2011-2012 Articles

South vs Bermuda

The below email and article were received from Kevin Kitto on May 8th, 2012.
On Saturday I was pleased to be the President of USA Rugby
After many many years of going to the ITT Tournaments and
always being on the losing side and then last year losing to
Mexico and then winning in Jamaica I felt good. Let me tell
you all this last Saturday playing Bermuda National Team
rated 48th in the world I wondered what would happen.
The article explains it all and even though it was a long long
wait it was worth every minute. All of the players made me
proud to be from the SOUTH.
Kevin Kitto
South Rising
Two weeks ago, most of the USA South rugby team didn’t even know each other.
That didn’t stop them gaining a momentous 38-33 victory over the Bermuda
national team on Saturday, May 5th in Atlanta, however.
In a game played in record heat at Life University, there
were some very exciting exchanges and a see-saw match that kept the crowd on
the edge of their seats until the full-time whistle as the South defeated
Bermuda, the current North American and Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA)
title holders ranked 48th in the world by the IRB.
Following stirring renditions of both countries national
anthem, the match – billed as a warm-up for Bermuda’s World Cup qualifier in
two weeks time – started at a frantic pace in 88 degrees. The South defended
stoutly for 10 minutes after numerous Bermuda assaults and eventually broke out
to score the first try. Bermuda’s tactics were beginning to become obvious with
a good kick-and-chase game plan to the sidelines in order to engineer a
powerful driving lineout, a plan that ultimately yielded them four tries on the
Back-to-back tries by the South’s exciting backs led to a
17-7 score at the 20-minute mark, but then a converted try and penalty by the
visitors locked the scores once again. The last 10 minutes of the stanza
exemplified the tightness of the match with both teams scoring well-orchestrated
tries and conversions to tie it up at 24-24 at the break.
The second period began with a flourish of penalties, and the respective goal
kickers traded kicks to go to take the score to 27-27 and then 30-30. As the hot
and humid conditions took their toll on the players, points became hard to
find. A penalty to Bermuda gave them a three-point advantage with just 10
minutes left on the clock. Again the South withstood some strong Bermuda raids
and managed to get field position to score the match-winning try with two
minutes to go for a 38-33 victory.
Try  scorers,
Justin Smith (Greenville) Jeff Reuther (New
Orleans) Amir Khan UNC Chapel Hill, Mu Cabbel ( Georgia Southern)  Derek Wolfe ( Nashville)
Kennesaw State University’s magnificent club sports
facility in North Atlanta staged the selection trials for the South men’s rugby
select camp just two weeks ago. Over 50 players spanning from all the southern
territories attended the arduous two day camp, culminating in a final game
against the strong Atlanta Renegades of whom a number of their players earned
selection in the 25 man squad.

The coaching staff of Dave Conyers, (Kennesaw State), Jody Hensley (Middle
Tennessee State) and Rene Daniel (Georgia Tech) who all guided the South U21
tour to Cayman Islands earlier this year had just 26 hours to formulate the
squad. Having a depth chart three deep on positions made up of many DI men’s
and college players realized a very competitive team.
An unexpected feature – not by design – meant that eight southern states and
all six territorial unions had representation, giving a true reflection and
flavor of America’s south.
With no chance of a training session or practice until the team assembled on
Friday afternoon on the weekend of the match, we were very fortunate in that
the ethos of rugby provides a ready-made bed of friendship and understanding –
key elements in the formulation of a team’s chemistry.
The team assembled and trained for two and a half hours on Friday after players
travelled up to 12 hours to reach Atlanta. Another one-hour session Saturday
morning completed the team’s paper thin preparation.
This represents the third match played by USA South
against NACRA (North America Caribbean Rugby Association) opposition, a loss to
Mexico  being followed by a win v Jamaica
and now Bermuda. South also took part in the Caribbean sevens in Barbados.
The team
RICKY STREETER                           RENEGADES
Big thanks to Life University for their generous hosting,
to DNA sports for donating the kit SERRS for supplying excellent officials and the
South Board for financial support.

Billy Goodell’s French Quarter Fest Rugby Tournie Wrap-Up Report

French Quarter Festival Tournament RECAP:

The New Orleans French Quarter Festival is a Thursday-Sunday event held on the banks of the Mississippi overlooking the french quarter. It is a free event and the bands are the best New Orleans has to offer. Funk, soul, blues, jazz, cajun/zydeco. all of the top restaurants are a short walk from the music stages, and additional performances continue into the wee hours at the bar music venues.The time of year is perfect weather-wise. Lows in mid to low 60s and highs in upper 70s to low 80s, with a dependable breeze coming from the south across the river. I can not remember it ever raining for this festival. Also, coastal saltwater fishing for speckled trout and redfish is in its peak at this time and charters are reasonable. 30 minutes from New Orleans and you are in prime “sow ” trout territory.
Sorry, but as you can tell I am high on the extra curricular opportunities for FQF Tournmnet participants.


This rugby tournament was first played in 2006, I believe, and  is the brainchild of Tim Falcon, longtime New Orleans and former LSU prop.
It is a one day play affair, to allow participants to enjoy the fest and all the rest that New Orleans has to offer.
Last year served as the backdrop for the New Orleans v Crescent City rugby (cross town rivals) “bury the hatchet” match.
This year coincided with the Tulane University Rugby Reunion. Pete Maud, the founder of the Tulane team in 1967 and the New Orleans squad in 1973, was honored with an autographed leather ball and dubbed great grandfather of New Orleans rugby. Nostalgia ran rampant as several former green wave ruggers, including  Fred King and Ty Yokum, took to the pitch again after 30+ years in hibernation. In addition Tulane had dozens of ex ruggers designated with “spectator in the rain” status, including Billy Merritt, Fran Thompson, Jerry Cave, Bill Schwartz, Jack Adams, Henry Hahn, Bob Uhrann, Bob Edmundson,Tom Crosby,  and Maud. Other spectaors in the rain (non-Tulane) included: Ronnie Virgets, Gene Gerdes, TR Rainey, Monte Lunn, Philip Lachin, Mark Neeb(sorry I didn’t get to say hello mark), Harpoon Midkiff who ended up playing anyway, Robert Socha, Steven McGinity, Mumbles Moore, Timmy Martin, Chris Gillen, and Jack Mauer.
Although typically this tournament has been “masters”, or simply over 35, for the first time this year it was decided to allow an over 50 exhibition match to promote over 50 rugby in the gulf coast area. The system is simple,  every over 50 player shows up , pays 20 bucks, and is randomly assigned to one of two teams. This had been successfully done at the 2011 Battleship tournament for the first time, to go along with their 35+ division that has been played at that tournament for years.
The plan for this years’ tournament changed when the Virginia Cardinals notified tournament Director Dale Thayer that although they could not muster an over 35 team, they would be sending an over 50 side. This was a tournament changer, to get a team of Virginia’s caliber to attend with the first ever over 50 division squad. It also raised the bar of the level of over 50 rugby from social to top level competitive.
The over 50  teams were Virginia, New Orleans Vieux Garcons (old boys en francais), and a third motley team calling themselves Les Bons Baissers, ( if you go to a french dictionary this would translate “the good kissers”, but every frenchperson knows it means good fuckers (thanks to ORB Sweetpea for that name). Les Bons Baissers were ably coached (herded like cats?) by Sweetpea, who was injured but showed up nonetheless. Le Bons Baissers had players from many different sources: a sizeable Mobile Battleship Old Boy contingent including Lars Grenade, Kahley Malloy, Dean Wood, Dale Wood, Greg “Keg” Roberts,  and Doug “Dougby” Bryant;  Florida Old Boys Henry Hemstead and Jerry Razer;  ex LSU stalwart(Phil Aucoin); ex ole miss forward Tim Joffrion; over 50 newbie Henry Roop, SLU oldsters Sam Hyde and Claude Lowe;  and some vieux garcons switch hitting whores.
Enough name dropping.
The first match between Vieux Garcons and Virginia started promptly at 9. Virginia was at the pitch at least an hour before match time, stretching, warming up, and going over plays and assignments. Les Vieux Garcons arrived at a more leisurely pace….. up to about 15 minutes before match time….. but were ready to play when the whistle blew. The game started out with several knocks,drops, and missed opportunities by both sides. Virginia however proved  opportunistic (scored on quick line out while Vieux Garcons were trotting to the lineout), overall much fitter and much younger. They only had 18 players though and never seemed to tire of the fast pace they set. They constantly supported the ball and continued to make passes in some excellent multiple phase attack rugby. Vieux Garcons had several breaks, and penetrated deep into Cardinal territory several times, but simply could not finish off any of them… Despite herculean efforts by Sam Farnet , Gary Giepert, and JR “Podnuh”Vendetto. Final score 27 Virginia, Vieux Garcons 0.
The next match pitted Les Bons Baissers v Les Vieux Garcons. I don’t recall the score, but Vieux Garcons won something like 4 tries to 2.
The final 50+ match of the day, Les Bons Baissers v Virginia was not pretty for the goodfuckers against a clicking on all cylinders Cardinal squad. Final score something like 50-10.
Hats off to the Cardinals. They came to town and took care of business. As those of us who play them in Aspen and Fort Lauderdale know, you need to bring your “A” game to beat them and anything less will just not be enough.

In the 35+ division, participating teams were New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Memphis, and Texas ROT. The finals pitted Baton Rouge v New Orleans. However, New Orleans forfeited and Baton Rouge hauled home the hardware (many of the Vieux Garcons  and also played on the 35 squad and after 4-5 games were simply too exhausted, crippled, or buzzed (or all of the above??) to play another.

In summary, the tournament was a good one, everyone had all the rugby they could ever care to play in a day at age 50. Free beer on the pitch all day long. Shoulder dislocations, torn biceps, pulled groins, but nothing serious.

The tournament will reconvene next year, and all who have an interest in a good time with a day’s worth of good rugby thrown in needs to get this one on your calendar. Send me your email address if you were not getting my group emails.

For over 50 rugby to continue to grow and provide adequate opportunity for those interested in reviving long lost rugby careers, simply adding your name to an email list, or being the designated drinker at the pitch  helps keep it alive.
Thanks to all of you who allowed me to use your name in vain, it is/was for a worthy cause.
And I know I have forgotten many of my rugby brothers’  names that should have been included.  But, shit, i’m hitting 60 in a few months.
See ya’ll at Saranac, Aspen, Battleship and Fort Lauderdale, FQF 2013 and any other 50+ opportunity.

Oh yes, again Huntsville has an over 50 match at their 10s tournament May 12. JBShaps@yahoo.com for details

