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Shreveport Rugby Football Club

Shreveport Rugby
File:Shreveport Rugby Logo.jpg
Full name Shreveport Rugby Football
Union USA Rugby
Founded 1977
Location Shreveport, Louisiana
Ground(s) A.C. Steere Park (Capacity: 1500)
President Gary Kennedy
Coach(es) Drew Tomsak
Captain(s) Kevin Wiggins
League(s) Texas Rugby Union
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
shreveportrugbyclub.com/

Shreveport Rugby Football Club

History

Founded in 1977, with a supporting crew of members including Paul Dinkins, Mike Pass, Steve Timmons, and Bill Gallien, The Shreveport Rugby Football Club was off the ground with a trail blazing 0–3 record.

Things have changed since the inception of the club, with many new faces and families entering and leaving the Shreveport/Bossier Rugby Scene. Currently, Shreveport Rugby Football Club plays an 18 match season, and travels to Tournaments throughout the Southeastern United States. The hundreds of active and social members keep the torch lit and are always focused on "the spirit of the game". Since the first winning season in 1979, the club has seen both lean and bountiful times, and continues to focus on becoming the best club in the Texas Rugby Union.

The Shreveport Rugby Football Club is a member of the Texas Rugby Union. SRFC has recently moved up from the Division II level to Division I. Shreveport Rugby will play distinguished clubs in Texas such as: Dallas Harlequins, Dallas Reds, Huns Rugby, Houston Area Rugby Club, and the Austin Brats. The club will also play clubs from Louisiana and surrounding states. SRFC will frequently face teams from Baton Rouge, Little Rock, Mars, and Jackson.

Current players

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Christopher DeMary Hooker United States United States
Kayne O'Neal Hooker United States United States
Mike Ling Hooker United States United States
Christopher Wiggins Prop United States United States
Chad Lester Prop United States United States
Matthew Martin Prop United States United States
Matt Burnett Prop United States United States
Larry Merchant Prop United States United States
Colin Roberts Prop United States United States
Patrick Molet Prop United States United States
Daniel Zanelotti Lock United States United States
Chris Ranly Lock United States United States
Steven Mabry Flanker United States United States
Anthony Gregory Flanker United States United States
James DeMoss Flanker United States United States
Colin Chamberlain Flanker United States United States
Drew Tomsak Flanker United States United States
Eric Hammons Flanker United States United States
Kevin Wiggins Number 8 United States United States
Hal Struckman Number 8 United States United States
William Wood Number 8 United States United States
Player Position Union
Kelly Irvin Scrum-half United States United States
Brandon Trant Fly-half United States United States
David Burleigh Fly-half United States United States
Josh Jones Centre United States United States
Jason Brown Centre United States United States
Scott Moody Centre United States United States
Timothy Siegmund Centre United States United States
Mario Vaiese Wing United States United States
Alex Kennedy Wing United States United States
Ryan Hammond Wing United States United States
Dillon LaFaver Wing United States United States
Patrick Walker Wing United States United States
Jason Brown Wing United States United States
David Burleigh Fullback United States United States
Ivor Reynolds Fullback Ireland Ireland

2008 season

Shreveport 20 v. Little Rock 26
Shreveport 67 v. Memphis Blues 0
Shreveport 10 v. Tulsa 13
Shreveport 36 v. Jackson 10
Shreveport 8 v. Dallas Harlequins 41
Shreveport 26 v. Houston Athletic 24
Shreveport 20 v. Baton Rouge 40
Shreveport 33 v. Bay Area 18
Shreveport 41 v. Huns 7
Shreveport 14 v. Austin Brats 24
Shreveport 31 v. Dallas Reds 18
Shreveport 40 v. Woodlands 7
Shreveport 18 v. Albuquerque 22
Shreveport 44 v. Little Rock 7

2010 season

Shreveport 7 v. Austin Brats 17
Shreveport 14 v. Dallas Reds 15
Shreveport 21 v. Huns 18
Shreveport 21 v. Houston Athletic 24
Shreveport 5 v. Austin Brats 20
Shreveport 12 v. Houton Athletic 31
Shreveport 71 v. Huns 25
Shreveport 24 v. Dallas Reds 25

Notable alumni players

Other internationally capped players

  • United States Hal Struckman

Coaches

Year Coach Nationality Overall Record Conference Record
1977 0-3 n/a
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984 Jim Dickenson United States
1985 Gary Kennedy United States
1988 John Cush United States
2001 Nigel Cookson England 10-3 5-3
2003 Darren Scott New Zealand 13-1 7-1
2007 John Hammons United States 12-2 6-2
2008 Fred Graham England
2009 Steve Timmons United States
2010 David Trueblood United States 2-8
2011 Drew Tomsak United States n/a
Total conference championships 25 Total conference championships 25

Sponsorship

Shreveport Rugby Football Club benefits from several large sponsors such as Red Ball Oxygen and Eagle Distributing of Shreveport. In addition to Budweiser and Red Ball Oxygen, Shreveport has other major sponsors that include Pepsi, Horseshoe Casino and EcoMulch.

Alumni players

Name Nationality Position Years Occupation
Charles Black United States Prop 1977–1985
Mike Allen United States Wing 1980–1981
Craig Anfinson United States 1980
Jeff Batten United States 1980
Shawn Blankenship United States 1980
Eddie Byrd United States 1980
Bill Gallien United States Center 1980
Larry Kennedy United States prop 1980 Businessman
Stacy Dart England Wing/Flanker 1989–2005 Banker
Chris Giannetti United States Second Row 1995–2003 IT Manager
Jason Brown United States FL/FH/FB 1989–Present Attorney
Bob Tracy United States Flnkr/SR/Prop 1986–1990 Geospatial Aspect Trainer
Charles McIntyre Australia Utility Back/FL 2002-???? Teacher

External links

  • Official site
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