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.  

Jan 13 | Men's Rugby vs Santa Clara | 1:00pm 

Santa Clara University: 500 El Camino Real

 

Jonathon Hackett | 2017 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Grant Recipient

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Year: Freshman  Height: 5'9"  Weight: 195lbs

High School: De La Salle High School    Hometown: Concord, CA 

Grit and determination led 2017 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient, Jonathon Hackett, to receive a rugby scholarship to one of the top programs in the nation. Hackett had always dreamed of competing at the highest level for football and wrestling, but when scholarship options drew short, he turned to rugby. His football and wrestling background allowed for an easy transition into rugby and molded him into a noteworthy player. Although his rugby experience might be limited, his opportunities are endless. Jonathon will be the first in his family to attend a four-year university, all thanks to rugby. Read more here. 

 

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. 

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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.

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Southern California Trip Cancelled due to Wildfires.

 

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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  • $10 per person ages 13 and over (CASH ONLY)

  • SERVICE ANIMALS ONLY

  • NO DOGS ALLOWED

  • NO ALCOHOL

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2017-2018 Men's Rugby schedule

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B & C Side Game information can be found here. 

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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