Later Guys,

Thoughts on the 2012 Tulane Old Boys Reunion

Thoughts from Jack Adams
I must thank you all for your accolades but it is truly a labor of love....Great music, Great food, Great
laughs, New Orleans, Rugby, and Amazing friends.What more can you ask for? I am sure you all cherish what
we have as much as I do. Not too many folks can say, that after 35-40 years you can get together with with
a group of guys from college and pick-up right where you left off and enjoy every moment of it, and know
that anyone of them would have your back if you needed it. It is a camaraderie that is difficult to explain
but deeply rewarding....And a good deal of credit goes to Crosby and Dobbs for getting me off my ass and
encouraging me to do this after 12 years as we drank our way around Ft.Myers beach riding bicycles from
bar to bar till all hours.
For those of you that were not there, I was presented The Blue-Black Award, on behalf of the Old Boys,
by Fred King who miraculously found an actual 100 year old bottle of Stephens Blue-Black Ink....yes,
Mary from the mountain glen who seduced herself with a fountain pen truly had a reason to call the
Blue-Black bastard Stephens because that really was the color of the ink, wink-wink...and I now have
proof! Thank you Fred, I will put it on my shelf with the signed leather balls I have from a couple
previous reunions.
Speaking of leather balls, again for those of you slimy depraved souls that were not there, the
Tulane Old Boys and the NORFC presented Peter Maud with a signed ball as recognition for his
founding both the Tulane RFC and the New Orleans RFC. He is truly the Grandfather of Louisiana Rugby
and deserves all the credit for what we are able to experience at these reunions. Hell, I would have
given him the ball just for riding on a train for 29 hours each way just to be here...you too Grace.
Jim, I thank you for acknowledging that Donna makes looking my direction easier on the eyes, and that is
my favor to you, but let us also thank Bob Edmundson for bringing Kathleen...he's not easy to miss,
but did anybody actually see Bob?
Cave and I found a destination for the next reunion...and it could only happen in New Orleans. We
are sitting at the bar in the airport and we ask the waitress where she is from because of her very
NO/Cajun accent and she proceeds on a 15 minute story about Garyville, La where they "don't even have a
stoplight", and the locals just ride around in golfcarts rather than cars. Well just last year they
bought a 9 acre fishing camp, on a canal, with a house/shack "with plenty of room for guys to sleep
cuz they don't care about furniture or a leak in the roof " and it is fabulous for "frogging, great
big 6-8 inch ones that taste so sweet", "turtling, and they are great eatin", and "the alligators
are everywhere" and "the Perch are always bitting" so grab your nets, poles, duct tape and shot-guns
....she invited us all to come stay for the next Old Boys reunion. Sorry Mary, the Caribbean will have
to wait.
Sumo, you asked for all the email addresses....I thought I was bad with technology? I am pretty sure if
you go to the top of this email where it says "To", I think you can cut and paste any or all of the
addresses...if you can't figure out who some of them are let me know.
Bob, thanks again for the beer tab but hopefully you will never have reason to do that again. And
Tippins please find a better excuse next time if you're not going to make it.
Mark and Paula I hope your home and community in OK are safe and without destruction but I still think
you should have come to Commanders, it was fabulous watching Crosby and Richeson dance....the food wasn't
bad either.
And Tyrone, good luck with your surgery. Just don't let it keep you from returning to the next reunion----
I promise we will not let you play!!!
Went back and checked the archives and realized I didn't bring any of my pictures from 2000. I forgot
I hadn't put them in the book, Bob if you want me to send you those too, let me know. But I also found
my list of those who have been to every reunion. We lost 4 of the previous 10 members that were in the
exclusive club after 2000 so we are down to just 6 having attended evey reunion 1980,84,88,92,96,2000,
and 2012....Congratulations to Greg Eaton, Bob Edmundson, Fred King, Bill Merritt, Jim Richeson and ME....
who will be the last standing??
Places and dates can be submitted to the suggestion box for the next reunion...let's not wait 12 years.
Jim Richeson's Tribute to Tulane Reunion
Great to see that some things just do not change - particularly the personalities on the rugby team and the
fine food in New Orleans.
Jack, as always you did a great rendition of the Pied Piper calling all of the Old Boys to town, and thank you
for all the fine organization and the obvious effort involved. Also thank you for bringing Donna, as it
makes looking in your direction much more pleasurable.
Crosby, if only I had known what a good dancer you were the redhead may have had no chance from the start.
My dance card is yours. It was a treat to see the wait staff doubled over in laughter watching our antics.
Cave, you need to step outside of yourself more and tell us exactly what you are thinking without holding
all the good stuff in. Many laughs thank you. Speaking of many laughs & good to see you: Henry, Bielski,
Sumo, Vincent(would have given you last two bigger hugs at Manalis had I realized would not see you at
A major tip of the hat to the real Old Boys: Mr Father Rugby of New Orleans, Peter Maud, who at
Baton Rouge vs LSU playing fullback for NORFC executed one of the most devastating tackles I ever witnessed,
Bob Edmonson who deftly slipped a bill to the musicians at Commanders for going along with our shenanigans,
and Fred King who has been keeping TU students & ruggers out of central lock-up for years.
And the only downer of the weekend, was that Ty tore his biscep, again. Our Rock of Gibraltar in the scrum.
Heal quickly dear friend.
Many others should name but here in Quarter drinking milk punch at Brennans and still need to pack for later
afternoon flight and maybe let the wife take advantage of me...again...and again.
Parting words: Couple married 40 years watching a beautiful sunset while sharing a bottle of wine. Wife says,
?I love you so much, I don?t know what I would do without you.? Husband says, ?Kinda sounds like
the wine talking.? Wife replies, ?I was talking TO the wine.?
Looking forward to next rendez-vous. Jim Richeson
Joe Schwartzel's Thanks to Jack Adams & Billy Goodell
Great Weekend and special thanks to Jack Adams and Billy Goodell for all of the organizational work, a
labor of love.  I won’t wait another 39 years for the next one, although my knee and shoulder are reminding
me why I stopped active playing in 1976.  Meet a guy at the airport Sunday on the way out that had played
for a Memphis team, he agreed with Crosby’s Rule, never play with people who want to win.  He agreed it was a
great tournament.
Joe Schwartzel
Ode to Cleavage & Other Thoughts by Cave
All, Great to see everyone. Here are the take aways ... Drink in dog beers and you will never have too many. Don’t fail to show up or we will continue to trash you mercilessly. We can’t really play rugby any longer but we can still really sing (especially with Wagner). Whoever scheduled all the lunch & dinners, listen I was only kidding about fitness thru fatness! And remember, above all it is the cleavage! Put your ear to her breasts and listen to the cleavage. You may hear a creek, a stream, a river, a bay or
even the ocean but it is good shtick that will get your face close to unsuspecting breasts. From there it
is just a quick “Eyes Right!” to the motorboat position and away you go! Varoom. Well done Jack. See you all next time. Jerry Billy Schwarz - Best Wishes for Speedy Recover to Tyrone
I hope y’all had an enjoyable weekend and do not have too many hospital or doctor visits necessary as a
result.  Especially you Yoke!
Thought this would be a good sendoff:
“I was in a pub on Saturday night.  Had a few....
I noticed two large women by the bar.
They both had strong accents so I asked,
"Hey, are you two ladies from Scotland?"
One of them chirped: "It's WALES you friggin' idiot!"
So, I immediately apologized and said...,
"Sorry, are you two whales from Scotland?"
That's the last thing I remember...”
Billy Schwarz
Billy Goodell's Shout-Out to His Tulane Brothers
To all my Tulane brothers. Glad your reunion was a success. Taking the pitch with Ty again....incredible.
I whored out with so many teams over the years but NEVER played for Tulane! Now I feel I can say that I did
so as many Greenies were on my end of the pitch at the same time I was in the over 50 match.
 i should  have crashed your party at some point to sing along but lost track of time at the FQFest
(did ya'll do let me call you sweetheart??? That was a Tulane staple). I also remember Roselli ALWAYS had to
start up Mayor of Bridgewater, hope that was done in his absence/honor. And who was it again that always
sang the verse "Girl from Azores" to Rodriguez the Mexican Pervert???Another Tulane classic verse.
See ya'll around. Billy Goodell
Jim Richeson's Comments on Pete Maud's Clarifications on Tulane Rugby History

Thank you for the clarification that Mike Keys, Howard Goldberg, and Bill Terry were responsible for starting
 the team and playing at least one game before you came along.  While you may not have been there for the
actual birth of the Tulane Rugby Team, you were there to nourish it in its infancy, guide it through its
 growing phase, helped it through its maturation phase by taking the lead in forming the Louisiana Rugby Union,
 and were one of those who helped form the NO Rugby Club in 1973,  which just last year won the national

It seems I have heard while in college at some point those names of the 3 founders, and it was probably
from you.  However we are correct in calling you the Father of Tulane Rugby, just like a boy, who never knew
his biological father, would correctly refer to his step-dad, who was always there for him, as Father.

Peter, you were instrumental in helping Tulane Rugby and rugby in Louisiana survive and flourish.  In our
hearts and minds, as compromised as they may be from the relentless consumption of beer, you will always be
the Father of Tulane Rugby.

I raise my glass to you.

Thank you.

All the very best, Jim Richeson

From: Ty Yokum  to Pete Maud   Tuesday, April 24, 2012 08:54 AM

It was wonderful to see you again, especially to see you honored for your service to the game of rugby.
 I have fond memories of my time with the New Orleans RFC under your tutelage.

Thanks for everything, my friend.


Ty(rone) Yokum
 Peter J. Maud   Thanks & Tulane Rugby History 
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 11:08 PM

Jack and the Tulane/New Orleans rugby gentlemen(this may be a misnomer for some of our brethren!),

I want to thank all of you who made the rugby reunion such great success. I want to thank in particular Jack
for organizing the past Tulane players reunion. It was great success and not only did I have a great time but
my wife also enjoyed the weekend (that means that I may be allowed off the leash for future similar meetings!!)
 The food, the beer and the singing were excellent  Happy memories! Also I would like to thank Tom C.for the
award that was given to me by the Tulane and NO players - it resides in a very special place in our home.
Others that may need some mention are Stan S, Bob U, Tyrone and far took many more to individually identify
for showing up and helping me remember so many past happy memories of my time in New Orleans. Jerry Cave also
should be identified as he provided many good laughs!! Billy you did a great job of organizing the rugby -
just wish that I was able to step onto the field once again. Please give my congratulations to the NO team
that won the Division three game - great rugby - I was very impressed.

I would just want to make one thing quite clear - I was not the founder of the Tulane team - that honor goes
to three (or more) past medical students - Mike Keys, Howard Goldberg, and Bill Terry. I joined the club in
the summer of 1967 after the club had played at least one game in the previous spring. Nor was I the sole
founder of the NO club. It was a joint affair with at least two of the other main contributors being
Bob Urann and Stan Smith - I'm probably missing a few (Lawrence Williams perhaps ?)
Oh so many happy memories from the past and now more to see me through my remaining years.

Grace and mI have now fully recovered from our 30 hour one way train ride and would certainly go by
 rail again!

If any of you would like a copy of my history of the early years of rugby in NO please let me know.
Also, I would like to extend my little article to include other players memories of these days and would
welcome any contributions from you.

Thank you all for such a wonderful reunion.


12th Annual Rocky Mountain Challenge Prep Rugby Tournament

The email discussion below was begun by David Buckingham regarding the Deep South Union sending a team to:

 Twelfth Annual Rocky Mountain Challenge
*“America’s Premier Prep Rugby Tournament”*
Aurora Sport Park, Colorado  *june 16-19, 2012*

 The tournament is the premier Under-17 & Under-19 rugby tournament. The tournament is sponsored by the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union (ERRFU), and is the Twelfth Annual Tournament.
 The Rocky Mountain Challenge attracts *regional all-star rugby* teams from
 throughout the United States. Last year’s Challenge included teams from Florida, Southern California, Northern California, Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Heart of America (Kansas City area), and Colorado
 “For the twelfth year, we are honored to host the Premier Prep Rugby Tournament in America,” said Tournament Director, Jeff Calhoun. “Rugby is the fastest growing youth sport in America, and will be a new sport in
 the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  The Rocky Mountain Challenge is a great
 showcase for teams and players from all parts of the US.  The players that you will
  over the course of the tournament weekend are the future USA Eagles
 Rugby  Team, and could qualify for the 2016 US Olympic Rugby Team.
 “In fact, James Patterson & Todd Cleaver, two members of the US
National Rugby Team and 2011 World Cup players, starred in past RMC’s,”   said  Calhoun.

  The Tournament has two competitive divisions.  One division teams
 players under the age of 17 and the second division teams players under the age of under the age of 19. 
 Last year, the teams from Northern California won both the Under-19 and Under-17 Tournament Championships. 

 The Rocky Mountain Challenge is one of five Regional Tournaments and is a key part of the process that will ultimately lead to consideration for the  National USA U-20/U-18 selection pool for international team play in 2011. The
regional All Star teams are comprised of the top young players competing for an opportunity to be chosen for a place in USA Rugby’s Elite High Performance Development System.
 The Challenge could feature the next “Jeremy Lin” of youth rugby.
 The weekend event will feature over 30 matches between the participating teams, with preliminary rounds on Saturday June 18, and the semifinals and championship games played on Sunday, June 19.  A banquet, honoring all
 players, will be held at the RMC’s Official Hotel, the Crown Plaza
Hotel. .

 On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM, David Buckingham wrote :
Coaches and others,

I think we need to decide on leadership for either the trip as a whole or separate U17 and U19 leadership as soon as possible. The coaching and administrative duties are significant but I think there’s a general consensus that we want to make this happen again.  I would recommend that maybe for the next week or two Gary could take volunteers and or nominations for either one or two people who will be in charge of the whole trip.  This person or two wouldn’t have to do everything obviously but they would pick/recruit the coaching staff and admin support in order to organize both teams and make it all happen. We need to be organized BEFORE  the HS State Championship because if the players aren’t involved or aware by then it will be hard to get them back.If you’re not interested in being involved or just hearing about the planning process just send me buckdr3@gmail.com an e-mail and I will  take you off this distribution list that will be used for the trip.  Anyone can be added as well.

