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IN MEMORIAL OF "EL PRESIDENTE" GABRIEL PEARCE
On June 26, 2014, we said goodbye to Gabriel Pearce, our president for the past 3 years. Rest In Peace El Presidente.

Gabriel Pearce

Wanna play rugby?
Contact the president at edleee@outlook.com.

Thank you, Wells Fargo
Another big THANK YOU to Meredith at Wells Fargo Bank for the tremendous assistance she has provided.

Summer 7s with the Richmond Lions
Interested in playing summer 7's with the Richmond Lions this summer? E-mail them at: sevens@richmondlions.com.
Practices will be at 7:00 PM at Thomas Jefferson High School, 4101 Fitzhugh Avenue (between Broad Street and Monument Avenue at Malvern) beginning on May 7.

Dental Patient Recruiting
The VCU School of dentistry is recruiting new patients for their Student-to-Student program. The school will provide basic preventative care for a set price. It is available to all full-time students (undergraduate or graduate). Call Meredith at 804-828-8529 to schedule an appointment. Mention Karen D'Antuono to bypass the waiting list. Additional information is available at http://www.dentistryatvcu.com/student-2-student-dental-plan.

40th Anniversity
VCU Rugby marked it's 40th anniversary with a huge celebration in conjunction with the annual Old Boys' game on April 27th, 2013.


Photos
Email your team photos to the webmaster to have them uploaded to the site.

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About Us

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Ram Rugby at VCU is a sport club registered with the Virginia Commonwealth University and managed by the student members of the Club. The Club provides an opportunity for students to learn or improve their rugby skills, an opportunity to compete, and an opportunity to enjoy the benefits derived from engaging in physical activity and the socialization aspects of their sport. Additionally, the Club is committed to promoting the growth of rugby within VCU and the state of Virginia.

VCU is a member of Division 2 of the Cardinals Collegiate Rugby Conference along with James Madison University, Longwood University, University of Mary Washington, Old Dominion University, Radford University, University of Richmond, Virginia Military Institute, and the University of William and Mary. Competition within this conference began in the Fall of 2012. VCU is also a member of the Virginia Rugby Union, the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Footbal Union, and USA Rugby.

In addition to conference competition the Club usually competes in th Ructoberfest at Appalachian State, NC, the Cherry Blossom Tournament in Washington, DC, the Monk Vaughn Sevens Tournament and the James River Christmas Sevens Tournaments.

HISTORY

The Club began in 1973, disbanded in 1995, and was re-established in 2001. The Club maintains close relationships with former team members, affectionately called the Old Boys. Many of the Old Boys started out as members of the Richmond Area Training Side (RATS). The RATS legacy continues with former players still involved with rugby today!

Old-Boys Coaches
The picture (above) of former RATS players; Darryl Lowery (RATS player 1993 – 1995), Steve Parker (RATS player 1981 – 1993), Carl Schmitt (RATS player 1981 – 1995) and Thomas Edmunds (RATS player 1988 – 1995) was taken on September 22, 2012. This picture was after the VCU vs University of Richmond, Cardinals Collegiate Rugby Conference match as both teams were coached by RATS.

The Richmond Area Training Side Rugby Football Club (RATS RFC) was founded in 1977 by Terry Curtler and was a force to be reckoned with in the Virginia Rugby Union (VRU) during the 1980’s and 1990’s before merging with Richmond RFC in 1995 to form Richmond United RFC. In 2004 Richmond United RFC became the Richmond Lions RFC, which today competes in the MARFU Division 2 Championship.

After many storied matches in the annual Ed Lee State Championships the highlight of the RATS long storied history was the winning the VRU Division 2 Championship in 1994 and going on to represent the VRU in the East Coast Championships.

Darryl Lowery was just a young lad in high school when he showed up to learn the game of Rugby with the RATS in 1993.

Steve Parker was fresh of the boat from England when he was invited to his first RATS practice in 1981. Steve went on to have a long playing career with the RATS and was later involved with coaching the RATS.

