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The MCRC Spring 2010 raffle is here and we have an incredible array of prizes for you to win!  Tickets are $5 each but buy four and you get the fifth one free ($20 for 5 tickets).  Prizes include two Red Sox vs. Yankees tickets, two tickets to the Sugarbush Ski Resort, 2 pairs of Red Sox tickets (non-Yankees games), Dinner for 2 at the Single Pebble (Burlington’s premier Chinese restaurant), hour-long Massages for two, and golf for two at the Burlington country club.

Click here to buy your tickets online!

You can also buy tickets from members of The MCRC.   This is a great way to support the team as we look to raise money to cover the travel expenses of our trip to the Division II Men’s Collegiate National Championship.  The drawing will be held on March 12th at 10 PM at 51 Main.  The drawing will feature live entertainment from Fat Baby.

Stay tuned for more details and please feel free to contact us at rugby@middlebury.edu with any questions.

Are you a current Middlebury student interested in rugby?  Each semester the Middlebury College men’s Rugby Club, also known as The MCRC, welcomes dozens of new players to the family and we would love to see you join us.  Whether or not you have ever played, seen or heard of rugby all interested Middlebury male students are welcome (female students interested in rugby please contact rugbywomen@middlebury.edu to get involved in their great program).

Health Forms: Please complete the 2 (TWO) online health forms by 02/21/2010: https://herc.middlebury.edu/sportsmed/index.php.  Filling out a form costs you nothing and does not commit you to anything but if you do not fill out a form by 2/21 you will not be able to play rugby this semester.

Concussion Test: contact the trainer’s room (802.443.5636) to schedule a baseline concussion test (necessary in order to practice & play)

Club Sports Release Form: print and sign the release and indemnity agreement (required for participation in all club sports) – contact rugby@middlebury.edu for a copy of the form

Click here to read more

Time Change: The MCRC will be playing University of Maine-Orono at 11 AM this Saturday, October 24, 2009 in the New England Championship Quarterfinal.

New Players Info

Interested in rugby?  Each semester the Middlebury Men’s Rugby Club, also known as The MCRC, welcomes dozens of new players to the family and we would love to see you join us.  Whether or not you have ever played, seen or heard of rugby all interested Middlebury male students are welcome (female students interested in rugby please contact rugbywomen@middlebury.edu to get involved in their great program).

VERY IMPORTANT: If you have any interest in rugby whatsoever please complete the 2 (TWO) online health forms by 9/21https://herc.middlebury.edu/sportsmed/index.php.  Filling out a form costs you nothing and does not commit you to anything but if you do not fill out a form by 9/21 you will not be able to play rugby this semester.

Other Important Info for New Players:

Practices – Monday – Thursday 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM (Rugby Field)

Matches – In the course of a semester we play several A & B side games – every healthy member is guaranteed at least one game during a semester, most play 4 or more,  See Schedule

Concussion Test: contact the trainer’s room (802.443.5193) to schedule a baseline concussion test (necessary in order to practice & play)

Rugby Field location: Beyond South East end of Peterson Family Athletics Complex on South Main St. (Route 30 South)

USA Rugby Registration:  Once you have decided that you are sticking with rugby you need to register with USA Rugby (the governing body for collegiate rugby in the US).  Registration is required to play in matches: https://membership.usarugby.org/default.aspx

The MCRC Fall 2009 raffle is here and you can win an incredible trip to watch Ireland take on the Springboks at Croke Stadium in Dublin.  The grand prize includes 2 return plane tickets from Boston (Logan) to Dublin, 3 nights hotel accommodations in Dublin and 2 tickets to the Ireland vs. South Africa game on November 28, 2009.  If you win and cannot make the trip you can pick the alternative prize of $1,000.  Tickets cost $25 each and the drawing will be held on October 17, 2009 at our 2nd annual Alumni/Supporter Weekend.

Click here to buy your tickets online!

You can also buy tickets from members of The MCRC.  Plane tickets from Logan depart on 11/26/2009 and return on 11/30/2009.  Proceeds from the raffle go toward developing the Middlebury Men’s rugby club, primarily helping cover travel expenses and coaching salaries.

Stay tuned for details and please feel free to contact us at rugby@middlebury.edu with any questions.

Max Levine ’09 started at outside center for the USA team as they beat Chile 90 – 5 on Thursday, July 16.  Report from Ike Levine (Max’s dad) who is in Israel to watch his son play:

At outside center he assisted on 3 of first 4  tries……couple of breakaways for long runs with a pitch to wing at last minute for the try.  His tackling; all below the knee has been devastating, although he is the smallest center.    He tackled, stole ball, kicked ball, recovered ball, and drove for try…….brought tears to my eyes.

The eRugbyNews article also briefly mentions Max’s good game (click here for more).

Will post info from Sunday night’s semi-final against Great Britain soon.

Max R. Levine ’09 (former MCRC president & backs captain) is mentioned in an eRugbyNews article on the US Maccabiah side travelling to Israel this summer for the Maccabiah games.  Continuing the trend started by The MCRC coaches Levine will be playing a somewhat utility role as an option for both scrum half and outside center.  Don’t let his height mislead you – he may be taller than the average scrummie but he is as shifty as they come around the base of a scrum or a ruck.

Click here to read eRugbyNews’ thoughts on the US team’s chances to secure the gold

Congratulations to The MCRC class of 2009 on completing their tenure at Middlebury College.  Your time here has included an unprecedented 4 New England Championships, 1 North East Championship and 2 National Championships – more importantly your time here included the fostering of a brotherhood and friendships that will last you the rest of your lives…and what glorious lives they shall be, gentlemen!  Please join me in welcoming the newest members of The MCRC alumni network (pictured above in their favorite “suns out guns out” pose after their national championship quarterfinal win over University of South Florida):

Alan Lim; Spencer Paddock; Israel Carr; Nicholas Wooster Fager; Max R. Levine; Ari Silverman; Alex White; Robert Gosney; William Terry Stewart III; Daniel Raymond Chow; Scott Gratton; Sam Tormey; Graham Majorhart (not pictured)

Special thanks go to our trainer Jeff Stern who also just graduated.  Jeff dedicated his time and skills to our boys – he was there at every practice, every game, even flying cross country with us to ensure we could compete at the highest level – without Jeff the success of these past four years would not have been possible.

On a beautiful, sunny Sunday, May 23, 2009 this fine group of men became Bachelors of the Arts and said goodbye to the Middlebury bubble.

Finally, pictured above but not graduating just yet are our febs, the class of 2009.5 with whom we shall be enjoying one more fall season: Chris Mutty, Ed Cahill and Brett Woelber.  Other “super seniors” not pictured above but with us this coming fall include our resident Scandinavian Carl Sebastian Paulsson.

The Middlebury College Rugby Club are Division II National Champions!  With a 27 – 11 win over University of Wisonsin-Madison the MCRC completed an undefeated season…a perfect season…an unforgettable season – the first in the team’s history.  15 regular season and championship wins.

Middlebury opened the scoring with a penalty from freshman Brian Sirkia ’12.5 but Wisconsin quickly tied.

Click here to read more

The Divison II National Championship Final will feature The Middlebury College Rugby Club against University of Wisonsin.  Kick-off time is 3 PM Pacific Standard Time.  Stay up to date with the score on www.usarugby.org.

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