For the first weekend of 15s Rugby this season, 73 players will put on a Cal Poly Rugby jersey for matches in Chico and Santa Cruz.
The Mustangs 1st through 3rd XVs will travel to Chico State this Saturday for the annual Archibald Cup clash, while a Cal Poly Rugby’s 4th squad will take part in the annual Ben Quaye Memorial 15s Tournament at UC Santa Cruz.
It’s set to be a great weekend of Rugby, in which Head Coach Dave Burnett is thrilled to have so many players don the green and gold for Cal Poly Rugby. “It’s fantastic to have so many players representing the club this weekend” Burnett said. “It’s a sign of great things to come when we have so many players competing for the top positions in the club.”
Cal Poly has 12 returning players starting in the 1st XV against Chico State this Saturday. Freshman second rower Tyler Heucke from Bellarmine College Prep, flyhalf Taylor Honnette from Granite Bay Rugby Club and sophomore winger Nic Carera will play their first 1st XV match for the Mustangs. Senior prop Ben Crosby is looking forward to playing his first game of the season with a few new faces. “Its exciting to see a few rookies get a chance, they’ve all got great skills.” Crosby said. “Also for me and the rest of the tight 5 who have been watching the 7s team play for a couple of weeks now, we’re pumped to get our chance in a 15s game.”
The Cal Poly 4th Squad made up of primarily new players to the club will take on San Francisco State at 10:45am, UC San Diego at 1pm and Sierra College at 2:30pm at UC Santa Cruz.
After the matches this weekend the Cal Poly 7s players will return to the Rugby 7s circuit for the UC Santa Barbara Tournament on October 27th. The 15s players will have a week off before three sides will travel to Cal State Long Beach for their annual 15s
Tournament on November 3rd. The following weekend is the Californian Qualifier for the Rugby 7s National Championships, being held on the Cal Poly campus. Also on Saturday 10th November two Cal Poly 15s sides will travel Monterey for round robin matches between CSMB and SJSU.
With so much Cal Poly Rugby being played up and down California this fall, we hope to see as many Mustang supporters as possible out there cheering on the boys.
|1st XV vs Chico 1st XV||2nd XV vs Chico Might Oaks Mens||3rd XV vs Chico 2nd XV||4th XV Squad at UC Santa Cruz Tourn.|
|7pm Kick Off||5:30pm Kick off||4pm Kick off||First Kick off 10:45am|
|1||Ben Crosby||1||Trevor Drake||1||Mick O’Crowley||Aaron Arenas|
|2||Pat Mccreesh||2||Chad Chamberlain||2||Kyle Miller||Andy Osiadacz|
|3||Eric Parsons||3||Phil Davidovich||3||Drew Meulman||Carlos Clark|
|4||Tyler Heucke||4||Tyler Heucke||4||Gavin Hession||Danny|
|5||Danny Price||5||Scott Canha||5||Joe Cremen||Dayon Hiles|
|6||Kurt Drinkwater||6||Wyatt Esola||6||Eric Griffen||George Meert|
|7||Matt Ryan||7||Christian Alexandre||7||John Joe Murphy||Gine Valencia|
|8||Bobby McNeal||8||Jeremy Lipton Schwartz||8||Ryan Vyenielo||Graham Rolph|
|9||Tommy Leacox||9||Kelii Domingeuz||9||Jack Brown||Griffon Simmon|
|10||Taylor Honnette||10||Nishant Mattu||10||Tim Dallosta||Jacob Garzini|
|11||Nice Carera||11||Joeti Klein||11||Brent Mine||Justin Benson|
|12||Andy Early||12||Chris Lusich||12||Taylor Goodson||Justin Trong|
|13||Jake Gersh||13||Nic Carera||13||Mikey Mitchel||Kyle Potthast|
|14||Landis Nasser||14||Nate Nunno||14||Zach Markow||Kyle Wong|
|15||Max Tacket||15||Chris Dempster||15||Phil Bezouska||Louie Silva|
|Alex Frost||Kyle Casadana||Mikhail Torru|
|Sam garrison Terry|