2018-2019: Articles/Reviews

Ronan Murphy scored the winning try in bonus time to cement the one-point victory over the All-Canadians

St. Mary’s players shone bright on the big stage, scoring all of the All-American tries in the game. All four players from St. Mary’s - Payton Telea-ilalio, Tavite Lopeti, Sean Yacoubian and Ronan Murphy - found the try zone. 
All Americans

All American Honors

First Team:

  • Payton Telea-IIalio
  • Ronan Murphy
  • Sean Yacoubian
  • Taveti Lopeti

Second Team:

  • Aaron Matthews

Third Team:

  • Vili Helu

7's Honors

Second Team:

  • Vili Helu

Honorable Mention

  • Aaron Matthews

Five Freshmen Breakouts From 2019 | Flo Rugby | Alex Rees

Joe Marchant, Saint Mary's

Arriving on the Moraga, CA campus of Saint Mary's College in August, Marchant was stepping into a program with a rich legacy of top-notch front rowers. Furthermore, he was joining a team already loaded with talent all across the board, with the front row being no exception. 

However, his hard work earned him a consistent place in the starting pack for the Gaels, and his seven tries in eleven games are a testament to his abilities as not only a great scrummager, but also a valuable asset in open play. 

Joe Marchant

2018-2019 Team Awards

Sean Yacoubian: Most Valuable Player & Ironman Award

Vili Helu: Leadership Award

Marcus Viscardi: Al Heeg Award 

Aaron Matthews: Back of the Year

Ronan Murphy: Forward of the Year

Derek Ellingson: Most Improved

Eddy King: Rookie of the Year

Joe Marchant: Rookie of the Year

Congrats to our Seniors and the Class of 2019.


June 2, 2019

Quarter Finals | 7:05am (10:05am est) SMc vs Kutztown - ESPN2

Semi Finals | 11:04am (2:04pm est) or 11:26am (2:26pm est) - ESPN2

Championship Game | 1:31pm (4:31pm est) - ESPNNEWS


June 1, 2019

  • SMC 19 vs St. Joseph 12 
  • SMC 37  vs Fordham 0 
  • SMC 40 vs Arizona 5

12 players selected to represent Gael Rugby at the Penn Mutual College Rugby Championships.



2018-2019 Team Awards

Sean Yacoubian: Most Valuable Player & Ironman Award

Vili Helu: Leadership Award

Marcus Viscardi: Al Heeg Award 

Aaron Matthews: Back of the Year

Ronan Murphy: Forward of the Year

Derek Ellingson: Most Improved

Eddy King: Rookie of the Year

Joe Marchant: Rookie of the Year

Congrats to our Seniors and the Class of 2019.


Men's Rugby to compete on the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships on May 31- June 2, 2019.  Click here for ticket information.



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April 27, 2019

D1A Rugby West Championship Game

Cal Advances To National Championship Following Last Minute Try Against Saint Mary’

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

Cal Edges Saint Mary's on Last second Try| FloRugby | Alex Goff

SMC 24- Cal 28


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saint Mary’s Moves On To Quarterfinals of D1A Playoffs After Defeating Grand Canyon University 76-12By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

MORAGA Calif. - After nearly a month on the road, Gael Rugby (3) returned to Saint Mary’s Stadium on Saturday to kick-off post-season match play against Grand Canyon University (14).

Two weeks after falling short against Cal (1), SMC did not hesitate to put points on the board early against GCU. Ronan Murphy (Flanker, Jr.) found his way into the endzone five minutes after the opening kickoff. Sean Yacoubian (Scrumhalf, Sr.) successfully converted and scored the next try himself before Diego Vasquez (Wing, Fresh.) entered the game moving Tom Brusati (Wing, Sr.) to scrumhalf. 

Eight different Gaels scored in the first half putting the Gaels ahead of the ‘Lopes  52-0.

