New partnership with Ruck Science finalized

The RRAA would like to take this opportunity to introduce our members, fans and friends to our new corporate partner. We are pleased to announce that as of this week, the RRAA will officially be endorsing the sports nutrition company, Ruck Science. As part of their sponsorship program, the RRAA will receive cash donations for all purchases made on ruckscience.com that mention the club name. For everyone who is already using these products, thank you very much for letting us know about the company and putting us in touch with their management team. For anyone who isn’t using Ruck Science for your nutrition and supplement needs, please take a look around their website for more information about their line of products.

Company background

Most nutrition companies provide products for a huge range of people who participate in all manner of different sports. One of the reasons the RRAA decided to go with Ruck Science as our official nutrition supplier was that they provide products exclusively for the rugby community. Per their website - Ruck Science specifically caters towards rugby players – not football, wrestling, or bodybuilding. Just quality nutrition for rugby players. Their management team is based in Austin, TX and are all lifelong rugby players. Having spoken to them individually it’s clear that they’re very committed to the game and the community as a whole.

Products by objective and period

For anyone not super-familiar with supplement usage, their website has some useful bundles or “stacks” of supplements that are targeted towards individual training objectives and periods during the season. So this might be a good place to start if you haven’t used these kinds of products before as part of your rugby diet. For example, here are a couple of their best rated stacks:

How donations work

For those of you who have been involved in rugby club fundraising, you’ll know that one of the biggest obstacles is usually the setup of a sponsorship. Starting with a new sponsor typically involves getting new jersey’s or printing new logos on the existing clothing. That all costs money. There’s also the ongoing cost of keeping a sponsor happy and making sure they’re going to make their payments on time and that they’ll renew their contract in the future. One of the nice things about this deal is that there is minimal work involved for the RRAA management team. On the 15th of each month, Ruck Science will apply their donation formula to orders that use the RRAA club name and they’ll send us a cash donation via PayPal. It’s that simple. Some clubs around the country are earning between $400-$600 annually through these donations.

We’ve also been pleasantly surprised and delighted by the company’s rugby training blog which includes a tonne of titles that you probably wouldn’t expect to see. YEs, they do have the standard stuff about training and nutrition, which sort of makes sense. But they also branch out into less talked about concepts. Here are some of our favs:

How to get started

A couple things to keep in mind if you want to try out Ruck Science and compare them to other supplement manufacturers:

  1. Sign up for Rucks (their rewards program) and you’ll get $20 to spend before your first purchase.

  2. Check out the rugby sample stack which has all 4 of their custom rugby supplement blends in a handy carrying stack for just $20.

  3. Use these coupon codes for great introductory offers

    1. RRAAINTRO will provide 30% off your first order

    2. INTROSTACK will provide 50% off sample stacks

  4. Enter RPI Alumni as your rugby club during the checkout process so they know where to send the donations!

 

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2017 Winter Newsletter

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Welcome to the new...
RPI Rugby Alumni Association, Inc.
This year, the RRAA made historic strides and has officially incorporated! Since our last newsletter, we have elected our newest board members, filed official paperwork with NYS and the IRS, and relaunched our website. In addition, we are hard at work planning Alumni Weekend in May and have already registered for 2017 Can-Ams. We are excited for all the future holds!
 
Thank You For Your Support!
With your help we were able to pay for all of the teams transportation costs to Buffalo. On behalf of the RRAA and the active club, we extend our sincerest thanks for your support during the Women's play off run! Every year our rugby family grows larger and stronger, thank you again for your continued support.
 
2017 Four Leaf 15's Tournament
The men making a return to one of NYC's best tournaments, The Four Leaf 15s. Hosted by the Village Lions and home to many RPI Alumni, the tournament takes place on Randall's Island. This year the tournament occurs over St Patrick's Day weekend. We invite you to join us in NYC, come watch the parade and enjoy a fun weekend of rugby!
RPI Men's Rugby Season Recap
This fall, the RPI men had a promising season coming off a strong playoff run. Returning players Steve Duduch, Seamus Holland, and Barnabe Bouchenoir kept the back line in strong form. The team saw a strong start, coming out 3-0 and finished their regular season at a solid 3-3 record. They finished their season in a close match at the Tri-State playoffs against the 1 seed Sacred Heart. We warmly wish Senior Captain Brady Condron best of luck as he was recognized as one of the top 50 forwards in the nation.
 
