Men's Rugby


Saint Mary’s College has an outstanding college rugby program that has performed at consistently high levels throughout its years in USA Division 1. Each year, dozens of young men venture onto the grounds of Pat Vincent Field with aspirations of championship play. Participants are well aware of the responsibility to uphold the long standing traditions of Gael Rugby.  

April 21, 2018 | Men's Rugby vs Lindenwood | D1A Quarter Finals | 1:00pm Saint Mary's Stadium

 

High Powered Offenses on Display in the Round of 16 | Nick Dugan | D1A Rugby

#1 St. Mary’s matched up with conference rival Cal Poly, and secured a 58-22 win. Though Cal Poly’s defense provided problems for the Gaels, St. Mary’s remained in control thanks to an impressive scrum and some smooth back play in the second half. The Gaels are getting healthy and clicking at the right time, though in the quarterfinal next week they will run into a formidable foe in Lindenwood.

Read the full story here. 

Two From Matthews Takes Gaels Past Mustangs | Alex Goff | FloRugby 

Unleashing their special combination of powerful defense and free-flowing attack, the Saint Mary's Gaels defeated Cal Poly 58-22 to advance to the D1A quarterfinals Saturday.

Cal Poly had given Saint Mary's difficulties in their previous meeting (a 36-17 Gael win), and while the Mustangs weren't walkovers, this was very much a Saint Mary's game. The Gaels scored four tries before Cal Poly got on the scoreboard, and led 32-3 at halftime.

Aaron Matthews was hugely influential and scored two tries, as did Joe Yacoubian, while Ronan Murphy, Peyton Telea-Ilalio, and Tommy Wallace also touched down. 

Read the full story here. 

16 of the The Best Teams Country Enter Only 8 Will Leave | Angus Bishop | D1A Rugby

#1 Saint Mary’s v. #16 Cal Poly, 5pm EST Saturday, April 14th: 
Two conference rivals go toe to toe this weekend as Saint Mary’s hosts the Cal Poly Mustangs. Saint Mary’s and Cal Poly have faced off once already this year, and that match proved to be a spark plug for the mustangs. Prior to that game the Mustangs had been experiencing a fairly underwhelming year, but after coming just shy of pulling off the upset they have turned into one of the hottest teams in the country. They will be looking to channeling their momentum into this first round match according to their head coach James Tesoriero, “we are building well into the playoffs. We have been making small but steady progress in each game, and will need to take a big step further to get the win this weekend. There is a confidence and tight cohesion in this group.”

Read the full story here. 

DIA BRACKET FINALIZED | Brett Anker | April 8, 2018

The first ever DIA playoff field of 16 has been announced and it should be the best field since the Varsity Cup emerged five years ago. Action will start this weekend with the better seeded teams hosting.

A couple of teams who were on the outside looking in are now included thanks to either a results or the omission of Notre Dame College. There are disputing reports on the situation, but NDC could not make the trip to Cal and as a result the Competition Committee elected to remove NDC rather than shift the bracket. Read more here. 

D1A Regular Season Going Out With a Bang | Angus Bishop | D1A Rugby 

In the Bay Area, two of D1A’s traditional powerhouses will face off, in a potential national championship preview, #1 Saint Mary’s will host #3 Cal. Both teams have had impressive seasons so far, and have been running through their schedules unscathed. #3 Cal made easy work through thePAC conference, and show resiliency by holding off #7 Army in a close affair. Saint Mary’s has had a similar season. They went through their conference schedule without a glitch, and then played two close games against #4 BYU where they were pushed for the full eighty minutes. This game could completely shake up the outcome of the D1A playoff bracket.

Read the full story here. 

How Saint Mary's Vs Cal Is Really The New Normal | Alex Goff | FloRugby

College rugby observers had every reason to think that Cal might upend Saint Mary’s on Saturday.

After all, Saint Mary’s has gone into this annual rivalry game on a roll before only to be sunk by Cal’s virtually unique combination of skill, determination, and discipline.

Add to that the fact that Scholz Award nominee Vili Helu, the Gaels’ superb No. 8, was out injured, and Anthony Rodriguez, their non-stop second row, was out also, and you had to wonder if the lower-ranked Cal might do the job.