Grand Canyon collected their first try eight minutes into the second half but failed to convert. The Gaels defense was just as solid as the offensive play with Aaron Matthews (Flyhalf, Sr.) leading the way with his elusive footwork. The Gaels answered back as Ethan Waller (Hooker, Sr.) scooped up a GCU kick in Gael territory and several offloads later dished the ball to Matthews who found his way over the goalline. 

Soon after, Tavite Lopeti (Center, Jr.), who entered the game for Derek Ellingson (Center, Sr.) dotted down for two consecutive tries, the second coming only six minutes after his first. Lopeti’s physical play in the backline brought a spark of energy to the match adding to the momentum the Gaels were already playing with. 

Jonathan Hackett (Wing, Soph.) was quick on the wing making three GCU defenders miss in the seventy-seventh minute scoring his first try of the day. The ‘Lopes were able to put together some phases thanks to their forwards and Nathan Cooper touched down for their second and final try.

The Gaels played a well-rounded match beating Grand Canyon University 76-12. 

Saint Mary’s will return to Witter Rugby Field in Berkeley next Saturday, April 20 to take on the BYU Cougars (8) for the third time this season in the quarterfinals of the D1A playoffs.


The 2019 D1A Playoffs | D1A Rugby | Brett Anker

The 2019 D1A Playoff bracket has been announced with arguably the strongest field ever. The 16 team field consists of seven conference winners and nine at large teams all vying for the national crown. The tournament will begin April 13 and run through May 4. Every game will be broadcast live on FloRugby, with the semifinals and championship also being aired on CBS Sports. The final will take place at Stevens Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University.

2019 Bracket Playoff Released| D1A Rugby| Angus Bishop

The 2019 playoff bracket has been confirmed with all 16 teams now knowing their journey to Santa Clara. Overall, there were little surprises to the bracket, but there were several shakeups to the rankings in the final weeks of the season.


In a clash of powerhouses this past weekend #3 Cal hosted #1 St. Mary’s in a crossover match that would determine who would be the number one seed out of the west for the D1A playoff bracket. 

Cal Game

Cal Over Saint Mary's| FloRugby |Alex Goff

Three second-half tries put Cal past Saint Mary's 29-19 Saturday in Berkeley, making the case for Cal to be the top-seeded D1A team in the west.

Saint Mary's Defense Shuts Down Navy In Annapolis| FloRugby | Alex Goff

"We wanted to play expansive rugby, and we did, but we needed to take it up with the forwards a lot to draw in their defense first," said Saint Mary's captain Vili Helu. "We won the coin toss and decided to go against the wind in the first half so we'd have it at our backs in the second. But it put us in a tough spot in the first 20 minutes. Navy has some big units on that team, and they did a good job pinning us in our end for a while."


#1 Saint Mary’s faced their toughest opponent of the year this past weekend, as they travelled to take on #4 Navy. Saint Mary’s shutout Navy in the first half, while scoring 13 points of their own thanks to a try from winger Antoine De La Fontaine and three successful conversions from scrumhalf Sean Yacoubian. This was a game won by the rock-solid defense of St Mary’s, who kept Navy scoreless for 75 minutes of the match, only allowing a single try near the end of the match. This is Navy’s third loss of the year and their second straight after losing to Life on March 9th. St Mary’s moves to 11-0 this year and will face their biggest test of the year next weekend when they take on # 3 Cal.

SMC vs Navy:Watch the game here.




After a dominant spring season, Saint Mary’s has been rewarded with the top spot in the rankings for Week 25. This comes after a slew of massive victories in and out of conference. In conference play they’ve beaten their opponents by an average of 105 points. Out of conference they have put up 50 against some of the best teams in the nation. However, they won’t be able to rest on their laurels, as their last two games of the year will be played against #4 Navy and #3 Cal.


