New Player Meeting Rescheduled!!

Hey all, the new player meeting is this Wednesday at 7pm in CLA 0.102. All gents interested in learning rugby are welcome to attend. We hope to see you all there!

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New Player Meeting

If you are interested in playing rugby for The University of Texas at Austin, please come to our New Player Meeting on January 28th. The meeting is in CLA 1.106 at 7pm. Hope to see you there!!

 

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Texas Player Reed Hogan is Invited to the U-20 All American Camp!

Reed Hogan, a freshman and new addition to Texas Rugby, was invited to attend the U20 All American Camp due to his performance over the fall season in 7s. Hogan has played for the past seven years. He attended St. Thomas High School, where his team won three Division I state championships during his time. He co-captained the team in 2013, one of the years they won state. He earned a place on the Texas Select team in 2011, 2012, and 2013. He played as blindside flanker during the 2011 and 2012 seasons and 8-Man during the 2013 season, when he was named the 2013 Forward of the Year of the Texas High School Rugby Conference.

Hogan began playing at The University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2013. He immediately became a key factor in Texas Rugby’s 7s team. During his short time with the team, the team won the Southwest Conference 7s Championship and competed in the 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship, where Texas Rugby finished #12 in the nation. Hogan will be heading with Texas Rugby in January 2014 to compete in the USA Sevens Rugby Tournament in Las Vegas.

The U-20 All American Camp gives exceptional players like Hogan a chance to make the United States National U-20 team. The U-20 competes worldwide against national teams across all continents. This is a tremendous opportunity for both Hogan and Texas Rugby. Hogan is the fourth U-20 camp invitee from Texas Rugby in just the past three years. This is an amazing accomplishment and we are hopeful in Hogan’s chances of becoming one of the best U-20 players in the world.

Texas Hosts The University of Queensland

On Nov. 26th, Texas hosted The University of Queensland in a hard fought battle for both sides. University of Queensland has been on their USA tour playing top-notch teams from states across the country. UQ was by far Texas Rugby’s most difficult opponent of the season. They were bigger, stronger, and faster than anyone we have faced, as majority of their players had been playing since early years of grade school. That didn’t rattle Texas though. We brought out our best. 7s players, who just two days earlier were wrapping up a weekend consisting of six-matches against the best teams in the nation, played. Several recent alumni even kitted up.

“We wanted every single one of the Queensland guys to remember the day they played The University of Texas. We wanted to leave an impact on one of the greatest teams there is and I feel we did just that. I am very proud of the effort that the boys gave out there,” said head coach Chris Hopps after the match.

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Having spoken to many of the UQ players after the match, several said that we were one of the toughest teams they’d played during their tour. Many said that Texas was definitely the hardest hitting team of the tour. We definitely take pride in that.

The developmental 15s season for Texas Rugby has ended and the actual 15s season will begin February 8th as Texas plays SFA (Away) and UNT (Home). We would like to give a special thanks to all of the coaching staff for their hard work and commitment, a special thanks to the alumni who put on the Longhorn jersey one more time, and to all the new players and old who came out all through the fall and committed themselves to bleeding burnt orange for the sport of rugby.

We would also like to give a special thanks and sincere farewell to player Danny Cotton. Cotton, an international student from The University of Queensland, came to The University of Texas at Austin in January 2013 for a year abroad, joined the team immediately and has made a huge impact on the program. He started at 8-man during the Spring 2013 season, where he made the Allied Rugby Conference All-Conference team. He also played on the 7s team, participating in both the 2013 Collegiate Rugby Championship and the 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship. He is a dear friend to us all and he will be missed. Thank you, Danny Cotton, for all the contributions and experiences you brought to the team, and for making others know what it means to be a Longhorn.

Texas Rugby Finishes #12 in the Nation in 7s!!

The 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship came to an end today. Texas, after bleeding burnt orange for the past four months of grueling competition, finished ranked #12 nationwide in 7s. This is a huge milestone for Texas Rugby. At the first day of practice in August, the team made three goals for the season. 1) Win the Southwest Conference. 2) Rank higher than last year’s #13 placing. 3) Defeat top-tier programs that we struggled with in the past.

