Temple – Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Temple

Temple University Men‰’s Rugby has experienced tremendous success since the club was founded in 1982, yet the past few years have been particularly special. In 2010, Temple was a finalist in the Division II National Championship, which earned them a promotion to Division I. In just their first season, they advanced to the Division I Sweet Sixteen tournament, eventually finishing as the 14th ranked team in the country. Although the Owls took home the Shield in the 2014 and 2015 Collegiate Rugby Championships, they are still relishing an underdog role they are no strangers to. The strength of Temple Rugby lies in the commitment and solidarity of the players, traits that are also embodied by their coaches. This team prides itself on the toughness and resiliency that has been a distinguishable and consistent quality of every Temple team for 30 years. As a glorified club team at the university, Temple rugby is all-too-familiar with the challenges and adversity that the sport elicits. This atmosphere is something that has rubbed off on the players both on and off the field. The Owls will play a strong brand of team rugby led by the speed of Peter Mullville and the cunning talent of Anthony Sciarra. Both are playing in what will be their fifth CRC showing; experience that they hope will guide their team to future success. Temple looks to field the most talented team they have put together yet, which should give their fans (who are as loyal as they are loud) something to cheer about.

Head Coach: John Sciotto
Assistant Coach: Alan Chmielewski
Assistant Coach: Ryan Grow

Players to Watch
Seniors Mike Wellstein and Aidan Gallagher will lead the charge for the Owls. Both have played together since high school and make up the heartbeat of the team. Sophomore Matt Williams brings another level of experience with him since he started playing rugby at an early age in England. And junior Oscar Hernandez adds his explosiveness in attack and solid defense from the sweeper position.

The Scoop
At the beginning of the spring, the future looked bright for the Owls, with several pieces of the puzzle returning from the year before and more tournaments on tap than ever before. However, Temple has been bit by the injury bug, losing several of those veteran players along the way. Now, some of the fresh faces are going to be counted on to play bigger roles. The Owls have traditionally struggled at the CRC, usually finishing in the bottom third of the field. Last year was no different, with the Owls finishing 1-3. This year, unfortunately, may be similar.

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