SMC Magazine Publishes "Bringing Out the Best" Featuring Men's Rugby

August, 2008- The 2008 Gaels and Head Coach Tim O'Brien are currently featured in Erin Hallissy's article "Bringing out the Best." Hallissy chronicles O'Brien's success with the Gaels since coming to SMC in 2001, and includes several insights from former and current players and coaches, and avid rugby fans.

SMC Rugby Alum Voted IRANZ MVP and Vice-Captain

July 9, 2008--Wellington, New Zealand

Recent SMC graduate, rugby All-American and All-Star Kevin Swiryn, has been given yet another honor. This time, it was awarded by his coaches and fellow attendees at the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand (IRANZ) High Performance camp.

Bringing Out the Best

By Erin Hallissy
Photography by Lane Hartwell

Rugby Coach Takes SMC to a New Level of Play

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Three Gaels Selected to All-American Touring Side

June 24, 2008--Boulder, Colo.

Three Saint Mary's rugby players will travel to New Zealand this July as part of the Collegiate All-American touring team.

Kevin Swiryn has been chosen for the team, and has also been named as the captain of the team during their tour. He will be joined on the trip by Saint Mary's teammates Chad Clark and Conor Coyne.

SMC Players Instrumental All-Star Championship Win

June 14, 2008--Glendale, Colo. The Pacific Coast RFU's Grizzly All-Star Team prevailed 46-29 over the Mustang All-Stars of the West RFU in a close match on Saturday, winning the National All-Star Collegiate championship.

Six Saint Mary's players were selected for the Grizzly team, including Conor Coyne, Matt Crawford, Matt Leatherby, Brendan O'Meara, Kevin Swiryn and Brandon Vedder.

Men's Rugby 2008-2009 Team Roster

Check out the 2008-2009 Team Roster; a new roster will be posted each September.

Clark, Swiryn and Vedder Named to Inagural ARN Down Under All American Team

Wednesday, May 7 2008--American Rugby News recently named their inaugural All-American Team, sponsored by Down Under Rugby. Three Gaels have been recognized for their outstanding play this year: freshman scrumhalf Chad Clark, senior inside center Kevin Swiryn and junior 8-man Brandon Vedder.

American Rugby News Ranks Gaels as #2 in Final Standings

Tuesday, May 6-- American Rugby News recently posted the final standings for the 2007-08 season. ARN ranked the Gaels as the #2 team in the nation.

Brian Lowe, ARN’s editor, writes:

“The Gaels are ranked ahead of BYU for several reasons. They finished with a better overall record, they were second only to Cal in the total number of points scored all season, and they have the second best points differential in the country.”

Gaels Finish Season with a 41-31 Loss to Cal in Semi-Final

Friday, May 2--Palo Alto, Calif.—The Saint Mary's Men's Rugby team lost to Cal this afternoon by a score of 41-31, in the team's first-ever semi-final match. The Gaels end their season at 20-4 overall.

Gaels Beat Air Force to Move on in the Playoffs

April 18, 2008--Gael Rugby continues to advance in the USA Rugby Men's Collegiate Division I playoffs, beating Air Force 50-42 this afternoon to earn a place in the Round of Eight.

SMC will play tomorrow, Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. They will face the the winner of the Bowling Green-Kutztown match.

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