Despite this year’s competition being more fierce and competitive than ever, Texas was able to overcome and walk away with all three goals accomplished. We dominated the Southwest Conference, finishing 11-1 in our qualifiers. We finished #12 in a nation with over 500 competitive programs. Texas defeated Navy and dominated Colorado St at Nationals. We dominated our biggest local rival, Texas A&M, 29-10.

We would like to give a special thanks to 7s Head Coach Jacob Liberman, 7s Asst. Head Coach Mickey Johnson, and Asst. Coach Skylar Talley for their commitment and dedication to driving this team to achieve greater goals and to become greater players. As 7s season comes to a close, excluding one last tournament on Jan 24-26 in Las Vegas, the 7s team will be joining forces with the current developmental 15s team to prepare for Texas Rugby’s most competitive 15s season in the spring.

To kick the 7s and 15s players’ reunion off, Texas Rugby will be facing The University of Queensland this Tuesday at 7pm on the home pitch. For directions, please refer to the Pitch Info page. Stay updated with the upcoming 15s season by checking out the 15s Schedule page!

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Day 1 of the 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship Comes to a Close for Texas!

Texas Rugby finished Day 1 at 1-2. Their first match against Navy ended 14-12, in favor of Navy with a last minute try and successful conversion to put them up by 2. Tries by Peter Hyam and Noah Villalobos, with the successful conversion made by team captain Jeremy Maranitch.

Texas’s second match of the day was against Life. Though we put up a tough fight, Life was able to pull away and end the match 34-0 in their favor.

Texas Rugby ended the day with a dominative victory over Colorado State. The end result was 42-10, Texas. Tries by Taylor Hayes (2), Tanner Avery, Peter Hyams, Noah Villalobos, and Hunter Wrobleske, with six successful conversions by Jeremy Maranitch.

Day 2 schedule is TBD. Follow our social feeds on Facebook and Twitter, or stay tuned in to the Social Feeds page on the site, for updates on the Day 2 schedule.

 

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Texas Rugby Heads to the 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship!

Congratulations to the following players who will represent The University of Texas at Austin at the 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship:

1. Jeremy Maranitch (c)
2. Taylor Hayes
3. Noah Villalobos
4. Tanner Avery
5. Peter Hyams
6. Emmanuel Nwoko
7. John Boudreaux
8. Daniel Cotton
9. Reed Hogan
10. Rafael Lopez Segovia
11. Alexis Mendoza
12. Felix Olazaran
13. Hunter Wrobleske
14. Matthew Young

The team will be led by 7s HC Jacob Liberman, Asst. HC Mickey Johnson (’01), and Skylar Talley (’13 & former 7s Captain and Club President).

This will be Texas’ third straight qualification for the 7s National Championship under Coach Liberman & Coach Johnson. Texas achieved its qualification by winning the Southwest Conference 7s Championship on September 28th. The team placed 20th (out of 24) in the 2011 7s National Championship and 13th (out of 24) in the 2012 7s National Championship.

The championship will be played at Bryan Park Soccer Complex in Greensboro, N.C. on November 23-24 (Sat-Sun). Texas will be competing in the Men’s Division 1 Pool F. Day 1’s matches are the following: 10:40 AM vs. Navy (Field 2); 2:40 PM vs. Life (Stadium); 4:40 PM vs. Colorado State (Field 3). Matches will be streamed live at:http://usarugbytv.com/.

Any further information can be found at: http://usacollege7s.com/

The schedule for all matches can be found at: http://usarugby.org/documentation/college/2013-college-7s-national-championship-schedule.pdf
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Start of the Developmental 15’s Season for Texas Rugby!

Texas Rugby opens up their 15s season with their developmental side in a match against local team, St. Edwards University, this Friday, Oct. 18th. The match will be held at the Huns’ pitch at 5pm. The address is as follows: 4107 Nixon Ln  Austin, TX 78725. TEXAS FIGHT! Hook ‘Em \m/

Texas Rugby Donates to Projects for Underserved Communities-Papua New Guinea

Projects for Underserved Communities-Papua New Guinea, an organization at The University of Texas at Austin, approached Texas Rugby asking for donations for the rugby fans of the Mangiang village in Papua New Guinea. The community and its children were all very excited to receive the Texas Rugby balls and t-shirts.