AIC – Collegiate Rugby Championship

AIC

American International College (AIC) was founded in 1885 by the Reverend Calvin E. Amaron with the purpose of educating international immigrants who were coming to America through New York. Located in historic Springfield, Massachusetts, AIC provides an intimate and inclusive educational experience for 3,387 undergraduate and graduate students.

AIC can trace its men’s rugby roots back as early as 1890, making it one of the first schools in the nation to play the game. Revived in 2009 as a varsity modeled club sport, AIC fields an A and B side within a tight knit, family-like team of 36 players. After moving to Division 1-AA in 2013, AIC has won back-to-back-to-back East Coast Rugby Conference championships and URugby Bowl Series games, with notable wins over Penn State, Dartmouth, Boston College, Clemson, and Iona. In 2015 This is American Rugby named AIC their College Team of the Year as the Yellow Jackets finished the fall season ranked #1 in the nation. AIC’s success has also continued on the 7s pitch, finishing in 2nd place at the 2016 USA Rugby 7s National Championships and ranking 3rd overall behind only Cal and St. Mary’s. Under the guidance of Head Coach Rob Guiry and led by captain Kurtis Werner and All-Americans Jihad Khabir and Christian Adams, AIC is looking to turn some heads in its long awaited Penn Mutual CRC debut.

Head Coach: Rob Guiry
Assistant Coach: Bryce Neff
Strength & Conditioning: Laura Carney

Players to Watch
Kurtis Werner is the senior leader. He has a high rugby IQ and will usually be dealing the ball from one of the halfback positions, creating for his teammates. Jihad Khabir is a classic stepper. His rugby hero is Fijian legend William Ryder, which is made obvious by his playing style. He will surely make several line breaks throughout the competition. He helped lead Perry Street Prep to a CRC title while in high school. Matthew Jones is a massive unit at 6’6”, and he will create match-up issues against most anyone.

The Scoop
AIC has been one of the up-and-coming programs the last few years, knocking on the door of a CRC berth. This spring, the Yellowjackets punched their ticket by winning the 18-team Heart of America Classic in Kansas City. That’s just one of four tournament titles they’ve claimed this season, and they finished third at the Kutztown 7s, falling to the hosts and perennial CRC champions in the semifinals. AIC is a definite threat to reach the quarterfinals, and teams would be foolish to look past the Yellowjackets.

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