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April 27, 2012
The new officer elections are in! They are:

President: Dillon Rheuby
Vice President: Eugene Elliot
Treasurer: Jordan Graves
Match Secretary: Matt Schopp
Travel Secretary: Timmy Pfaff

Febuary 27, 2012
February was a rough month for the AURFC. After a tough loss to Ole Miss earlier this month, Auburn had the match against Alabama postponed due to weather. This past weekend, Auburn faced off against LSU. LSU took the lead early in the game and was too much for the young Auburn team, losing 50 to 0. Next weekend Auburn hosts UGA for a 7 PM night game. Come out and support the Tigers Saturday night.

Febuary 4, 2012
Auburn opens Matrix season this weekend, playing against Ole Miss in Oxford. Coming off of a dominant win against UAB, Auburn is looking to improve upon last spring's matrix season, despite how well Auburn performed. Stay tuned for more AURFC updates to come.

January 9, 2012
2012 is bringing changes to Auburn Rugby. Practice time is now from 6pm to 8pm at the old track field across from the Gymnastics building on Samford rd. Also this season is the team's first season in Division 1 play. While Auburn Rugby may still be playing many of the teams that we have played over the past few years, the competition will be much stiffer. This semester Auburn will play strong SEC powerhouse teams such as Alabama, LSU and Georgia at home so check our schedule for dates and times and come out and support Auburn Rugby.

Auburn Rugby now also has merchandise for sale. Please check the following link to the order form or check out the link on the Links page of the website.

Auburn Rugby Merchandise

April 17, 2011
The spring season for Auburn Rugby comes to a close, with the final two games scheduled getting cancelled. This year over all was a great one for the club and next year Auburn will keep moving forward.

Over the last few weeks, new officer elections were held. The officers that will be leading the club next year are:

President: Zach Bolstad
Vice President: Aaron Martin
Treasurer: Michael Magan
Match Secretary: Camron Strong
Travel Secretary: Cullen Hanly

March 12-13, 2011
To kick of Auburn's Spring Break, the team travelled down to Savannah, GA for the annual St. Patrick's Day Rugby Tournament. This year Auburn played in the Collegiate Division. Auburn's first game on Saturday was at 9 am against Viterbo University, who came all the way down to the tournament from Wisconsin. Auburn ended up losing the game 24 to 12. Next up for Auburn was California University of Pennsylvania. Auburn won that game 26 to 12. The final game Auburn played in Savannah was against Kentucky. Auburn beat Kentucky 19 to 0. This was a good tournament for Auburn as many players who have not had much playing time were able to make an impact on the field.

Auburn hosts the University of Kentucky at home April 2nd. Come out and support the AURFC.

March 4, 2011
It was a rough Friday night for Auburn as the hosted Vanderbilt for the SEC Championship. Auburn played most of the game on defense, but managed to hold Vanderbilt without a try, only allowing three penalty kicks. While Auburn's defense held strong, the offense was unable to keep possession of the ball or move down field. The final score of the game was 9-3 with Auburn's only points coming from a penalty kick made by Inside Center Joey Palazzolo. Auburn ends SEC Matrix season with three wins and two losses.

This upcoming weekend Auburn heads to Savannah, GA for the Annual St. Patrick's Day Rugby Tournament. The next game after that will be at home on April 2nd against Kentucky.

February 27, 2011
Auburn travelled to Jacksonville, AL this Sunday to play Ole Miss on a neutral site in the first round of the SEC playoffs. Auburn won the game, blowing out Ole Miss 42-3. The Auburn players that scored were Flanker Nick Eyles, Flanker George Kasper, Fullback Camron Strong, Outside Center Aaron Porter, Wing Ben Winiarczyk, and Inside Center Joey Palazzolo. Good support and ball movement allowed for Auburn to overwhelm Ole Miss.

Next weekend Auburn hosts Vanderbilt again, this time in Auburn, AL in the SEC Championship. The date and time will be added as soon as the game is finalized. Come out and support the AURFC as we fight a strong Vanderbilt team for the Championship.

February 19-20, 2011
Auburn played a double header this weekend against Alabama and Vanderbilt. Traveling to Tuscaloosa, Auburn took on rivals Alabama in a hard fought match with Auburn winning 5-3 at half time. However, Alabama blew open the game in the second half with a final score of 22 to 5, handing Auburn its first matrix loss of the season. The only Auburn player to score during the match was Wing Luke Pfaff.

