Wildcats Dominant in 95-12 Win over Boise State


3/8/2014 7:45 PM

ELLENSBURG, WA (Mar. 8) — The 8th ranked Central Washington University men’s rugby team moved to (8-0, 6-0 NCRC) after a 95-12 thumping of the Boise State University Broncos.

The Wildcats got their first score in the second minute when Tyler Coffman (Redmond, WA) crashed over the line following and Aladdin Schirmer (North Bend, WA) line break. Josh Bower (Yakima, WA) would soon add the first of his three tries on the day. Central went into the halftime break with a comfortable 55-0 lead.

CWU Head Coach Tony Pacheco made five changes at half but the Wildcat scoring was unaffected. The Wildcats ran in six more second-half tries before the final whistle.

Central played without all-americans Tanner Barnes (Fresno, CA) and Clint Lemkus (Cape Town, South Africa) who were given the week off to rest minor injuries. “We gave some opportunity to some young guys today and I was pleased with the way they played” Coach Pacheco said. “It’s always nice to bring in some young talent and not miss a beat, it gives me confidence use them in contests later down the road.”

Senior half back Andrew Nelson (Renton, WA) was a stand out for the Wildcats. “Andrew kept us playing fast and his passing was near flawless.” Coach Pacheco added.  “I am really pleased with his overall performance.” Next up, Central Washington will head to Seattle for a cross divisional match on Saturday, Mar. 15 where they will face the University of

Washington (6-1-1, 5-1-1 NCRC).

CWU vs Boise State Scoring Time Line

2:00 Tyler Coffman 5, Josh Bower 2

5:00 Josh Bower 5

10:00 Jacob Bates 5, Josh Bower 2

12:00 Bijan Ghambari 5

24:00 Josh Bower, Josh Bower 2

26:00 Max Narewski 5

33:00 Josh Bower 5, Josh Bower 2

40:00 Aladdin Schirmer 5, Josh Bower 2

Half Time: CWU 55 – Boise State 0

42:00 Zach Siemens 5, Zach Siemens 2

48:00 Beau Nichols 5, Beau Nichols 2

51:00 Try BSU 5, Conversion 2

54:00 Griffin Boudia 5, Beau Nichols 2

57:00 Gavin Schag 5, Beau Nichols 2

61:00 Try BSU 5

64:00 Bijan Ghambari 5, Beau Nichols 2

70:00 Chandler Jenkins 5

Final: CWU 95 – BSU 12



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Wildcats Host Broncos In Rematch


Ellensburg, WA

Central Washington University will host the Boise Sate Broncos, Saturday March 8th at 1:00 p.m. The Wildcats, currently perfect on the season at (7-0. 6-0 NCRC) will look to improve on their last performance against BSU. In November the Broncos posted 27 points against the Wildcats accounting for 27 of the 44 points allowed by the Wildcats this season.


Central will run out a mixed group of talent for Saturday’s match with 3 Freshman, 4 Sophomores, 5 Juniors and 3 Seniors rounding out the 1st fifteen. The weather will be a massive departure from last weekends cold snap with 55 degrees and slight cloud cover on tap. Follow all the action on twitter @cwurugby.  

Wildcats 1st XV

1. John Marti

2. Gavin Schag

3. Korbin Lindell

4. Tyler Coffman

5. Hobie Sisk

6. Jacob Bates

7. Jacob Daniels

8. Aladdin Schirmer

9. Andrew Nelson

10. Max Narewski

11. Josh Bower

12. Corey Nuti

13. Zach Siemens

14. Cameron Marek

15. Bijan Ghambari

16. Asa Ray

17. Stefen Kiehn

18. Griffin Boudia

19. Hayden Spevacek

20. Dan Conklin

21. Maverick Schirmer

22. Chandler Jenkins

23. Beau Nichols

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Wildcats Ready For Eagles


(Photos courtesy of @CWUWildcatNtn)

Ellensburg, WA

Central Washington will turn their attention to Eastern Washington University Sunday March 2nd at 1:00 p.m. The Wildcats will look to build off their Cascade Cup victory over Western Washington University 94-0. Central will look deeper into the roster as Coach Pacheco looks to develop their depth within the program.


The Wildcats will see changes across the board starting in the forward pack. Stefen Kiehn, Asa Ray and John Marti will anchor the front row. Locks, Hayden Spevacek and Tyler Enfield will get the nod while the backrow will be comprised of Eric Markoskie, Griffin Boudia and Jacob Daniels.


Andrew Nelson will provide direction to the pack from the scrumhalf position and Tanner Barnes will stand in at flyhalf for the first time for the Wildcats. Barnes will lead a young center combination with Corey Nuti and John Ray taking up duties in the midfield. The back three will bring some excellent pace to the match with Bijan Ghambari, Chandler Jenkins and Dustin Melton rounding out the starting fifteen. For post match highlights check out www.wildcatsports.com or follow @cwurugby and @cwuathletics on twitter for live updates.

