2008-2009 Deep South Rugby Report

Below are major events this year in the Deep South and reports on the Deep South teams who were the champions in their respective divisions and advanced to compete in regional play-offs.

In September the sad news of the death of Wayne Fontenelle (LSU, NORFC, BRRFC) deeply shook those who knew and loved him. (See article in Archive Issue 2).

The Deep South Rugby Union had several teams join this year. Baton Rouge Men’s & Women’s teams both joined after playing in the Texas Union for some years. For info on the BR Men’s season read below. The BR Women’s side will play its first season in the Deep South Union in 2009-2010.

LSU B side played a season in the Deep South Union. They captured the SEC B-side title.

Marion Military Institute played its first full season. They won their first match against Southern Mississippi 15-0 on February 14th by forfeit.

Niceville (FL) High School under the leadership of Dr. Ed Frisbee signed up to join the Louisiana High School League for the 2009-10 season.

Chris Liddy was promoted to referee grade B-3  giving the Deep South 2 of the 8 B-grade referees in the South Union. (See article in Archive Issue 2 for other referee promotions.)

The Deep South Union proposed a new constitution at its annual meeting in 2008. The Deep South Constitution has been redone, reworked and somewhat modernized and will be presented at the November 2009 AGM.  (See article in Archive Issue 2 for  information on the originally proposed Constitution.)

High School and Youth Championships

Rummel advanced to the finals of the USA Rugby South regional championships high school division. The Raiders lost 26-16 to Charlotte Catholic (NC). In the USA Rugby championships held in Pittsburgh (PA) Charlotte Catholic was blasted 50-0 by the reigning national champs Jesuit High School (Sacramento) who went on to recapture this year’s championship. Charlotte Catholic finished in 8th place losing the 7-8th place match 29-22 against St. Thomas (Texas).

In the U-19 youth club division Shaw lost to Highlanders (NC) in the semifinal 29-0. The Highlanders won the final beating Naples (FL) by a score of 21-7. At the USA rugby championships the Highlanders fell 31-15 to the perennial rugby power Highland Rugby Club (Utah) who went on to capture the title this year for something like the 19th year in a row. The Highlanders ended up 7th beating Union City (NJ) 11-7 in the 7-8th consolation match.

College

Div. 1

Although not playing in the (official) Deep South Union,  DeepSouthRugby.net claims LSU as a “spiritual member” of the Deep South rugby community. The Tigers had an incredible season advancing to the national quarterfinals. To get there they defeated Colorado State University 18-14 in Greeley, Colorado, to claim the Western Rugby Union University Div. 1 title. In the first match of the round of 16 the Tigers destroyed Utah University 47-5, but fell to San Diego State Aztecs 44-30 in a very tough quarterfinal match. San Diego State lost to Brigham Young University in the semifinals 31-13 and Brigham Young went on to claim the national title upsetting the University of California 25-20. (For more information on LSU’s fantastic season see 2 articles in Archive Issue 2.)

The Deep South Union has no Collegiate Div. 1 sides.

Div. 2

The Deep South has 2 Collegiate Div II teams, Ole Miss and Alabama.  Ole Miss won the Deep South/Mid-South bracket and was then defeated by eventual South runner-up East Carolina University.  After Western Kentucky pulled out of their playoff game against App State, the boys from Bama stepped up, putting a team together and traveling 8 hours on the 1st weekend of Spring Break.  They were defeated, but showed great effort in giving App State a playoff game with very little notice going in. App State would lose to University of Florida (19-14) and USF would be the South #1 seed to the Round of 16. East Carolina was the South #2 seed. In the Round of 16 East Carolina would fall (36-10) to Miami-Ohio who would then lose to Wisconsin in the Semi-final. USF defeated Colorado School of Mines 37-14 in the Round of 16, but would lose 32-17 to Middlebury College (VT) in the Quarterfinals. Middlebury would go on to defeat Wisconsin (27-10) and capture the national title for the second time in 3 years.

Div. 3

Tulane (Deep South West #1) defeated Mississippi State University (Deep South East #1) 22-13 on March 14th to advance to the regional play-offs. Tulane lost to Furman College 29-8 in Rugby South Div. III Final 4 match-up in Tuscaloosa. Furman had captured the Rugby South title 5 out of the last 6 years, but lost to Coastal Carolina University 13-10 in the final. Coastal Carolina went on to win the National Small College Div. 3 championship defeating SUNY-Oswego in Cherry Hill, NJ, on April 26th by a score of 36-15.

