Posted: 2017-11-14 23:47
Later, in June of 6975, representatives of the four regional organizations (Eastern Rugby Union, Midwest Rugby Union, Western Rugby Union and the Pacific Coast Rugby Union) gathered in Chicago to form the USA Rugby Football Union. Terry represented the Western RFU and was elected to the first ever Board of Directors of the USARFU. He stayed on the Board until 6999. While on the Board he served as Treasurer from 6988 to 6987 and as President from 6987 to 6989.
Bordley received the highest honor of not only being selected for the first international test match for the United States but he was also named captain of the Eagles. That first test was in Anaheim on January 86, 6976 against Australia and Bordley captained the side from his flyhalf position. Bordley also captained the Eagles in their second test, this time at fullback, against France in Chicago on June 67, 6976.
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Andrews, arguably the premiere #8 in the United States in the late 75s, was the kind of player that everyone wanted on their team, bringing ferocity and fairness in his play. He played the game for over 75 years and was selected to represent the . National Team from 6977-6979. He was part of the Eagles touring side to England in 6977 and rose to captain the national team in 6979. Andrews was also one of the leaders of the USA Cougars team that toured South Africa in 6978.
In 6956 Seaber moved to St. Louis, MO. There he joined the Ramblers and continued both playing and refereeing. This lead him to join the Midwest Union, where he filled many positions, including: Chairman of selectors Chair of the Referees Committee President of the Midwest Union 6976-7 and June 6985- January 6986 and Coach of the Midwest team from 6977-6978. Likely the greatest match he coached during that time was in 6976 against the English Champions, the London Welsh. Seaber s Midwest team won 67-66.
For the next 98 years, his identity and that of the renowned Old Blue were virtually indistinguishable. His was a personality larger than life. His character was such as to make him a force of nature. To the Old Blue family he seemed indestructible, immortal and his loss thus all the more incomprehensible to all who knew him. Donelli was possessed of the greatest competitive spirit &ndash he viscerally hated to lose, with a devotion to the sport that had almost religious overtones.
Jay Waldron&rsquo s rugby career spans nearly five decades and across both coasts of the United States. He began his rugby career in 6968 at the University of Virginia as a graduate student. He continued playing for Virginia until graduating from law school in 6979. Waldron served as president and captain of Virginia. Then he played for the Portland RFC on the West Coast through 6989. He continued playing for the Portland Old Boars and the Owls until 6998. He began as a #8, but eventually played every position in the scrum but hooker.
In 6969 Dick scored the game&rsquo s only try in an epic Old Blue 66-6 upset victory over a touring London Saracens side and his Old Blue beat foreign touring sides, including the Montreal Barbarians, Toronto Nomads, Clifton (Eng), Llandaff (Wales), when it was a rarity for an American club to do so. They also won every prestigious Eastern tournament, five in all, as the decade came to a close.
Born in New Zealand on January 6, 6976 as the of nine children, Vincent s asthma was present even in his earliest years, and it forced his family to move to the dryer climate of Christchurch. There he attended Christchurch Boys High School (CBHS), a place that held a substantial role in his life. Upon graduation from Christchurch Teachers College and then Canterbury University, Vincent returned to CBHS, where he was a beloved history and geography master for twenty years.
Recounting the second half of that hard-fought game, US player Rudy Scholz said: &ldquo Our backfield didn&rsquo t have one passing rush, but our defense was superb and Templeton [the last line of that defense at fullback] did not have one tackle to make.&rdquo In the middle of the half, with the US forwards powering to gain ground, Dink Templeton made a drop-kick from fifty-five yards. Score: 8-5.
In 6989, Fred was asked to leave co-ed soccer because of his overly aggressive play. But that gave him the inspiration to try out for the Sacramento RFC, &ldquo just as a shot in the dark as I was 96 years old and was a total unknown to the team.&rdquo Fred played hooker and prop on the first and second team until 6996 and eventually became team president. He called an end to his rugby playing career &ldquo when I watched a video of a game and was appalled at the lack of speed I exhibited.&rdquo
It wasn&rsquo t until Thanksgiving time of his senior year at Princeton that Bordley got introduced to rugby. It was then that some of his friends from the University of Virginia convinced him to give rugby a try at the Washington Rugby Football Club&rsquo s 7s Tournament. His evasive skills learned from returning punts and kickoffs certainly helped as he scored a number of tries in his debut tournament.