Read the full story here. 

April 7, 2018 | Men's Rugby vs Cal | Gaels win 21 -12

Saint Mary's Holds Off Cal In Thriller | Alex Goff | FloRugby

The #1-ranked Saint Mary's Gaels held off #3 Cal in a thrilling regular-season finale between the two longtime rivals Saturday, with Saint Mary's emerging the 21-12 victor in Moraga, CA.

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Heated Cal, Saint Mary's Rivalry Even Hotter This Year | FloRugby | Alex Goff 

Third-ranked Cal visits No. 1 Saint Mary's in Moraga, CA, this weekend in a game that, officially, has no bearing on anything but pride. However, in actuality, it has just about every college rugby fan paying close attention.

These two teams have a rivalry going back decades and one that in recent years has heated up as SMC has enjoyed a dramatic improvement.

Read more about the rivalry and matchup this Saturday here. 

Playoff Picture as of 29-3 | D1A Rugby | Angus Bishop

The two matchups that have not changed are #1 Saint Mary’s hosting San Diego State, Cal hosting Arkansas State, and the Red River Conference Champion, who we now know will either be Baylor or Texas A&M hosting Lindenwood. The Gaels are currently touring Italy, but will return next week to face their Bay Area rivals Cal. San Diego State, will also resume action next weekend when they face the newly ranked Cal Poly. The Red River Title will be determined next weekend, but Lindenwood will be playing their final regular season game this weekend against Davenport. A loss here seems to be the only thing that could knock them off their perch as the 9th seed.

College Rankings, Playoffs At Stake Over Easter Weekend | FloRugby | Alex Goff 

#1 Saint Mary's 32, Capitolina 17

Saint Mary's capped off a three-game tour of Italy with a 32-17 victory over Capitolina. That marked three wins against three men's clubs for the top-ranked Gaels. Now all eyes turn to Cal at Saint Mary's this Saturday.

Scholz Award Nominees Named | Goff Rugby Report | Alex Goff 

This award, first given out in the 2015-16 season, is sponsored by the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle. Dylan Audsley of Saint Mary's won in 2016, and Bryce Campbell of Indiana won in 2017. Those two ended up starting several games together in the midfield for the USA in this season's ARC. 

Vili Helu No. 8 Saint Mary's

A hard-running No. 8, Helu has

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D1A Post Season Clarifying | Rugby Today | Brett Anker 

St. Mary’s officially clinched the conference with a win over Cal Poly but the game was not as easy as most had anticipated. The game was 7-7 at the break and the Gaels needed a strong second half to pull away from their opponent to win 36-17. That is an uncharacteristically close win for the Gaels. 

Saint Mary's Survives Cal Poly Scare | FloRugby | Alex Goff 

In a game shown live by FloRugby on Facebook, #1-ranked Saint Mary's needed everything it had to dismiss a tenacious Cal Poly team 36-17 Saturday in the rain in Moraga, CA.

The Gaels scored right from the initial kickoff. After the forwards took it up a couple of times, the Gaels went it wide, where fullback Aaron Matthews fooled several defenders with a dummy, and then kicked through for wing Tom Wallace to chase. Wallace did exactly that, and then nudged the kick ahead into in-goal where he won to race to touch down.

Upsets and Close Finishes in Week 11 | D1A Rugby | Nick Dugan 

Though they took a loss, Cal Poly had one of their best showings all season against #1 Saint Mary’s, losing 36-17.  Cal Poly matched St. Mary’s in the first half, limiting their own mistakes while capitalizing on turnovers to take a 7-7 tie into the half. The Gaels halftime adjustments helped them open up the field with kicks, and they soon got their offense going to pull in front. Some key takeaways for Cal Poly were their strong performances in the scrum and on defense at the breakdown.

Saint Mary's Welcomes Cal Poly's Grit | FloRugby | Alex Goff 

Saint Mary's had some serious difficulty with Cal Poly on Saturday, and while the host Gaels came away 36-17 winners, the Mustangs showed well in Moraga, California.