Men’s Div. 3

The Birmingham Vulcans traveled to Hilton Head (SC) on April 11th and unfortunately came up a little short (15-9) in the play-offs.

Pensacola Aviators hosted and defeated the High Country (GA) Rugby Club 38-21 on April 11th to advance to the Rugby South championships in Columbus, Georgia.  On April 25th Pensacola defeated Savannah 37-3 and then the next day captured the South Div. III title by defeating Hilton Head 27-11 in the finals. May 18th in Columbia (SC) Pensacola faced Danbury (CT) in the Round of 16 and lost 19-3. Danbury went on to beat Blacksburg (PA) 30-27 to advance to the Final 4. Pensacola won its consolation match 31-29 against Cleveland Eastern Suburbs.

On May 30th Danbury lost 37-12 in a national semi-finals match against Northern State (SD). Northern State went on to capture the National Div. 3 title defeating Beaumont(CA) 67-22.  Danbury lost its consolation match 49-10 to Middlesex (MA).

Men’s Div. 2

New Orleans RFC was the Deep South’s #1 seed. On April 11th they hosted and defeated Atlanta Old White B-side 42-5 to advance to regional play-offs in Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Baton Rouge RFC was the Deep South’s #2 seed. They traveled to Huntsville on April 11th and barely came away winners with a 1 point win (25-24).

At Ft. Benning NORFC lost to Krewe Rugby Club (Tampa) 26-10 in the semi-final and Baton Rouge defeated Jacksonville 24-17. In the finals Krewe beat Baton Rouge 33-22, but both teams advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals held in Columbia, SC, on May 16th. Baton Rouge lost to Indianapolis Impalas 53-12. The Impalas would go on to defeat Brandywine (PA), last year’s national runner-ups,  and advance to the Final Four.

In the national semi-finals on May 30th, Indianapolis fell to East Palo Alto by a score of 30-11. East Palo Alto went on to capture the national Div. 2 title defeating Albuquerque 46-22. Indianapolis won the consolation match in overtime (43-38) beating Lancaster (PA).

The Deep South has no Division 1 sides.

Deep South Women’s

The Deep South will seed at least one Women’s Club Div II team to the South LAU Championships in October, something that has not previously ever occurred in the Deep South.  This team has the chance to represent the South TU at the unofficial Div II Women’s National Championships.

Thanks to Charles Dube and Stephen Parrill for information for this report.

If you have other information you would like added to this report, send it to deepsouthrugby@hotmail.com

Dugan and the Black Crowes

By Fran Thompson

About 15 years ago some teammates of mine from my days of playing rugby for Battleship went to a rugby tournament in Atlanta and came back with tales of seeing Chris Robinson, the lead singer of The Black Crowes on the sidelines. They said that Chris’ father played for the Atlanta Renegades Rugby team. They also mentioned that Chris made the right decision to play music instead of rugby as his 119 pounds might not last too long in such a rough game.

Saturday I saw a man named Mike Dugan that I played against back in the early 1980s. Dugan was the youngest player in the first season of The Atlanta Renegades. I asked him about the connection with The Black Crowes. Dugan told me that Stan Robinson, the boys’ father, had been a founding member of the club and that the children, Rich and Chris had indeed grown up along the sidelines of Renegades Rugby.

Dugan then told me this story.

As the summer of Chris Robinson’s junior year of high school was approaching Chris asked Dugan, who owned a bar, if he could work as a busboy/dishwasher/anything for the summer to make some money. Dugan told Chris that his waitresses usually bussed their own tables and that the bartenders did most of their own dishwashing but Dugan said ok, the waitresses could tip him out and Dugan would be glad to not have to wash dishes. A few weeks later Chris Robinson called Dugan and thanked him for the opportunity but let Dugan know he wouldn’t be working at the bar for the summer because he had gotten together with some guys and they were going to give their music a try. Dugan says he is so glad Chris didn’t come to work because he had wild waitresses that would have taken that young boy to places so deep he would not have wanted to climb out of and may have never become the Rock star we know today.