Sunday Auburn hosted Vanderbilt at the Birmingham Vulcans pitch, in Birmingham. Auburn won this match 28-13. Vanderbilt had one try and two penalty kicks. In the first half Prop Robert Hill scored Auburn's first try, followed by Fullback Camron Strong. In the second half Wing Ben Winiarczyk would score as well as Prop Jeff Bruno. With this victory, Auburn clinches first play in the SEC east division. Next weekend Auburn will host 2nd Seed Ole Miss from the SEC West in the first round of the SEC Division 2 Championship.

February 14, 2011
Auburn kicked off the 2011 SEC Matrix season at home against Tennessee this weekend after having last week's game against Vanderbilt was postponed due to weather. The first half of the match was hard fought rugby, with the score 0-0, until with only three minutes until half-time, Flanker George Kasper scored. In the second half, Auburn got the ball moving effectivley, with Prop Robert Hill scoring next. After that Inside Center Joey Palazzolo scored, followed by 8-man Aaron Martin, and Joey Palazzolo once more, bringing the final score of the game to 33-0. Auburn travels to Tuscaloosa next Saturday, and Birmingham next Sunday to face off against Alabama and Vanderbilt respectivly.

October 7, 2010
Auburn Rugby played in the Georgia Rugby Union Tournament this weekend. First up, Auburn took on UGA. The game was sloppy and ended with a score of UGA 19, Auburn 7. Next up was JSU. This was a smash-mouth game that ended with Auburn victorious with a score of 12-7. The last game was against the University of North Georgia. Auburn played sloppy at first but once the game got going, Auburn dominated the game. The game ended with a score of 24-5. Auburn's next opponent is Miss State at home on October 30th.

September 11, 2010
Auburn Rugby hosted Jacksonville State this Saturday. JSU traveled with fifteen players so it was just a sixty minute game. Rookie Outside Center Aaron Porter scored first off of an interception. Then he scored again of a breakaway. Veteran Inside Center Michael Ruple scored after that, followed again by Aaron Porter before half time was called. In the second half after a number of substitutions, Lock Andrew Kern scored. Shortly before the end of the game, Fly-half Stewart Martin scored bringing the final score of match 42-0.

Man of Match: Aaron Porter

Next weekend Auburn will be traveling to Nashville to take part in the Oak Leaf Cup hosted by Vanderbilt.

August 28, 2010
The AURFC traveled to Starksville, MS this weekend to play in a tournament held by Mississippi State to benefit the Humane Society. Auburn played in the games throughout the day. First up was Jackson Men's Club. This was a rough game for Auburn with Jackson scoring a number of times on the outside. Auburn was able to answer back with a try of their own by Wing Stewart Martin, however Jackson won in the end. Southern Miss was the second team Auburn faced off against. Auburn won this game with rookie Outside Center Caesar Warren scoring his first try, and Fly-Half Joey Palazzolo making a penatly kick. The last game of the day was against Mississippi State themselves which Auburn lost.

Men of the Match
Forwards: George Kasper
Backline: Caesar Warren
Tournament: Aaron Martin

Auburn went 1-2 in this tournament, but the team Auburn brought showed lots of talent and promise, which bodes well for the rest of the season. In two weeks Auburn faces off against Jacksonville State at home, so come out and support the team.

August 21, 2010
This weekend Auburn held its frist scrimmage of the season. After having a plethora of roster issues last spring, over thirty players took part in the scrimmage. Teams were divided into Orange and Blue teams, each with a mix of veteran and new-comers. 3 periods were player each about 20 minutes before the game was called. Orange had scored twice and blue once. Both teams then seleced a player from the other team to be that teams man of the match. For Orange, veteran Outside Center Michael Ruple was selected. For Blue, new-comer Aaron Porter. All in all the scrimmage showed a lot of promise for this fall season. While it may have started early this year, Auburn is far from unprepared. Next weekend Auburn will travel to Starkville, MS to play in the Mississippi State Jamboree.

March 01, 2010
It has been a rough season for Auburn. Scheduling problems, roster issues, and injuries have hindered the team all season. Auburn opened the Spring 2010 season again the University of Tennessee, which UT dominated 93-3. The second game of the season was against Alabama, which resulted in a hard fought 5-5 tie. Auburn wouldnt play until three weeks later in a double header againt Vanderbilt and Georgia. Auburn lost to Vanderbilt after dominating the majority of the game because of simple errors in the last 8 minutes making the final score 15-12. The following day, Auburn took on UGA and lost heavily 33-0. Six players were injuried that weekend, five of which were starters. These injuries would have a massive impact the next weekend when Auburn would travel to Ole Miss.

