Archives for October 2013

NORFC History by Jack Tillay before 2013 Ireland Tour

The below history of New Orleans Rugby Football Club was written by Jack Tillay prior to NORFC’s tour to Ireland in Oct. 2013. Jack joined NORFC soon after the club’s formation in the 1970s and beyond playing served in many administrative positions. As the oldest prior president of the club on tour, he was asked to write a history.

 

NORFC went 3-0 on the tour defeating Wanderers (Dublin) 40-17, Garryowen (Limerick)) 34-17, and Galwegians (Galway) 48-14.

 

“A Team of Rivals”

A NORFC Club History

 

 

Louisiana Rugby began building in the late 60’s/early ‘70’s on the college campuses.  LSU, Tulane, Hammond (SLU), USL, SpringHillCollege in Mobile introduced young men to the sport and created a lifelong bond.  Although the sport relished and cultivated a reputation of ruffians and rebels, it is noteworthy that many if not most of the players were engineers, lawyers, doctors, River Pilots, military/USCG officers and professionals from many fields.  All that youthful energy needed an outlet and a home for our spirit of camaraderie.

 

Deep and profound rivalries began to build in the ‘70’s as these young players began to build Club Side Rugby with the Crescent City Rugby Club, New Orleans RFC and Baton Rouge Rugby and LSU Rugby Clubs.  Most of the clubs had enthusiast support for A, B sides and scrubs. The matchups were marked on calenders and well prepared for or a beat down would ensure.  New Orleans was also a popular location for nearby Rugby Unions in Texas, Florida and the Midwest as well as for international touring sides to seek fixtures. (Imagine That!).  New Orleans became the site for “The Battle of New Orleans” competition of Select Side Teams from the Military, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, ERU and Western Unions.  This competition held every January in the late 70’s/early 80’s allowed Louisiana to show its talent and acquire skills from high level play.

 

Louisiana began to experience a significant drain on talent and support in the early/mid ‘80’s as it was hit with a significant energy sector recession.  Teams could not build young talent as the state began experiencing an exodus rate of 10:1 for young job seekers.  The rugby teams began to merely cannibalize each others talent and some had difficulty just fielding A side traveling squads.  During the 1986 season CrescentCity and NORFC clubs began planning the unthinkable – a merger.  These fierce rivals combined and obtained player support from the Tulane, Baton Rouge RFC and others.  NORFC began to build under a coaching dedicated to winning championships not just showing.  One of our current “Old Boys” leaders noted “Once people get a taste of being a champion they don’t want to let it go.”  And Championships did come.  In 1989 the Austin Tournament Trophy came to New Orleans and we went back again in 1990 just to show it was no mistake.  More were to come.

 

In the 90’s, the experienced NORFC players began to build HS rugby teams. It seems youthful energy still needs an outlet.  Fierce competitions began between Jesuit, Brother Martin, Rummel, Holy Cross and ESA. In the year after “Katrina” devastated New Orleans the HS rivals combined to build a select side to compete in the National HS Championships.  Their parents drove them to practice from all over the state where they were refugees from the storm aftermath.  NORFC “Old Boys” coaches and club proudly supported these young men and their families in their dream. They were not taken seriously by their opposition in their first year as motleys.  Someone forgot to tell them – they won the 2006 National HS Championship

 

The young HS competitors began to feed LSU, ULL and other college sides.  Supported by rugby “old boy” coaches LSU began making regular trips to the college championship playoffs. They made the “Final Four” in 2012 while ULL was runner up in the 2010 National SCO final four championship.  They all got a taste of being champions and never let go of it.  These college programs and are still building for a National Championship bid. Many of these young players and former rivals now play for NORFC and have combined with other strong and welcome players to achieve a commendable record of National Championships over the past three years (Division II Championships 2011/2012 and Division I Runner-up in 2013).

 

The New Orleans “Old Boys” team of rivals continue to travel well with strong teams. The rival teammates are now from around the country and the world as are the fixtures (i.e. St. Louis, Seattle, Aspen, Caribbean, Vancouver, France, Italy, Scotland, and Ireland).  The cheers for tries, breaks and tackles are now blended with those for mates’ and children’s lives. It seems that the taste of lifelong friendship is hard to let go of, too.

 

Cam Falcon (Shaw, LSU & NORFC) Chosen for National Select Side in American Rugby Championship

 

USA Men’s National 15s coach Mike Tolkin squad for the
2013 Americas Rugby Championship was:

Forwards
Titi Lamositele – Prop – Saracens (on trial) Chris Sullivan – Prop –
Life University Nick Wallace – Prop – Olympic Club Shawn Pittman – Prop
– Seattle-OPSB Phil Thiel – Hooker/Prop – Life University Cam Falcon –
Hooker – LSU/Dublin University Danny Barrett – Flanker/Lock – SFGG Will Haydock – Lock – Seattle-OPSB Graham Harriman – Lock – Metropolis Trevor
Cassidy – Lock/Flanker – Old Blue Derek Asbun – Flanker/Hooker –
University of Cape Town Tai Tuisamoa – Loose Forward – OMBAC Liam Og
Murphy – Loose Forward – Boston Cam Dolan – Loose Forward – Life
University

Backs
Shaun Davies – Scrumhalf – Previously Glendale Raptors Chris Saint –
Scrumhalf – HARC Max D’Achaval – Flyhalf – Denver Barbarians Adam
Siddall – Flyhalf/Center/Fullback – Old Blue Chris Chapman –
Center/Fullback – NYAC Peter Moala – Center – E. Palo Alto Mile Pulu –
Center – SFGG Toby L’Estrange – Flyhalf/Center – NYAC Tim Maupin – Wing
– SFGG Mark Roberts – Wing – Chicago Lions Joe Cowley – Fullback – Life
University Ed Mills – Fullback – KC Blues

This team competed as the USA Selects, and full international caps
were not awarded. The Americans defeated Canada Select and Uruguay and lost to the Argentina Jaguars. The Uruguay team was the country’s
best players, while the Canadian and Argentina teams were squads of
the best available domestic players.

In the front rowfor the USA were Nick Wallace and Titi Lamositele, both young
props with a small number of Eagle caps who got their start (like
Pittman) at the Chuckanut Bay U19 program in northern Washington state.
Chris Sullivan from Life University, will also play prop, while Phil
Thiel and Cameron Falcon come in at hooker. Falcon is the
former USA U20 hooker who played this past season at Dublin University
after time at LSU.

(Above from info received from “Budzisz, Dominic J SSG US Army Resource Management NCOIC” <dominic.j.budzisz@afghan.swa.army.mil>

Cameron was  featured in a RugbyMag article on Oct 1st about the ARC tournament :

http://www.rugbymag.com/usa-men/9456-falcon-eager-to-show-skills-at-arc.html

The USA Eagles placed 2nd in the tournament losing to Argentina and defeating Canada and Uruguay. Cam Falcon didn’t start any of the matches, but was selected as a replacement for all matches.