DeepSouthRugby.net & the Approaching 2011 World Cup

By Tom Crosby

DeepSouthRugby.Net attended the qualifying match between the USA and Canada in Charleston on July 4th. I’m sure readers have heard the USA won that one (12-6) and then lost in Edmonton (41- 18) and now has to battle Uruguay home and away in (probably) November for a World Cup slot. If they lose the aggregate point total in the Uruguayan matches they will still have one more chance at a spot. To get the last spot they will need to beat first whomever emerges runner-up of the 2010 Asian 5 Nations Cup.  (Japan will probably win so runner-up would be someone like Hong Kong,  Arab Nations, or Kazakhstan. Yes, we might need to get past Borat.) After winning that,  we would need to beat (home and away) the winner of a European-African play-off system. The African play-offs are down to a final between Namibia and Tunisia. The winner of that match-up in November will go to the World Cup and the loser will face the team that emerges out of a multi-tiered European play-off system –  probably Georgia. Odds seem to be favorable for us to ease past Uruguay as we did to get a spot in the 2007 World Cup and avoid the Asian clash to get to the winner of the Africa-Europe match-up.

The USA v Canada match in Charleston was excellent. DeepSouth.Net publisher (Fran “The Man” Thompson) and I sprang for the VIP tickets (only $104). The tickets came with buffet and free drinks prior to the match. We got to the grounds early to find the area relatively deserted, so we got Fran’s incredible wife, Michelle, to drop us a couple of miles away at a bar where there seemed to be some rugby activity.  While there we met up with DC area (West Potomac RFC) rugger John  Kimmer and family. John and I shared stories and our passion for experiencing World Cup rugby in the country where it is happening. The Kimmer’s gave us a lift to the pitch and eventually back to our hotel in Charleston, and we looked forward to meeting up again in New Zealand in 2011.

  The US certainly showed up to play and my only complaint is the match seemed to end way too soon. The official report was there were 3,800 fans there.  We heard the capacity of the stadium which is home to a pro-soccer side was 4,000. It was no where near half full, so it would be interesting how they came up with the 3800 number. The VIP ticket let you have your pick of seats along mid-field and Fran said he had never had such a great seat for a match at this level. He was right behind the Eagle bench and could smell the sweat and feel the players’  determination  as the Eagles defeated the Canadians for the first time since June 2005. I wandered between the press room (which was practically empty with one Canadian journalist, one guy from a Charleston paper who had never seen a rugby match before, and a couple of USA Rugby folks) and the clubhouse where the soccer oriented bar crew kept me well lubricated as we watched the match on television and I explained what was happening.

Thoughts from Fran:

“I wrote a report to Battleship about the Atlanta Renegade guys we met who were waiting on an order of  “What Would Major Dan’ do?” shirts.  I’d be interested to  know if there was a post game party under the tent. My other great memory was of the bunch beside me on the 40 yard line lower section. About 80 of ’em were on their feet screaming the entire match. Their repeated E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles chant reminded me of my Philly football roots. Great stuff.

I thought the fitness level of the players was definitely at the International level. The pace was incredible, especially considering the 100 degree weather and 100% humidity. The Canadian scribe you mentioned referred to the level of play as sloppy. But I saw great defense on our part and crushing contact throughout the match. It was probably the best seat I’ve ever had for any sporting event. But the section was only about 25 percent full even though nobody was collecting tickets. You are right. It went by way too fast, especially since we hightailed it out of there so quickly, even though I had a cooler of perfectly cold beer in John’s trunk.”

I recall a few months back there were complaints about the USA not bidding to host the 2015 World Cup (which England will host) or the 2019 World Cup (which Japan will host), but if we can’t get more than a couple thousand people out to watch our own national team in a World Cup qualifier we have a long way to go before we are ready to host the Big Show. I’m aware that the Cape Fears 7s tournie up I-95 was a conflict and a tough choice for many ruggers and fans, but I still contend that the Charleston turn-out indicates the decision to not invest energy in bidding on the World Cup was the right one.

About a year ago I wrote semi-promising regular reports about rugby development in Honduras where I had just started a teaching job. There wasn’t much to report. I reffed one middle school touch match which seriously inflamed my plantar fasciitis. The kids borrowed my ball a few more times. As far as I know that was all the rugby played in the country. Currently I am back in Honduras with my rugby ball next to my emergency bag ready to high tail it to the Guatemalan border if the political situation deteriorates much more. If I leave it will place serious financial strains on my intention to take September-December off in 2011, but the wife and I were able to put $10,000 aside this year for our New Zealand World Cup Fund, and we should be able to find something to keep us in pupusas and ceviche until our flight leaves for Auckland .