For top-ranked SMC, which is set to tour Italy before hosting No. 3 Cal on April 7, the victory was in doubt until the final 20 minutes or so. Cal Poly, now ranked 13th by FloRugby, kept the game tied 7-7 with 50 minutes gone behind its defense and ability to maintain possession.

D1 College Rankings: 3/15/18 | Rugby Today | Brett Anker 

There were several marquee games in DI this week that solidified the rankings. Six of the top 10 teams played this week, including two top 10 matchups.

St. Mary’s bested BYU for the second time this year. This time the Gaels went into Provo and beat the Cougars. It is only the second time in history that has been done. (Cal beat BYU in the 2016 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup final)  The teams stayed ranked at one and four respectively.

March 17, 2018 | Men's Rugby vs Cal Poly SLO | W 36-17

B Side-- 1:00pm | C Side-- 11:00am 

 

Men's College Player of the Week: Sean Yacoubian, Saint Mary's | FloRugby | Alex Goff 

Top-ranked Saint Mary's knocked off No. 4 BYU 37-29 in Provo, Utah, this past Saturday in part by pushing the pace of the game and using all of its weapons.

At the center of all of that was scrumhalf Sean Yacoubian, who is our Men's College Player of the Week. Read the full story here. 

Close Finishes Throughout the D1A Landscape in Week 10 | D1A Rugby | Nick Dugan 

The long-anticipated rematch between #1 St. Mary’s and #4 BYU did not disappoint, as BYU gave the Gaels everything they could handle but fell just short, losing 37-29. BYU came out firing and scored first before the Gaels offense went to work, building a 19-10 into the half. BYU inched closer in the second half, with tries from Sam Roberts and Justin Weaver keeping the Cougars within one score. BYU could never retake the lead, however, and after cutting the lead to 3, St. Mary’s responded immediately as Liam Cotter dotted down to give St. Mary’s some breathing room and seal the victory.

Saint Mary's Sweeps Series with BYU | FloRugby | Alex Goff 

Saint Mary’s completed a rare sweep of BYU, beating the Cougars 37-29 Saturday in Provo to follow up on last month’s 37-17 win in Moraga.

Playing at BYU’s South Field, the Gaels continued to play at a pace that most teams struggle to match. And while BYU basically did just that - keeping it a one-score game for most of the day, Saint Mary’s held on. Read the rest of the story here. 

March 10, 2018 | Men's Rugby @ BYU | W 37-29

The match will be aired on BYU Rugby youtube

  • B side played BYU B side on Friday, March 9th can came away with a Win 33 - 20.
  • C side @ Santa Rosa JC

 

A Top 4 Rematch Highlights Week 10's Games | Angus Bishop | D1A Rugby 

The biggest game of the week is #1 Saint Mary’s visiting #4 BYU. This is a rematch of a clash that they had no more than a month prior where, despite an early lead to BYU, Saint Mary’s was able to come back and land a convincing statement win 37-17. BYU will be expecting the combination of revenge and home field advantage will help them on their way to handing the Gaels their first loss of the season. This game could be crucial for each team and their championship aspirations, as a slip in the rankings could impact their home field advantage going into the post season.

THIS ONE'S BIG | Alex Goff | Goff Report

The Gaels defeated BYU 27-12 on February 18 in Moraga, Calif., and since then Saint Mary’s has continued to cut a swath through the opposition.

BYU has been swathing a little bit, too, The Cougars have dominated over the likes of Colorado and Air Force. They get their national team players - Matt Jensen and Calvin Whiting - back for the Gaels, and will want to put in a better performance in the forward pack, for sure.

BYU looked a little tired, especially in the final 20 minutes, against Saint Mary’s, and certainly the Gaels will want to push the pace. 

But at their best the Cougars can push the pace a little bit, too, and a year ago in Provo slammed the Gaels 62-15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc_dzLrj0Vo  Read more here.

 

D1A Weekend Review | Rugby Today | Brett Anker 

St. Mary’s took on the Glendale Merlins, the DI club team out of Colorado. The Gaels handled them 51-12.

St. Mary’s is 3-0 and leading the conference. Davis moves into second place in the division but San Diego State has a game in hand on the Aggies and defeated Davis earlier this year. Cal Poly has a number of games to make up in this conference but for now it is a three team race.