Coach Brendan O'Meara's Tweet goes viral with one question.  "Try of the year?"

try of the year

The Best Try of the Season?| FloRugby | Alex Goff

New #1 in D1A Rankings| FloRugby | Alex Goff


The Best Try of the Season?| FloRugby | Alex Goff

New #1 in D1A Rankings| FloRugby | Alex Goff

Gaels on a Misson to Reclaim D1A Title | Michael Murphy Class of 2019





February 2019

Ten Gaels Score in Big Win Over Aztecs 

Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 | By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

View Photos by Karen Drinkwater & Sandi Allan Here

Saint Mary’s Holds BYU to Two Tries

Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 | By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019  

View Photos by Karen Drinkwater Here

MORAGA Calif. - Saint Mary’s Rugby (3) faced BYU (6) this Saturday in Moraga in the first of two meetings between the two top ranked sides this season.

Seven minutes after the 1pm kick off SMC put the first points on the board. Joe Yacoubian (Fullback, Soph.) kicked to goal after BYU was penalized for coming in from the side and obstructing the Gael’s ball in the ruck. 

The first half was highlighted by sound defense from both sides. 24 minutes in after forcing a turnover deep in BYU’s territory, Joe Yacoubian would cross over for the first Gael try of the match. Five minutes later Chase Jones (Lock, Soph.) dove through the posts followed by a successful conversion from Joe Yacoubian. 

Strategic play from Sean Yacoubian (Scrumhalf, Sr.) pinned BYU in the corner resulting in another Gael try scored by Nick Hryekewicz (Prop, Sr.). Just before halftime the Cougars found their first points of the match with the help of replacement, scrumhalf Ezias Bigelow who converted afterwards. At the half, SMC led 20-7. 

The Yacoubian brothers scored the remainder of SMC’s points in the match as Sean crossed over for two tries, both converted by Joe. 69 minutes in BYU lock Josh Harden made his way into the endzone for the Cougar's second try of the match. 

Final Score:

SMC: 34 - 12 BYU

Joe Yacoubian




D1A: Blowouts Still A Thing| Alex Goff | Florugby



#3 Saint Mary’s took on #6 BYU in the other crossover match this past weekend, And defeated BYU 34-12. Saint Mary’s attack was led by Scrumhalf Sean Yacoubian, who scored two tries on the day. Saint Mary’s is undefeated this year while BYU suffered their first loss of the season. BYU will look to rebound against Arizona, while Saint Mary’s will resume California league action against San Diego State.

Gaels Hammer Cougars In The Slop| ALEX GOFF | FLORUGBY

The Gaels put BYU under pressure with some physical work from the forwards in the breakdown.  Read more here.


Watch a few highlights of the game against BYU here. Click Image below.

game highlights


Gael B side faced the Santa Barbara academy just after the top side match Saturday afternoon and concluded matchplay with the program’s third win of the day. 

SMC B: 67 - 5 Santa Barbara Academy

View Sandi Allan's Photos Here

B Side


Gael C side took on Humboldt State in the first match of the day defeating the Lumberjacks with the help of the flanker duo, Gaelen Kelly (Flanker, Soph.) and Nolan Brophy (Flanker, Jr.).

SMC C: 57 - 5 Humboldt State

View Photos by Sandi Allan Here 

c side


BYU To Face Saint Mary’s In First of Two This Season | Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

MORAGA Calif. - In the first of two meetings this season, Saint Mary’s Rugby will host BYU this Saturday, February 16th at home. Year after year this multi-game matchup proves to be one of the most thrilling in D1A rugby. After defeating the Glendale U23 Side 73-7, the Gaels have moved into the number three spot sending Lindenwood down to number four in the week 19 D1A rankings. BYU, who has yet to play a match this season, remains 6th, sitting behind Army (5).  Read more here.

Gaels Sweep at Saint Mary’s Stadium

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019

By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

MORAGA Calif. - The Gael Rugby A-Side took on the Glendale U23 Side this Saturday at Saint Mary’s Stadium. Despite the wet weather, Saint Mary’s did well to retain the ball throughout play and maintain their high speed offense.