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2014 Cascade Cup – Central vs Western 1:00 pm Kickoff


Ellensburg, WA

The Wildcats will host their interstate rivals in the 2014 Cascade Cup Saturday, March 1st at 1:00 p.m. at Central Washington University. Central fans make sure you attend this historic match slated for the Nicholson Fields as the Wildcats take on the Vikings in defense of the Cascade Cup.

The match will be the first home game of the 2013-14 campaign for the Wildcats that are currently undefeated in League play (4-0). Central will need to be on top of their game if they hope to bring home the cup as the Vikings make their way to Ellensburg with a chip on their shoulder having lost to the University of Washington 29-10 last weekend in a match that was much closer then the score line reflects.


Central will look to their experienced front row for leadership with Korbin Lindell, Gavin Schag and Clint Lemkus anchoring the scrum. Returner Tyler Coffman will take on lineout duties and Sophmore, Hobie Sisk (who gets his first start with the Wildcats) will look to add some power to the scrum along side Coffman at Lock. The back row for Central could prove a difference maker in the match as Senior, Jacob Bates and Freshman, Vili Toluta’u are explosive in attack while 8 man Aladdin Schirmer may be one of the most physical players in the contact area.

New comer Dan Conklin will get a crack at the scrumhalf position while the Wildcats midfield sees returners Max Narewski, Tanner Barnes and Zack Siemens ready to manage the attack. Fans will want to keep an eye on Josh Bower and Beau Nichols as they both look to be playing to form hunting for opportunities on and off the ball. Finally freshman standout Scott Dean is expected to marshal the team from the back with an excellent strike and enough pace to finish, pending match conditions he could be the player that helps the Wildcats open up the match in the 2nd half. For a full recap of the match check out www.wildcatsports.com

CWU 1st XV vs WWU

  1. Clint Lemkus
  2. Gavin Schag
  3. Korbin Lindell
  4. Tyler Coffman
  5. Hobie Sisk
  6. Jacob Bates
  7. Vili Toluta’u
  8. Aladdin Schirmer
  9. Dan Conklin
  10. Max Narewski
  11. Josh Bower
  12. Tanner Barnes
  13. Zack Siemens
  14. Beau Nichols
  15. Scott Dean
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Women’s and Men’s Rugby to Join Wildcat Athletics


2/26/2014 2:19:00 PM

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Central Washington University will add women’s and men’s rugby to the roster of varsity sports within the CWU Department of Athletics, according to Athletic Director Dennis Francois, who announced the moves today.

“We are excited to welcome both the women’s and men’s rugby programs to the Department of Athletics,” said Francois. “We’re fortunate to have one of the nation’s best coaches, Tony Pacheco, as our Director of Rugby. I’m confident that our men’s program will continue to compete for national championships and our women’s program will soon become one of the nation’s premier varsity programs under his leadership.”

Pacheco, who also currently serves as head coach of the USA Rugby All-American Sevens team, will continue to serve as head coach for the men’s team and be responsible for overseeing the continued development of both the men’s and women’s programs. A national search for the head women’s coach will begin immediately.

Pacheco said the move to varsity establishes CWU as one of the only varsity programs at any public college or university in the nation offering both men’s and women’s rugby. “Becoming part of intercollegiate athletics puts us ahead of other programs and will allow us to recruit even more high-caliber student-athletes,” said Pacheco.

Until now, rugby has been offered through the university’s sport club program, where the men’s team has established itself as a national powerhouse, qualifying for the USA Rugby Sevens National Championship every year since its inception in 2011. The Wildcats placed fourth in last fall’s championship.

In addition, CWU won the 2011 Las Vegas Invitational, which qualified the program for the Collegiate Rugby Championships. Last spring, the Wildcats’ 15-a-side program joined the Varsity Cup post-season championship, and finished third among the nation’s elite college programs.

The women’s program, which began in 1990, also has been a contender in national championship competitions. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) now recognizes women’s rugby as an emerging women’s sport.

“We’ll implement many of the things that we’ve done with the men to further build our successful women’s program,” said Pacheco. “They’ve produced a number of All-Americans and dedicated student athletes and I’m excited for the opportunity to assist in building this program.”

The Wildcat men have already resumed competition in the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference this past weekend beating Oregon State University 27-0 and will continue its preparation for the Varsity Cup post season. CWU will take to the competition a six-year unbeaten string against Northwest opponents.

CWU sophomore Korbin Lindell, from Wales, Wisc., is a member of the United States under-20 national team. Junior Tanner Barnes, Fresno, Calif., is on the roster of the Men’s Sevens National team, as is 2013 graduate Patrick Blair, La Mirada, Calif.

Francois went on to say, “The support of our university administration, student government, the athletic department staff, the NCAA, and the rugby community throughout the process has been instrumental in our decision to make this transition. We are committed to creating a positive student-athlete experience for our rugby players that is consistent with that of our current varsity sport athletes.”

CWU President James L. Gaudino, who played both football and rugby at the United States Air Force Academy, said rugby programs have attracted and will continue to attract top-quality student-athletes from all around the world.

“While they come here for rugby, they receive the benefits of our student-athlete experience,” said Gaudino. “They also help expand the diversity of campus, which is good for all of our students.”