UC Davis vs Saint Mary's College | FloRugby 

It's a meeting of championship teams as Saint Mary's, the D1A winners in 2014, 2015, and 2017 takes on UC Davis, which won D1AA in 2015 and 2016. Davis has now moved up to the D1A California Conference, and it looking to challenge for a playoff spot. Having already beaten Central Washington and Cal Poly, the Aggies have high hopes. The Gaels are coming off a February 17 defeat of BYU and a win over the Glendale Academy last week, and remain undefeated.

D1A College Rankings | FloRugby | Alex Goff 

After Glendale Academy beat BYU earlier this year, we figured that maybe Saint Mary's might also be on the losing end. Nope, not even a little bit. Sure it was close for a while, but ultimately Gael Force (we just coined that, how do you like it?) blew through for a 58-12 win. A surprise.

Men's Rugby vs. Glendale u23 | Win 58-12 

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D1A Post Season Status | Rugby Today | Brett Anker

St. Mary’s is 3-0 and will in all likely hood win the conference and could very well be the top seed overall. A late season date with Cal could very well determine that. The Gael’s beat BYU this weekend 37-17 to bolster their resume. San Diego State has had an up and down season. The Aztecs lost big to Cal and St. Mary’s while dropping a close one to Grand Canyon. SDSU will still most likely finish second in the conference. UC-Davis currently sits in second place at 2-1 but a loss to San Diego State may make it more difficult. The Aggies still have to play St. Mary’s so it might be tough sledding for the unranked Davis squad. 

Likely Conference winner: St. Mary’s

In the hunt: San Diego State

Outside shot: UC-Davis

 

Men's Rugby vs. Glendale u23 Academy| 2:45pm | Saint Mary's Stadium

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  • B Side vs Glendale Men's | 1:00pm
  • C Side vs Santa Rosa JC | 11:00am

 

Week 7 Recap | D1A Rugby | Nick Dugan 

In the highly anticipated top 3 west coach matchup, #1 St. Mary’s took down #3 BYU 37-17. BYU put St. Mary’s on its heels to start, taking a 10-5 lead before the Gaels found their footing with set pieces and took a 20-10 lead at half. Though BYU kept it close at the start of the second 40 minutes, St. Mary’s counter-attack went to work, as the Gaels put in two late tries to dash any Cougar hopes of an upset.

Saint Mary's Defeats BYU 37-17 | FloRugby | Alex Goff

Saint Mary’s defeated BYU 37-17 in a pulsating game live on FloRugby Saturday, 

The Gaels came back from an early deficit, and scored two late tries to put away what was a close game for much of the contest. Prop forward Peyton Telea-llaio had a breakout game, scoring two tries and contributing to a strong scrum effort by the Gaels. In fact, Peyton Telea-llaio scored the opening try, capping off a long period of pressure by Saint Mary’s. Read more here. 

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Men's Rugby vs. BYU | Win 37 - 17

 

Saint Mary's vs BYU Has All the Hallmarks Of A Classic | Alex Goff | FloRugby

The annual two-game series between Saint Mary's and BYU has produced plenty of memorable matchups in recent years, and this Saturday's clash in Moraga, California, between the highly ranked D1A teams promises to be another classic. Read more and see what Alec Barton has to say about the match up here. 

D1 College Rankings 1/14/18 | D1A Rugby | Angus Bishop 

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D1A College Ranking | Alex Goff | FloRugby

Spring Week 5 Recap | Nick Duggan | D1A Rugby

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Men's College Preview & Picks: Saint Mary's Takes On Hungry O-Club | Alex Goff | FloRugby

Olympic Club's road trip to Saint Mary's on Saturday kicks off our live coverage of the SMC men's team for the next few seasons. This is going to be a chance for O-Club to rebound from a tough outing against Cal (not helped by a red card to flanker Bruce Thomas) and an opportunity for the host Gaels to show their stuff against a hard-nosed men's club. Olympic Club head coach Ray Lehner told us he has one of the best teams he's had in a while, but getting his players on the same page against fast and very fit teams like Cal or Saint Mary's is a tall order. We like the Gaels in this one. By the way, you will see more of Olympic Club in a week when the PRP kicks off live on FloRugby.