Bringing only sixteen people to Oxford, many of which had never started a game and 2 had never played in a rugby match before. Auburn played with all the heart and intensity that the club is known for however mistakes and inability to capitalize on Ole Miss's errors cause Auburn to lose the game 34-0. It has been a rough season for Auburn Rugby. There is only one matrix match left, against Mississippi State, and the St. Patrick's Day Rugby Tournament.

October 24, 2009
The SEC tournament was very tough for Auburn. Georgia was up first and it was a hard hitting muddy game. The field conditions were awful, however Auburn's ball control was well despite all the mud. Georgia won 24-14 capitalizing on Auburn's backline getting bunched up. After Georgia, Auburn was up against Old Miss. It was a tough competition with both team fighting hard. All the Auburn players gave a good show, but ended up losing 10-7.

The SEC Tournament closes out the Fall Season, which Auburn's record was 6-5 overall. 2-0 in exhibition matches and 4-5 in tournament play. The biggest problem this season has been numbers, it has been a good learning season for the large amount of Rookies playing this semester. Auburn Rugby is now preparing for the Old Boys match, November 7, 2009 and the Spring Season and its first game against the SEC Tournament Winner Tennessee on January 23, 2010. The schedule for the spring will be up by early november.

October 17, 2009
Auburn Rugby travelled to Jacksonville State to take part in the Breast Cancer Awarness Tournament. Only four teams were at the tournament, and Auburn played Lee University first. Auburn ended up losing the game which ended in a final score of 34 to 7. This was a tough loss because of the mistakes that were made by Auburn. However these mistakes were rectified when Auburn took on Mississippi State University right after the loss to Lee. Auburn came out ready to play, and made few errors, allowing out backline to move the ball and dominate MSU. Auburn won with a final score of 21-0. Next weekend is the SEC Rugby Tournament, which Auburn looks forward to competing in.

October 10, 2009
It was a disappointing showing this weekend at the Georgia Rugby Union Tournament. Auburn was only able to bring 16 players to the tournament. Our first game of the day was again Armstrong Atlantic University. Auburn won the game 37 to 14. After a 2 hour rain delay, Auburn faced off against Georgia Tech for a second time this semester. Auburn only had 15 available players, while GT had two full sides. After being dominated throughout the game, Auburn lost to Georgia Tech 55 to 0. This was a very disheartening event for Auburn and showed how badly more people are needed to travel with the team to do well. Next weekend, Auburn travels to take part in the JSU Breast Cancer Awareness Tounramnet.

September 26, 2009
This past Saturday, Auburn hosted College of Charleston' Rugby team in a hard hitting hard fought match. The game kicked of at 11:00AM and from the start it was a rough match. Auburn was first to put points up with Inside-center Joey Palazzolo making a penalty kick. C of C tried to make a penalty kick but missed and later scored a try but again missed the conversion, making the score 5-3 C of C. For the majority of the first half both teams were trying to gain the upper hand against the other. The second half was much of the same hard hitting rugby. Auburn took the lead again when rookie wing, Caleb Faruki scored, however Fullback Ross Anderson missed the conversion, bring the score 8-5 Auburn. C of C ended up scoring again, and successfully making the conversion to take the lead 12-8 C of C. At the very end of the game, with neither teams giving any ground, 8-man Daniel Goncalves intercepted a C of C pass and ran it across the field into the try zone. Flanker Camron Strong missed the conversion but still giving Auburn the lead with a final score of 13 to 12 Auburn.

College of Charleston also brought a B-side with them. Auburn was ablt to take them on with a number of A-side players filling in as substitutes. The B-side game was good experience for the new players and ended up with C of C winning 12-7. C of C scored once in the first half and then in the second,Auburn scored off of a scrum on C of C's 5 meter line, when 8-man Andrew "Rocky" Walker picked the ball and ran it in. Then C of C score again when the Auburn back line tried a quick lineout which was intercepted and scored by one of their players. This match was also a hard fought match that was, a great experience for the new players.

September 19, 2009
Saturday at 12 o'clock, Auburn took on Jacksonville State at home. Auburn dominated the game, that ended with a final score of 55-3. JSU was the first team on the board with a drop kick ten minutes into the game. After that Auburn found a rhythm and started scoring. Among the AURFC players that scored were two rookies, Lock Brad Williams and Wing Brian Rhett. Many of the issues Auburn had during the Vanderbilt Tournament showed positive improvements. Line-outs and Scrums were much improved and AURFC's ball security was impressive. Auburn's back line worked JSU's hard scoring most of the tries. There were two offensives scrums on JSU's five meter line that 8-man Camron Strong was able to pick and score. In the second half Auburn change the line-up so that many of the rookies got a large amount of playing time. Many of these rookies hadnt played before in a full contact game, but showed promise and still held JSU to only three points. Next weekend Auburn hosts College of Charleston at the Pitch at 11:00AM. Come out and support the AURFC.