RPI Women's Rugby Season Recap
The RPI women, led by new Head Coach Andrew Denson and Assistant Coach Pat Riley, saw their most successful season in many years. New to the Tri-State Conference, the team entered the season excited for fresh opposition. With new coaches and a talented rookie class, the team blew through the competition and ended the regular season with an undefeated 5-0 record. In the Tri-State playoffs they earned three more wins, including shocking the number 3 seed Marist. The women finished in third place and earned a spot in the national playoffs. They lost a hard 1st round match against Buffalo State, but they were happy with their season. The women are looking forward to next season’s successes.

Cheers!

RRAA Executive Board 

 



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Summer Alumni Update

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Rugby Alumnae One of the First Women Marine Artillery Officers
Originally Reported by www.army.mil
FORT SILL, Okla., May 20, 2016 -- One of the first two female Marine artillery officers who graduated from the Basic Officer Leader Course May 17 at Fort Sill has earned a place at the top of her class, and the second woman ranks sixth out of 137 in the BOLC class.

2nd Lt. Virginia Brodie of Manhasset, N.Y., is a distinguished honor graduate, and 2nd Lt. Katherine Boy '15 of East Rochester, N. Y., has earned a spot on the honors list in the top 5 percent. Both will make Marine history as the Corps' first female artillery officers. Read More


Can-Am Rugby 2016!
For the 5th year in a row the RRAA is sending a team to  the North Country to compete for rugby glory. Your invited to join us in Lake Placid, NY for the weekend starting July 29th. This year both the Men and Women be entering sides in the competition. The RRAA has secured limited lodging at the North Country Community College, and it is available by reservation on our website. If dorms are not your thing, there are plenty of hotels and beautiful homes  available on Air BnB.  We hope to see you in the Adirondacks!

Register Here 

Summer Happy Hour Series 
The first RRAA happy hour of the summer is June 24th at the Berry Park Rooftop Bar in Williamsburg, NY. Fun starts at 7pm, we hope to see you in Brooklyn.

Cheers!

Eugene Aiken, President of the RRAA at gene@rpirugbyalumni.com 
Ryan Clapp, Treasurer of the RRAA at ryan@rpirugbyalumni.com

 



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Newsletter: November 2015

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Over $5,000 Raised to Help The Men's Team!
The RRAA sends it's sincerest thank you to all those that donated to help the Men's team travel to North Carolina. All together the alumni along with union were able to completely fund this round of travel for team! We had a great showing from the '00 team on the 15th anniversary of their appearance in the National Tournament. Thank you again for your generosity!


An Interview with RPI RFC President and Men's Captain
 
William Howard MSE '16 - Club President

Will, you are just wrapping up your term as president, how does it feel to pass the torch?

I have mixed emotions on finishing up my term as president. It will be nice to not have the responsibility, but at the same time it brings up the realization that I'm almost done playing rugby for RPI.

What does the future of the club look like?

I'm also excited for the future of the club with the new blood that is coming in and making
 an immediate impact. I also think the field success has really brought us together as a team. Also more and more people are stepping up as leaders on and off the field. Quite a few of the new officers I think are really going to be involved and help improve the club.

In the future, is there a new way that  RRAA could help the club?
The RRAA's support has always been great, but to see how fast it has come in to support our trip has been unbelievable. I think if we could better improve communication between the actives and alumni as to what the team currently needs would really help. I think that if both sides knew what the goal was it would be easier for each side to get behind it. Whether it be for a scoreboard, a net, or a new shed. 

Anthony Cormace ChemE '16 - Men's Captain

You have changed positions quite a few times in your career. From prop to fly half is a big change, how's the new position? What do you think makes you successful?
I'm really enjoying the new position.  I like being in a play-making position that allows me to get ball-in-hand often.  A lot of my success has to be credited to strong fundamentals and attacking ability of myself, the centers, and back three.  After the defense sees our ability to get the ball wide and hit holes at pace, it keeps them honest.  This lets me make use of a dummy pass or some misdirection to break the line because they are so focused on someone else coming through.  Everyone is an attacking threat.

The team has shown well this year, what do you think is the key to the teams success?
We are a well-rounded team with strong fundamentals.  Everyone knows their role and excels at it, allowing us to create an effective game plan. Additionally, all 15 men on the field can pass, catch, tackle, and ruck at any given time.  Having backs that can ruck and win turnovers and having forwards able to add to the back line to create overloads is absolutely invaluable.

On the eve of the big trip, how is the team feeling?
Everyone is absolutely pumped.  Its exciting to play on a such a big stage.  We worked a lot these past two weeks on some of the areas we think we struggled in during the conference final and we're excited to try these new tactics and see how they work out.

