Boston College – Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Boston College

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Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). BC has become one of the nation‰’s top universities, serving over 14,700 graduate and undergraduate students from across the country and around the world. The Boston College Rugby Football Club (BCRFC) founded in 1968, has an impressive 48-year history on the pitch, in the classroom, and after graduation. With league play every fall and tournaments during the spring, BCRFC fields three sides – A, B, and Developmental – with over 80 players participating each year. BCRFC nears its 50th Anniversary and has produced All Americans as well as players for the USA Eagles national team. Competing in the East Coast Rugby Conference (ECRC) each fall, the Eagles finished this season with a 9-1 record in second place only behind AIC. Highlight wins for the Eagles included victories over rivals Dartmouth, NEC, Northeastern, and UMass. Additionally, BC beat Alabama in the second annual ACRC Bowl Series in Charlotte, NC in November, with strong efforts from 11 All-Conference players. Under the guidance of former Northeast ODA Head Coach Rob Conway, and former Wales U-20 player and ARP All-Star Ceri Lleweyln, the Eagles look forward to making their second straight, and third overall, appearance in the Penn Mutual CRC‰’s.

Head Coach: Rob Conway
Assistant Coach: Ceri Llewellyn
Manager: Ben Nathan

Players to Watch
Boston College only returns two players from last year’s appearance, and those guys will be leaned on for leadership and calming influence. Willie Hock is one of them, and he’s an all-around player capable of switching positions when needed. So far this spring, he’s played everywhere but on the wing. The other returner is Danny Schatzman. He is very fast, very aggressive and a tough matchup for most, given that he punches above his weight. Dan Casey is another important man for the Eagles. He hits hard, counter rucks efficiently and has a high work rate.

The Scoop
Boston College has managed to play in just one tournament so far this spring, with several being canceled due to weather. But the Eagles showed well in that competition, the Jesuit Cup in Santa Clara, Calif., beating fellow CRC teams Notre Dame and St. Joe’s fairly comfortably. The fact that they have just two returners from last year’s CRC sounds alarming at first, but there’s a long tradition of juniors going abroad the second semester of their junior year, which left the Eagles shorthanded in 2016. Several of the CRC debutants this year were junior last season, and if available, would have been selected. So the cupboard’s far from bare.

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