretna

3 S Mississippi @ ESA

5 Rummel @ Baton Rouge

8 Br Martin v Lake Area @ City Park, N O

9 Br Martin v Shaw @ Gretna

10 Jesuit v Niceville @ Mobile

 Jesuit v S Mississippi @ Mobile

11  Rummel @ ESA

15 Br Martin v St Pius from Houston @ City Park, N O

17 Shaw @ ESA

Jesuit v St Pius from Houston @ City Park, N O 

 Lake Area v Niceville @ Mobile

18 Br Martin @ Baton Rouge

24 Br Martin v Lake Area @ City Park, N O 

 Br Martin v ESA @ City Park, N O

 S Mississippi v Rummel @ City Park, N O

29 Br Martin v Jesuit @ City Park, N O 


21  &22  A & B STATE TOURNAMENTS  @ City Park , N O