Newsletter: November 2015

RRAA November Newsletter

Nov 2015

November Alumni Update

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!


Eugene Aiken, President of the RRAA at 
Ryan Clapp, Treasurer of the RRAA at



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