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.

February 29, 2020 | SMC vs UCLA | 1:00pm | Westwood, CA

Location:  Wallis Annenberg Stadium 

Locate UCLA by Zip code (90095) or by street address (405 Hilgard Avenue). Call 310-825-4321 for recorded directions.


The game will air live on ELEVEN SPORTS' digital network:  FTF NEXT.  It is available on the following platforms:

Pluto, XUMO, Samsung Plus, Zingo, Distro, Twitch and Rockbot.


This Week in College Rugby Week 7



#4 Saint Mary’s remains dominant within the California conference as other inter-state matchups prove to shakeup the standings; Cal Poly over UC Davis, and UCSB defeating Santa Clara.  Read more here. 

SMC gets conference win over SDSU 

This Week in College Rugby Episode 6

Gamebreakers DIA Players This Weekend | Goff Rugby Report | Alex Goff

Payton Telea Illalio, Saint Mary's

In a tense 25-24 win over BYU, the Gaels prop was solid throughout, getting Saint Mary's over the gainline in a game where they had trouble doing that.

Joe Yacoubian, Saint Mary's

Back from an injury that sidelined him for close to a year, the young flyhalf started in the #10 jersey and picked apart the Grand Canyon defense in a 69-7 Gaels victory on Monday. Yacoubian also scored two tries.

SMC 69 vs Grand Canyon University 7

  • SMC B Side 74 - GCU B Side 17

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SMC edges out BYU 25-24 on Saturday, Feb 15.  

SMC B Side 103 - Sac State 14

SMC C Side 98 - UC Santa Cruz 5


Highlight Video from FloRugby


Saint Mary's Ekes One Out Over BYU | Alex Goff | Goff Rugby Report

BYU hit Saint Mary’s hard early and put the Gaels under pressure. Putting together of their best offensive efforts against strong opposition in some time, BYU looked more polished, and were certainly more aggressive than they have been in recent visits to Moraga. Read more here.

Last minute try by Lorenzo Richardson

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Saint Mary's Wins on Final Play of the Game: Darren Yamashita Photo Album

The Saint Mary's Gaels defeated the BYU Cougars, 25-24, on the last play of the game at Saint Mary's Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 15. Captions and photos by Darren Yamashita.


GAEL RUGBY BEANIE GIVEAWAY: SMC Students only | Saturday, Feb 15th | 12:30pm.

 Saint Mary's Stadium. Must bring valid SMC ID card. Limited Supply.


A Classic Rivalry as Saint Mary's hosts BYU | Alex Goff | Goff Rugby Report

“This is definitely one of our toughest games,” added Saint Mary’s Head Coach Tim O’Brien. “Playing BYU at BYU, which we do later in the spring, is unquestionably one of our toughest games. Both games are a really good test for our guys.”



On President’s Day, next Monday, #20 Grand Canyon (2-1) will endure their 2nd match of the weekend challenging the ever-powerful and dangerous #4 St. Mary’s (4-0). This will be both clubs 2nd game of the weekend, with the attrition of the previous match a big factor in deciding the winner of the test. St. Mary’s may have more depth, but will be a tough decision who to play and not, with their first match going against the massively successful #8 BYU, just two days prior.

This matchup will be an extremely interesting one with these Top-20 clubs facing off for the first time since last April in 2019. In last year’s two head-to-head matchups, The Gaels of Moraga came away with the clean sweep both home and away, in decisive fashion.

This Week In College Rugby Episode 5

February 15, 2020 SMC vs BYU | Saint Mary's Stadium | 1:00pm

  •  2:45pm B Side vs Sac State
  •  11:00am C Side vs UC Santa Cruz



This week in College Rugby Episode 4

The gaels prevail in all three match ups. SMC 46 - Cal Poly 10

Highlights from SMC vs Cal Poly | FloRugby

The Gaels took care of business against Cal Poly on Saturday, but the Mustangs sure made them work for it.

GCU, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's Win In California | Alex Goff Report




#4 St. Mary’s were back in action following a bye week as they defeated Cal Poly at home 46-3. St. Mary’s scored eight tries in the win, two of them coming early in the first half via winger Jon Hackett. Cal Poly’s lone points came in the 27th minute as fullback Alexander Domine successfully converted a penalty kick. The Gaels move to 4-0 on the season as they comfortably sit on top of the California conference. Cal Poly sits at 0-3 on the season, with all their loses coming at the hands of teams ranked in the top 25 this season.


This Week In College Rugby Episode 3


SMC @ Komaba WMM Rugby Football Club | Win 40-21


This Week In College Rugby Episode 2

Alex Goff, Gift Egbelu, Matt McCarthy, and Arizona Head Coach Sean Duffy talk with Tom about D1A Rugby featuring in depth looks at Red River, Life University, and more.

SMC @ STANFORD | Win  129-0


gaels in japan

Kyoto has been kind to the Gael thus far!


SMC 36 - UCSB 17 | The Gaels defeat the Gauchos on Saturday, Jan 18th. 


College Rugby this week: Episode 1

An in depth look at D1A rugby from around the country featuring interviews with Alex Goff, Gift Egbelu, Matt McCarthy, and Commissioner Kevin Battle.

Another Big Score for Saint Mary's | Alex Goff, Goff Rugby Report

Saturday the Gaels traveled to UC Davis and came away with a convincing 97-0 victory. This follows up on an early 93-0 conference win over Santa Clara, putting Saint Mary’s at 2-0 in the California Conference when most teams in the West haven’t started playing. Read More here.

SMC Men's Rugby prepare for their Japan Trip this week in the classroom. Departure is set for Sunday, Jan 12th.

This year, the annual men's rugby tour allows the players to earn academic credit as they travel to abroad.  Saint Mary's College offers a unique experiuence to all the student durng the month of January. Read more about Jan Term Here.

Schedule of Activites

Jan 13th - 16th | Sako, Kyoto-City

Jan 17th -19th | Osaka

Jan 20th - 25th | Tokyo

Jan 26th | Departure Home

Rudy Scholz Award Watchlist: Payton Talea Ilalio: Alex Rees, FloRugby

It's rare to find a front rower that moves like a center, and even more rare when that front rower is a prop. 

In the case of Saint Mary's prop Payton Talea, however, you get a guy that's as mobile as a back but as powerful as the strongest of forwards.

He combines punishing work in the scrum with game-busting work in the carry, and if you don't go in at 110% to tackle Talea, you will get run over. 



Both sides grab a victory in their match against UC Davis

  • SMC A 97 vs UC Davis  0

  • SMC B 100 vs UC Davis B 0


Jan Term Tour Raffle Tickets still on sale.  


Results from Saturday, Jan 4, 2020

  • SMC A 96 vs Trinity Western University 0

  • SMC B 29 vs Olde Gaels 48

  • SMC C 32 vs Santa Barbara Academy 14

Three wins for the Gaels on Dec 28th.

  • SMC A 36 - Lifewest A 17

  • SMC B 50 - Lifewest B 31

  • SMC C 84 - Santa Rosa Men's Club 12


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This years Pat Vincent Fundraiser Dinner success is because of your generous donation, all proceeds from this event help support Gael Rugby scholarships and travel.

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Pat Vincent Dinner

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The Gaels fight for the win against North American Rugby Academy

SMC 33 - NARA  29


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