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The Florida State University Rugby Club is a sport club based in Tallahassee, Florida and is made up entirely of FSU students. Men's rugby is not considered a varsity sport here in the United States, and as a result, our expenses are covered mostly through player fees, alumni support, donations and sponsorships. Our coaches and support staff are volunteers.
We play colleges and universities around the Southeastern United States as scheduled by our various governing bodies which include: USA Rugby, USA Rugby South and the Florida Rugby Union. With the sport growing as fast as it is in Florida's high schools, we strive to be the preeminent in-state desitination for rugby players pursuing a college degree. We also welcome numerous international players who gain admission to FSU via standard academic admission processes. At this time we are not able to provide scholarships or financial support to rugby players but we hope to in the future.
April 15, 2013
With the season having drawn to a close, the coaching staff has reflected on the past season. The collegiate rugby landscape is constantly changing and the ‘Noles continue to adapt and progress. This year marks the second year under Head Coach Kirk Swanner and during this year the FSU Rugby has adapted to the changing landscape and continued to flourish.
During the fall the ‘Noles ran both a competitive 7’s program and a developmental 15’s program at the same time. Both programs made huge impacts on the players preparing them for the competitive spring season. This can be seen in the finalists for the end of year player awards.
“It’s always tough to make these decisions,” noted Assistant Coach Dylan Hamilton. “There are many quality candidates but those that are listed below have certainly put their hand up and deserve to be recognized.”...Read More
April 9, 2013
The ‘Noles have selected a squad of 26 players that will travel to Statesboro, GA this weekend to participate in the South Independent Rugby Conference Championship.
The travel squad is a mix of experience and youth as there are 14 upperclassmen and 12 underclassmen. The squad will be looking to continue the recent form and will be fighting to extend the season.
The ‘Noles will be competing against Middle Tennessee State University in the Conference Semi Finals this Saturday with the winner advancing to the conference finals which will take place on midday Sunday....Read More
March 3, 2013
This past Friday night, the ‘Noles have defeated the University of Florida Gators, 24 – 17, in a hotly contested match. The winner of the match will retain the Gordo’s Cup until the next time the two teams square off.
The ‘Noles began the match with a flurry scoring 15 unanswered points. Senior fullback, Gianluca Gombar, got on the score sheet first slotting a penalty from 35 meters out. The Italian native also scored the first try of the match after splitting the Gator midfield and dotting down under the posts. In the closing minutes of the first half the Gators answered with back to back tries. The ‘Noles were the last to score in the first half with another Gombar penalty.
The Gators made some half time changes and prevented the ‘Noles from scoring another try in the second half. The stifling Gator defense limited the ‘Noles to only six points in the second stanza. A second half Gator try closed the gap to only four points but Gombar’s second penalty of the half in the final ten minutes was enough to see the ‘Noles to victory. ...Read More