Men's College Player Of The Week: Vili Helu | FloRugby | Alex Goff 

It's easy to take consistently great players for granted, so once in a while it's important to take a breath and put it all into perspective. When you do that, you come to obvious conclusions, like Saint Mary's No. 8 Vili Helu should be our Men's College Player of the Week.There's no doubt that Helu brings it every game. Tall and athletic, Helu has a loping stride that maybe lulls you into the false sense that everything is easy for him. However, his toughness is unquestioned: In the D1A final last May he heroically battled through a shoulder injury to help the Gaels to victory. Read more here.

 

Jan 30, 2018

D1A College Rankings | FloRugby | Alex Goff

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Gaels Coach Praises Tough SD State, Looks To O-Club | Alex Goff | FloRugby

Saint Mary’s is now 3-0 in the California Conference after beating San Diego State 62-5 this past Saturday, a dominating performance that SMC head coach Tim O’Brien said was no reflection on the Aztecs.

Spring Week 4 Recap | D1A Rugby | Nick Dugan

D1A defending champs and #1 ranked Saint Mary’scontinued its California Conference dominance with a 62-5 win over #14 San Deigo State. The Gaels offense went to work as usual, controlling possession early and spreading the field wide to expose holes in the Aztec defense and open up a 36-5 lead at the half. The Gael’s production continued in the second half, with Charlie Louden and Tavite Lopeti notching tries, and Ethan Waller putting in two of his own. Read more here.

ST. MARY'S, UC DAVIS CLAIM VICTORY IN CALI | Rugby Today | By Evan Lappen

The second week of the D1A California Conference saw the frontrunner and the newcomer notch victories. Both squads were road warriors as No. 1 ranked Saint Mary’s blitzed San Diego State, 62-5, in San Diego, Calif. and #21 UC Davis took down Cal Poly, 33-27, in San Luis Obispo. The first weekend of February sees St. Mary’s battle Olympic Club, UC Davis take on UC Santa Barbara, and SDSU host Cal. Read more here.

BYU, Saint Mary's, Cal All Win Big | FloRugby | Alex Goff

Saint Mary’s moved to 3-0 in California Conference play with a 62-5 defeat of San Diego State. Having already dispatched Santa Clara and UCSB this year, the Gaels are in good shape with Cal Poly and UC Davis still left on the schedule. Read more here. 

National Score Report 01/27/2018 | Rugby Today | Evan Lappen

No. 1 ranked Saint Mary’s schooled SDSU, 62-5, for the Aztecs’ second loss in a row and the Aggies of UC Davis picked up their first Cal Conference win edging Cal Poly, 33-27. In further west coast action, #2 Cal was challenged by the Olympic Club, a Pacific Rugby Premiership squad, but the Bears shut the men’s club down, 87-19. In other PAC Conference play, Arizona State traveled to California for a back to back stretch versus UCLA and USC. The Sun Devils split their slate falling to UCLA on Saturday and holding on to beat USC on Sunday. Read more here.

Men's Rugby vs. SDSU | Win 62 - 5

Watch the game here. 

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D1 College Rankings 01/26/18 | Rugby Today | Brett Anker

The spring season is starting to heat up and the west coast teams are finally getting a chance to test their mettle. With a handful of games this weekend the rankings shifted. After an impressive start to the spring, St. Mary’s takes the top spot. Several impressive wins has led the committee to move them into the top spot. Read more here.

Top 20 rankings - Week 3 Spring | D1A Rugby | Angus Bishop

Elsewhere throughout D1A, three of the top four teams in the country were out in action.  Lifeput Saint Mary’s on notice by demolishing LSU 103-0. Saint Mary’s response, a 74-7 trouncing of UC Santa BarbaraCal was convincing as always in their lop-sided win over Cal Poly, walking away 81-6 victors. Read More here.

Spring Week 3 Recap | D1A Rugby | Nick Dugan

Top five teams in the D1A rankings were also in action against non-conference opponents and put up some big scores. #2 Life University took on LSU at home and shut out the Tigers 103-0, while #4 Cal got tries from 10 different players on their way to an 81-6 victory over Cal Poly. Finally, #1 Saint Mary’s continued its road stretch with a 74-7 rout over UC Santa Barbara. Read more here.

