Archives for December 2014

2015 LA/Deep South High School Rugby Schedule




Saturday 17

Jesuit v Br. Martin @ City Park

Miss @ St Paul scrimmage

Lake Area v NOMMA scrimmage @ City Park

Friday 23

Miss v. Jesuit @ Gretna 7:00pm

Saturday 24

West Jeff v NOMMA @ Gretna

Lake Area v Br. Martin @ City Park

Barbarians v Warren Easton @ City Park

Barbarians v Houma @ City Park

Saturday 31

West Jeff @ St. Paul

NOMMA v Houma @ City Park

Miss. @ Nicelville Jesuit v Lake Area @ City Park February:


Wed 4

Lake Area v Barbarians @ City Park

Friday 6

Miss. v West Jeff @ Gretna

Saturday 7

Shaw v Barbarians

Jesuit v. St Paul

Jesuit v Niceville @ City Park

Br Martin @ Houma

St Paul v Jesuit @ City Park

Tuesday 10

West Jeff v Shaw @ Gretna

Friday 13

Houma @ Miss 7:00pm

Saturday 21

Warren Easton v Jesuit @ City Park

NOMMA v Barbarians @ City Park

West Jeff v Houma @ Gretna

Lake Area v Niceville @ Springhill

Lake Area v. Miss. @ Springhill

Tuesday 24

Shaw v Br. Martin

Friday February 27

Warren Easton @ Mississippi

Saturday February 28

Jesuit v West Jeff @ Gretna

St Paul v NOMMA

Br. Marin v Christian Bros @ City Park

Lake Area v Houma

Lake Area B v Christian Bros B @ City Park

Barbarians @ Miss


Thursday 5

Jesuit v Shaw @ Gretna

Friday 6

Warren Easton v Lake Area @ City Park

Saturday March 7

Br. Martin v Niceville @ Mobile

Barbarians v West Jeff @ Gretna

Houma @ St Paul

Jesuit @ Miss

Saturday 14

West Jeff v Lake Area @ Gretna

Shaw v Warren Easton @ Gretna

Shaw v St Paul @ Gretna

Br Martin v White Station @ City Park

Jesuit v NOMMA @ City Park

Barbarians @ Niceville

Tuesday March 17

Lake Area @ St. Paul

Wednesday 18

Br. Martin v Warren Easton @ City Park

Saturday 21 DAY OF RUGBY

NOMMA v Lake Area

West Jeff v Niceville

Houma v Warren Easton

Barbarians v Br Martin

Jesuit v Shaw

Niceville @ St Paul

Tuesday 24

Shaw v Houma

Saturday 28 St Paul @ Miss.

Warren Easton v West Jeff@ City Park

Barbarians v Jesuit @ City Park

Br Martin v NOMMA @ Gretna

Shaw v Lake Area @ Gretna

Houma @ Niceville


Thursday 2 Shaw @ Miss.

Barbarians @ St Paul

Thursday 9

Shaw v NOMMA @ Gretna

Friday 10

Br Martin @ Miss.

Saturday 11

Jesuit v Houma @ City Park

Tuesday 12

Plate Semi -Finals

5 v 8

6 v 7

Wednesday 13

Cup Semi-Finals

1 v 4

2 v 3

Thursday 14

Bowl Semi-Finals

9 v 12

10 v 11

Saturday 18


Provided  by Gary Giepert


LSU Rugby: The Maryland Moon – November 1971


Editor Note: In the fall season of 2014 the LSU rugby team was suspended. Several players lost an opportunity to compete for a national championship in their senior year. The purported cause of the suspension was students of legal age drinking at a post match party. This violates university policy for university sanctioned athletic trips. The purpose of publishing Andy Pharr’s account of an LSU rugby trip is not to condone the activities described, but (in accord with a goal of this publication to preserve the history of rugby in the region) present a record of university reaction to student high jinks while on an athletic trip in the 1970s.