September 11-13, 2009

Auburn Rugby travelled to Vanderiblt this past weekend to participate in the Oak Leaf Cup, Vanderbilt's 1st Annual Invitational Tournament. The team travelled to Nashville Friday afternoon and played against Vanderbilt that night. Despite heavy rain, being heavily outsized in the pack, a red card twelve minutes into the game, and a lack of substitutes, Auburn was victorious, beating Vanderbilt 14-3. Scrum-half Mike Pair and Inside-center Stew Martin both scored.

Saturday morning, Auburn's first game was against Georgia Tech. The game was dominated by Auburn, and ended with a score of 35-7. Georiga Tech's only score came from a penalty try. Rookie wing Ross Anderson scored off of an interception, fly-half Wes Wilson scored three times, and 8-man Daniel Goncalves scoreed off of a line-out. Saturday afternoon, Auburn played Ball State. It was a hard fought loss with a final score of 19-14. Fly-half Wes Wilson and Rookie Flanker Rich Crawford each scored.

Overall, the tournament was a big success with Auburn earning 4th place, especially with the large number of new players and lack of substitues. The team as a whole has come together very quickly and when more people are able to come out, the team will only get even better. The fall season looks very promising for Auburn Rugby with the upcoming game against Jacksonville State at home next week, College of Charleston after that and then GRU and SEC Tournaments following.

August 29, 2009
This past Saturday, the Auburn rugby team held its first game of the Fall season. Though it was only a scrimmage, the team played hard. The team showed that it had already come together over only two weeks of practice. Most of the new members fit well with the team and displayed a good amount of heart. The team was divided onto Blue and Orange sides. To start the game, Orange kicked off to Blue and from then on, Blue dominated the first half. Scoring 22 points and holding Orange scoreless. In the second half Orange answered back with strong backline play and finding large gaps in the defense. However, Blue was able to hold them to only one try and scored two of their own, bringing the final score to 36-7. All in all, the Rugby team is coming together well. There are a large number of new faces, but all of them are learning quickly. With more experience, they will become good assests to the team.

February 16th, 2008
For this game the Auburn Rugby team would make its first road trip of the season to take on the Kennesaw State University Owls in Kennesaw, Georgia. As in the week before Auburn brought a strong core of players and a surprising number of followers and fans. Kennesaw had a good group of players but very few substitutions.

The game started out bad for Auburn with Kennesaw State scoring the first three tries and making all three conversions. Down 21-0, Auburn countered with a try of its own from lock Jonathan Scott. The conversion was missed but the score gave Auburn big heaps of confidence. Soon after the first points from Auburn; Daniel Goncalves, after a blinding run and a beautiful cut, was penalized within ten meters of the try zone and was awarded a penalty try. The conversion was missed again but the score was now 21-10. As play continued another Auburn rugger Jake Holtrop would score his second try of the season on a monstrous push on the five meter line. Ryan Guinn would make the conversion to bring the score to 21-17. After some bruising play off of punches and some brilliant pack play and displays of agility and speed from the backs, Jonathan Scott would go on to score another try after plowing over a few Kennesaw State players. The conversion was missed but the score was now in favour of Auburn at 22-21. With confidence at an all time high during the game Daniel Goncalves would score his second try of the game after some impressive running, passing, and overall play from the whole team. This time Graham Nelson would make an attempt at the conversion. Making the conversion the score for the game improved to 29-21 in Auburn's favour. Not a team to give up, Kennesaw State got their first score since Auburn's 29-0 scoring run. They would make the conversion; making the game a one point game yet again. The score now 29-28 was coming down to the wire. After some inspiring play from Auburn's pack players the backs made perhaps the most important try of the game with Clark Kerby, scoring his second try of the season, putting the ball in the try zone for the go-ahead score putting Auburn over the top to win the game with a final score of 34-28.

The win put Auburn into the USARS Playoffs for the first time in as long as any current ruggers can remember. With a few weekends off until the St. Patrick's Day Tourney, Auburn will continue to practice and get better prepared for the first round, quarter finals, of the USARS tournament.

