Category Archive: Awards & Highlights

April Alumnus of the Month: Andrew Swain

When did you play? I played from 2008-2012 What position did you play? Mostly wing, but also some fullback and scrumhalf when it was needed What was your favorite memory as a member of the club? I loved every tour that I went on, but spending a week in Prague was, let’s say, a very …

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Sparks Named University of Michigan Club Sports Coach of the Year

Ann Arbor, MI- This year saw the University of Michigan Club Sports department award its first ever Coach of the Year. The 2017 recipient of the inaugural honor goes to head rugby coach Brandon Sparks for his work with the men’s rugby team.   Sparks had numerous nominations that spoke about his work with the …

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March Alumnus of the Month: Ben “Poodles” Shapiro

Our March alumnus of the month is Ben “Poodles” Shapiro. Read below to find out more about Poodles!   When did you play? I came out to my first practice the winter of my sophomore year at the insistence of CJ Stock (winter 2012). I played until my graduation in the spring of 2014.   …

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February Alumnus of the Month: Drew “Disco” Vecchio

This month’s almuni of the month is the recent grad Drew “Disco” Vecchio. Drew had a great career as a lock for the UMRFC, and he can still be found at games cheering on his former teammates. Read below for a little more on Drew. Congratulations Disco! When did you play? I played Lock for …

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December Alumnus of the Month: Aaron “Tex” Dodd

Here at UMRFC, much of what we do would be impossible with out the help of our Alumni. This month, we honor Aaron “Tex” Dodd, who has remained active with UMRFC since his departure as a player in 2009. From running touch games in the summer to working with the SAC to organizing Olde Boys …

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Hall of Inspiration Class of 2016

  Ann Arbor, MI- The University of Michigan Rugby Football Club celebrated their 57th year on campus with a massive celebration this past weekend that saw over 200 alumni return to Ann Arbor to celebrate the rich history of Michigan Rugby. Among the many festivities that happened over the 4 days was the second Hall …

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UMRFC’s Caputo Wins Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award

Chester, PA- This past weekend saw sophomore wing David Caputo be presented with the Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award at the 2016 College Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, PA.   The award is given out annually to a college rugby player who exemplifies the shared core values of rugby and Penn Mutual, those values are …

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April Alumnus of the Month: Tobi Eboda

April’s Alumnus of the Month is Tobi “Nigerian Nightmare, Prince Tobi, Tobi-san, First Feed King: Feed Father” Eboda. Although he graduated back in 2011, Tobi has maintained a supportive presence in Ann Arbor for the team. He can be found numerous times throughout the year supporting the young boys from the sideline and is always …

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SISU Mouthguard April Player of the Month: Luke Mallery

  In his second year on the pitch, the centre from Vicksburg, MI has been a dominant force on the Academy Side and has worked tirelessly to crack into the top 23. This spring, Luke is developing his skills at centre with the 15s side and is also a part of the 7s pool. Luke …

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End of Year Awards

Ann Arbor, MI – On the evening of December 4th the University of Michigan Rugby Football Club ended their Fall campaign. The team gathered for one last time in 2015 to have dinner, celebrate the Fall and recognize major contributors to club both on and off the field. Below are a list of winners for …

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