Top-Ranked team Show Their Quality | FloRugby | Alex Goff

The Saint Mary's Gaels are now 2-0 in the California Conference, having dispatched UC Santa Barbara 74-7 on the road Saturday. Freshman second row Chase Jones scored three tries in the game, with nine other Gaels scoring one apiece. 

With San Diego State losing to Grand Canyon, and Cal Poly getting hit hard by Cal, Saint Mary's looks in excellent shape to win the California Conference once more.  Read more here.

National Report Score - 01/20/2018 | Rugby Today | Evan Lappen

Blowouts and an upset highlighted the third week of 2018. The top three teams in the country crushed their opponents as Cal, St. Mary’s, and Life were in complete control on Saturday. The closest match of the weekend saw Grand Canyon survive two yellow cards to pull off a 22-18 upset against San Diego State. Finally, the Houston Sabercats fell to the Uruguay National team, 32-24. Read more here.

Make Your Nomination For The Scholz Award | FloRugby | Alex Goff

Click Here to Vote for Alec Barton

The Rudy Scholz Award is given out every year by the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle to the top men's D1 college player of the year. 

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Week 3 Preview | D1A Rugby | Angus Bishop

#1 Saint Mary’s will continue their conference schedule against Santa Barbara. Saint Mary’s is coming off back to back wins over D1A opponents, winning both by a margin of at least sixty-eight. Santa Barbara kicked off their Spring season last week against USC. They dispatched of them with relative ease as they pulled away in the second half. Read more here.

TIAR College Top Ten: First Rankings Of 2018

1. St. Mary's (beat Santa Clara 84-0): The season is young but already the Gaels are picking up right where they left off. They beat visiting Australian side Gordon last month and early this month took care of Central Washington in impressive fashion. Their schedule is going to get a lot tougher in February. Up next: UC-Santa Barbara

TAIR Awards -Men's College Team of the Year--St. Mary's

The Gaels fanbase has come through once again as they have delivered the TIAR Award for Men's College Team of the Year to St. Mary's. It's also hard to argue that the Gaels didn't deserve it. On their way to the DI championship they beat Cal, BYU, and Life, all the other teams nominated for the award. The Gaels have put together a real special team over the last few years and this year they look set to repeat it again.

TIAR Awards--Match of the Year

St. Mary's comes back To beat Cal. One of the best rivalries in rugby is St. Mary's against Cal. They have history, they have talent, and they are both entertaining. That was certainly on display back in March when St. Mary's piped a win at Cal in the final moments.

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Top 20 Rankings | D1A Rugby | Angus Bishop

#1 Saint Mary’s started their conference schedule with a game against Santa Clara. The Gaels were coming off an impressive hit out against #18 Central Washington University last weekend where they ran in 13 tries against the Wildcats. This weekend it was a fairly similar result for the men from Moraga who came away with an emphatic 84-0 win over their conference foes. They did what they had to do to protect their ranking. Read more here

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D1A College Rankings | FloRugby | Alex Goff

Spring Week 2 Recap | D1A Rugby | Nick Dugan

After the long winter break, D1A rugby is finally back with a handful of important west coast matchups. Over the weekend, teams in the PAC and California conferences kicked off regular season action and looked to start off with a bang. Read more here. 

ARIZONA, ST. MARY’S DOMINANT IN WINS | Rugby Today | Evan Lappen

If early season wins indicate success, Arizona and St. Mary’s are well on their way. The Wildcats began their 2018 campaign with a 53-22 away victory over Grand Canyon University and St. Mary’s stomped Santa Clara, 84-0. Arizona will analyze the game film to ready for UCLA in February while the Gaels travel to UC Santa Barbara next Saturday. Read more here. 

Spring Week 2 Preview | D1A Rugby | Angus Bishop

The other game this weekend sees #1 St. Mary’s open California Conference play against Santa Clara on Saturday. St. Mary’s is coming off the back of a strong showing last weekend where they were able to handle #18 Central Washington with ease, scoring over 70 points. This weekend against Santa Clara should be no different, as the Gaels have been able to score over 90 points each of the last three outings they’ve had against Santa Clara. Read more here. 

