Men's Rugby

A deeply rooted history behind this club gives Men’s Rugby a competitive edge against their opponents. The success for this national championship team stems from the dedication and hard work that the players, and coaches put in year round. They put on a show every time they step on the pitch.

Upcoming Games

January 2019

Saturday 1/19   

Men's Rugby A v Grand Canyon University A @GCU | 1:30pm MST 12:30pm PST

Men's Rugby B v Grand Canyon University B  @GCU | 3:30pm MST 2:30pm PST

Location: Grand Canyon University | 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017

Directions to Rugby Field.



Men's Rugby C v Sonoma State 11:00am

Location: Pat Vincent Field


Saturday 1/26 

Men's Rugby v Santa Clara University  | 1pm

Men's Rugby v UC Santa Barbara | 3pm

Men's Rugby C  v Santa Clara B | 11am

Location: Saint Mary's Stadium


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2018/2019 Season Updates: 

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 captain Vili 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 of Cooper 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 with Alex Glover (Prop, Soph.) making his presence known with several strong runs throughout the match and a try in the second half.


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    Saint Mary's Mens team take home the D1A National Championship against Life University for the 2016-2017 Season!