By Andy “Phar Lap” Short

In November 1971 we went up to Washington DC to compete in a seven aside comp. We had three vehicles, one driven by Bill McCloud with a bunch of guys who have never been out of the state. The other was a Uni station wagon with LSU logos on the side. Chris Simpson also had a car. McCloud’s car had a big sign “Washington or Bust” stuck across the back. They were as keen as mustard and when we left would race ahead.
However, in those days the Interstate system was incomplete and would terminate on country road. Well, McCloud and Company would race along the Interstate, but when it stopped, they would not know where to go. So, they would wait for us to catch up and follow us to the next section of interstate and off they would go again. When we finally got near Washington we told them to wait at the Lincoln Memorial. We finally arrived and found they had been driving round and around the Memorial for more than an hour waiting for us.

Pictured: Andy ‘Phar Lap” Short McCloud’s car getting ready to leave Baton Rouge. In photo (left to right) Clay MaCaffey, ?, Veron Wells (87), Lawrence Williams (kneeling) , Chris Simpson? (rear), Wandergem?, Jay McKenna, ?, Paul Jenkins, Boyd Morrison, Andy Short, Barry Haney, Bill McCloud (sitting), Gary Myers, ?.

The tournament was played in an area between the Lincoln Memorial and the White House. It was cold and wet and muddy on the field. We bombed out early. That night they had a party and award ceremony at the Ambassador Hotel in downtown Washington. The LSU team had been given purple and gold LSU tracksuits. So we all decided to wear these to the party. We arrived in those purple and gold tracksuits looking like a bunch of freaks from a circus and proceeded to act like a bunch of freaks.

Most of the other teams were Ivy League and quite smartly dressed in jackets, ties etc. with girlfriends to boot. Well, it didn’t take long for the LSU boys to make their mark. They had kegs of beer, which were rapidly consumed, the LSU crowd refusing to line up and jumping the queue. Then LSU’s “Baby Bull” (Vernon Wells – a big black player) decided he was cold and needed a new winter jacket. He went through the cloak room until he found one that fit.

Next, he and little Clay McCaffy did the Zulu Warrior dance where they take all their cloths off. You couldn’t see Wells through the crowd of co-ed’s wanting to be front row. During the award ceremony, we started flipping coins into the trophy, which didn’t go down well with the Ivy league crew.

Finally, we decided to pack down and charge the room using fake trees as a ram. Then someone started a fire alarm and the sprinklers started. People were riding the lifts up and down, and then the police and firemen arrived and we were all kicked out. I was taking a jug full of beer out with me when I slipped down the stairs smashing the jug. I ended up with just the handle in my hand. Once outside, we decided we had better find a bar. We went into the first one we found. It was awfully quiet for a bar. So I went up to the bar and ordered some beers. The barman started using sign language and we finally realised we were in a bar for deaf and dumb people. So then I resorted to sign language pretending to drink to order the beers. That worked.


Pictured: The LSU Sevens team & their colorful track suits at Lincoln Memorial


LSU moon

Next day, McCloud’s and Simpson’s cars loaded up and headed home and the rest of us in the limo (Rob Haswell, Jay McKenna, Prince Valiant (Lawrence Williams), Honeymoon (Bill Hamlin), McCloud and Paul Jenkins??) headed for New York. We wanted to watch the Wallabies who were going to play their first game ever in North America against an eastern All Star team at Downing Stadium on Staten Island. We stopped off at Arlington to see JFK’s grave. We stayed at McCloud’s aunt’s place. She was a child psychologist and lived alone in a big apartment that had kids’ toys all over the place. ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ a horror movie set in a similar apartment in New York, had just been released. So it was fairly creepy. We had a good time in NY. Went by the hotel where the Wallabies were playing and saw them in the lobby, rode the subway and got lost, went out to Staten Island and also went out to the Aqueduct racecourse with Rob being a big racing fan. He even picked a couple of winners, but we came out in the red. Then out to the stadium on the derelict Downing Island. it had a stand on one side and was a night game. It was cold with a cold wind blowing right down the pitch. The crowd of a 1000 or so huddled on the one stand. Richard Harris the movie actor was there. The first half was slow. Then the Wallabies woke up and ran away in the second half 23-3.