Any Deep South Rugger, Hugger, or fan interested in info on tours to New Zealand World Cup, email deepsouthrugby@hotmail.com

Billy Goodell – The Early Years

            At the New Orleans Fest Master’s Tournie in 2008 I saw Billy Goodell again after probably close to 25 years. The first thought that crossed mind was, “This has got to be Goodell’s son.” But no –  it was Billy, and he was the same old ‘rugby whore’ picking up with whatever side had a spot, chatting with everyone on the sidelines, organizing the over-50 match, and looking forward to the party. Below is a small piece of his memories, legend, and parties from his beginnings in the sport that has kept his body and spirit young.  

            He started playing in spring of ’72 at Spring Hill College. Bob Markel was playing then, along with Harold Hardin of Mobile and Freddy Schwartz who later played for Crescent City. Springhill had a great team, playing in the finals of the Univ. of Florida tournament (losing to Notre Dame by a point in the finals, and beating U of Florida, U Mass and Cornell to get to the finals.). At the Hammond Mardi Gras Tournament they lost to LSU in the finals by a drop goal by LSU’s South African coach, Rob Haswell.

            At the time there were teams at Pensacola (the Navy Seals made up most of the team). They ran 5 miles every morning in the sand and were big big big boys to top it off. Birmingham was a very good team led by Krebs Brothers and Joe Pierson who later played for Mobile. Birmingham played on a football field that had the most unbelievably soft turf. It was like a carpet. They were big German men for the most part and tough opponents, Florida State ( mostly football players in their spring off-season) were fucking HUGE. LSU had some great talent (Haswell, Big Red, Barry Haney, Bill Bratton). Springhill also played strong Tulane and Hammond sides.  Matches were generally played in the center of campus in front of the school student union (LSU Parade Grounds, Tulane Quad) and well attended on Saturday afternoons.

            His second season at SHC was tough.  They lost most of the team to graduation and  did not do that great. They scheduled the Galveston Tournament in the spring and did not send a team. Billy was so hooked he went anyway and had his first of many “whore out” rugby experiences. He played with Skunk Creek of Ames, Iowa, who had  a pretty good team but no scrumhalf, so he was their scrumhalf for the tournament. They played Texas A&M who was top team in the south by reputation. Again, HUGE men. Skunk creek was mostly a college side, Iowa State and a few others. They lost a close game to Texas A&M, then lost another close match to LSU. They  beat a Texas team from Galveston and some other team.

            Although his memory fails him a bit on who was the fourth team he played against as a pick-up scrum half over 35 years ago, he does remember the party like it was yesterday. It was in a big hall like a VFW kinda place. Tulane Rugby stole the show and won the party. Some Tulane kid had found a piece of driftwood resembling a large penis, curved to the left with little roots at the base resembling pubic hair. Tulane makes an entrance to the party in a big ball and they start chanting “root, root, root” and then they open up their little pack and this kid has the “Root” between his legs and is stroking it like a porn movie  king in time with the escalating volume and cadence chanting of “root, root, root” by his teammates. Then they spray shaving cream on the root as he strokes it. They go all around the hall doing this , Then they exit and in a couple of minutes they return with 5-6 players naked, shaving cream from head to toe, the “abominable snowman” routine. They went around the room, left came back with ALLL Tulane players naked , toilet paper stuck up their ass crack and dangling down to the floor and trailing behind them, they then lit the paper – ”human torch “ routine. They went around the room like this exited and came back again al nude, in the classic “elephant walk”. The entire place was mesmerized and waiting each and every entrance after the root routine. Tulane easily won the party.

            And almost 4 decades later you can still find Billy “rugby whoring” at a tournament, enjoying as many games as he can, and looking forward to celebrating the sport he loves with the many friends he’s made over the years at the party..

                                If you have any Billy Goodell stories (or stories of other Deep South Ruggers who need immortalizing) send them to  deepsouthrugby@hotmail.com.

Pensacola Rugby Road Trips

By Fran Thompson

Smoke, Jack & Bobby,

I’m going to start posting Pensacola rugby stories on my deepsouthrugby.net website. I’m ccing you guys because Bobby was telling Elf stories when here, Smoke was pretty much my only connection when I moved over from NOLA, and Jack has done an incredible job of keeping us in touch. Feel free to add, improve, edit, etc.. as there have been lots of beers consumed between then and now,

I lost his address again. But I know Elf Gone Bad is running a base in San Diego.

