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.


News and Highlights

December 3, 2016

Gaels vs. UC Davis | A side 1:00pm | B side 2:45pm | Davis, CA

November 18, 2016

Gaels Continue Preseason Play Against UC Santa Cruz and Interview with Alec Barton
By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - After a successful win over Chico State to begin the preseason, the Saint Mary’s rugby team will get the ball rolling on the road against UC Santa Cruz this Saturday at 12 noon. Right after the A side match, the B side will take on the Banana Slugs as well. Coach Tim O’Brien expects 45 Gael ruggers to play for at least forty minutes over the course of the two matches. Although the pitch may be wet in Santa Cruz, the Gaels will go out with a full head of steam ready to attack and play a fast and wide game.

Gael Rugby was able to catch up with San Diego native Alec Barton to talk about his path to Saint Mary’s, the rich tradition of the Gaels, and how he plans to approach his last year of collegiate rugby.

*Note: This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

On his start in rugby and his path to becoming an All-American at Saint Mary’s…

I was first exposed to rugby when I watched my brother play when I was in eighth grade. I started playing my freshman year of high school, really enjoyed it, and made it a priority. I made it at Saint Mary’s because there were many connections between my club team and Saint Mary’s. After visiting SMC, I realized it was a really good atmosphere and that I wanted to play a high level of college rugby.
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November 12, 2016

Win Over Chico State
By: Christian Portillo


MORAGA, CALIF. - The Saint Mary’s Men’s Rugby team picked up right where they left off last year in their first preseason match of the year against Chico State. Playing right after the C Side played Santa Rosa Junior College to a 24-24 standstill before the official called the game, the Gaels never skipped a beat, scoring two converted tries within the opening five minutes of the match.

Tommy Wallace sprinted down the left sideline for a try before Kevin O’Connor managed to score a try of his own to give the Gaels a 28-0 lead. Wallace broke through Chico State’s defense and offloaded the ball to Alejandro Duran, who took it to the house for a 38-0 advantage. Jack Carso also passed to Holden Yungert for a converted try on the left sideline moments later to give the Gaels a 45-0 lead. Before the half, Saint Mary’s scored two more tries to lead 55-0. You could not put your head down for one second without missing a Saint Mary’s try.
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November 9, 2016

Gaels Return to the Pitch Against Chico State
By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - Saint Mary’s Rugby is back! The Gaels will make their long anticipated return to the pitch on Saturday, November 12, after losing to Life University in the National Championship last year in heartbreaking fashion. Although it is only preseason, it will be interesting to see how the Gaels set the tone for the regular season starting on Saturday at Pat Vincent Field. Saint Mary’s will take on the Santa Rosa Junior College team at 11:30 A.M before the A Side plays Chico State at 12:30 P.M., with the final match of the day coming at 2:00 P.M. against Chico State as well. All matches will consist of two 40 minutes halves with a running clock and 54 total ruggers are anticipated to play.


October 24, 2016

Day 1 of West Coast Sevens:

SMC 28- UCSB 0
SMC 21- SDSU 12
SMC 0- U of A 5

The Gaels started day 2 tournament off with a Quarter-final match up against UCLA 31-7, and then beat a tough ASU team in a close Semi-final battle 17-14.

Day 2 of West Coast Sevens: 

Cup OFs: SMC 31- UCLA 7
Cup SFs: SMC 17- ASU 14
Cup Finals: SMC 14- U of A 19 

Goff Rugby Report | By: Alex Goff 
In the final, Arizona worked the ball impressively and ran out to a 14-0 lead. Saint Mary’s got into penalty trouble - at one point being down to five players - and Arizona held on 1912. Click here for a summary of the tournament


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October 21, 2016

Treasure Island Tournament and Interview with Kevin O’Connor

By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - After placing second in the first leg of the 6th Annual West Coasts Sevens Tournament in San Luis Obispo two weeks ago, Saint Mary’s will be on the pitch again this weekend as part of the SFGG sponsored tournament at Treasure Island. Click here to read more and Kevin's interview