Shield Ram Rugby at VCU
Wanna play rugby?
Contact the president at pearcegt@vcu.edu.

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.

Old Boys 2003
Photos
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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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Name Telephone Email
President
Gabe Pearce
804-840-8402 pearcegt@vcu.edu
Vice President
Carter Naff
757-739-7503 naffcd@vcu.edu
Recruiting Chairman
Carter Naff
757-739-7503 naffcd@vcu.edu
Vice Recruiting Chairman
Keric Gramstad & Laith Masri
571-594-2331
703-963-4779
gramstadkd@vcu.edu &
masriln@vcu.edu
Treasurer
Clay Onderdonk
571-439-0976 onderdonkdc@vcu.edu
Match Secretary
Chris Norris
703-888-7746 norriscg@vcu.edu
Social Chairman
David Collins
804-815-0251 Collinsdm2@vcu.edu
Coach
Steve Parker
804-921-5148 stephen.parker@dom.com
Coach
Thomas Edmunds
804-389-6885 tedmunds@bellsouth.net
Coach, Cardinals Conf Liaison
Reyn Kinzey
804-339-2748 reynkinzey@aol.com
Team Manager
Audra Edmunds
804-291-6533 aedmunds@bellsouth.net
Webmaster
Wayne Kirkland
703-801-1512 wayne.kirkland@dhs.gov
Facebook Administrator
Gabe Pearce
804-840-8402 pearcegt@vcu.edu
Cardinals Conference
Mike Puopolo
434-531-5360 mdpuopolo@aol.com
Cardinals Conference
Lex MacCubbin
lexmaccubbin@yahoo.com
Old Boys Director
Greg Crandell
804-402-7275 gregoryllc@aol.com
Old Boys Director in Training
Joe Caridi
571-216-7830 caridijp@vcu.edu
One Call Now
877-698-3261 www.onecallnow.com
Players
Basheer Al-Kakhan
Dustin Bloodgood
Wilkes Booth
Charles Burden
Sean Burden
Phillip Burgstahler
Onofrio Castiglia
Patrick Chase
Andreé Cochran
David Collins
Jordan Davis
Brian Dias
Sergio D'Onofrio
Luke Evancoe
Jeff Goldman
Keric Gramstad
Pierre Hall
Ira Harris
Adel Husayni
David Johns
Cory Johnson
Brian Kealey
Elijah Kennedy
David Koertge
Jacob Krisinger
Justin Landin
Jake Laugle
John Leonard
Laith Masri
Palmer Matthew
Caiden McFadden
Sean McKinnon
Carter Naff
Ahmad Noori
Chris Norris
Clay Onderdonk
Cameron Paksoy
Gabriel Pearce
Dennis Pinto
Marty Quan
Julien Robert
Michael Roscoe
Jose Rubio
Luis Salazar
Dustin Serven
Keiyon Tyler
Anthony Yacoub
Caleb Walker
 
Schedule and Results
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Spring 2014 Schedule
Day Date Remarks Opponent Result Score
Saturday February 1, 2014 Lord Fairfax Community College Tie 12 - 12
Saturday February 8, 2014 Christopher Newport University Loss 28 - 24
Saturday February 15, 2014 @ The College of William & Mary Canceled N/A
Saturday February 22, 2014 Duke Spring Sevens Tournament
Saturday February 22, 2014 For Fun! Richmond Lions B-side
Saturday March 1, 2014 @ Old Dominion University
Saturday March 8, 2014 OPEN
Saturday March 22, 2014 Longwood Spring Seven Tournament
Saturday March 29, 2014 University of Mary Washington
Saturday April 5, 2014 Cherry Blossom Tournament
Saturday April 12, 2014 University of Richmond
Saturday April 26, 2014 41st Anniversary VCU Old Boys Match (Location TBD)
Fall 2013 Schedule
Day Date Remarks Opponent Result Score
Friday September 6, 2013 Black and God Srimmage @ Abner Clay Park
Saturday September 14, 2013 James Madison University Dev
Saturday September 21, 2013 @ University of Mary Washington Dev
Saturday September 28, 2013 Virgnia Tech Dev
Sunday September 29, 2013 7s Tournament @ JMU
Saturday October 5, 2013 @Viginia Military Institute
Saturday October 26, 2013 Christopher Newport University
Saturday November 2, 2013 Washington & Lee
Saturday November 9, 2013 University of Richmond