   The Gaels put points on the board in the first five minutes after Glendale was called for collapsing SMC’s maul just outside of the endzone. Sean Yacoubian (Scrumhalf, Sr.)quickly tapped and dove over for a try. Yacoubian converted his own try and the Gaels led 7-0. Two minutes later, Yacoubian found himself crossing the goal line after fluid play by the backline. The backs continued to roll as Antoine De La Fontaine (Wing, Fr.)successfully chased a kick down field from Yacoubian for another Gael try.

   Two more tries and a penalty kick to goal added to the Gaels lead just before Glendale’s Fehoko Fanaika (Prop)received a yellow card for repeatedly collapsing the scrum. However two minutes later Glendale managed to break through SMC’s strong defensive line and successfully converted bringing the score to 35-7. Just before the half’s end, the Gael scrum drove in from five meters out resulting in a penalty try as Vili Helu (8 Man, Sr.) was obstructed while touching the ball down in goal.

   Glendale did not cross into the endzone in the second half but the Gaels added five more tries of their own including Yacoubian’s third try of the match. Payton Ilaleo (Prop, Jr.)and Ronan Murphy (Lock, Jr.) both rumbled over as well representing the powerful influence of SMC’s forward pack.

  The Gael Rugby B-Side kicked off just before 1PM. Utah Valley University traveled to Moraga with former BYU head coach, David Smyth.

   The Gaels struck first withAlex Glover (8 Man, Jr.) crossing the line for five andFox Harper (Flyhalf, Fr.) following with a successful conversion to put the Gael ahead 7-0. Harper converted three of his four attempts in the first half. The front row would also contribute asJoe Marchant (Prop, Fr.)and Hayden Warneke (Hooker, Sr.) would also touch down for five. Glover closed out the half with his second try of the day. The Gaels successfully held UVU with solid defense and led 26-0 at half. Defense was strong for both sides in the second half. UVU finally found their way onto the board in the 72nd minute bringing the score to 26-7. Shortly after in the 74th minute Diego Vasquez (Wing, Fr.)made a great solo effort returning the restart from UVU’s lone try.

   Beginning the day at 11AM, the Gael C-Side took on the San Jose Seahawks B-Side. The Seahawks only found their way across the goalline once and the Gaels came away with a win aided by Gaelen Kelly (8 Man, Soph.)who collected two tries in the match.

Final Score: Gael A-Side: 73 - Glendale: 7

                     Gael B-Side: 31 - UVU: 7

                     Gael C-Side: 46 - SJ Seahawks: 7



Ronan Murphy: The Big Body On Saint Mary's | FloRugby Interview by Alex Goff


Saint Mary’s Rugby Hosts UC Santa Barbara on Homecoming Weekend

Saturday, Jan 26, 2018

By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

MORAGA Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos traveled north to Saint Mary’s Stadium in their first league match of the season. Similar to the earlier matchup between SMC and Santa Clara University, the Gaels took the pitch with a mixed lineup which produced a performance for Gael Rugby fans in attendance.

   Scoring began early for Saint Mary’s with Alex Shinohara (Prop, Jr.) crossing over to score in the first minute of the match. Joe Yacoubian (Flyhalf, Soph.)followed with a successful conversion. Eight more Gaels would find the tryzone in the first half including Derek Ellingson (Center, Sr.)who collected three tries in the half.

   The second half continued with the same theme as the Gaels continued to roll on offense. Saint Mary’s didn’t skip a beat as reserves began to come on. David Bortins (Center, Jr.)came off the bench and made an immediate impact finding himself crossing the goal line in the 56th minute of the match. The Gauchos held limited possession throughout the match and were unable to find their way through the Gael line. Three yellow cards added to a tough match for Santa Barbara. The Gaels finished off their homecoming weekend victorious in all three matches played.
Final Score: SMC First Side: 123 - UC Santa Barbara: 0

Saint Mary’s Rugby Successful on Homecoming Weekend

Saturday, Jan 26, 2018

By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

MORAGA Calif. -Santa Clara traveled to Saint Mary’s Stadium this weekend to to kick off their season. A mixed Gael squad took to the pitch at 1pm to face the Broncos and the change in lineups had no effect on Saint Mary’s quick and aggressive game plan.