What is your strategy going into a weekend that has a 160min of rugby?
Two full matches in a weekend is a challenge, no doubt.  But we have practiced these past two weeks moving some people around that dont usually get a sub to try to allow them to rest a bit more.  We have some versatile players that can be moved around and the extra week of rest let some of our injured players get healthy.  So both of those factors help.  We're just going to have to worry about one match at a time.

New Things
There are great things on the horizon for the RRAA and RPI Rugby. In the coming months expect to see signs-ups for the Aviva Premership match being plated at Red Bull Arena in NJ, a Winter Social, Four Leaf 15s and the release of our new Job Opening/Networking feature on the RRAA website. 

 Join us in wishing the men good luck on their long trip to NC!

Cheers!

Eugene Aiken, President of the RRAA at gene@rpirugbyalumni.com 
Ryan Clapp, Treasurer of the RRAA at ryan@rpirugbyalumni.com

 



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RPI Rugby Fall Outlook

 

Dear RPI Alumni and Supporters,

The fall is an exciting time for our club and this year is no different. The fall started out on a good note with the club getting some press recognition for their NRB recruiting event. The season is already off to a good start for both teams.

Women's Team Outlook
This fall the women’s side will consist of 18 returning players, 7 of whom will be seniors this year. Last year’s graduating class of 5 included the team’s starting 9 and 10. The team is working with some promising young talent to fill those key rolls and are optimistic about the season. The team’s incredible “Because of Rugby” campaign is not to be missed and they hope it will play a key role in recruiting more players. #8 Tierney Morton expressed her optimism that they will return to the playoffs this year, a first since 2013. The Women dropped their first match against Cortland 14-47. Women's Fall Schedule


Men's Team Outlook
This fall the men face a challenging season with changes throughout the organization. Center Anthony Cormace has been instrumental has been keeping the team active on the field and in the gym as they prepare for the season. For the first time in 5 years the team is working with a new coaching staff. The RRAA welcomes Cody Clifford ’15 as he takes over the role of Head Coach from Ryan Clapp ’09. The Men also graduated 5 players last year leaving the team with a solid base of young experienced players. Hopes abound to match last year’s semi-final appearance and national ranking (29th). The Men faced off against Siena for their season opener but fell short 12-16. The next week the men came roaring back to defeat Montclair State University 53-12. Men's Fall Schedule


Both Men and Women are playing at home on Anderson Field during Homecoming weekend, we hope to see you there!

Cheers,
The RRAA

Newsletter: August 2015

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Endless Summer Happy Hour
The dog days of summer are past us and the first cases of pumpkin beer are appearing on the shelves (much too early If you ask me). What better way to enjoy the final warm days than with a cold drink and some good company. You're invited to join us as we say farewell to August and welcome in Rugby Season!
Thursday August 27th
Cloud Social Rooftop Bar @ NYMA Hotel
6 West 32nd St.
(Between 5th & Broadway)
17th Floor
 New York, NY 10001

RSVP Here

 
Can-Am Rugby
In what is starting to become a tradition for the RRAA, we had another excellent showing at this year's Can Am Rugby Tournament. The women took the field this time around making for a great RRAA outing. The women’s side was comprised of active players, alumni, and a few “visitors”. The women first took on the Ninjas of North Buffalo New York. The Ninjas proved to be too much for the motley RPI side taking the game 31-7. Placed into the consolation bracket the ladies fought hard against Sunday Spewnicorns, but the mythical creatures eventually got the best of the RRAA 17-8. The ladies were super excited to “Play 2 and BBQ”
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/4f2b7a696661a964629f2e1cd/images/6e0e37cb-5c64-4aaa-a15d-97901ce8c54d.jpgThe men played our brand of RPI Rugby and had great success on the day, the first match, the RRAA Men faced the Springfield Rifles Rugby Club from Central Massachusetts. We set the tempo for the tournament early with a 29-5 victory over the Rifles...Read More


Swag, Survey, The Eagles, and Fall Schedules
The RRAA swag store is live! Get all of your rugby alumni gear here.

The RRAA is exploring the possibility of entering a side in Savannah Georgia St Patrick’s Day Tournament. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey.

The USA Rugby Trust is having a viewing party for the USA vs Harlequins match on 8/30 at 2pm. Tickets are 30$ and directly benefit the local Youth Rugby.

Finally, the Men’s and Women’s club are in the process of finalizing their fall schedules and coaching staff. Look out for the annual RPI Rugby Outlook as well as a special look at the team’s coaching staff.
 
Cheers!

Eugene Aiken, President of the RRAA at gene@rpirugbyalumni.com 
Ryan Clapp, Treasurer of the RRAA at ryan@rpirugbyalumni.com.