P.S. – Saw Doug Dassenger at the Bob Dylan concert up the street from me on Friday. He’s married to a beautiful girl named Margaret and has added about 15 pounds of muscle to his torso. Mentioned Ft. Laud. to him. Also saw Burke Willborn’s mug in the Gulf Breeze News. The cutline ID’d him as the assistant wrestling coach at GBHS.

Fran the Man

Favorite P-Cola RFC Road Trips

I never actually fought at the post-match party. I hate fighting and I’m not good at it. But twice I quick punched people. It’s pure coincidence that both times were in the middle of incredibly great Pensacola RFC road trips. I also saw a no-talent named Danny Brasso from Crescent City RFC for no reason at all walk up and pop a NORFC prop named Mike Guzzio at a rugby party around 1981. Also, coincidently. Guzzio, a teammate, once punched me in a game with the explanation that a week earlier, I told girls we were trying to pick up that he was gay. So be it.

The First Punch

Anyway, I punched a 2nd row I earlier played against in the parking lot outside a bar in Memphis. I was bruised from playing two games, and he pushed me a bunch of times for who knows why. I think we lost the first game close and dominated the second. I popped him and then turned towards a waiting Navy van full of teammates heading back to shower at the Memphis Navy Base. I didn’t think anyone saw it. But an Old Number 7 flanker I had played in the Battle of New Orleans with busted me. I apologized, of course, and tried to say it was an accident. I’m glad the Memphis boys didn’t hold a grudge, as we partied with them later on Beall St ‘til the bitter end.

The military guys flew a military plane to Memphis and Mikey Owens, Little Bobby, a pilot who wanted hours and I drove over to Hurlburt Field in Mary Esther and flew in a rented piper. Everybody going to Memphis chipped in about $15 and that paid for it all. That sounds noble on the Navy guys part. And it was. But it should be mentioned that we did only have 15 available players. We all played both games. Pat Lein, a centre, propped in front of me in the first game. The Navy boys met us at the base with two vans and we were all able to stay free at the base that night. The two guys piloting the planes Sunday a.m. were the designated drivers on Saturday night. Little Bobby pulled out a bottle of rum as soon as we were airborne Sunday a.m., and Mikey and I helped him polish it off before we touched back down. I don’t know for sure. But we easily could have met most of the guys from the team at Rum & Reggae and/or the Shaker on the way back to the beach.

The Second Punch

I also punched a guy at a rugby party in Tallahassee. He was not a rugger, just a drunk guy I egged on, I said hello – that’s it – to a girl coming down steps near the entrance to The Moose/Antlers(?) on Tallahassee Ave. A guy behind her started screaming about kicking my butt. He was really hammered and kept coming towards me. I could have walked back into a bar full of ruggers. But I just stood there and watched him continue to walk towards me. When he was in front of me, I smacked him and hightailed it back inside the bar. After a bit, a couple of the FSU ruggers I was eating pizza with said the guy was outside screaming about killing me. They asked if I wanted them to go out and smack him again. I said no thanks.

This was early in the party at a perfect college bar. We smeared FSU twice. Their football team was hosting Michigan State later that evening, and the joint was electric. Great fall day. Free beer flowing. Rugger huggers everywhere. I even had money to buy a couple rounds of pizzas. We had the perfect side to take advantage of all that. I think Gene Agate was our captain, Jeff Sands our coach and Elf Gone Bad our unquestioned leader for the ages.

I ended up back at our hotel – directly adjacent to the bar – the next morning thinking I’d been stranded when Paul Cotter pulled up in his muscle car. We blew back to P-Cola Beach in less than three hours, splitting a case of Busch on the way.

I wasn’t there for the highlight of the road trip. But I did, for a bit, save the AP story from the paper. it seems our guys were invited to a sorority party at an apartment complex where they were beer bonging and carrying on as usual. At one point, they started an elephant walk towards the balcony just when the balcony packed with people crashed into the ground below. Luckily, nobody was in the doorway below. But there was blood and about 30 injuries. We had a few casualties from guys who were on the balcony already, and one Elephant walker (I think it was Chuck O’Neil) was standing in the doorway, jewels in hand, looking down at the crying hordes. I’m told Elf Gone Bad was in the middle of it all standing proudly and cooling things down with a beer bong that he had placed over a broken water main.

