The Rams finished strong this weekend, going undefeated through the Heart of America Classic and winning the overall championship in Kansas City. In total, CSU outscored their opponents 212-22 through the weekend. Their dominance carried them to the championship match against University of Missouri Kansas City, whom they defeated 42-10. The Ram's strong weekend comes off the heels of a big win over CU, with plenty of momentum to carry into Laramie next Saturday as they face the University of Wyoming.
The Rams got off to a great start at the Heart of America Classic this Saturday, going 2-0 against Pittsburgh State and UMKC. CSU has yet to give up a try this tournament, as they defeated Pitt State 36-0 and UMKC 75-0. The Rams will look to continue their dominance today as they take on KU.
Saturday was the first meeting between CSU and CU since a tough away loss in Boulder last semester. This time the Rams had home-field advantage and delivered an exceptional all-around performance. From the opening kick CSU took control and didn't let up, routing the buffs 62-5. A dominant performance over an in-State rival definitely gives a jolt to an already strong season, look forward to more great things to come this semester!
The 7s team finished out their time in Las Vegas with back to back wins and a bowl victory. They won against Ithica Friday morning with a score of 36-10 to advance to the bowl final, where they again faced Ithica- and once again the Rams won 36-10. They'll bring home a little hardware and a lot of momentum going into the spring season.
The Rams had two games today in Las Vegas as play started for the 2016 Invitational 7s Tournament, unfortunately dropping both in a less than ideal start. Their morning game was a narrow loss to Miami Ohio. The afternoon was less of a nail-biter, as CSU went down 31-0 to American International College. The men will look to turn their day around as they play Ithica in their final match of the day.
Members of the Men's rugby team headed to Las Vegas this week to take part in the Las Vegas Invitational Rugby 7s Tournament. The Rams begin play today, Thursday March 3rd, and will play through the tournament tomorrow. Hopefully they'll go on to the final match on Saturday and bring home some hardware. For information on the Las Vegas Invitational and a full schedule of the matches, click here.
Regular updates will be posted as the tournament progresses, so check back often to see how the boys are doing.
The Rams drove to Tucson, AZ last weekend to take on the highly touted University of Arizona. The rams entered approached the match ranked 14th in the country, in comparison to the Wildcats 9th place ranking.
After a quick start and couple of scores through a penalty and a try, the Rams got out on top of their foes. The resilience of Arizona was clear from the get-go however, and they never let the Rams get out to more than a two try lead. The tables then turned for the worse in the 65th minute when the Wildcats scored the try to overtake CSU.
Determined to not let what was a physical back and forth game slip through their grasp, the men of Ram Rugby kicked a penalty and scored a try with five minutes left to take the lead once more-- which they maintained. Credit to flyhalf and kicker Lance Eberhard for showing great nerve with his boot on the day. Furthermore, man of the match Jackson Brockway was huge with his constant bombardment of textbook tackles that stopped every runner in their tracks. A great demonstration of science and physics.
For some great articles on the game, check out the links below:
The Rams came out firing in their first pre-season match vs. University of Denver on Saturday (1/31/15). With only a two hour window to fit in the game, the match followed an untraditional 3x 30min format.
The Rams A's started the first 30. After avoiding a quick penalty attempt by DU which sailed wide of the posts, they were quick to answer back when the got their hands on the ball-- with a five point try. This was followed by a few more which got them out to a quick 40 point lead going into the 2nd 30 minute period.
The 2nd 30 minutes saw the Rams try out some new players and combinations. One new recruit who looks to have a bright future ahead of him with the Rams was Duncan Frost. A transfer student from DU. With size and skill in his arsenal, he's looking to cement a spot in the A-Side 23 as a lock or front rower... The Rams ended the first 60 by giving up a try by DU. Although happy with the 65-5 lead, the players were the first ones to admit there is a lot of work to do between now and next weekends match against UofA.
The last 30 saw the majority of the B-Side get in a run. Although they were slow to start, and slow to get into the flow, they finished the period with some long durations of solid defense and big tackles. The highlight was a two phase try down the left sideline which saw 5 players touch the ball on short quick pops against a scrambling DU defense-- finished off by Andrew Wildermuth.
Man of the 'Matches' were Evan Geist for the A's, and Max Wyman for the B's.
As a testament to the growth and development of Ram Rugby, the club finished their Fall Season with a 99-27 defeat of the local Fort Collins Men's Club-- the Northern Colorado Flamingos.
There is no other official documentation of the club scoring this many points in it's history.
With a short winter off-season, the men of Ram Rugby will stay ready for the Spring by partaking in routine film and classroom sessions, as well as regular gym sessions each week. Stay tuned for the Spring game schedule, coming SOON!