   Once again Saint Mary’s proved strong at the set-piece, particularly in the scrum. Payton Ilaleo (Prop, Jr.),Hayden Warneke (Hooker, Sr.), and Joe Marchant (Prop, Fr.)led the pack in the front row and captainVili Helu (8-Man, Sr.)took advantage of the force in front of him. Early in the second half Helu picked the ball from the base of the scrum and streaked up the sideline capping off a 90 meter run with a try in the 47th minute, his second of the day.

   The forward pack was dominant and the backline also showed some skill with the help of skilled hands and quick offloads.Antoine De La Fontaine (Wing, Fr.) crossed the goalline three times in the first fifteen minutes of the match, once off a well placed grubber by Aaron Matthews (Flyhalf, Sr.). Four of the Gaels 19 tries came from Kaipono Kayoshi (Wing, Fr.)who showed his speed on the outside. The Gaels disciplined play at the the set-piece and on defense led to a positive on the Gael’s Homecoming Weekend.

   The Gael C-Side faced Santa Clara’s second side in an early match that kicked off at 11am. The match was influenced heavily by the aggressive play of Nolan Brophy (Flanker, Jr) and Jack Fouts (Flanker, Soph.)who who both collected multiple line-breaks on the day. The performance of many young Gaels displays the depth of the program and the talent that is up and coming within Saint Mary’s Rugby.


Final Score: SMC First Side: 113 - Santa Clara: 0

Final Score: SMC C-Side: 91 - Santa Clara: 0


Santa Clara Visits Saint Mary’s Stadium for Gael Rugby’s Homecoming Weekend

By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

MORAGA Calif. - Saint Mary’s Rugby returns home this Saturday as the Gaels host the Santa Clara University Broncos at 1:00PM. The last meeting between SMC and SCU took place on January 13th, 2018 which saw the Gaels control pace throughout the match and beat the Broncos 84-0 in Santa Clara. 

The Gaels (4)  have had a packed schedule this month kicking off the spring season with a visit from Central Washington University (14) on January 5th. The Gaels routed CWU 50-0 and traveled to UC Davis later dominating the Aggies 78-3. The Gaels are eager to get onto the pitch this weekend vs Santa Clara. This Saturday will open SCU’s  spring play and will undoubtedly be a major test for their side.

UC Santa Barbara will also travel north this Saturday to visit SMC’s equally talented second side for their first match of the season at 3:00PM at Saint Mary’s Stadium. Last season the Gaels trounced the Gauchos 74-7. The Gaels third side will take on SCU’s second side as well. Kickoff for the early match is set for 11:00AM.

SMC C v Sonoma State | Jan 19 | W 83-5

SMC vs Grand Canyon University is postponed until March 2nd. 


01/14/2019 - WEEK 15 RECAP: GAELS BLOW PAST UC DAVIS | D1A Rugby | Dillon Wall

UC Davis hosted #4 Saint Mary’s in the first 2019 matchup of the California Conference this past weekend, with the Gaels winning 78-3 over the Aggies. Saint Mary’s opened up the scoring early, as flanker Anthony Rodriquez crossed the try line in only the second minute of the match. Fly half Joe Yacoubian successfully converted Rodriquez’s try, and would go on to convert nine of the twelve tries scored by the Gaels on the day. Read more here.

01/12/2019 - Saint Mary's Immense Over UC Davis | Florugby | Alex Goff

Saint Mary’s opened up conference play in the California Conference with a 78-3 defeat of UC Davis.

The Gaels ran out a mostly front-line squad, but shuffled their front row a little bit, and in fact both starting props and the hooker crossed the try line.

Flanker Anthony Rodriguez in 1st two minutes, and freshman prop Joe Marchant as well as lock Chase Jones scored. With flyhalf Joe Yacoubian converting all three, Saint Mary’s led 21-0 after 21 minutes. Read more here.