Side note:  Niceville and MS Rugby both have good players but as you know both teams are undesirable because of the distance for practices, etc.  IF you think your going to be short players you should consider checking out the guys at the Playoffs on April 21st?!   Just a thought…. Lori Sutherland  MS Rugby Club

 — On Wed, 4/4/12, Tim Falcon  wrote:

From: Tim Falcon Subject: RE: 12th Annual Rocky Mountain Challenge Prep Rugby Tournament
To: “Saade Bou-Mikael”  mccormick, giepert,  buckdr, cadoe,  “Adam Ducoing” , bill goodelllaw, hill, japgenthon, “cibreit”, “rfitzgerald’,  bobscully, sparrill, john-gopurplemonkey, kevinkern,  fontenelle, diannemarkel, johnleitz , “Coach Scott”, spud, Jarrett Falcon, farnet, rugbybuzz, oakrafter, docfrisbee, jerrymalina, missicameron, “deepsouthrugby@hotmail.com” , samfnet, wsrugby, cgothreaux, dgcuccia, cpdube, vendettoj, carlopedalino, bwmcintyre, selu.edu
Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 8:04 AM

Maybe the way to go is have an open try out. See how many players want/can go, then we can select the best 23-25 per team. Part of the problem in the past is getting enough players. If we put it out as a selection process then we can achieve Saade’s goals. Coach tim

 From: Saade Bou-Mikael  Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 10:36 PM
 I am in to coach for the summer, and may be able to go for the trip.
Also, just as a suggestion, just from my experiences at LSU… rather than pitch it as “anyone can go”, i think if we would like to bring in the elite players of every team, that we make it exclusive, or at least seem that way. Go to the 5 or 6 players (or however many you think are capable) on your team and tell them you want them to make the trip, and that we see them as having the best chances of making the baby eagle camps.
When I first played on the team, I really only came because i was selected on the “all star” team of the tournament… had I not made that team or thought we weren’t selected to represent new orleans by the coaches as the best players from our league, I probably would not have gone.
I will be happy to ask adam, eric, cullen, and other guys who made the eagle camps go to one of each practice and pitch this thing to the best players of each team, who the coaches have picked, and talk about their experience and that having the best players from each team is what made it fun and gave them the best chances of being noticed… In my mind it’s the best chance of making these kids feel special and selected, and more motivated to do this.
Anyways, regardless of how we handle it, I will be up for assisting wherever i can, coaching wise.

Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2012 18:06:35 -0500
From: tjfmccormick
Gary has suggested these exact same guidelines/deadlines every year for as long as I can remember, and it seems like each year we make things considerably harder on ourselves by not following them. It will be especially crucial this year with so many teams to have everything organized and on paper as soon as possible. 

 The key is to get the information to the parents as soon as possible. You will get nowhere by giving the information to the kids and expecting them to get themselves (and their checks, more importantly) where they need to be. Parents want to know 1) where my son is going; 2) when he’s going; 3) who is going to be responsible for him; 4) how much is it going to cost me? 

On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM, <giepert@cox.net> wrote:

All coaches should be promoting this with their teams.  We need practice days, times and locations set now for practices  starting the week of April 23rd.  I would suggest practice once or at most twice a week to start.  We need a blast e-mail to send to Coaches with all of the information, date of trip, cost of trip, deposit needed, check payable to, etc.  Coaches could then take this e-mail and blast it to their players.  We also need a flyer with info to hand out at State.   I would suggest a $100 deposit due by May 1st with $50 returned if the player is not selected.  The player will receive  $50 of gear- shorts, socks, T-shirts.  What about jerseys?  Do we have two sets of exile jerseys?  Do we want to buy team sets, (preferable) or do we want each kid to buy their own?  If we do not have 22 committed for either team by May 15th, I say we then pull the plug.  Anyone interested we need to meet soon.  Any suggestions?


—- David Buckingham wrote:
 *Welcome Saade and Fitz to this e-mail list.  Everyone receiving this
 e-mail should also get an invite in a new google group.  This should help
 manage some of the sharing and let people choose whether they want to keep
 getting occasional e-mails on the topic.*

 To date I haven’t heard much response, chat, or buzz about the LA Exiles
 and the Colorado Tournament.  If you’re working on it secretly let us know
 so we can start collaborating.  If that’s not the case then I guess I will
 volunteer to put together some of the initial items needed to get this going.
 *My goal this week is to brainstorm with people in the know and create a
 list of what needs to be done and when*.  Then we can set up some smaller
 committees or meetings and really attack some of the to dos associated with
 this great opportunity for our young men.
 Please give me a call or e-mail me with comments and suggestions.  I’ll try
 and have some materials ready to go by the end of the week.

 *In your practices leading up to the state tournament please start the buzz
 with you guys.*  The basic blurb is EVERYONE can participate in the
 practices and we won’t make cuts until we have too many participants.  The
> tournament is June 15th-17th in Colorado.  Historically the trip has cost
> around $400.   We will need coaches and parents to travel with the two
> teams.  Practices will start after the state tournament and go through the
 week of the tournament. Thanks,Buck

 On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM, Trip McCormick  wrote:
 Excellent points all. I would love to be involved again, but won’t be able
 to this year. Buck’s most important point is that the trip AND THE DETAILS
 (costs, itinerary, etc.) need to be advertised as early as possible. Last
 year, we had a different plan in place for the U19/U17 program, and at the
 last minute we switched gears to try and take them back to Denver. It
 didn’t work.
 You have to get the parents on board, then it gets much easier much
 faster. If you rely on word of mouth from players, it will not work. That
 worked when we had one team, and 90% of that team came from three high
 schools and LSU, and 75% of that team were close friends who had known each other since grammar school.
 I nominate Buck as Manager, Program Director and Head of Coaching and Personnel.

 On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM, giepert wrote:

 Subject: Attention All Teams- Announcing the 12th Annual Rocky Mountain
Challenge Prep Rugby Tournament
From: Colorado Rugby <colorado.rugby@gmail.com>

The release below has been mailed to all National Rugby and Colorado media outlets.

 If you have any questions, please respond to this email, or Jeff Calhoun at  gscalhoun49@aol.com .
 For more information, visit http://www.rmu19c.com/

  Another contact is colorado.rugby@gmail.com

As he second oldest on this email, except for Markel the trilobite, if I can be allowed add something to the excellent points Saade and Tripp make.  Consider:

When I first started coaching high school at ESA we had a hooker Stephen Killingsworth, virtually unknown to the coaches and selectors, who did not make any all star list  but who drove to New Orleans from Laffy several times  to make practices, made the trip to Denver, and ended up starting. Because he was the best hooker there. So those who are seen as the best based upon historic performance, certainly acknowledge that. You know they are good. BUT, if there are others willing to practice and make the trip let them go and give them a shot if the opportunity presents itself……… you never know who will step up. 
Hell, when I was at LSU Mini Mumbles was still in high school, we went to the second  Battleship tournament (1978) and out of need had to start him at hooker. He scored the try that put LSU in the finals which we won with him  hooking against a men’s club side from Orlando I think. You never know guys. 
BTW The  team Killingsworth played on was the first time LA  won that tournament as I recall. 

On Apr 4, 2012, at 8:36 AM, Trip McCormick wrote:

I would respectfully disagree with Saade’s recommendation as tagging the whole team(s) as “invite-only”. We have tried this in the past, and when everybody who receives an invite doesn’t show up, we end up scrambling for extra players, which is embarrassing and inefficient. This had a residual effect going forward–even after we abandoned the “invitation” model, we continued to have good players not show up because “nobody invited me”. To be fair, I was the main proponent of making the process look as exclusive and competitive as possible–I believed that this was the best way to attract the best players. The theory still seems to make sense, but it just hasn’t worked out that way in the past. 

My humble recommendation: do what we did during our most successful years with the Exiles. Choose a 1st and 2nd All-State Team following the state tourney, and emphasize that everyone on either of those two lists should consider themselves prime candidates for the Colorado trip. Then bill the first two weeks of practice as a sort of open tryout. 
The bottom line is that I don’t ever remember having to turn a player away from this trip. One year we had to take two or three guys aside and explain that they could go, but they shouldn’t/couldn’t expect much playing time–as it turned out, we had several injuries and I think they all got on the field. On the contrary, every year but one or two has seen us scrambling to boost numbers within the last two weeks before the trip. 
I strongly recommend that you cast as wide a net as possible, then trim down if you have to. 

On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 8:04 AM, Tim Falcon  wrote:

Maybe the way to go is have an open try out. See how many players want/can go, then we can select the best 23-25 per team. Part of the problem in the past is getting enough players. If we put it out as a selection process then we can achieve Saade’s goals. Coach tim  

Florabama – A Deep South Rugby Player Remembers

By Fran Thompson

It’s impossible for me to write about The Flora-Bama without it getting personal.

  I met my wife there in 1997.
  I sang short acapella sets of Irish folk songs on the inside stage an easy 400 times. Much to owner Joe Gilchrist’s chagrin, I all but considered myself a possible/probable. I may be the only person that Joe bribed with free drinks to not get on stage and sing.
  My first cover as a local newspaper publisher was a picture of Kenny Stabler rearing back to toss the first fish at the Spring of 1990 Mullet Toss. Bama’s food faire back then was Kent Sanderson and Bob-A-Louie selling sausage sandwiches out of trailers in the parking lot. George Ridder, our Funny Bones columnist, would soon follow with his Picker’s Grill.
   Just after Bill Taylor opened Live Bait, he asked me how much the front cover cost. I told him we don’t sell the cover. “Are you saying that this picture of Joe, Pat and Trader Jon is not an advertisement?’’ he asked. I sold four covers to Bill that day and have been selling that page ever since.
  I was still playing ball on the Baton Rouge to Ft. Walton rugby circuit in 1990. Rugby mates were constantly visiting me just to go to the ‘Bama, and I bet they all get a little misty eyed recalling those good times. During a recent interview, Pat McClellan said Sandy Ford and Brad Patterson both did the same when he gave them a a grand re-opening tour. “That’s when I knew we did it right,’’ McClellan said. “The Flora-Bama has always been a place, not just a space. We know that it means to people.’’
  The first time I took my New Orleans pal Robert Lebreton there, bartender Mark Courier, as casual as could be, said “Hi Robert.’’ Mark’s dad had delivered Robert and just about every other kid born in Plaquemine, Louisiana in the 1950’s. I wasn’t even surprised. It’s that kind of place.
  New majority owner John McGinnes, who both Pat and Joe said was even more passionate about creating the old Flora-Bama feeling than they were, was proud to point out that there were already a dozen or so bras hanging from the inside bar rafters a thousand signatures on the walls just 10 days into what will be 30 days of grand re-opening festivities at the Lounge on the Line. John gets what the Flora-Bama means to people. He’s been partying there ever since he was of age. “Probably before,’’ he said.
  Rick Carter told me that Telluride was the first rock ‘n roll band that Joe (who was allergic to drums) ever booked in the ‘Bama courtyard and it wasn’t an easy sell. But the ‘Bama didn’t get any better than Telluride’s Kevin Derryberry singing my hometown Philly soul and slamming the Hammond B-3, unless it was when his Telluride mates Carter, Stan Foster and Barry Waldrep started coming in a couple days early and playing as the still very much alive and kickin’ Rollin’ In The Hay.
  Unless it was Rusty McHugh’s comic genius or Jezebel’s Chillin’s try-not-to-dance sets or LeaAnn Creswell channeling Patsy Cline. Unless it was Nick Branch and Gove Scrivenor trading sets every Monday night, with Lillian’s own Guthrie Trapp playing guitar for both.
  Unless it was watching a thousand kids screaming “dead armadillo” to a J Hawkins backbeat or the synchronicity of John Joiner, Larry T. Wilson and Rick Whaley playing together as one.
  The Flora-Bama always packed them in during the tourist seasons. But the crowds seemed to grow exponentially summer after summer soon after Garth Brooks and Hank Jr. made country cool on SEC campuses, Playboy deemed it America’s best roadhouse and Sports Illustrated wrote a story about the Mullet Toss.
  I grew up in a neighborhood full of taprooms where everybody knows your name, your dad’s name and your grandfather’s name. I spent six years exploring Big Easy bars in search of great music and fun times. More recently, I was lucky enough to sit inside LuLu’s and listen to the late Gatemouth Brown, the better-than-ever Will Kimbrough and the late Honeyboy Edwards while my children played outside. I rode my bicycle to see Paul Simon at the The Hangout last year and will do the same to see Wilco next month. My lucky life included a 13 year pre-Ivan stint living up the road from the ‘Bama on sand that Dr. Beach ranked the third best in the country. And I absolutely put its proximity to the Flora-Bama right up there with that beach on my quality-of-life index.
  Heck Yeah, the Flora-Bama is personal to me. And a lot of others as well.
Send your Floribama or other rugby bar memories to deepsouthrugby@hotmail.com

2012 High School Rugby Championship

Below is Gary Giepert’s concluding comments on the 21012 High School Championship followed by communications about the planning and agenda for the championship.