Men's Rugby vs Santa Clara | 84 - 0

 

Men's Rugby vs Central Washington | Win 73 - 5

Central Washington Fall Short in California | D1A Rugby | Angus Bishop

On Saturday the Wildcats had the unenviable task of taking on #1 St. Mary’s with only 24 hours rest to recover from Friday’s game. The Gaels who are defending national champions have been active throughout their preseason to ensure that they hit their regular season firing and raring to go. They had beaten the Iona Gaels, who were the best team in the Liberty Conference, by a resounding 70 points; and they had beaten a touring Gordon squad from Sydney, Australia’s prestigious Shute Shield system. Needless to say, they were well prepared for their first hit out against a ranked opponent in 2018. The game was one way traffic from the opening kick off with St. Mary’s running in 13 unanswered tries before CWU were able to conjure up a late try to avoid the shutout. Read more here. 

St.Mary's, UC Dvis sweep CWU in Cali Tour | Rugby Today | Evan Lappen 

On the first weekend of the New Year, Central Washington trekked 11 hours south to gauge its program versus top-flight competition of California. Things didn’t go as planned as the Wildcats lost to UC-Davis, 33-14, on Friday night and then got blasted, 73-5, by Saint Mary’s on Saturday.  The coaches at CWU know where they stand now and only have room to improve in the spring. Read more here.

Gaels open up 2018 with a Bang | FloRugby | Alex Goff

Saint Mary's defeated Central Washington 73-5 in Moraga, CA, on Saturday in the second game of CWU's California tour, showing the rest of the country that the Gaels are ready for another serious run in D1A. Read more here. 

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Central Washington Kick off 2018 in California | D1A College Rugby | Angus Bishop

This weekend the #16 Central Washington University (CWU) Wildcats kick off their 2018 15s campaign, as they head down south to take on two of the best teams in California. Over the weekend Central Washington will play against UC Davis and St. Mary’s on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

 

Big Exam for New Year: Alex Goff | Flo Rugby

CWU, which is a varsity program in Ellensburg, WA, and is now playing as a D1A independent, will take on UC Davis — 2015 and 2016 D1AA national champion — on Friday night under the lights at the Aggies’ football stadium in Davis, CA. Then, on Saturday, the Wildcats go one better and face defending the D1A champion Saint Mary’s Gaels in Moraga, CA. Read more here.

#BESTOF2017 | The Rugby Chanel

A late 2nd half score by Saint Mary's College Gaels Gael Rugby clinched the D1A Rugby Championship over @MLifeRugby and made our #bestof2017 list.

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Men's Rugby vs Gordon (Australia) | W 27-17

Worried Gaels Have Reloaded? You Should Be | Alex Goff | Flo Rugby

“I loved the fact that we played this game,” Gaels head coach Tim O’Brien said. “I kept saying it on the sideline. I think I was driving [assistant coach] Johnny Everett crazy. We were able to play against a nice group of players, experienced men, and I don’t know how many men’s clubs in the country could have hung with them. Young legs won out the day.” Read the article here.

  • SMC B 50  - Santa Clara 0 
  • SMC C 29 - Sacramento State 34

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2017 D1A USA Rugby National Champions SMC 30 vs. Life 24 

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Saint Mary’s Defeats Life University 30-24 for Third National Championship in Four Years | Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - A year after Saint Mary’s lost in the D1A National Championship to Life University 24-20 in front of their home crowd, they had the opportunity to avenge themselves on Saturday at Saint Mary’s Stadium. Not only was it a chance to make up for last year’s heartbreak, it was a chance to break the tie between the Gaels and Running Eagles over the past four title matches. Life won the championship in 2013 and 2016 while Saint Mary’s repeated in 2014 and 2015.

In order to beat Life, Saint Mary’s knew that they had to improve on their sloppy 43-7 semifinal win over Arizona. Cutting down both turnovers and penalties was a focal point in practice over the past week and defense, as always, was also heavily emphasized. With this in mind, the Gaels were aware that they would have to play close to a perfect game to overcome the undefeated Running Eagles. Click here for full article