SMC v Cal Maritime Academy | L 20-15

SMC v UC Davis | Win 78-3

SMC B/C side v UC Davis B | Win 50-5


01/10/2019 - UC Davis Host Saint Mary's | D1A Rugby | Angus Bishop

Spring play in D1A continues to gently get into the swing of things this weekend, as #4 Saint Mary’s and UC Davis get ready to kick off their 2019 California Conference campaigns. Both teams started their spring D1A schedule of last weekend with games against #14 Central Washington University. The two results were rather stark in contrast. UC Davis hosted the Wildcats last Thursday and fell, by a convincing margin, 72-14; while Saint Mary’s, on the other hand, shut the Wildcats out 50-0.  Read more here.

Vacaville RFC Falls to Saint Mary’s Rugby B Side 31-7

By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

Saturday, Jan 5, 2019

MORAGA Calif. - Saint Mary’s Rugby B Side took on the Vacaville RFC this Saturday at Saint Mary’s Stadium. The Gaels had to utilize skilled hands in order to combat the rainy conditions.

The first half began with a Vacaville try and the Gaels fell behind 7-0. Joe Marchant (Prop, Fr.)would rumble over the line and help SMC swiftly cut Vacaville’s lead down to 5-7. A strong Gael scrum drove in from five meters out late in the half pushing SMC ahead 12-7.
Vacaville had no success breaking the Gael line of defense in the second half. However SMC would add to their lead. David Bortins (Flyhalf, Jr.)dove into the corner for five thanks to quick hands and Vincente Cunha-Vaz (Wing, Sr.)would convert despite a tough angle. Cunha-Vaz struck again with his fast feet kicking ahead 30 meters and dotting down in goal to finish off a great solo effort. B side will travel with A side to UC Davis on Friday, January 11th.

Gael Shutout Central Washington 50-0

By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

Saturday, Jan 5, 2019

MORAGA Calif. - No. 4 Saint Mary’s Rugby hosted No. 14. Central Washington for a rainy match in Saint Mary’s Stadium this Saturday.

Offense in the first half was dominated by SMC. The Gaels crosses the goal line four times. Two tries came from collected chip-kicks off the foot of Sean Yacoubian (Scrumhalf, Sr.)and a third which he took in on his own. The Gaels led 24-0 at the half.

Four minutes into the second half, Eddie King (Fullback, Fr.) dove into the corner for his second try on the day. Three more Gaels would score including captainVili Helu (8 Man, Sr.) picking from the base of a stolen CWU scrum. Joe Yacoubian (Flyhalf, Soph.)successfully converted five of his eight conversion attempts collecting 10 of the Gaels 50 points on the board. The Gaels displayed sound offense and a dominant defense that left CWU scoreless. The Gaels travel to UC Davis next Friday, January, 11th.


Gael Rugby C Side Defeats Santa Barbara Academy 26-22

By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

Saturday, Jan 5, 2019

MORAGA Calif. - The Gael Rugby C Side kicked off the day at 11am taking on Santa Barbara Rugby Academy. The offense was slow to start for both sides with only three tries scored in the first half. Santa Barbara led 10-5. Aiden Howe (Scrumhalf, Fr.)was the Gael’s solo try scorer in the first 40’. Max Simmons (Flanker, Fr.)was the first to cross over the goal line in the second half  followed by a successful conversion putting SMC ahead 12-10. SB would score two more tries, but with the help ofCooper Tomkovitz (Flyhalf, Fr.) breaking the line in the 37, the Gaels came away with the win.



This past week saw #14 Central Washington play UC Davis and #4 Saint Mary’s on their tour of Northern California.

First up for the Wildcats was a match against a UC Davis; a side looking to repeat their success from early December of 2018, when they won back to back matches against UC Santa Cruz and Chico State. Read more here.


Saint Mary's Tame Wildcats | Alex Goff | FloRugby

Saturday, Jan 5, 2019

Saint Mary’s produced a strong tactical performance in very difficult conditions to shut out Central Washington 50-0 in the opening game of 2019.