It was then the long 2200 km dive back to Baton Rouge. The day we got back I was called in by Campus Police about a reported mooning in a University vehicle, as had Rob and Jay. As it turns out, our University car had been reported for mooning an LSU Alumni on the Maryland Interstate (enroute to NY). The policeman in change, Luke McCoy, made the fatal mistake of interviewing Jay, Rob & I (separately) first. We then all met with the undergrads that night. So we had time to concoct a plausible story. We all stated that we had left the Seven’s tournament wet and cold and headed straight to NY and a couple of guys in the back had to get changed in the car, and possibly someone saw them changing as we drove along the interstate. We said we may have made a small ‘indiscretion’ that was interpreted as a moon. Well, did the cop get mad. He interviewed the three undergrads together while Rob, Jay and I waited outside. We could hear him screaming when one of then asked him to define a ‘moon’, a ‘pressed-ham’ and a ‘red-eye’. He finally kicked us all out in disgust at his failure to lay a conviction.

However, we still had to front the Dean of Men, a lovely old southern gentleman. He told us a story about how he had had a run-in with a southern cop and didn’t think highly of them. He then told us not to commit any more ‘indiscretions’ and sent us on our way.


 Pictured: In New York: Rob Haswell, Jay McKenna, Paul Jenkins, Bill Hamlin & Bill McCloud

 Pictured: Mooning was quite common on LSU road trips, especially when we had the University bus and a big back window. Rob or someone would call ‘Moon,’ especially if they saw someone or car on the road they didn’t like. Up would go the bums, usually three at a time. The call ‘technicolour moon’ meant one of the black guys had to be in the middle so you had white-black-white bums and moon.



Pictured: Mooning was quite common on LSU road trips, especially when we had the University bus and a big back window. Rob or someone would call ‘Moon,’ especially if they saw someone or car on the road they didn’t like. Up would go the bums, usually three at a time. The call ‘technicolour moon’ meant one of the black guys had to be in the middle so you had white-black-white bums and moon.

The 2014 Rugby Fall Internationals and the 2015 World Cup

What We Learned from the Fall Internationals about the 2015 World Cup and Some Mild Predictions

If you had predicted which teams will be facing-off in the quarterfinals on Oct. 17th and 18th ,2015, in Cardiff and London before the fall internationals, your predictions probably wouldn’t be much different now. But there are some hints about who might be advancing beyond the quarterfinals from the fall matches.

South Africa did what they came north to do – beat England in Twickenham (31-28 on 11/15/14). If they do at least that well in a little less than a year, that should get them through to the Final. Their pool (A) is the weakest of all four pools. By finishing top of the pool they will face the second place team from the “Pool of Death” (B) which will be Wales. Some folks will scream, “How can you say Wales? It will definitely be Australia. Australia beat Wales 33-28 in Cardiff less than a year before the start of the World Cup.”

Some Aussies might remark, “Hey Matey, no worries, but the second place team will be England because the first place team will be Australia. Get a beer, throw a shrimp on the barbie, and never mind that they beat us 26-17 not too long ago.”

The reason I am saying Wales is because before the Wales v Australia World Cup hook-up, Wales will have had 9 days rest following a skirmish with a Fijian side that barely scraped by the USA 20-14 on 11/21/14. Australia will have had only 7 days rest following a match in Twickenham against World Cup host side England.

New Zealand and Argentina should easily finish in that order in Pool C. The only possible wrinkle could be if Argentina takes Tonga too lightly as France did in their 2011 World Cup encounter. (France was very lucky in 2011). This finish will pit New Zealand against the loser of the Ireland v France match  (10/11/15) which will determine who is first and second in Pool D. The winner gets to play Argentina.

Here are my prediction for 2015 World Cup quarter final matches – and beyond : – )

Quarter Final October 17, 2015

Twickenham – Winner Pool C vs 2nd Pool D – New Zealand vs France

Millenium – Winner Pool B vs 2nd Pool A – South Africa vs Wales

Quarter Final October 18, 2015

Twickenham – Winner Pool D vs 2nd Pool C – Ireland vs Argentina

Millenium – Winner Pool A vs 2nd Pool B – England vs Samoa/Scotland?

Semi- Final October 24, 2015

New Zealand vs Wales

Semi-Final October 25, 2015

Ireland vs England

 The only two teams coming out of the 2014 Fall Internationals unbeaten were New Zealand and Ireland. Prescient? Probably not. In the 2010 Fall Internationals, if you count New Zealnad’s 26-24 loss to Australia in Hong Kong, there were no undefeated teams.

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