The 1879 Yale rugby team, with team captain Walter Camp (center, holding football).

1879 Yale Rugby Squad

The 1879 Yale rugby team, with team captain Walter Camp (center, holding ball).

Posted: 11/05/2019
Yale Team and Walter Camp

Walter Camp

In 1876, when Captain Eugene V. Baker called for candidates for the Yale rugby team, freshman Walter Camp was right there. Within a day or so, young Camp won the a regular halfback position. He was exceptionally fast and extraordinarily strong, but, more important for a rugby player, he was a terrific kicker, excelling at both punting and dropkicking.

Posted: 11/04/2019
Columbia RFC just after a big victory against Cornell

Columbia Rugby after a big win at Cornell

Columbia RFC poses under the posts in Ithaca after a big win against Cornell University.

Posted: 10/31/2019

Brown 69 v. Harvard University 5 – Second XV

The Brown Second XV obviously took a cue from the Firsts with a dominant win over the Harvard Seconds.

Brown 49 v. Harvard University 15 – First XV

Brown scored early and often in the first half to take a commanding lead after 40 minutes against a physically hard but somewhat vulnerable Harvard team. As opposed to Dartmouth the previous week, Brown was able to find space through the Harvard defense sending four Bears over the line for tries, with the dependable Jon Kim adding two conversions and a penalty kick. Brown opened the match with a penalty kick and then conceded a try to Harvard.

Penn Women 27 v. Columbia Women 51

Penn began the match with only 14 players, going down to 13 midway through the first half. Halftime score was Penn 22, Columbia 29. Penn lost two more players to injury, and finished the match with only 11 on the field. It was a courageous effort from Penn, but there was too much ground to cover. The final score was Columbia 51, Penn 27.

Columbia’s flyhalf and inside center proved to be a dangerous duo that were difficult to contain.

Brown 76 v. Yale 0 University

In spite of a rainy week the Brown Rugby field was surprisingly dry and the conditions facilitated a Brown romp over the Yale Bulldogs. Six tries in each half provided symmetry and a 76 to nil shutout. Given Brown’s dominance, a number of players were able to get first 15 playing time, demonstrating squad depth which is always crucial as the season wears on. Yale may be Brown’s toughest opponent to date but the Bears have improved their execution on offense and defense week by week.

Brown 22 v. Yale 5 University – Second XV

Yale was only able to field a 10 man team for the Second XV match. Brown had 23 available players so open substitution was used to give all of the Seconds a chance to play. The teams agreed to play two 20 minute halves of rugby. 

Cornell Women team photo

Cornell wins against Penn 51-34

Another great day of rugby here in Ithaca. Both teams played an exciting and entertaining game. This was a game seniors on each team will remember for years. Neither side was willing to leave the field empty handed.

Posted: 10/09/2019