Every party with that team was a major celebration. Our two headed Commander – Elf Gone Band & Glasser – , and the crew of misfits they led, deserve their own chapter in my team’s history. For on those Saturdays when we made it happen, there was nowhere else I would’ve rather been and nobody else I’d would’ve rather partied with.

2009 Deep South Spring Schedule

Deep South Spring Schedule

Jan 12 (Tuesday Night)

UNT @ UWF

Jan 16th

Jan 23

Ole Miss @ Miss St.

Oka @ Panama City

Tallahassee @ P’cola

Jan 30

P’cola @ Panama City

Feb 6

Columbus @ Panama City

Tallahassee @ Oka

B’ship @ Jackson

New Orleans @ Baton Rouge

Feb 13 Mardi Gras

Miss St @ Alabama

Panama City @ Tallahassee

Feb 20

Tenn @ Miss St

Georgia @ Ole Miss

Oka @ P’cola

Memphis @ Jackson

B’ship @ Baton Rouge

Feb 21

Tenn @ Alabama

Feb 27

Auburn @ Ole Miss

Panama City @ Oka

P’cola @ Tallahassee

Bucks @ B’ham

Jackson @ New Orleans

Mar 6

Alabama @ Ole Miss

Auburn @ Miss St

Columbus @ Oka

Panama City @ P’cola

High Country @ B’ham

Little Rock @ New Orleans

Baton Rouge @ New Orleans

Mar 13

Oka @ Tallahassee

New Orleans @ B’ship

Jackson @ Baton Rouge

Mar 20

Tallahassee @ Panama City

Columbus @ P’cola

Athens @ B’ham

Baton Rouge @ B’ship

Memphis @ New Orleans

Little Rock @ Jackson

Mar 27

Columbus @ Tallahassee

P’cola @ Oka

B’ship @ New Orleans

2008-2009 Deep South Rugby Report

By Tom Crosby

2008-2009 Deep South Rugby Report

Below are major events this year in the Deep South and reports on the Deep South teams who were the champions in their respective divisions and advanced to compete in regional play-offs.

In September the sad news of the death of Wayne Fontenelle (LSU, NORFC, BRRFC) deeply shook those who knew and loved him. (See article in Archive Issue 2).

The Deep South Rugby Union had several teams join this year. Baton Rouge Men’s & Women’s teams both joined after playing in the Texas Union for some years. For info on the BR Men’s season read below. The BR Women’s side will play its first season in the Deep South Union in 2009-2010.

LSU B side played a season in the Deep South Union. They captured the SEC B-side title.

Marion Military Institute played its first full season. They won their first match against Southern Mississippi 15-0 on February 14th by forfeit.

Niceville (FL) High School under the leadership of Dr. Ed Frisbee signed up to join the Louisiana High School League for the 2009-10 season.

Chris Liddy was promoted to referee grade B-3 giving the Deep South 2 of the 8 B-grade referees in the South Union. (See article in Archive Issue 2 for other referee promotions.)

The Deep South Union proposed a new constitution at its annual meeting in 2008. The Deep South Constitution has been redone, reworked and somewhat modernized and will be presented at the November 2009 AGM. (See article in Archive Issue 2 for information on the originally proposed Constitution.)

High School and Youth Championships

Rummel advanced to the finals of the USA Rugby South regional championships high school division. The Raiders lost 26-16 to Charlotte Catholic (NC). In the USA Rugby championships held in Pittsburgh (PA) Charlotte Catholic was blasted 50-0 by the reigning national champs Jesuit High School (Sacramento) who went on to recapture this year’s championship. Charlotte Catholic finished in 8th place losing the 7-8th place match 29-22 against St. Thomas (Texas).

In the U-19 youth club division Shaw lost to Highlanders (NC) in the semifinal 29-0. The Highlanders won the final beating Naples (FL) by a score of 21-7. At the USA rugby championships the Highlanders fell 31-15 to the perennial rugby power Highland Rugby Club (Utah) who went on to capture the title this year for something like the 19th year in a row. The Highlanders ended up 7th beating Union City (NJ) 11-7 in the 7-8th consolation match.