Another La / Deep South High School Rugby Season is in the books.  If I am not mistaken it is our 11th.
We started the high school league in the spring of 2002.  My son Jonathan was a freshman at Br Martin.
He is now 25 years old.

Congratulation to Jesuit for winning the State Championship ( again).  I know we all get tired of Jesuit winning but they make us all better by striving to compete with  them.  Congratulations to Shaw for coming in second and playing a very good final match.
Congratulations to Jesuit B for winning the Plate and Mississippi for winning the Bowl competitions.

Please e-mail your tournament scores to Sean Malek above so that he can include them on the NORFC website.

A special thank you to the administrators and coaches of the first year teams:
Audubon - Paul Miniclear, Sam Farnet, Joe Chaddick, Conrad Breit, Bob Olsonoski
Lake Area - Jay Leitz, Adam Ducoing, Chance Doyle
Mississippi - Lori Sutherland, Andy Cameron
We all know how much time, work and dedication it takes to manage and coach a high school rugby team.
Thank you to Alex Sharland for organizing our referees for the tournament, Steve Brinson for providing the trophies and announcing, Randy Traylor for organizing the gate and T-shirt sales, Dave Buckingham for organizing the program ( which I understand made another $1700 for the High School All Star team) and Sam Farnet for organizing the fields.

We made approximately $3500 from the gate and T-shirt sales.  Our expenses are:  referees $635, T-shirts - $864, stadium rental - $1000.  so right now we have cleared $1000.  However some teams have still not paid their tournament fees:
Jesuit $300
Shaw $100
ESA $100
Lake Area $100
Please make your checks payable to La High School Rugby and mail them to me at 4603 S Carrollton Ave N O La 70119.
All proceeds will go to supporting the La Exile All Star program.  

The La Exiles All Star team will have its first practice Tuesday May 1st at 4:30 pm at the City Park Rugby Field.  All High School rugby players are invited and encouraged to try out.  Please spread the word to your players.  The La Exiles will have a U-17 and U-19 team.

See ya'll next year.

                                            Gary Giepert

2012 LA State High School Rugby
> Tournament See link http://nolarugby.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/265-2012highschooltourney

> *TUESDAY 4/17:*
> *Game 1**: *CUP SEMI-FINAL – Shaw v Brother Martin, 5:30PM GRETNA
> *WEDNESDAY 4/18:*
> *Game 2:* CUP SEMI-FINAL – Jesuit v Audubon, 5:30PM CITY PARK

>> > *SATURDAY 4/21:*
> 9:00AM BOWL GAME (Round-Robin)
> *Game 3: *Jesuit C v Br Martin B @City Park Rugby Field
> *Game 4: *Lake Area v Jesuit B @Pan Am Stadium
> *Game 5: *Rummel v ESA @City Park Rugby Field
> 11:15AM BOWL GAME (Round-Robin)
> *Game 6: *Br Martin B v Mississippi @Pan Am Stadium
> 12:15PM CUP CONSOLATION – 30 Minute Halves @Pan Am Stadium
> *Game 7: *Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
> 1:30 PM PLATE CONSOLATION @Pan Am Stadium
> *Game 8: *Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5
> 2:30 PM BOWL GAME (Round-Robin) @City Park Rugby Field
> *Game 9: *Jesuit C v Mississippi
> 2:30 PM PLATE FINAL @Pan Am Stadium
> *Game 10: *Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
> 4:00 PM CUP FINAL / STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – 30 Minute Halves @Pan Am
> Stadium
> *Game 11:* Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

> Sean Malek
> Club Secretary / Chief Blogger
> nolarugby.com <http://NOLARugby.com>

> From: giepert weeks before the tournament

> The 11th Annual Deep South High School Championships

Pan Am Stadium on Saturday April 21st.

The following teams have committed to compete:
> 1) Jesuit A
> 2) Jesuit B
> 3) Jesuit C
> 4) Shaw
> 5) Br Martin A
> 6) Br Martin B
> 7) Rummel
> 8) ESA
> 9) Audubon
> 10) Lake Area
> 11) S Mississippi
> We will have three divisions. If the number stays at 11, one division will only have three teams and will play a round robin. The other two divisions will play semi-finals and finals. The semis for each division will kick off at the same time using Pan Am and the Rugby Field . All Consolation matches and Finals will be in Pan Am Stadium. Games will probably start at 8am Saturday morning. We will use the Cup, Plate and Bowl designations for the three divisions with the Cup being the 1st division, Plate being the 2nd division and Bowl being the 3rd division. Entry fees into the Stadium will be $7 Adults and $3 for Children. All proceeds will go to the Rugby Foundation to promote Rugby in the area by helping with the fields and other rugby related expenses.

April 6, 2012 Email regarding coaches’ meeting.

The Coaches met yesterday and here are the brackets for the State Tournament.


Semis Jesuit v Audubon and Shaw v Br Martin
Semis will play on Wednesday April 18th or when both teams can play. Final and consolation will be played Saturday April 21st.

3) ESA


Lake Area v Jesuit B Pan Am Stadium
Rummel v ESA City Park rugby Field
Br Martin B v Jesuit C Pan Am Stadium
CUP CONSOLATION 30 Minute Halves
1:30 PM
Plate Consolation
2:30 PM
Plate Final
4:00 PM

1) Referees – Gary will act a liason with the Referees Society
2) Trophies – We will see if Steve Brinson with Royal Honda will supply the trophies again
3) Gate – Randy Traylor will be in charge of the gate / Dave Buckingham will supply the bank
Entrance fees – $7 adults / $3 children under 18
9:30 – 10:30 Jesuit B
10:30 – 11:30 Br Martin A
11:30 – 12:30 Shaw
12:30 – 1:30 Rummel
1:30 – 2:30 Jesuit A
2:30 – 3:30 Br Martin B
3:30 – 4:30 Audubon / Lake Area
4) T-shirts – Tim Falcon will coordinate with Derek Hoffman
5) Medical – Dennis Whaley
6) Field Setup – Sam Farnet
7) Program – Dave Buck

There will be a $100 fee for each team participating. Please make check payable to La All Star Rugby. All proceeds will go to cover costs of High School All Star program.

Gary Giepert

Email exchange between Gary & Lori on April 6, 2012

I am sorry I misunderstood your earlier e-mails. You will be in the Bowl competition. I will let you know your game time or times.
—- Lori Sutherland wrote:
> Hey Gary
> We have enough….. Niceville is sending players. We might need a couple extras but we are committed! Thanks
> Lori
> From: giepert
> Sent: Friday, April 06, 2012 10:49 AM
> To: Lori Sutherland
> You did not get over looked. I thought you said you did not have enough players to place a team in the tournament. If you have enough players we will place you in the bowl competition.
> Gary
> —- Lori Sutherland  wrote:
> > Gary
> > Did we get overlooked? MS rugby….
> > Lori
From Gary on April 6th, 2012

With Mississippi’s commitment, I suggest following schedule change. We also need ESA to commit. If ESA does not commit by this Friday April 13th, we will move one Bowl team up to the Plate division and have two teams in the Bowl division.
Jesuit C v Br Martin B City Park Field
Lake Area v Jesuit B Pan Am Stadium
Rummel v ESA City Park rugby Field
Br Martin B v Mississippi Pan Am Stadium
CUP CONSOLATION 30 Minute Halves
1:30 PM
Plate Consolation
2:30 PM
Plate Final Pan Am
Jesuit C v Miss City Park Rugby Field
4:00 PM

From Gary April 17, 2012

Because no games are scheduled for Pan Am at that time, the 9am Bowl game between Jesuit C and Br Martin B will be held in Pan Am Stadium. Coaches please note that you will not have time to warm up in the stadium. Please find a place to warm up outside the stadium and be ready to kick off right when the game before you ends. Because we are moving the start time up one hour in the Stadium, Lake Area will have the 8:30am till 9:30am gate shift. The gate schedule is as follows:

Entrance fees – $7 adults / $3 children under 18
8:30 – 9:30 Audubon

9:30 – 10:30 Jesuit B
10:30 – 11:30 Br Martin A
11:30 – 12:30 Shaw
12:30 – 1:30 Rummel
1:30 – 2:30 Jesuit A
2:30 – 3:30 Br Martin B
3:30 – 4:30 Lake Area
The game schedule is as follows:

Game 1: CUP SEMI-FINAL – Shaw v Brother Martin, 5:30PM GRETNA

Game 2: CUP SEMI-FINAL – Jesuit v Audubon, 5:30PM CITY PARK

9:00AM BOWL GAME (Round-Robin)
Game 3: Jesuit C v Br Martin B @ Pan Am Stadium

Game 4: Lake Area v Jesuit B @Pan Am Stadium
Game 5: Rummel v ESA @City Park Rugby Field

11:15AM BOWL GAME (Round-Robin)
Game 6: Br Martin B v Mississippi @Pan Am Stadium

12:15PM CUP CONSOLATION – 30 Minute Halves @Pan Am Stadium
Game 7: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Game 8: Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5

2:30 PM BOWL GAME (Round-Robin) @City Park Rugby Field
Game 9: Jesuit C v Mississippi

2:30 PM PLATE FINAL @Pan Am Stadium
Game 10: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

4:00 PM CUP FINAL / STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – 30 Minute Halves @Pan Am Stadium
Game 11: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

April 14, 2012 French Quarter Fest Over 50 & Tulane Reunion

This is a link to Craig Boudreaux’s photos from the tournament:
Billy Goodell’s Thanks to Everyone
Hey, it's just around the corner!!!!!!

Seriously, thanks to all who attended;  to all who couldn't we missed ya.
Over 50 rugby lives because of you guys. 

Everyone in this email list contributed to the success of last weekend,
 by participating as players, coaches, spectators in the rain,
even the wankers and poofters by giving us somebody to call that.

Next 50+ competition event that i know of is Saranac Lake NY in August. 

Aspen Ruggerfest in mid September. Roy Brewer, address above,
is the organizer of the Florida Old Boys. Drop Roy an email if you have any interest. 

After Aspen is Battleship Tournament in Mobile in November.
I will followup with more on Battleship as it gets closer. 

Stay safe and in touch as appropriate.
Pete Maud's splendid article chronicling the early years of La. rugby can be viewed
on this website www.deepsouthrugby.net .
Pete, amazing that you had the foresight to do it.
BUT, in the peer review process I must make one correction,
 CC played NORFC in fall of 1973. I know because I was there for NORFC.
I know it was fall 1973 cause fall 1973 was the only time I ever played for NORFC
(until AFTER the 2011 CCRFC/NORFC reunion bury the hatchet match.... which in case
you didn't know or knew and forgot, CCRFC won). I distinctly remember playing wing
against Don Evans (and tackling him) at that Metairie pitch on river road by Clearview.
I specifically recall that he had to readjust the height of his socks after.
Thanks for starting this.
 Billy Goodell
Jim Richeson’s Tribute to Tulane Reunion
Great to see that some things just do not change – particularly the personalities on the rugby team and the fine food in New Orleans.
Jack, as always you did a great rendition of the Pied Piper calling all of the Old Boys to town, and thank you for all the fine organization and the obvious effort involved. Also thank you for bringing Donna, as it makes looking in your direction much more pleasurable.
Crosby, if only I had known what a good dancer you were the redhead may have had no chance from the start. My dance card is yours. It was a treat to see the wait staff doubled over in laughter watching our antics.
Cave, you need to step outside of yourself more and tell us exactly what you are thinking without holding all the good stuff in. Many laughs thank you. Speaking of many laughs & good to see you: Henry, Bielski, Sumo, Vincent(would have given you last two bigger hugs at Manalis had I realized would not see you at Commanders).
A major tip of the hat to the real Old Boys: Mr Father Rugby of New Orleans, Peter Maud, who at Baton Rouge vs LSU playing fullback for NORFC executed one of the most devastating tackles I ever witnessed, Bob Edmonson who deftly slipped a bill to the musicians at Commanders for going along with our shenanigans, and Fred King who has been keeping TU students & ruggers out of central lock-up for years.
And the only downer of the weekend, was that Ty tore his biscep, again. Our Rock of Gibraltar in the scrum. Heal quickly dear friend.
Many others should name but here in Quarter drinking milk punch at Brennans and still need to pack for later afternoon flight and maybe let the wife take advantage of me…again…and again.
Parting words:
Couple married 40 years watching a beautiful sunset while sharing a bottle of wine. Wife says, ?I love you so much, I don?t know what I would do without you.? Husband says, ?Kinda sounds like the wine talking.? Wife replies, ?I was talking TO the wine.?
Looking forward to next rendez-vous.
Jim Richeson

