UCLA – Collegiate Rugby Championship

UCLA

Since 1934, UCLA Rugby has competed against the best Universities, Clubs and International Teams in the rugby world. James Schaeffer introduced the original team which was revived post-WWII through the efforts of Norm Padgett‰’s hustling and fraternity walks. Padgett‰’s former Captain, Ged Gardner, assumed the Coaching role from 1958-65 and built membership, interest and skill to which Coach Dennis Storer added his own unique style. These developments confirmed that UCLA possessed winning potential and they subsequently earned 3 Monterey Titles, 17 So. Cal Championships and produced 14 US Eagles, with Storer himself becoming the first ever USA Eagle Coach. Unfortunately, the enactment of Title IX eventually led to the designation of Men‰’s Rugby as a Club Sport in 1982. The years following witnessed some difficult results, but the program continued to produce men of character at a constant and consistent level. Sensing growth in the domestic game and more permanent leadership demands, a dedicated Alumni group headed by Coach Storer, launched an effort to return Bruin Rugby to its former prowess. This resulted in the hiring of our current Head Coach Scott Stewart, a Canadian International with 64 caps and 5 World Cup appearances. Since that time, the Bruins have progressed rapidly and have continued to improve their record each year. 2010 saw the team earn their first appearance in the National Playoffs in 28 years. 2012 was even more successful in establishing the Bruins as an elite program on the national scene as they earned a spot in the D1-A 1/4 finals, showing well in a first-round loss to eventual national champion Brigham Young. The 2012-2013 campaign has started off well for the Bruins, who spent the fall focusing on establishing their name in the 7‰’s game. This effort concluded with the PAC Sevens Tournament, a highly competitive event hosted by the Bruins and attended by every PAC-12 team. The Bruins earned a third-place performance behind Utah and eventual champions California and are now delighted to have been invited to the Collegiate Rugby Championship 7‰’s Tournament in June, the premier event in US Collegiate Rugby.

Head Coach: Scott Stewart
Assistant Coach: Peter Sio

Players to Watch
The motor of the UCLA machine for the last several years has been the Barry brothers, and that remains unchanged this season. Cian and Niall are a dynamic pair of talented, intelligent, creative and athletic playmakers. Their thin frames wouldn’t tip their defenders off to this, but they’re far from a secret at this point. As they go, so do the Bruins. An exciting addition this year is freshman Hogan Irwin. The pre-med student has excellent speed and is a sure tackler, evidenced by his high school gridiron career. He accrued over 4,000 all-purpose yards as a running back for Cathedral Catholic in San Diego. He could be the game breaker the Bruins were missing last year in the final against Cal.

The Scoop
The Bruins are CRC blue bloods. Though they’ve never hoisted the Pete Dawkins Trophy, they’ve been close on multiple occasions. In 2013 and 2014 they lost tight semifinals to rival Cal. In 2015 the Bruins were upset by Michigan in pool play and missed the top eight. Last year, they bounced back in a big way, with the Barry brothers leading them to a first-ever final, where they were trounced by the Golden Bears. This may be the last year the Barrys, both of whom have represented the USA at the age-grade levels, get to play together, and they’ll be looking to make it count.

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