College

Div. 1

Although not playing in the (official) Deep South Union, DeepSouthRugby.net claims LSU as a “spiritual member” of the Deep South rugby community. The Tigers had an incredible season advancing to the national quarterfinals. To get there they defeated Colorado State University 18-14 in Greeley, Colorado, to claim the Western Rugby Union University Div. 1 title. In the first match of the round of 16 the Tigers destroyed Utah University 47-5, but fell to San Diego State Aztecs 44-30 in a very tough quarterfinal match. San Diego State lost to Brigham Young University in the semifinals 31-13 and Brigham Young went on to claim the national title upsetting the University of California 25-20. (For more information on LSU’s fantastic season see 2 articles in Archive Issue 2.)

The Deep South Union has no Collegiate Div. 1 sides.

Div. 2

The Deep South has 2 Collegiate Div II teams, Ole Miss and Alabama. Ole Miss won the Deep South/Mid-South bracket and was then defeated by eventual South runner-up East Carolina University. After Western Kentucky pulled out of their playoff game against App State, the boys from Bama stepped up, putting a team together and traveling 8 hours on the 1st weekend of Spring Break. They were defeated, but showed great effort in giving App State a playoff game with very little notice going in. App State would lose to University of Florida (19-14) and USF would be the South #1 seed to the Round of 16. East Carolina was the South #2 seed. In the Round of 16 East Carolina would fall (36-10) to Miami-Ohio who would then lose to Wisconsin in the Semi-final. USF defeated Colorado School of Mines 37-14 in the Round of 16, but would lose 32-17 to Middlebury College (VT) in the Quarterfinals. Middlebury would go on to defeat Wisconsin (27-10) and capture the national title for the second time in 3 years.

Div. 3

Tulane (Deep South West #1) defeated Mississippi State University (Deep South East #1) 22-13 on March 14th to advance to the regional play-offs. Tulane lost to Furman College 29-8 in Rugby South Div. III Final 4 match-up in Tuscaloosa. Furman had captured the Rugby South title 5 out of the last 6 years, but lost to Coastal Carolina University 13-10 in the final. Coastal Carolina went on to win the National Small College Div. 3 championship defeating SUNY-Oswego in Cherry Hill, NJ, on April 26th by a score of 36-15.

Men’s Div. 3

The Birmingham Vulcans traveled to Hilton Head (SC) on April 11th and unfortunately came up a little short (15-9) in the play-offs.

Pensacola Aviators hosted and defeated the High Country (GA) Rugby Club 38-21 on April 11th to advance to the Rugby South championships in Columbus, Georgia. On April 25th Pensacola defeated Savannah 37-3 and then the next day captured the South Div. III title by defeating Hilton Head 27-11 in the finals. May 18th in Columbia (SC) Pensacola faced Danbury (CT) in the Round of 16 and lost 19-3. Danbury went on to beat Blacksburg (PA) 30-27 to advance to the Final 4. Pensacola won its consolation match 31-29 against Cleveland Eastern Suburbs.

On May 30th Danbury lost 37-12 in a national semi-finals match against Northern State (SD). Northern State went on to capture the National Div. 3 title defeating Beaumont(CA) 67-22. Danbury lost its consolation match 49-10 to Middlesex (MA).

Men’s Div. 2

New Orleans RFC was the Deep South’s #1 seed. On April 11th they hosted and defeated Atlanta Old White B-side 42-5 to advance to regional play-offs in Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Baton Rouge RFC was the Deep South’s #2 seed. They traveled to Huntsville on April 11th and barely came away winners with a 1 point win (25-24).

At Ft. Benning NORFC lost to Krewe Rugby Club (Tampa) 26-10 in the semi-final and Baton Rouge defeated Jacksonville 24-17. In the finals Krewe beat Baton Rouge 33-22, but both teams advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals held in Columbia, SC, on May 16th. Baton Rouge lost to Indianapolis Impalas 53-12. The Impalas would go on to defeat Brandywine (PA), last year’s national runner-ups, and advance to the Final Four.

In the national semi-finals on May 30th, Indianapolis fell to East Palo Alto by a score of 30-11. East Palo Alto went on to capture the national Div. 2 title defeating Albuquerque 46-22. Indianapolis won the consolation match in overtime (43-38) beating Lancaster (PA).

The Deep South has no Division 1 sides.

Deep South Women’s

The Deep South will seed at least one Women’s Club Div II team to the South LAU Championships in October, something that has not previously ever occurred in the Deep South. This team has the chance to represent the South TU at the unofficial Div II Women’s National Championships.

Thanks to Charles Dube and Stephen Parrill for information for this report.

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