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.  

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Jan 20 | Men's Rugby vs. UC Santa Barbara | 1:00pm

B side vs UCSB | 2:45pm

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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


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 Californiaconferences 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. 


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.


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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2017-2018 Men's Rugby schedule


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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