Joe Schwartzel’s Thanks to Jack Adams & Billy Goodell
Great Weekend and special thanks to Jack Adams and Billy Goodell for all of the organizational work, a labor of love.  I won’t wait another 39 years for the next one, although my knee and shoulder are reminding me why I stopped active playing in 1976.  Meet a guy at the airport Sunday on the way out that had played for a Memphis team, he agreed with Crosby’s Rule, never play with people who want to win.  He agreed it was a great tournament.
Joe Schwartzel
Subject: MARCH 13 UPDATE French Quarter Fest Over 50
and Tulane Rugby Reunion April 14 2012
Date : Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:38:25 -0500
Les Vieux Garcons cinquante plus sont:
Lester Duhe, Tim Falcon, Billy Goodell, Jerry Gallion, Ron Gibbs, Jack Biven, Mike Kerrigan, J.R. Venedetto, Tom Crosby, Fred King, Chris Gillen, Sam Farnet, Sam Brock, Bob Markel, Gary Giepert, Paul  Lachin, Phil Lachin, Ed Land, Bob Scully, Randy Traylor, Robert Socha, Bob Jones, Wally Ferrara, Don Boyd, Earl Bollinger, Skip Rizzo, Joe Guinta, Geo Morris, Nemo, Steve Sallman,Ty Yokum, Dave”The Eagle” Moore (32).
Les  Hommes Bigarre a/k/a Les Bons Baissers cinquante plus sont:
Mike Sweetnam, Bob Causey, Paul Monier, Robert Preston, Lars Grenade, John Howe, Mitchell Wood, Steve Loffy, Art Shelley, Tim Joffrion, Rob Ackerman, Ridge Jones, Joey Husband, Scott McClean, Doug Bryant, Henry Roop, Jerry Razer, Steve McGinity, Bill Dillard, Phil Aucoin, Keg Roberts, Steven “Mini Mumbles” Moore, Dean Wood, Henry Hemstead,  Sam Hyde, David “Crawfish” Cottrell, Dale Wood, Nigel Dingwall, Ted Hughes(29)
Wankers and Poofters (formerly OUTS):
Tommy Martin(delayed honeymoon in Costa RIca), Jeff Larkin, Dan McCleod (making money), Ted “Karloff” McGehee(niece’s wedding in Charlotte NC), Mike Riley, John Long, Dave Flotte (can’t not drink), Gene Higgins (coaching playoffs) Cesar Lamonaca (50th college reunion), Doug Watkins(a/k/a the Scmulchkin from Nantucket….baby sitting).
Spectators in the Rain:
Bob Uhrann, Brian Foster, Fran Thompson(knee surgery recovery), Bill Merritt, Bill Schwartz, Monte Lunn (Shoulder surgery), Jack Mauer, Mike Moore, Jack Breen, Jimmy Summerour, Steve Hazel, Jim Richeson, Freddie Schwartz, Jack Adams, Jerry Cave, Henry Hahn, Timmy Martin, Mark Neeb, Dave Buck, Bob Edmundson, Pete Maud, Ronnie Virgets,Joe Schwartzel.
On Apr 4, 2012, at 1:05 PM, “william goodell” wrote:
we got a full schedule with 35ers, total of 12 matches and I figured as home team we should have to play first, instead of making travelers go first. Also if we want to play right before D1 match , and get spectators and glory, we have to go at 1, starting later makes that not work.
If you , the podnuh, get there right at 9:00kickoff I’m cool.
On Apr 4, 2012, at 12:56 PM, Jr Vendetto wrote:
Screw that 800 time way to early  redue that Billy
On Apr 4, 2012, at 12:29 PM, “william goodell”  wrote:
Vieux Garcons 50+ we are first up at 9:00 saturday, be there for 8:00
Bons Baissers, everyone playing on their team, even switch hitting Vieux Garcons, should bring a jersey . The motleys will be motley jerseys as well. NORFC Vieux Garcons will have a team jersey ; Cardinals will have their staple blue n red jersey.
The tournament over 50 play schedule:
Vieux Garcons v Virginia Cardinals 9:00
Bons Baissers v Virginia Cardinals 11:00
Vieux Garcons v Bons Baissers 1:00(on main pitch prelude to NORFC D1 side playoff match!!!!!)
We are at Gretna Pitch on the BestBank due to availability issues with City Park. go to NORFC website for directions
If you enter the following on your GPS you will get there: 841 Gretna Blvd, Gretna, LA
If you are a Vieux Garcon, or a switch hitter please get there for 8:00, bring $20 to pay your entry fee. No coins.You must pay or you will not be allowed to play, no exceptions.
Over 35 schedule to be posted on saturday . Memphis needs a prop or two, so help em out if you can . Other teams will likely want a few reserves so just ask around.
If you want check in with me and I will help hook you up with a team 35 or 50.
We could maybe rename this tournament HoFest???? I’ll do my best to make it that.
Uhrann, Brian Foster, Fran Thompson(knee surgery recovery), Bill Merritt, Bill Schwartz, Monte Lunn (Shoulder surgery), Jack Mauer, Mike Moore, Jack Breen, Jimmy Summerour, Steve Hazel, Jim Richeson, Freddie Schwartz, Jack Adams, Jerry Cave, Henry Hahn, Timmy Martin, Mark Neeb, Dave Buck, Bob Edmundson, Pete Maud, Ronnie Virgets, Rick Garey, Big Joe McFarland(too young), Jerry Malina, Omer Davis.
On Apr 8, 2012, at 12:27 PM, “william goodell  wrote:
The schedule has been revised slightly. The 50+ matches will start a little later, at 10:00 to accommodate the 35+ youngsters.We will finish at same time to allow those wanting FQF debauchery to enjoy an almost full Saturday of it. Saturday at Abita Stage is arguably the best line up for the fest.
See ya’ll Saturday,
9:00 35+ Memphis v Baton Rouge Field 1
9:00 35+ NORFC v Texas XXX Field  2
10:00 50+Vieux Garcons v Va Cardinals Field 1
11:00 35+ NORFC v Memphis Field 1
11:00 35+ Baton Rouge v Texas XXX Field 2
12:00 50+ Vieux Garcons v Bons Baissers Field 1
1:00  35+ Championship Field 1
1:00 50+ Bons Baissers v Va Cardinals Field 2
2:00 35+ Consolation  Field 2
1:55 Award ceremony on Field 1 immediately BEFORE NORFC GREEN match
2:00 NORFC Green v Brevard D3 Playoff Match Field 1
3:30 NORFC Purple v Navy Ship, Field 1
20 min halves, 35+ championship 30 min halves.
Schedule is in a state of Flux. Will finalize and send out when done.
I incorrectly referred to the Texas 35+ squad as the Texas XXX, a former participant in FQF Rugby. It is instead the Texas ROT (Republic of Texas)
WEATHER FORECAST 10% chance of rain thursday through Sunday, low 71 high 83, conditions favorable for Halter Tops.
All take note. I have loosely “assigned ” players to the NORFC Vieux Garcons squad vs the Motley Bons Baissers to allocate sufficient numbers for two full teams with adequate reserves. I did this based on a “did you ever play for NORFC or Crescent City” criterion…not just whore out for a match or two at a tournament but were you ever actually a part of the NORFC/CCRFC squad. THIS IS NOT CAST IN STONE. Anyone who wants to play for both will not be prevented from doing so if they wish to. i will try to play for both squads . So will others , like JR, Dean Wood. However, we will try to preserve the separate identity of the two squads to some degree. Battleship is bringing 10 or so players, so the motley squad will have a strong Mobama contingent. I think the way the two squads “divided” is pretty good from a competitive standpoint. Each side has some very strong players. I don’t see it as one team is so much stronger than the other.
Tulane Rugby is having its reunion, and to the extent possible we want to allow them to put all of their guys together on the pitch at the same time for a least a part of one match. We will figure that out Saturday, but I am thinking that will more easily be accomplished in the Vieux Garcons v Bons Baissers match.
Finally, in the spirit of honesty, integrity, and USA rugby rule compliance mandates (you say: “what, is this the Goodell i used to know???”), if you play over 50, you must have your 49th birthday ON or BEFORE April 14th, 2012. i know there is a tendency to want to put in ringers who are not quite of age. We shouldn’t be doing that. i will be checking IDs at the pitch to make sure of your age when you sign up. I will do the same for Virginia. If a player is close in age, a “waiver” from the other squad’s captain can usually be obtained.
Remember, bring $20 to play, no pay no play. If you are already playing on an over 35 squad you only have to pay $ 10 to play 50+ as well.
We wil have 3 kegs of Abita Amber at the pitch. Hopefully that should last till time to migrate to the fest. The beer is free, but donations to support New Olreans 50+ rugby will be accepted at the beer dispensary.
WE will also be selling T shirts . There is a limited number so buy them as soon as you get there if you want one.
OK, I got my court work finished so i’ll catch ya’ll early friday at Abita Beer Stage . Rally point to be designated by GPS coordinates and if I can get my shit together , a balloon cluster. No not making it out of magnum condoms.
Attached is final schedule of match play saturday. First Over 50 match is at 9:00. Vieux Garcons v Virginia. Then it’s Bon Baissers v Vieux Garcons at 11:00, followed by Les Bons Baissers v Virginia at Field 1 right before the NORFC playoff match against Brevard.
Is Everbody Ready?
I Have NOT HEARD anything from: Johnny Braun,Laird Canby(can’t begin to imagine what his excuse is),Bob Edmundson(I am just assuming he will be there),Chuck Brent,Randy Wyckoff, Rick Roselli, John Jostrand, John Howe(but I’ve heard he is playing), Rankin Tippins, Stanley Smith( I am hoping he shows his face), Pat Dial, Chip Valente, and Jim Beskin.
LOCALS IN ATTENDANCE: Fred King(playing), Bob Ancira(playing), Mark Bielski, Tom Crosby(playing), Bill Schwartz, Bob Edmundson, Bob Urann, Stanley Smith, Nobu Hiyashi, and Billy Goodell
Those  that are NOT COMING: David Taylor, Doug Watkins, Tad Daniels, Ray Hunting, Doug and Chris Ross, Mike Rinella, Tom Sprott, Peter Burns, and Joe Hoffman
ARRIVALS:  Bill Merritt, Vincent Dobbs, Bob Preston(playing), Greg Eaton, Jerry Cave, Jim Richeson, Jim Summerour, Steve Salliman(playing), Dan Anderson, Tyrone Yokum(playing), Mitch Wood(playing), Henry Hahn, John Howe(playing), Karl Ellins, Mark Wagner, Peter Maud, Rick Garey, John Bretz, Joe Schwartzel(playing), and Jack Adams
If I forgot anyone or your plans have changed please let me know
Thursday and Friday Evening—-The Irish House (Highly recommended by King and Crosby)
Restaurant and Bar
1432 St. Charles at Melpomene (it’s on the streetcar line)
6pm till ?
On Friday, after the Irish House, I made a reservation for 16 at 9:00 at Tujague’s in the Quarter (823 Decatur), if you are interested let me know.
Saturday—Rugby Day!!  We need to get out there and support the guys playing!
The Tournament is on the fields in Gretna (Google: 841 Gretna Blvd, Gretna LA.). It’s 5 minutes after you cross the bridge.
All halves are 20 minutes
See Billy Goodell’s schedule above for match times on Saturday
Saturday night I made reservations for up to 20 people at 7:00 at Pascal’s Manale ( 1838 Napoleon). I figured it’s early enough to still get to the Quarter for a night of music. If you are interested let me know.
Sunday Brunch at Commanders Palace(1403 Washington Ave) 10:30 AM. I have reservations for King(2), Adams(2), Cave(1), Dobbs(2), Hahn(2), Crosby(2), Summerour(1), Richeson(2), Sallman(2), Maud(2), Wagner(2), Preston(1) and maybe’s from Schwartz(2) and Merritt(2). If anyone else wants to come let me know ASAP.
For those of you interested in the French Quarter Fest Music the following are recommended by Billy Goodell:
Papa Grows Funk, 5:45-7:00 Abita Beer Stage
Rebirth Brass Band, 5:45 -7:00 Capital One Bank Stage
Charmaine Neville, 2:00-3:15 WWL TV stage
Preservation Hall-Stars, 11:00-12:15 WWL TV Stage
Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and Russell Batiste jr., 4:00-5:30, Abita Beer Stage
Soul Rebels, 7:45-9:00, Captal One Stage
Bonerama, 7:30-9:00 Abita Beer Stage
SATURDAY: Abita Beer Stage(afternoon and night)….best music line-up of the festival.
3 free kegs of beer at tournament, Abita Amber no less!!!