CWU was moving off an impressive victory over UC Davis on Thursday, and had expectations of producing another improved result. To the extent that on their 2018 Northern California trip, Central lost twice and were dropped by Saint Mary’s to the tune of 73-5, then this was better than 2018, but the Wildcats struggled mightily in lineouts and scrums, giving them no platform from set piece, and were never really close to scoring.Read more here.

Huge Start to 2019 | Alex Goff | FloRugby

Sunday, Dec 31, 2018

D1A rugby’s winter break was very short, and it kicks off once more this week, with the first game of a wild winter/spring season happening on Thursday.

As it did last January, the Central Washington will visit UC Davis and Saint Mary’s to kick off the year. Last year, that trip was a harbinger of where CWU was, and it wasn’t exactly good news. Davis beat a fairly young CWU team, and Saint Mary’s took down the first-string Wildcats by over 60. Read more here.


Two SMC Players invited to USA U19 and One to U18

By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018

MORAGA, Calif. - Sophormore Lock, Chase Jones and freshman Prop Joe Marchant have been invited to the USA U19s. Freshman Back Row Ronnie McElligott has also been invited to the U18s. Congratulations to Jones, Marchant, McElligott, in addition to Coach Brendan O'Meara who was also invited. Go Gaels!


San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club Visits Saint Mary’s In Muddy Matchup

By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

MORAGA Calif. - The Gaels A-side beat San Francisco Golden Gate 23-12 in wet conditions on Pat Vincent Field. 

Golden Gate struck first with a quick try two minutes in to the match. The conversion after was no good. The Gaels finally put points on the board just 28 minutes into the first half, Joe Yacoubian (Flyhalf, Soph.) slotted a penalty kick. Following the penalty, Ronan Murphy (Lock, Jr.)added five with a conversion to follow and Yacoubian making his second penalty kick of the day. The Gaels trailed by two. SFGG did not find their way into goal for the remainder of the half. The Gaels led 13-5 at the end of the half.
The second half saw two more Gael tries by Tom Brussati (Scrumhalf, Sr.) and Ethan Waller (Hooker, Sr.)to solidify the win.


Saint Mary’s Gaels Dominate Santa Clara Rugby Club

By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

MORAGA, Calif. - A young Saint Mary’s B-squad took the field against Santa Clara Saturday showing the true depth of the program. The Gaels put 72 on the board versus Santa Clara’s single try. The Gaels won 72-7.
Several Gaels found the endzone with Joe Marchant (Prop, Fr.)grabbing two on the day along withAlex Glover (Prop, Soph.) making his presence known with several strong runs throughout the match and a try in the second half.


Men's Rugby A vs Olde Gaels (December 20, 2018) https://photos.app.goo.gl/iqs5o14AWdxAFcnV9

Men's Rugby B Side vs Santa Rosa Men's Club (December 30, 2018) https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZUhRekbyfSvHp6RWA

Men's Rugby C Side vs Google (December 30, 2018) https://photos.app.goo.gl/GSA8bKDTXmQ4vmL49