In his first ever start for the USA Select XV, CSU Ram Rugby captain Ben Pinkelman not only played a fantastic game scoring a try, but also received Man of the Match Honors! A great way to cap off his tour with the Select XV.
With at least another year of rugby at CSU, we all cant wait to see the future unfold for someone who has a lot of potential as a rugby player.
For more info on his game against Uruguay, check this article out:
Ram Rugby captain and star, Ben Pinkelman, recently received huge honors of representing the USA in the Americas Rugby Championship just this month.
If you haven't seen Ben play then you might be surprised to hear of a 20 year old playing international men's rugby for the USA. You might also be surprised to hear he got man of the match in his first start when playing against Uruguay. However those of you have seen him play will understand completely.
His electric footwork and strong defense makes up for his smaller stature while playing against some of the worlds best. Not to mention that he is still growing and getting bigger every year.
Just two years ago he was playing his first ever games at full back for CSU during his freshman year. Now, as a junior, Ben has progressed to playing flanker and 8-man on the USA Men's Eagles Select XV-- a pure testament to his hard work over the last two years.
Congratulations Ben! We all look forward to seeing you keep improving your game and progressing to the next level in the very near future!
As of October of 2014, Tiger Rugby and the CSU Men's Rugby Club are proud to announce becoming affiliate clubs with one another... Now this immediately leads to a lot of questions...
First of all, who is Tiger Rugby?! In short, they are a quasi-professional rugby academy run out of Columbus, OH. Their full-time staff and year round training facility is home to some of the best rugby players the US has to offer. Mostly known for their 7's, the Tiger Rugby Men's Club travels the world playing in some of the most prestigious club 7's tournaments on the planet. In the last year alone they have competed in the Shanghai 7's (China), Cancun 7's (Mexico), Melrose 7's (Scotland), and the Central Coast 7's (Australia). Their standard of play is so high and professional, that USA Rugby has dubbed them one of four 'Olympic Development Programs', which is a strategic move proven to be paying off. Just recently, USA 7's sensation Perry Baker joined the Eagles squad-- a product of Tiger Rugby.
So now, what does this mean for Ram Rugby? Well, being an affiliate of Tiger means that we get to send our players to their academy each year to train and live like a professional. This year we will be sending Carmine Hernandez (senior), Jack O'Connor (freshman), and Liam Wynne (freshman) to their training facilities in Columbus on complete scholarship for two weeks over Christmas break. They will get the chance to train with some of the best men's and collegiate rugby players in the country, and get a great taste of what the next level of rugby looks like. The result of this will mean that when Tiger picks their men's and collegiate 7's sides to travel the world competing in tournaments, our players will be some of the first ones given the chance to be selected to play for them. A potentially huge honor!
Considering our two clubs have only been teamed up for a few weeks, we are incredibly excited for what we will be able to achieve with the help of one another. Plans are already in the works for some big exciting things to take place between the two clubs which will involve a lot more players than just three-- so stay tuned!
More than just the US rugby community is talking about CSU teaming up with the Canterbury Crusaders this September. This week the Crusaders themselves released their take on what it means to be coming to Fort Collins to put on an elite players camp for the first time ever. Check out what they had to say about the camp here:
Moreover, the New Zealand media is also talking about Colorado State University and Ram Rugby hosting the Crusaders. Check out what stuff.co.nz has to say about it here:
The CSU Men's Rugby Club is, as of this month, a proud sponsor of the Canterbury Rugby Football Union of New Zealand.
The CRFU is home to professional teams such as the Canterbury Crusaders and the Canterbury ITM Cup Side. The CRFU has produced countless All Blacks over the years, and won numerous titles-- making them one of the most successful rugby unions in the world.
The formed partnership will give elite rugby players from all over the US a chance to benefit from the relationship. The coaches of CSU are going to coordinate the operating of three day long rugby camps for elite players from all over the US to attend. The camps will be unique to anything every put on in the US in that they will be run by coaching officials from the CRFU.
The first camp is set to be later this year in September, in Fort Collins CO at CSU. The guest coach for this camp will be Tabai Matson, the Crusaders Assistant Head Coach.
The partnership will then furthermore benefit CSU in that a few Ram Rugby players will get the opportunity to travel each year on scholarship to New Zealand, to train at the International High Performance Unit in Christchurch; the official training facility of the CRFU.
It goes without saying that the teaming of CSU with the CRFU is something that will be sure to elevate rugby in the US and at Colorado State University to higher places than it has ever gone before!
The CSU Men's Rugby Club has created and released a new website!
For all of your inquiries, news, contact information, and more, simply head to www.ramrugby.com!
Links are also provided on the website to the clubs other media outlets-- Facebook and Instagram.
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