Rugby Day – March 24, 2012


> Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:36:24 -0500
> To: NORFC@yahoogroups.com

> 10 -12 JESUIT
> 12-2 AUDUBON
> 2-4 RUMMEL

> Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:03:46 -0400
> From: giepert

> S Miss would like to switch with Lake Area and Audubon and play at 1:45pm. Anyone have any problems with that? S Miss v Rummel is presently set to kick off at 11:45.
> Gary

> Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:48:15 -0400
> From: giepert

> Here is the latest schedule for the Day of Rugby
> > 10 -12 JESUIT
> > 12-2 AUDUBON
> > 2-4 RUMMEL
> > 4-6 BR MARTIN
> > 6-8 SHAW / LAKE AREA

Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:40:42 -0400
> From: giepert@cox.net
> CC: norfc@yahoogroups.com
> I had one error in the previous e-mail. S Miss needs to play earlier than the 3:15 time slot. So that game has been switched with the Lake Area v Audubon game.
> Here is the final schedule: ( I hope)
> 2:00pm BR MARTIN V ESA
> Please e-mail me that your team will be there one hour in advance of its game time. There will be a charge at the gate for all spectators, $7 for adults, $3 for children. In addition, every New Orleans team must take an hour shift at the gate. Please e-mail me and let me know what hour you can take. This includes NORFC Gold, Green and Purple. If I don’t hear from you by 5pm I will assign times.
> Gary

Gary –
Thank YOU for all you did to coordinate all of us!!!  MS Rugby Club (aka: S. MISS) will be there on Saturday for our 12:45 pm game against Rummel.
We look forward to the event!
Lori Sutherland
MS Rugby Club
 — On Tue, 3/20/12, giepert@cox.net  wrote:
From: giepert@cox.net <giepert@cox.net>
Cc: norfc@yahoogroups.com
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 8:40 AM
I had one error in the previous e-mail.  S Miss needs to play earlier than the 3:15 time slot.  So that game has been switched with the Lake Area v Audubon game. 

Here is the final schedule:  ( I hope)


Please e-mail me that your team will be there one hour in advance of its game time.  There will be a charge at the gate for all spectators, $7 for adults,   $3 for children.  In addition, every New Orleans team must take an hour  shift at the gate.  Please e-mail me and let me know what hour you can take.  This includes NORFC Gold, Green and Purple.  If I don’t hear from you by 5pm I will assign times.


Audubon (Youth) Rugby Club Forms

Conrad Briet says, “Most of the credit goes to Paul M and Sammy F for their efforts in starting and coaching the club.

Below is a brief history of the inception of the club as provided by Breit:

The Audubon Rugby Club (Barbarians) was started by Paul Miniclier (Notre Dame RFC) in the fall of 2011 as the result of the desire of his two sons to play high school rugby. The high school they attend does not have a rugby club affiliated with the school so the Audubon Rugby Club was formed by Paul Miniclier as a club not affiliated with any particular high school. Paul reached out to Gary Giepert (Louisiana High School Rugby Commissioner) in order form the club and in order to be included in the league. The team is open to any high school student in the New Orleans area who desires to play rugby regardless of what school he attends. There are several different schools represented on the roster and some players travel from as far as Destrehan, Mandeville & Baton Rouge. The head coach is Sam Farnet (New Orleans Old Boy and 2011 Shaw Eagles Coach) with assistance from parents/coaches Conrad Breit, Bob Olsonoski & Joe D.

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 NOLA.com  http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2012/01/new_orleans_public_school_team.html

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/DeepSouthRugby.net”.
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 DeepSouthRugby@hotmail.com.     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

Four NORFC Players Help USA Rugby South Defeat Jamaica (52-5)

 by John Devonport…

Saturday June 25 2011
Kingston, Jamaica

Both sides were first-round knockout losers in the NACRA tournament, with Jamaica losing
narrowly to Cayman and the USA similarly to Mexico. The South, driven by their Mexican
experience, challenged Jamaica to play in Jamaica. This was accepted, IRB approval was given and
the game was on.

The South had four team changes from the Mexico game due to injury and availability. Mathew Hughson and Ty Elkins from Charlotte were drafted into the backs, with Jarret Falcon (New Orleans) and Dave Meehan (Boca Raton) joining the forwards.

Jamaica had not hosted a non-Caribbean touring team for over 20 years, so this was
new territory for them in an organizational and playing sense, and it was only the second
overseas journey for the South. The Jamaica RFU is also going through some major
restructuring under the capable hands of CEO Anne Shirley while having to compete for
playing resources with a well-financed (UK) Rugby League program on the island, so the
challenges were many and various.

The game was played in the beautiful setting of the UTECH grounds in Kingston, settled in
under the Blue Mountains with a temperature of 82 degrees offset by a nice breeze. JRFU had
prepared a great surface on close to a full-sized pitch.

The referee was none other than Scott Harland, NACRA’s Canadian development director,
who had also managed to jam in a referee course and a Level 1 coaching course into his two
days on the island!


Jamaica kicked off supported by a brisk breeze and the honors were even as each side felt
each other out. First blood to the South in the 10th minute as scrum half Anthony Alexander
(Little Rock) finished off some great approach work by the forwards. His try was converted
by club mate Chance Hugh, who had certainly brought his kicking boots with him. 7-0 10

The forwards continued to seek supremacy on both sides and Jamaica showed flashes of
brilliance with dangerous break-outs by their talented and fast backs, which asked many
questions of the South defense, but they were up to it.

In the 20th minute, a concerted drive by the South pack through multiple phases saw #
7 Tim Barford of Loughborough University, who had taken over pack leadership while skipper
Shawn O’Brien (Johnson City) was off for repairs, drive over from close in. Conversion by
Hugh took the score to 14-0.

Jamaica continued to press for cracks in the South defense and were eventually rewarded
with a break away try coming from pressure. 28 minutes, score 14-5.

The game ebbed and flowed both ways, before a game ending injury to hooker Owen Sharer (University of South Carolina) saw him replaced by Jarret Falcon of the successful D2 national champions New Orleans, with Barford moving to hooker. Some tight
exchanges up front saw Scott Terrell (Huntsville) gone for the game with an ankle injury to
be replaced by David Dave Meehan
(Boca Raton) on 39 minutes.

The pack stepped up the pressure on Jamaica creating more and more opportunities for the
South backs, who were becoming increasingly penetrative and confident. Then, man of the
match Mark Fulmer (Little Rock) delivered two killer blows with two tries in the final two minutes of the first half, with one converted. Half time score: South 26, Jamaica 5

Skipper O’Brien did not return for the second half, and was replaced by Rob Hoffman of New
Orleans at 8. The South also brought speedster Ty Elkins (Charlotte) on to add fresh legs to the
attack at the start of the second half. These impact changes were immediately effective
as South piled on the pressure. Jason Forseman was able to wriggle through for a try
14 minutes into the second half as Jamaica were pinned back with some great tactical
kicking from No. 10 Jeff Reuther, who continued to put Jamaica on the back foot. This try was again
converted by Chance to make it 33-5.

Jamaica would not lie down, soaking up waves of approach work by the rejuvenated South
pack, but the pressure told when Fulmer was able to score his third try of the game on the
hour through a well worked overlap. 40-5.

Jamaica made their changes and their strength in off-loads led to some anxious moments
as they penetrated the South line only to often lose the ball on turnovers coming from
resolute defensive tackling by the South backs.

A counter-attack saw the South go further ahead with an opportunist try ahead by New Orleans
sub Rob Hoffman, which went unconverted. 45-5

The South closed the final quarter by tightening the screws. They brought on their
subs — Abukuppeh of Little Rock and trainer Sean Borman of Boca — before delivering the final blow with a try from Mathew Hughson of Charlotte, the score again
converted by the impeccable boot of Chance, who was 6 for 8 on the day. Final score 52-5.

Considering Jamaica have had so little exposure to visiting teams they lacked for nothing
in spirit and defiance and at times showed the bursts of electrifying pace that have defined
their sevens success.

A strong bond has been formed between to two sides through the game and the hospitality
which was second-to-none.

Both teams look forward to further exchanges as Jamaica regroup and rebuild and the
South continue to benefit from their close relationship with their NACRA brothers in this
emerging partnership which can only benefit all.

























USA Rugby on NORFC National Champs Div 2 Match

David Halvorson Jr.
June 5, 2011

New Orleans and the Tampa Bay Krewe went toe-to-toe in the Men’s Club DII Final on Sunday in Glendale, Colorado.  New Orleans came away with a 27-21 victory and their first ever national championship.

The Krewe from Tampa opened up scoring in the 7th minute behind a try by prop Joe Hillbush and a conversion by Matt Mcginnis.  A missed penalty kick and poor offensive continuity by New Orleans kept Tampa in the lead for the first twenty minutes of play, but the lead would not last long. 

To the delight of the New Orleans team, winger Mauricia Urrutia found his kicking form in the 21st minute on a penalty kick and opened up scoring for the challengers from the Big Easy.  Just five minutes later, Sean Malek rumbled into the try zone and gave New Orleans a lead they never lost.  

Urrutia was given multiple opportunities to score on penalty kicks and he was able to record his second of the day in the 32nd minute, which extended their lead to 11-7 at the half. 

The second half of play was one characterized by scoring runs by both teams. 

Patrick Kennedy of New Orleans scored a try in the 42nd minute and was complimented by a conversion by Urrutia.  This quick score made it 18-7 and allowed New Orleans to gain strong momentum early on in the half.    

The forward pack for New Orleans dominated the scrum all day long and set the tone for their speedy back line to make breaks that seemed to wear down the Krewe.  Big lock, Ben Benvennuti, punished Tampa ball carriers on multiple occasions and created substantial energy for his team.  The New Orleans energy turned into Tampa penalties that gave Urrutia more kicking opportunities.  Urrutia was able to kick two penalties through and bring the score to 24-7 through 55 minutes.  

Faced with a three score deficit, the Tampa Krewe found themselves in dire straits with just 25 minutes to play.  Like a champion, they fought back.  Alex Pellicier scored a try in the 60th minute and Matt McGinnis was able to convert and bring the score to 24-14.  

The Krewe were not to be denied their repeat and found new life in the last quarter of the game.  Dustin Frank found the try zone in the 66th and Matt McGinnis booted the conversion through to bring the score to 24-21 and realign the status quo.  

Now the men from New Orleans found themselves in front of a Tampa Bay train of momentum.  With just 14 minutes to play, New Orleans scored the final points of the game, and were able to stamp out Tampa Bay in the end.

Dube’s Views on the New Division 1 Southeastern College Rugby Conference (SCRC)

The 2010-11 Season saw a dramatic change in the structure of USA collegiate rugby. Starting with matches in March of 2011, the Collegiate Premier Division with 31 teams competing in 4 conferences for the title of national champion became the elite college conference. Wherever the idea for the new division came from USA Rugby was an early supporter. The following are comments by USA Rugby Collegiate Director, Todd Bell, made during the early stages of formation, “This competition is one of the visible results of USA Rugby’s commitment to college rugby. The end goal for us is to showcase the college game as a high level competitive sport in America…Pairing a dynamic and action-packed Olympic sport with well-established university brands is a great opportunity for rugby to attract new talent and expand the fan base.”
Various people have differing views on the success of the new division but the idea of using “well-established university brands” as an impetus for spreading rugby has caught on. By May of 2011 six new conferences had been approved by USA Rugby with a June 1st deadline for other conferences to apply for approval. The six conferences are: (Division I) East Coast Rugby Conference, Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference, Southwest Collegiate Rugby Conference, Atlantic Coast Rugby League, and (Division II) Rugby Northeast men and Rugby Northeast women.
Southeastern College Rugby Conference Commissioner, James Farrar (South Carolina), saw the move to these new conferences as inevitable, “Due to the recent restructuring efforts by USA Rugby, collegiate teams all across the nation will soon be faced with the challenge of transitioning into a network of competitive conferences similar to that of the NCAA,” http://www.rugbyamerica.org/2011/01/08/sec-rugby-conference-being-formed/. The new SCRC conference (http://www.secrugby.com) will consist of the following teams playing for a Division 1 title: (full members) Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and (associate member) Arkansas.
From the Deep South Union three teams (Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and University of Alabama) will be moving to SCRC Division 1 play next season following seasons where none of them made the play-offs in their 4 team Division 2 USA Rugby South Southeastern division. The effect this sudden leap in class will have on these programs is anyone’s guess. Also, how will national powerhouse LSU feel after a season competing against these weaker programs? WWW.DeepSouthRugby.net asked Deep South Union President and Disciplinary Director for the newly formed SCRC, Charles Dube, a few questions about the upcoming changes to conference structure and his opinions on some of the issues involved. Below are the questions and Dube’s responses.
DSR.net : Why did it come about? Was there internal pressure from schools, external pressure, or a combination? Was it thought that aligning with the old SE football conference would build student body and alum support?
Dube: I can’t exactly say where or when the movement to conferences actually began. I know that 18 months ago there were general discussions about the college game and how it was being put forth to the American public. One of the things most people realized was that colleges recognize other conference foes and rivalries. For the most part the USA Rugby college model was play whoever is around you for travel purposes. Therefore the push was to move toward a conference model that pitted schools against their regular rivals in other traditional NCAA sports. The pressure to change the college rugby model was more of an answer to how to move the college game forward and put a product in an environment that would allow for the best amount of growth or at the very least recognition from the schools and alumni.