Holden & Beachley

By Michael Murphy, Class of 2019

The Gaels classic blue and red gameday stripes represent more than playing time on Saturdays, it is a jersey accompanied by a journey that every Gael faces when they show up to Pat Vincent Field in Moraga, CA in early September each season.
Despite their SMC Rugby careers beginning at different times, Alex Holden and Michael Beachley both share one thing in common, this is their last season with the program. Holden and Beachley will be graduating this spring and will leave with more than a diploma. Their time with the program has offered much more than the opportunity to play, but rather the chance to get an inside look at what Gael Rugby is all about.
“Gael Rugby has been a humbling experience for me. I think the most important lesson that I’ve learned is that ability and potential are a lot less important than determination and perseverance. The team is more important than the individual,” Holden said.
While watching the Gaels play on Saturdays, it is easy to see that there are no individuals on the team. Work begins long before the first match of the season to ensure this aspect of the team culture is cemented in the minds of every player. Most Gaels would agree that the team is built while conditioning in the hills, running on Pat Vincent Field, perfecting the basics at practice and building strength in the weight room.
“It takes a lot of commitment and dedication to putting hard work into the team to make it better as a whole. You need to know your role and do it to the best of your ability to bring yourself and everyone else up around you,” explained Beachley.
The program’s success so far this season stems from months of work, something that both of these seniors will hold with them long after the season has ended.
“I’ll be taking away many lessons of comradery and commitment. It’s taught me how to adapt to a new environment, know and accept my roles, and grind until you’re making an impact that better supports the team as a complete unit,” said Beachley.
Each Gael has their reason to play, some love the game and some love the challenge. As Alex Holden sees it, either way you will benefit from being a part of Gael Rugby.
“All it takes is grit and determination. At SMC we are one team, from our top player to our greenest new guy. If you’re willing to work, work hard and actively try to improve yourself and the team, then you deserve to wear that kit on Saturday, whether at 11:00am, 1:00pm, or 2:45pm.”

(8/20/18): Sean Yacoubian named First Team All American and Aaron Matthews named Second Team All American

Scrumhalf Sean Yacoubian is named to the First Team All American list for College 15's for 2018. This decision was made after a stellar performance against the Glendale Raptors August 17th. Yacoubian is one of two Gaels to be an All American. Teammate Aaron Matthews is named as Second Team All American where he was also present at the Collegiate All American Camp in preparation for the Glendale test match. A huge honor for these two athletes and a great representation of Gael Rugby! Read more here

Watch the First Team selection video here


(8/16/18): Vili Helu and Aaron Matthews named to USA Falcon's 7's squad and Men's Collegiate All American 7's squad respectfully, to compete at Rugbytown 7's Aug. 24-26

8-man, Vili Helu, is rostered to play on the USA Falcon's 7's squad at the upcoming Rugbytown 7's tournament in Glendale, Coloardo taking place Aug. 24th-26th. He's joined by teammate Aaron Matthews who will be playing for the Men's Collegiate All American 7's squad. They will both be represnting USA squads comprised of athletes across the country's colleges and universities, as well as from senior club teams acorss the nation. All matches will be livestreamed from this link here. Congratulations to our two Gaels as they represent Saint Mary's College! 

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(8/15/18): Michael McCarthy placed on USA Rugby Collegiate Academic Honor Roll

Congratulations to Center/Fly-half Michael McCarthy for taking a spot on the USA Rugby Collegiate Academic Honro Roll for the 2017/2018 season! As a Business Adminstration Major, McCarthy had to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher. Great job representing Gael student athletes! Read more here.


(8/13/18): Sean Yacoubian is one among 30 athletes selected for the All American Game vs. Glendale Raptors

Scrumhalf Sean Yacoubian remains from an original group of 80 who were selected for the men's collegiate All-American Camp in Colorado. After two test games, Sean Yacoubian is part of a roster of 30 who will play against the Glendale Raptors on August 17th. Joining him is center, Aaron Matthews who just came back from Club 7's Nationals in New York this past weekend. Congratulations to Sean and Aaron as they prepare to take on the Raptors this Friday. After the Glendale match, the First Team Collegiate All Americans will be selected. Read more here


(8/5/18): Three Gael ruggers will be attending the Collegiate All American Selection Camp 

Three Gael ruggers will be attending a Collegiate All American Selection Camp beginning Thursday, August 9th in Glendale, CO.

Congratulations to Aaron Matthews, Center/Fullback; Tommy Wallace, Wing; and Sean Yacoubian, Scrumhalf. After two trial matches, on August 12th, the group of 80 will be paired down to 30 and will play the powerful Glendale Raptors on August 17th.

Congratulations to Aaron, Tommy and Sean, we know they’ll proudly represent Gael Rugby, the Coaches and the program as three of our finest!

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