February 9th, 2008
In a key win over the Georgia Southern University Eagles; Auburn University solidified it's case that it should move on into the USARS Playoffs though there would be a key hurdle the following week.At the match GSU came in with a strong team but few substitutes. Auburn again had a good showing of players and support from fans. GSU struck first early in with a 3 point scoring effort off of a penalty kick. However Auburn countered almost immediately and never let up until the final whistle was blown. After the first GSU scored Auburn would score 18 unanswered points until GSU scored a try but missed the conversion. Auburn would then again go on another scoring run this time with 26 unanswered points. Four AU players scored their first try in the season: Jim Smith, TJ Gill, Clark Kerby, and Jake Holtrop; while two AU ruggers helped contribute with tries of their own: Theo Potgeiter and Matthew Broadway. In the end the Auburn University Rugby Football Club had a big victory over Georgia Southern University with a score of 44-13.

The win was a big boost in morale for the AU team. It helped keep their playoff hopes alive and gave them confidence that they could win by big margins. The following week, Auburn would be traveling to face Kennesaw State University in the final matrix game.

February 2nd, 2008
In the match against Georgia Tech, Auburn was without some key players. Regardless the team pressed on with a core group of players and hoped for the best. The match started out with Georgia Tech making the first try but missing their conversion. As the match moved forward, Tech made two more tries but missed both conversions bringing the score to 15-0. Finally after fighting extremely hard Auburn made their first try to bring the score to 15-5 (Auburn missed the conversion). Shortly thereafter Auburn made another try this time with the conversion successful. As the first half drew to a close the score was 15-12 in favour of Georgia Tech. In the second half Auburn came out with renewed intensity but it just wasn't enough to overcome Tech's players. With Auburn fighting for every ball and hitting extremely hard they managed to hold Tech out of the try zone numerous times even when the ball was on the 5 meter mark. However, as the game ended, the score was 24-12 in favour of Tech. Auburn was really disappointed and realize that they have quite a bit to work on in preparation for the game against Georgia Southern University next weekend in Columbus, Georgia.

December 31st, 2007
Fall 2007 Recap

Due to the fact that Auburn's pitch was going under some recent construction, AURFC'S Fall season contained very few games. Except for the Old Boys alumni match no home games were played. With all things considered Auburn rugby is continuing to improve from previous seasons. Even with all the chaos of the no home field to play on, and having to travel off campus to extremely inconvenient practice fields, AURFC has managed to build the roster up to just about 40 players.

Many seniors graduated in the previous year, so the beginning of AURFC's Fall season started with many young and inexperienced players in the sport of rugby. Nevertheless, these rookies were able to come in and learn the game well this season. They came in and played heads up rugby at collegiate level without any hesitation. This was the first season in years for Auburn rugby to maintain two sides consistently as well as being top competitors in every event attended. As for the players of the previous year(s), AURFC would like to thank each and everyone of you for stepping up as leaders and helping in the process to produce a top notch rugby team.

We would also like to acknowledge our selected All-Stars from the following tournaments:

2007 Georgia Rugby Union Tournament
Select Side

Drew Fruge
Chris Lind
Daniel Goncalves
Jim Sautter
David Bess
Jonathan Scott
2007 (SEC) Southeastern Collegiate Championship
Select Side

Chris Lind
Jonathan Scott
David Bess

November 13th, 2006
Congrats to Chris Lind, David Bess, Brad Kilpatrick, Rick Chapman, and Jonathan Scott for being selected for GRU All-Stars. The GRU tournament this year was held at Clemson, SC. After winning the division 2 tier at the GRU 2005, Auburn was bumped up to the division 1 tier. Although Auburn did not win their division this year, the guys played hard and well. We'll get 'em next year.

Another congrats to Brad Kilpatrick and Chris Lind for making the 1st Annual SEC championship All-Star selection, as well as a hats off to Auburn Rugby. After a tough first match against LSU and the struggling matches at GRU, Auburn finally turned the tables. UGA and South Carolina was taken out of the tournament by Auburn, and Auburn was awarded their rematch against the division 1 ranked LSU. At the half, Auburn was leading 14 to 12. However, with about ten minutes left in the second half, Auburn slipped up by missing a routine tackle which gave LSU a leading try. Auburn struggled to regain composure giving the opposition a penalty kick for an additional 3 points. The game finished with one final try and concluding whistle being blown.

October 10th, 2005
Auburn Rugby won for their division in the GRU tournament this past weekend in Athens, GA, beating Clemson 43 to 10 and 26 to 19 against JSU. As a result, the team has moved up to Tier A. Auburn Rugby now stands undefeated against college teams. Also, congratulations to Brad Kilpatrick, Jamal Thomas, and Chris Cucinotoa for having been selected for collegiate all-stars.

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