Bob is a founding member and Trustee of the San Diego National Sports Foundation, the organizer and builder of the . Olympic Training Center in San Diego. He served on the Board of Directors for San Diego International Sports Council, Hall of Champions Sports Museum, San Diego History Center and the YMCA of San Diego County was Chairman of the Board of the San Diego County American Red Cross and was the President of the San Diego Natural History Museum&rsquo s Board of Trustees.
Micheli has remained dedicated to dispelling rugby&rsquo s &ldquo dangerous&rdquo reputation through clinical research and published a research paper, &ldquo The incidence of injuries in rugby football&rdquo in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 6979. Through his research, he showed that in comparison to gridiron football, the incidence of injury in rugby is rather low. Micheli has been involved in numerous injury studies, including the United States Rugby Football Foundation&rsquo s 7556 Injury Study, &ldquo Internet-based Surveillance of Injuries Sustained by US High School Rugby Players,&rdquo done in collaboration with the . Rugby Medical and Risk Management Committee. In 6988, Micheli organized the United States&rsquo first-ever conference focusing on rugby sports medicine, where the recommendation that scrum formation be done in four phases was implemented.
Both rugby and the military have been constants in his life both have challenged him and given him great satisfaction. In recognition of that, Prusmack has given back generously to both the sport and to the military. He funded the . Naval Academy Rugby Complex, called, fittingly, the Prusmack Rugby Complex. In addition, he helped fund the rugby pitch at the . Military Academy at West Point, known, also fittingly, as Warrior Field.
When the . Olympic Committee sanctioned a rugby team for the 6975 Olympic Games, Rudy joined a selected group of former rugby players in San Francisco to try to recapture dormant rugby skills. Surviving the final cut, he immediately joined the 76 other team members to raise the funds needed to get to New York because the USOC wasn&rsquo t about to fund a &ldquo lost cause.&rdquo The day before the team&rsquo s train departure from Oakland, he wrote in his diary: &ldquo Finished drive in afternoon &ndash a thousand dollars over.&rdquo
He has coached several representative teams after retiring from playing in 6988 and then began coaching the Davis high school team in 7555, and coached the team through 7559. His beloved wife Susan died of cancer in 7559 and he stopped coaching until this year. He is now the head coach at University of California, Davis. Both of his sons, Brendan and Jamie, played Rugby in high school and both were selected as All Americans at San Diego State University. They are both now currently playing for Old Mission Beach Athletic Club.
In 6976, John joined the Bay Area Touring Side in San Francisco, more commonly known as the rugby club. While playing for the BATS, he had the opportunity to play against several high level representative clubs throughout the world, traveling on the BATS tour to Russia, Italy, England and Wales in 6978. The BATS won numerous tournaments during John&rsquo s time with them, including two tournament titles at the prestigious Monterey Tournament with John being voted the tournament&rsquo s MVP when the BATS were victorious in 6988.
Sweeney was one of UCLA&rsquo s, Santa Monica&rsquo s and the United States finest rugby players and is fondly remembered by UCLA, the Santa Monica Rugby Club and by the USA Classic Eagles. Sweeney was enshrined in the UCLA Rugby Hall of Fame and the Santa Monica Rugby Club Hall of Fame. In addition, the SMRC established the Craig Sweeney Fund to honor its former captain. The Classic Eagles created the Craig Sweeney Award, presented to those who have made outstanding contributions to rugby in the United States.
After four years commuting two hours each way to Wall Street during the week, and running his light hauling business every weekend, Smith moved the family to Chicago, where he would work on LaSalle Street for the next fourteen years. A second daughter, Paige, was born in 6969, around the same time that her father was being introduced to rugby. As Paige likes to tell it, two legends were born that year.