DSR.net: Did the inclusion of 7s in the Olympics and what will hopefully be a higher profile for this version of the game influence the conference development?
Dube: As far as the 7’s model goes and its Olympic inclusion, I don’t think it was a factor in the push to form conferences. However, I believe we will see an annual SCRC 7’s tournament held each year in the early Fall. The 7’s season will probably grow by a month or two to encompass the late Spring, Summer and early fall months through the Olympic conclusion. It will be interesting to see how the College Rugby Championship or CRC, now in its 2nd year, will grow.

DSR.net: Will there be 2 six team divisions within the conference and if so, which teams will be in those divisions?
Dube: How the bracketing will be arranged and the schedule of play has not yet been released.

DSR.net: Traditionally the SEC rugby has been an LSU vs. Tenneessee playoff. I suppose this is expected to continue for awhile, but is there a belief, hope, dream that the new conference will inspire some broader competition?
Dube: I would imagine that teams like LSU and Tennessee will continue to hold the edge over some of the other teams on the western side of the conference. However, as more high school teams develop and these teams play regular competition that is of a higher standard the hope is that there will be improvement in play throughout the conference.

DSR.net: LSU and Tennessee were in the College Premiere Division and didn’t do that badly. LSU ended up ranked 20th and Tennessee 22nd out of the 31 teams in the league. Are they leaving for financial reasons?
Dube: For teams leaving the CPD, I think it comes down to some cost and benefit analysis. It is not for me to say what any team’s expectations were going into the CPD, but after the season ends you would feel they would sit down and determine if the costs associated were in line with the goals of the club. Perhaps a chance to stay closer to home and play recognized teams from their region of the country was a motivating factory in deciding to leave the CPD. It could have been strictly financial, travel times, there is any number of factors that could cause a team to decide to leave the CPD and play elsewhere. I think there were a few teams around the country that could have competed in the CPD, but for whatever reason chose not to do so.

DSR.net: I am imagining that this conference will be closed, so a developing team like U of West Florida will not have a way ever into this conference. Is there a vision that these Bayou conference teams will just continue along as Bayou Div. 3 until they reach a level where they will be Bayou Div. 2?
Dube: What to do with the remaining teams in the Deep South becomes an interesting competitions question. I believe that for the 2011/2012 season the best course of action is to simply move all of the remaining Deep South Bayou teams up to Div II. In doing so ULL comes back into the fold and we can keep an Eastern and Western bracket for the next year. The difficult decision will lay in planning the 2012/2013 season, as USA Rugby will require teams such as ULL, Tulane, USM, and Troy to play Div I based on university enrollment, size, and NCAA divisional football play. I am committed to sorting out as much of the Bayou League Collegiate bracket as possible before stepping down in November.

DSR.net: In an article in RUGBYmag (http://www.rugbymag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=798:college-rugby-state-of-the-union&catid=101:op-eds&Itemid=302 )
Pat Clifton writes, ” The SWCRC is not the only conference who has excluded a team or two that makes geographical sense. The SEC opted to not include Arkansas State and Florida State, amongst others, because they wanted to stick with the traditional SEC schools. Both, especially Florida State, fit the geographical map of the SEC. Florida State’s coaches also refuse to say anything negative about the SEC’s decision, for the record. ” Do you have any comment on Arkansas State or Florida State being excluded from SERC?

Dube: As far as commenting on FSU and Ark. St. being left out of the SERC, I don’t have too much of an opinion. I am not close to either of those programs and while it geographically makes sense to include those teams it does change the nature of the conference. While I feel for those teams excluded, I also recognize the independent conferences’ ability to control their own destiny and as such chose to limit those who are eligible to play within their respective conferences. Both FSU and Ark. St. are great programs and I am sure they will be tremendous assets to whatever conference they call home for the 2011/2012 season.

Dube suggested we contact James Farrar (Conference Commissioner) for answers to follow-up questions on how Arkansas’s associate membership would be different from full membership status of the other 11 teams in the conference.
Here are James Farrar’s responses:
First allow me to provide you with some background on the membership process before I answer your remaining questions:
Prospective programs are allowed to apply for either a Full Membership or an Associate Membership. Teams that declare and are accepted under the “Full Membership” status have full voting rights and representation on the Board of Directors. Those teams that declare and are accepted under the “Associate Membership” status will have no voting rights, though they will maintain access to certain other services as approved by policy of the Board of Directors. Membership status is determined by a tiered dues system. The amount of the dues will be determined at a later date by the membership as a whole once our annual expenses have been projected.

DSR.net:Why is Univ. of Arkansas an associate member? How will they be different from the other 11 teams?
1) All of the traditional Southeastern Conference teams, aside from Arkansas, elected to apply under the Full Membership provision. This status provides them with representation on the Board of Directors, access to both the 15’s & 7’s competition, as well as access to developmental programs and All-Conference events. Arkansas chose to apply as an Associate Member, electing only to participate in our annual 7’s tournament due to the travel commitment needed to compete full-time. Arkansas has committed to the Central-
West Conference for their 15’s matrix and additional services.

DSR.net:Has anything been decided yet about brackets and scheduling?
2) SCRC Competitions Director Nick Burgess is in the final stages of completing the brackets for the Spring matrix based on feedback from our members. Once it is completed we will release the schedule for all to publish.

Deep South Rugby 2010-11 Season Report

Deep South Rugby 2010-2011 Season Report
The following is an attempt to capture the highlights of rugby in the Deep South during the 2010-2011 season. If you have any other items you think should be added, send to deepsouthrugby@hotmail.com.
Congratulations to the following outstanding players and teams for the following accomplishments:
Adam Ducoing (Former Brother Martin player now with LSU) was selected by USA Rugby South in Aug. 2010 to play in the National 7s Championship in New York.

On July 17, 2010, NORFC lost to Atlanta Old White 17-7 in the USA Rugby South 7s Championship in Knoxville, TN, in the semi-finals. Old White beat Life University in the final 12-5. NORFC tied Life in their pool match.

The following rugby players made the South 7s Women’s All Star Team:
Corey Friedricks – NO Half Moons
Danye O’Mahoney – Auburn
Madeline Wilbanks – Auburn

The following players made the USA Rugby South Women’s U-19 All Star Team:
Madeline Wilbanks – Auburn
Maddie Windstein – Baton Rouge WRFC

Sept. 18, 2010 LSU lost to U Tenn in the final of the Southeastern Collegiate Seven Championship 19-17.
The following Deep South players made the All Tournament team: Robert Johns (LSU), Adam Ducoing (LSU), Jeff Pilgrim (MS State)

Cameron Falcon (Shaw High School) was selected as a USA High School All American. He played in the USA U-17 victory over Canada (44-29) in Santa Barbara, California, in Jan., 2011

The following NORFC players made the USA South Select Side that played Mexico’s national team in Mexico City on April 9th, 2011:
Robert Hoffman, Ross Bellachi, Mathew Upton, Mathew Lytle, Jeffrey Reuther (see Jeff Reuther’s match report in 2010-2011 articles.) Mexico won 25-9.

In 2011 the Alabama Sports Festival added Rugby 7s as a sport in the annual Alabama sporting event. The festival was held in Birmingham June 24-26 , 2011.

In March Alabama became the country’s 28th state-based youth and high school rugby organization (SBRO). (See article in 2010-2011 article archive.)

On April 8th at the French Quarter Fest Masters Tournament, Billy Goodell and Fran Thompson arranged a reunion match between what was once teams with a very bitter rivalry over 35 years ago, Crescent City and NORFC. A great time was had by all the ancient rugby players who were able to attend.

Congratulations to the following referees: Ed Land was promoted to L1 based on his performance this spring. Chris Liddy, Alex Sharland and Steve Parrill all received Territorial playoff appointments this spring in various playoff events. Steve Parrill was selected as Chairman of the USA Rugby Training Committee, which is part of the USA Rugby Referee and Laws Committee. Steve’s group oversees all of the referee training courses that the IRB and USA rugby offer across the United States. Steve is also the current Chairman of SRRA, (Southern Rugby Referee Association) which includes the Deep South, SERRS and Florida. SRRA is the referee oversight group for the South.
If anyone would like to become a referee, attend a class or host a class, please contact either Steve Parrill or Alex Shaland.

The Deep South hosted three USA Rugby South playoff events, two in Mobile, Alabama, and one in Freeport, Florida. The Deep South also hosted a Level 1 (Entry Level) referee course in Birmingham in July, 2010

Teams Review:
Men’s Division 1
There is currently no men’s division 1 side in the Deep South Union.
Atalanta Renegades (#1) and Boca Raton (#2) were USA Rugby South representative teams to national playoffs. Both sides fell in the Round of 32. The Renegades were beaten by Metropolis (MW #4) 34-31 and Boca Raton fell 26-14 vs. Cincinnati (MW#3).
The semifinal matches were Olympic Club (Pacific#1) vs. Palmer (MW#1) and Glendale Raptors (West N#1) vs. Boston Irish Wolfhounds (NE#2). Olympic Club from San Francisco lost to  Glendale (Colorado) in the championship 20-15.

Men’s Division 2
South’s South Pool Bracket A.
The Pool Points (3 for win, 2 for draw, 1 for loss, 0 for forfeit but played, -1 for forfeit not played, -3 for no show)
New Orleans 21
Baton Rouge 15
Battleship 8
Jackson 8

NORFC won their bracket. NORFC scored an incredible 422 points to their opponents 34 in the six pool matches they played in the spring. They faced Birmingham (#2 team in South Pool Bracket B) on April 2nd in New Orleans and won 15-0. In the quarter final round NORFC defeated Knoxville 44-3 April 16th in New Orleans. USA Rugby South’s Final 4 was played in Lakeland, Florida, on April 30 & May 1st. NORFC defeated Greenville 73-0 in their semi-final match and lost to Krewe (Tampa) 37-19 in the final. (Krewe was the defending 2010 Div. 2 National Champion.) Both Krewe and NORFC advanced to the national round of 16 played in Manassas, Virginia, May 22nd. Both Krewe and NORFC won all their matches to advance to the Final Four. NORFC beat Buffalo (MidWest #1) 48-22 and Doylestown (Mid-Atlantic #1) 61-17 to advance to a national semi-final match in Glendale, Colorado, on June 4th against Fresno (Pacific#1).

In Glendale the NORFC would not be denied a natinal championship. They ripped through Fresno 38-17 to find themselves once again facing Tampa Krewe. This time for the national championship. NORFC came away with  a27-21 win against the defending champs and the first national championship for NORFC.

 Men’s Division 3
In Pool G of the USA Rugby South Division 3 the points (3 for win, 2 for draw, 1 for loss,0 for forfeit but played, -1 for forfeit but not played, -3 for no show) were as follows:
New Orleans B (Green) 19
Okaloosa 17
Tallahassee 13
Pensacola 10
Panama City 3

NORFC B (Green) won their pool the first year this side competed in the division 3 competition. In the quarterfinals on April 16th, NORFC B (Green) defeated Krewe B (Tampa) in New Orleans 22-12. In the semi-final match in Lakeland, FL, on April 30th, New Orleans Green lost to Columbus/ Ft Benning 54-24. The following day Bragg captured the title defeating Columbus/Ft. Benning 22-13. In the national round of 16 both sides lost their first matches – Columbus/Ft Benning to Old Gaelic (Mid-Atlantic #1) 47-8 and Bragg 25-22 to Virginia (Mid-Atlantic #2). Bragg won their consolation round match 25-21 vs. Cincinnati Kelts.
Virginia fell to Syracuse (13-11) and Old Gaelic to Metropolis (20-10). National semi-final matches paired South Bay Rhinos (S.Cal.#1) vs. Metropolis B (MW#2) and Dallas (W#2) vs. Syracuse (NE#2).

