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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Men's Rugby vs. Glendale D1 | 1:00pm | Saint Mary's Stadium

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  • B Side vs Glendale U23's | 2:45pm
  • 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. 


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 


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


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.


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

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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

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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. 


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 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. 


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 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