Carl Schmitt discovered the game of rugby with the RATS as a fresh faced 21 year old in 1981. Carl has a long and legendary history with rugby as a player, coach and high-level administrator.

Thomas Edmunds joined the RATS after returning to Richmond in 1988 and had a long playing career with the RATS. The memory of some very potent RATS (such as: Paul Bassett, Steve Seal and Jim Whelan) will always live long with those who played with, played against and partied hard with the RATS.
Membership

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Membership is open to all VCU students, faculty and staff. However, in accordance with VCU sports-club rules, the majority of the membership must be currently enrolled VCU students. Individuals not affiliated with VCU are prohibited from participating with the team with the exception of a coach.

There are currently no tryouts. Many of the current members never played rugby before joining the team. Contact the club president or membership chairman (listed in Contacts) for more information or for an application. Members must pay a nominal fee, participate in practices, and provide appropriate clothing (approved cleats and shorts). Forwards must provide compression shorts to be lifted during lineouts. The team will provide a jersey.

Additional information regarding VCU sports teams is available at http://www.recsports.vcu.edu/sport_clubs.html. The Club's constitution is available at Ram Rugby Club at VCU Constitution.
Contacts

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Position Name Cell Phone Email
President Edward Lee 703-801-1245 edleee@outlook.com
Vice President Phillip Burgstahler 703-415-6862 burgstahleps@vcu.edu
Treasurer AJ Helmandollar 571-255-9302 helmandollaa@vcu.edu
Recruiting Chairman Jack Weber 703-999-4969 weber.jmw@gmail.com
Match Secretary Clay Onderdonk 571-439-0976 onderdonkdc@vcu.edu
Social Chairman Mason Tilghman 571-439-0512 tilghmanms@vcu.edu
Social Media/Webmaster Andree Cochran 757-582-3085 cochranad@vcu.edu
Fundraising Chairman Ray Tighe 804-564-9402 tigherp@vcu.edu
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Head Coach Ben Morgan 804-400-5573 rvarugby@gmail.com
Director of Rugby Steve Parker 804-921-5148 stephen.parker@dom.com
Cardinals Conference Liaison Reyn Kinzey 804-339-2748 reynkinzey@aol.com
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Old Boys Director Joe Caridi 571-261-7830 caridijp@vcu.edu
Faculty Advisor Steve Carter 804-400-9348 s2smcart@vcu.edu
VCU- Sports CLub Contact Anne Zielinski 804-828-6220 azielinkski@vcu.edu
VCU- Finance Contact Donte Sharp 804-828-6504 dsharpe2@vcu.edu
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Gabe's Mother Noemi Pearce hangarianmama@gmail.com
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Team Physican Vivek Sharma 804-833-9969 vsharmamd@gmail.com
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Cardinals Conference- Commissioner Mike Puopolo 434-531-5360 mdpuopolo@aol.com
Cardinals Conference- Competitions Lex MacCubbin 908-723-1202 lexmaccubbin@yahoo.com
Cardinals Conference- Treasurer Ernie Marshall 434-386-7778 emarshallmd@comcast.net
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One Call Now 877-698-3261 www.onecallnow.com
Players
Ed Lee
Phillip Burgstahler
Jack Weber
Andree Cochran
AJ Helmandollar
Ray Tighe
Clay Onderdonk
Mason Tilghman

More will be added
as dues are paid.
 
Schedule and Results
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Fall 2014 Schedule
Day Date Remarks Opponent Result Score
Saturday September 9, 2014 @ Lord Fairfax Community College
Saturday September 13, 2014 Duke
Saturday September 20, 2014 Christopher Newport University
Saturday September 27, 2014 BYE
Saturday October 4, 2014 Hampden-Sydney
Saturday October 11, 2014 @ Washington & Lee
Saturday October 18, 2014 Fall Break
Saturday October 25, 2014 University of Richmond
Saturday November 1, 2014 JMU (Developmental)