The final saw Metropolis (Minneapolis) defeating Syracuse 46-25 to claim the Div. 3 championship.

Men’s Collegiate: Premier Division
This year was the first year of the Premiere College Division. LSU played in Mid-South Conference of the College Premiere Division.
The following are the results of LSU’s matches in the CPD:
Losses: Arkansas State 0-58 (home)
Notre Dame 11-15 (home)
Life University 8-71 (away)
Wins: Univ of Oklahoma 39-5 (home)
Univ of Tennessee 41-11 (away)
Texas A&M 16-10 (away)

The top 2 teams in the Mid- South Conference (#1 Arkansas State & #2 Life) advanced to the quarterfinals. Life traveled to California and lost to Univ. of California (Berkeley) Golden Bears 43-10 while Arkansas State Redwolves defeated Saint Mary’s College 30-17 at home. In the semi-finals in Glendale, Colorado, the Redwolves fell to Brigham Young University 36-15 and Cal defeated Utah 62-14 to set-up what has become the traditional top college rugby final of Cal vs. BYU. This was the 6th consecutive year they played in the final. Cal had won the last 4 and they came away a winner (21-14) on May 21st, 2011, in Utah to claim the first ever Collegiate Premiere Division Championship. This was their 26th national championship since the origin of a collegiate national championship in 1980.
In Rugby Magazines ranking of the 31 teams who played the first year in the Collegiate Premier Division LSU was ranked 20th.

Men’s Collegiate Division 1
There are no Deep South Union teams in Division 1.
Univ. of Florida was the USA Rugby South Champ. UF beat Univ. of Maryland 57-16 in the Round of 16 and lost to Bowling Green 21-8 in the Round of 8. Bowling Green lost 31-3 to UC-Santa Barbara in the semi-finals. UC-Santa Barbara fell 38-19 to Davenport Univ. in the final.

Men’s Collegiate Division 2
Points: (4 for win, 2 for draw, 1 for 4 or more tries, 1 for loss by less than 7 points)
Southeastern Conference West Division standings:
Univ of Louisiana (Lafayette) 10
LSU (B) 10
Univ of Mississippi 4
Mississippi State Univ. 0

Southeastern Conference East Division standings:
Auburn 10
Vanderbilt 9
Univ of Alabama 8
Univ of Tennessee (B) 1

In Conference semi-finals East Conference #2, Vanderbilt, beat UL-Lafayette 19-18 and East Conference #1, Auburn, defeated Ole Miss 42-6. Vanderbilt beat Auburn in the Southeastern Conference final 9-3. In the USA Rugby South Final 4 in Mobile on March 26th, Vandy lost to East Carolina (Dogwood Conference Champ) 22-9. In the final East Carolina fell to Univ of South Florida (Florida Conference Champ) 29-11. Both teams advanced to the National Div. 2 Round of 16 where both teams had an easy time. East Carolina University cruised past William Patterson (NE #1) 57-7 and USF took Bentley (NE#3) 44-13. In the Round of 8 East Carolina lost a close one to Salisbury (Mid-Atlantic #1) 32-29 and USF lost to Middlebury (NE #1) 38-14 in the Round of 8. Middlebury defeated Salisbury 29-26 to make it to the final where they lost to Wisconsin Whitewater (Mid-West #1) 7-3.

(Note from C. Dube, Deep South Union President) The LSU-B didn’t play in the Div II finals because they along will all Div I/CPD College teams fielding second sides are considered developmental or JV. Therefore the idea was to get these guys in a bracket and give them some developing game time, but the teams were never intended to be separate teams like they are in the Senior Men’s brackets. My guess is that when there was no set guidelines for CPD and Div I teams hosting 3rd side or second side games this was the best meaningful way to make sure JV or second side players were getting game time.

Men’s Collegiate Div 3 Bayou Conference
Points: (4 for win, 2 for draw, 1 for 4 or more tries, 1 for loss by less than 7 points)
East Division
Univ. of West Florida 24
Spring Hill 24
Univ. of South Alabama 10
Troy Univ. 0

West Division
Tulane 29
Loyola 15
Univ. of Southern Mississippi 0
Univ. of New Orleans 0

On March 27th the University of West Florida defeated Tulane 28-0 to become the Bayou Conference Champ and advanced to play-offs. The USA Rugby South Div. 3 Championship matches were played in Mobile on April 2nd and 3rd. UWF defeated Sewanee, the Dixie Conference Champ, 22-19 in the semifinal and Furman College, the Peach Conference Champ, 46-11 to claim the USA Rugby South Division 3 Championship. UWF advanced to the quarterfinal round of the National Small College Rugby Organization Division 3 Championship. On April 16th in Knoxville they played Longwood University, the Virginia and Mid-Atlantic RFU Champ. Longwood came away the winner 31-17 and advanced to the semi-finals. Longwood went on to beat Salve Regina College from Rhode Island, New England RFU Champ, 27-22, in the semi-final and claim the title of 2011 NSCRO Men’s Collegiate Division 3 Champion with their 36-27 win over Occidental College from Los Angeles, Southern California RFU Champ, in the final.

In the final 2010-2011 ranking of the 135 small colleges in the NSCRO competition, University of West Florida was ranked #6 with a 9-2 record.

Women’s Division 1
There are no Deep South Division 1 sides.
2010 Women’s Division 1 Champion was San Diego by a score of 16-12 over Atlanta.
The 2011 playoffs will be played Oct. 30th and 31st in Austin and the Finals on Nov. 14-16th in Mesa, Arizona.

Women Division 2
The following are results from the South Division 2 Championships: In October of 2010 Miami defeated Knoxville to claim the championship. The top 8 Division 2 teams in USA Rugby South were ranked as follows:
#1 Miami
#2 Knoxville
#4 New Orleans
#6Baton Rouge

In the quarterfinals of the national tournament Miami lost to Atomic Sisters (West #1) 29-0. The Atomic Sisters beat Raleigh Venom (Mid-Atlantic #1) 20-7 to make it to the final where they lost to Albany Knickerbockers (NE #1) 22-0.
In consolation play Miami defeated Budd Bay Bandits (Pacific #1) 19-0 and then lost to Severn River (Mid-Atlantic #2) 24-20 to end up ranked 4th nationally.

Women’s Collegiate – Division 1
There are no Deep South Division 1 sides.
USA Rugby South Champ, Univ. of North Carolina, defeated UC-San Diego (S. Cal. #1) 12-10 in their first match and fell to Army 51-0 in their second match in the national tournament. Army beat Cougar’s Women’s Rugby 31-20 on their way to their victory by a score of 33-29 over Penn State in the final.

Women’s Collegiate – Division 2 (No Deep South Div 1 sides)
Points in USA Rugby South Iris Division South Conference:
(4 for win, 2 for draw, 1 for 4 or more tries, 1 for loss by less than 7 points)
Kennesaw State University 24
Univ of Alabama 10
Auburn 5
Univ of South Alabama 0

Kennesaw State (Iris South #1 seed) defeated North Georgia (Iris North #2 seed) 32-20 on Feb. 19th to advance to the Iris Conference Championship. Univ of Alabama (Iris South #2 seed) lost to Lee Univ (Iris North #1 seed) 84-7. In the Iris Conference Championship on Feb. 26th Lee Univ squeezed by Kennesaw State 30-26 to win the title and advance to the USA Rugby South Final 4. The South Championship matches were held in Mobile on March 26 & 27th. Elon , the Dogwood Conference Champ, was steamrolled by Lee 81-0. The Orange Conference Champ did not participate, so Kennesaw State replaced them and went down to the Univ of North Carolina – Charlotte, the Oak Conference Champ, 21-10. Lee Univ won the final against UNC – Charlotte by a score of 17-10. Lee advanced to the National Championships in San Diego held on April 16th and 17th. In their first match they lost to George Washington Univ., Mid-Atlantic #2 seed, 20-5. In the consolation round Lee defeated Claremont College, Southern California #1 seed) 38-0.
George Washington lost their next match to Western Washington 20-12. Western Washington lost their next match to Radcliffe 32-14. Radcliffe defeated Notre Dame in the final 22-10 to claim the 2011 USA Rugby Division 2 Women’s National Championship.

Deep South Youth Rugby

Jesuit Blue Jays captured the 2011 Louisiana State High School Championship by defeating Shaw 17-7 in the final on April 16th at the Pan American Stadium in City Park. Brother Martin was 3rd. The Territorial Union (USA Rugby South) allowed Louisiana to send 3 teams to the championship tournament held in Sanford, Florida, on April 30 & May 1st. Jesuit went as Louisiana’s #1 seed in the high school bracket. Shaw chose to go as Louisiana’s #2 seed in the high school bracket. Brother Martin was Louisiana’s #1 seed in the U-19 multi-school bracket.
All 3 Louisiana sides lost their first matches. Jesuit fell 14-21 to Chapin (SC) Eagles, Shaw 36-0 to Charlotte (NC) Catholic, and Brother Martin 27-0 to Spartans (Georgia). Jesuit defeated Greenville (SC) 36-0 and Shaw downed Providence (NC) 19-7 in their second matches of the day. Brother Martin lost their 2nd match 29-19 to Greer (SC) Spartans. On Sunday Shaw defeated Greenville (SC) Red Raiders 19-27 and Jesuit trounced Providence (NC) 41-0. Brother Martin lost a close match 21-27 to Alpharetta (G) Phoenix.
In the high school bracket Charlotte Catholic took the championship with a 43-12 win over Jupiter (F).
In the U-19 Multi-School Bracket Naples (Fl) Bears defeated Raleigh (NC) Rattlesnakes 22-3 .

The final USA Rugby South 2011 High School standings are as follows:
#1 Charlotte Catholic (NC)
#2 Jupiter (F)
#3 Chapin Eagles (SC)
#4 Kennesaw Mountain (G)
#5 Jesuit Blue Jays (L)
#6 Providence (NC)
#7 Shaw (L) (* editor’s note)
#8 Greenville (SC)

On May 21st in Utah at the national championships Charlotte defeated Fallbrook (Sou Cal #1) 10-7 to advance to the semi-finals where they lost to the defending champion, Xavier (NE #1), in a heartbreaker 18-17. Xavier lost to Sacramento Jesuit 50-27 in the final.

The final USA Rugby South 2011 U-19 Boys Club standings are as follows:
#1 Naples Bears (F)
#2 Raleigh Rattlesnakes (NC)
#3 Mathews Vipers (NC)
#4 Greer Spartans (SC)
#5 Tampa Barbarians (F)
#6 Trojans (G)
#7 Alpharetta Phoenix (G)
#8 Brother Martin (L)

In the national tournament the Naples Bears lost a close one (11-13) to Utah United who beat Kansas City Jr. Blues 29-20 to get to the final where they faced their perennial foe, Highland. Highland captured their 20th national championship since 1980 by a score of 38-24.

DeepSouthRugby.Net … Year 5: Dream Achieved

DeepSouthRugby.Net … Year 5: Dream Achieved
The original scheme behind this website was to use it to get press credentials to the 2007 World Cup. I can just imagine now some French media person sitting by a computer scoffing at our application while sipping wine and puffing on a Disque Bleu. Since inception though we have tried to embrace a mission to develop and maintain a history of rugby in our region. With the help of many contributors this mission is being achieved. Continue to send us news of your teams, teammates, and tournaments. This year we suffered a brief set-back when our site crashed and all files were lost. We have since rebuilt the site (Thanks to Michelle, Fran’s wife) and are hopefully making it better. We’re adding a feature to archive team photos. If you have photos of a Deep South team you would like included, send to the email address below.
Last summer DeepSouthRugby.Net traveled to New Jersey to be some of the handful of spectators to watch the USA Eagles outplayed by France A (see report in 2010-11 Articles) in the Churchill Cup Finals. Although we had no press credentials, the stadium was so empty we moseyed into press seats on the midfield line with plenty of room to stretch out. We had enough beer down us that we were well impressed with our faux-official press status. Early this year I filed the forms to get press credentials to the World Cup. At first we were denied, but after an appeal and some help from former Tulane rugby player and rugby media personality John Howe, we received word that the New Zealand World Cup Media Center has approved our request for press credentials. Go figure!? Anyway … DeepSouthRugby.Net will be there from the first match on September 9th thru the finals on Oct. 23rd with a regular blog, interviews, and opinions on the greatest rugby tournament of them all.
If you are planning to be in New Zealand for the tournament, send us an email (deepsouthrugby@hotmail.com) . It would be great to meet up and share world cup experiences over some New Zealand libations.
Cheers, Croz