 



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Can-Am Recap

In what is starting to become a tradition for the RRAA, we had another excellent showing at this year's Can Am Rugby Tournament.

The women took the field this time around making for a great RRAA outing. The women’s side was comprised of active players, alumni, and a few “visitors”. The women first took on the Ninjas of North Buffalo New York. The Ninjas proved to be too much for the motley RPI side taking the game 31-7. Placed into the consolation bracket the ladies fought hard against Sunday Spewnicorns, but the mythical creatures eventually got the best of the RRAA 17-8. The ladies were super excited to “Play 2 and BBQ”

The men played our brand of RPI Rugby and had great success on the day, the first match, the RRAA Men faced the Springfield Rifles Rugby Club from Central Massachusetts. We set the tempo for the tournament early with a 29-5 victory over the Rifles.

In the second  Men’s match, the RRAA Men faced a fast paced and stout Suffolk Bull Moose Rugby Club from Suffolk County, NY (Long Island), who came out firing on all cylinders and put up ten quick points leaving the score 0-10 in their favor after the first few minutes of the match. The RRAA Men were able recoup and readjust to our opponent and battled back to secure our second victory of the by beating Suffolk Bull Moose 13-10. RPI Alumnus Michael Arthur played a pivotal role in securing a victory in a tightly contested match that came down to the last play and landed us a spot in the playoffs.

In the final match of the tournament, we faced Burlington Men's RFC out of Burlington, Vermont. The RRAA Men fought hard and never gave up against a very skilled Burlington RFC team, but were unable to emerge from the match victorious. The final score of that match was 12-24 in favor of Burlington, who consequently went on to win the Championship match for the Men's Social division.

Man of the Tournament honors were awarded to JoJo Robertson for the forwards and Michael Arthur for the backs. We are already looking forward to another amazing Can Am Rugby Tournament in 2016. Only 362 days away!


Summer Update

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Can-Am Rugby Tournament
As always, we will be taking the pitch this summer in the Adirondack Mountains at the Can-Am Rugby Tournament in Saranac Lake. This year’s tournament is July 31st – August 2nd and we are sending both a Men's and Women's team! Lodging this year will be a bit different than years past. This year North Country Community College is under renovations and unavailable. The RRAA is organizing camping reservations for those that enjoy the outdoors; but if a weekend of rugby along with sleeping on the ground isn't your thing there are plenty of houses and hotels available in the region. Even if you aren't joining us on the pitch  we would love for you to come spend the weekend. 
 
Spring Alumni Weekend Recap
Spring Alumni weekend was held the first weekend in May (May 1-3) in Troy, NY. The event was a great success! The weekend started out with a traditional Tour de Troy pub crawl. Starting at the Ruck we enjoyed a bottle share curated by Dave Gardell and Mark White. Dave was generous in opening some rare bottles and Mark brought a sampling of great beers from San Diego. On Saturday morning the alumni descended on a breakfast buffet complete with cocktails and nostalgic rugby story telling. In the afternoon, members from the Men's and Women's team competed in their respective Alumni vs Active matches...and of course the Alumni won the day.  In the end we all feasted on a meal fit for champions from Dinosaur BBQ in Troy. Overall it was an awesome weekend. We Had over 35 Alumni/ae join us. Our next Alumni gathering will be in October for Homecoming, and again in May of 2016 for Alumni Weekend, we hope you and your family can join us. 


Summer Happy Hour Series
Coming soon to a bar near you! We are in the process of planning a Summer Happy Hour Series, in different locations across the NY Metro Area (and elsewhere if we can). If you are interested in hosting please contact Gene or Ryan. Your first drink is on us! 

The RRAA can’t wait to see everyone again at our upcoming events! If you have any questions or want to be more involved please feel free to reach out to us.

Eugene Aiken, President of the RRAA at gene@rpirugbyalumni.com 
Ryan Clapp, Treasurer of the RRAA at ryan@rpirugbyalumni.com. Cheers!

 


2015 Four Leaf 15's Recap

The RRAA Men’s side competed on March 21, 2015, for the 3rd year in a row in the 12th Annual Four Leaf Fifteens Rugby Tournament hosted by the Village Lions RFC. By far, we had our best showing out of all the tournaments we’ve competed in since our formation three years ago this past weekend. Both Alumni and undergrad ruggers, over 30 in total, spanning over 20 years of RPI Rugby history, came out and booted up. It was also a special day as Dave Gardell made his return to the pitch after a 9-year hiatus. He was awarded the Captaincy for the day along his former playing mate Mike Arthur.

