St. Joseph’s | Collegiate Rugby Championship

St. Joseph’s

St. Joseph’s Rugby is one of the strongest programs in the Philadelphia region due to their dedicated student-athletes, coaches, and a wonderfully supportive university administration. As the largest-drawing field sport on the campus in Philadelphia, they are one of the fastest-rising programs in the country with numerous varsity privileges including varsity fields for all training and matches, professional strength and conditioning coaches, and numerous matches televised on Pennsylvania Cable Network. Saint Joseph ‘s University Rugby 7 ‘s is a high-flying, exciting group of dedicated student-athletes from some of the best High School Rugby programs in the nation, including Xavier High School (NY) and Gonzaga College High School (DC). The Hawks have competed in numerous tournaments around the country over the past two years, including two appearances in the Las Vegas Invitational. They have continued to improve and look forward to the tremendous opportunity as a local favorite in the 2013 Collegiate Rugby Championships in nearby Chester, Pennsylvania.

Head Coach: Dan Yarusso
Assistant Coach: David Niumataiwalu
Assistant Coach: Ian Eggleston
Assistant Coach: Pete D’Amico

Players to Watch
No one is more central to the Hawks’ success than senior Jimmy Wolfer. A product of the highly touted Xavier High School program in New York, Wolfer has big-game experience. He’s diminutive in size, but commands the team from the scrumhalf position, leading the Hawks with over 236 points. This is his fourth CRC appearance. Chris Curcio is having a breakout season, having been named the MVP of the Keystone Conference. He is the gas man, providing speed on the wing, resulting in 25 tries this spring. Noah Niumataiwalu is a talented freshman and a homegrown product of the Archmere Academy in nearby Wilmington, Delaware. A coach’s son, he pairs up well with Wolfer in the halfbacks.

The Scoop
One of the hometown favorites, St. Joe’s is a program on the rise. The Hawks get good crowd support at the CRC, including the school’s iconic mascot which can be seen flapping his wings on the sideline from whistle to whistle at every St. Joe’s game. The Hawks have routinely found themselves in the middle tier of the CRC, and though the team has experienced success this spring, winning the Keystone title and showing well in tournaments in Bermuda and California, the field is tougher this year than ever. Look for the Hawks to be a tough out in pool play, but don’t expect to see them in the top eight on Sunday.

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