The day began with us squaring off against Old Gold RFC at 9 am on a snow-covered pitch underneath the Tri-Borough Bridge. We were able to shake off the cobwebs and the cold weather and started the tournament with a 14-0 shutout. Our stout defensive play continued into the next match as we faced Hibernian RFC. We really began firing on all cylinders and dominated Hibernian 34-0. After beginning the day 2-0, we faced off against a very tough Brooklyn RFC side. Brooklyn would not go down without a fight, but we dropped them nonetheless in a 29-5 victory, which secured our place in the playoff bracket.

After a long break and some confusion we finally learned that we would be facing a very tough but motley Saratoga RFC side in the quarterfinals. We fought hard, played our game, and were able to dispatch Saratoga RFC in a 22-5 victory that sent us to a semifinal match. Flyhalf Josh Kolman showed mastery with his foot by slotting some tough conversions all the way over by the touchline during that match. We then kicked off against our toughest and last opponent of the day who was a skilled Wilkes-Barre RFC side. It was a defensive battle for the duration of the match and at the end of regular time we found ourselves in a 7-7 tie that sent us to an overtime period. Unfortunately, Wilkes-Barre was able to score the final and a somewhat controversial try to hand us our first and only loss of the day. 

After the last match, Man of the Match honors were awarded to Josh Kolman for the backs for his absolutely outstanding play at Flyhalf, and Jordan (JoJo) Robertson for his awesome showing at hooker. Both played essential roles in our success on the pitch that day.

We are entering into a new era of the RRAA. We have been working tirelessly over the past 3 years to break into this new era and realize the potential of this organization. Despite having over 30 ruggers in kit that weekend, all were able to get significant match minutes and contributed greatly to the extremely successful day we had. The day was about us. We played our game and celebrated ourselves in victory as our Captain Dave Gardell wisely kept instructing us to do. It paid off and all in attendance had a great time.

I would like to thank all of those who came out and played and everyone who came out to support and believe in us. The RRAA is a family. We make this organization and ourselves stronger every time we are together. This is something I look forward to continuing for years and generations to come. The next time the RRAA Men’s side will be taking the pitch will be during Spring Alumni Weekend in Troy, NY against RPI Men’s active side. The RRAA Women’s Side will also be joining us in a match against the RRAA Women’s Active side as well. 

2015 Four Leaf 15s

Four Leafs Update:

The Men's side of the RRAA will be competing in the 2015 Four Leaf 15s Tournament as usual. We need to start collecting payments so that we can secure our place in the social division of the tournament (it's almost full). The price is $85 and for your payment you will receive the following:

-Entry into the 2015 Four Leaf Tournament ($30)
-RRAA "Tits Out for the Boys" Match Jersey ($55 Including Shipping)
-All Taxes
-Bromances
-Sega 2s
-A weekend you won't forget? (or won't remember, depends on how you look at it)

*Includes a 3% Transaction fee to cover CC Processing

If you have any questions about the tournament or payments the reach out to myself or Ryan Clapp. Let's get these payments in!!!

Dave Gardell and The Ruck Turn 10!

The RRAA would like to send our congratulations and best wishes to Dave Gardell for 10 amazing years. Dave and The Ruck have been an instrumental part in the founding of our organization. As our principle sponsor, we take great pride everytime we put on our Ruck jerseys. We wish Dave the best and we look forward to the next 10!

 

More on the Anniversary

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Dave and Fellow Alumni Celebrate 10 Years 

Dave and Fellow Alumni Celebrate 10 Years 

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Reunion and Homecoming Weekend 2014

Thank you to everyone that attended and made the weekend one to remember. Both the Men's and Women's clubs added wins to their record this weekend, downing local rival Siena College.

The women played a game under the lights on Thursday. The Engineers stepped on to the field backed by a great crowd. At the opening kick off the team was firing on all cylinders, punching holes in the Siena defense. Siena would not give up easily making the Engineers work for all 80min. At the full time whistle RPI 37 Siena 14.

Gathering once again on Anderson Field the Men of RPI were set to square off for their Saturday afternoon match. RPI scored early (12:36) with Man of the Match, Frank Emory, dotting one down in the corner to start things for the engineers. The men kept the pressure on scoring again before Siena could answer. The Saint's did not give up, scoring 2 times within 6 minutes. At the half, 19-15. With some new players entering the match for the Engineers, RPI started to pull away. RPI touched down an impressive 7 tries that game and send Siena home with a 43-15 loss.

After the day was over the Alumni gathered for our 2nd annual craft beer dinner, hosted by The Ruck. Chef Rachel did an amazing job putting together an epic meal again. From the ale braised short ribs to the chocolate cake and all the beer in between it was a great time. 

Thank you again to those that joined us and we will see you in spring.