For further updates go to: www.wildcatsports.com


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Varsity Cup Rugby Championship – Tickets on Sale Now

After a hugely successful first season, the Varsity Cup Rugby Championship returns for a second season of action. Hoping to grow American Rugby by harnessing the strongest collegiate talent, the Varsity Cup brings together the best university programs in the country for a single elimination, post-season national championship.

Last year’s inaugural campaign featured eight seeded teams, competing over three weeks, culminating in a matchup between perennial rivals, the University of California and Brigham Young University. Awarded RugbyMag.com’s College Game of the Year, the Varsity Cup Final was one of the most memorable collegiate national championship games in recent history.

Entering its second year, the Varsity Cup has expanded to 12 teams, adding the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, Utah and Clemson to the original eight.  With the expansion to 12 universities, this year’s competition adds an additional round of play. The tournament will play out over four consecutive weekends culminating on May 3rd in the Cup Final at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah home to Major League Soccer franchise Real Salt Lake. The final will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network.

The Varsity Cup is the third partnership between United World Sports and NBC Sports, along with the USA Sevens International Tournament in Las Vegas and the Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia.

Click bracket image for high res version

Teams have been divided up into four pools with the top team in each pool receiving a first round bye. Widely considered the two strongest teams in the nation, BYU and Cal were given the number one and number two seeds, respectively. In addition to Cal and BYU, Navy and Central Washington, both first round winners in 2013, earned the first weekend off.

Round one commences on April 12th. In pool 1, newcomer Clemson will travel to Hanover, New Hampshire to take on Ivy Champions, Dartmouth.  Pool 2 features another newcomer, Texas, heading to South Bend, IN to battle the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. In pool 3 Oklahoma will take on UCLA in Westwood, California while Utah and Air Force meet in Colorado Springs, Colorado in Pool 4.

The following weekend, the four advancing teams will head to either of two Super Regional locations, Annapolis, Maryland, home of the Navy Midshipmen or to the campus of the UCLA Bruins. BYU, Navy, Cal, and CWU, will take on the four round one winners from pools one through four, respectively. BYU and Navy will await challengers at the Northeast Regional site while Cal and CWU will travel to UCLA for the Super Regional.

The semi-finals will take place on April 26th at the venue of the two highest remaining seeds.

Following three weeks of premier college rugby competitions, the finals will be aired live on the NBC Sports Network on May 3rd at 4PM Eastern Standard Time. It will be a culmination of four weeks of the best university rugby programs battling to be crowned the 2014 Collegiate 15s National Champion.

Tickets for the May 3rd Championship Final are on sale now at varsitycup.us. Fans are encouraged to buy before April 1st to save 20% on tickets. Full ticket pricing options include:

  • Tier I: $30.00 – premium lower-level, mid-pitch seating. Limited availability; perfect for those fans who want to be at the center of the action.
  • Tier II: $20.00 – quality mid-level seating located at the try lines – a great value for families.
  • Tier III: $10.00 – price friendly located in the upper-level and try zones.

In conjunction with the Varsity Cup, tickets include access to the 2014 Rugbypalooza, the Utah Open and fan festival. From 9 AM to 1 PM at West Jordan Sports Complex, there will be interactive activities and games to introduce kids and parents to rugby, introductory coaching and refereeing training courses and a tournament allowing high school athletes to showcase their talents for perspective college coaches.

With thousands of rugby fans in attendance, it is guaranteed be a festive weekend.

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Wildcats Win Opener vs Oregon State

The CWU Men’s Rugby team kicked off their 2014 campaign with a 27-0 victory over Oregon State University at Magnusson Park in Seattle, WA. Dreadful conditions of wind and rain made it tough for either team to play an expansive style. The Wildcats got on the board early in the 3rd minute with a penalty from Junior Wing Josh Bower. Central was able to use a dominant scrum to apply pressure on OSU resulting in a try by Senior Flanker Jacob Bates, which was successfully converted by Bower to provide the Wildcats a 10-0 lead. 6 minutes later Bates would put Junior Prop Clint Lemkus into the corner for the try.

Scrum vs OSU

The Wildcats only held a 15-0 halftime lead despite dominating territory and possession. Freshman Wing Ian Wright got CWU on the board early in the 2nd half with a try, converted by Bower to extend the Wildcats lead to 22. The final score came from Sophomore Chandler Jenkins  after receiving a nice offload from Junior Zach Siemens which secured the 27-0 victory for the Wildcats.

Korbin vs OSU

“We played well enough to get the win in awful weather but we have some improving to do” said Head Coach Tony Pacheco. The Wildcats now focus on retaining the Cascade Cup versus Western Washington on 3/1 in Ellensburg and then face Eastern Washington on 3/2 in an NCRC conference match.

Griff vs OSU


3:00 Penalty Kick Josh Bower, 3-0

24:00 Try Jacob Bates, Conversion Bower, 10-0

30:00 Try Clint Lemkus, 15-0

43:00 Try Ian Wright, Conversion Bower, 22-0

64:00 Try Chandler Jenkins, 27-0

Final CWU 27 – OSU 0

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Tyler Coffman

The Wildcats will kickoff the start of their 2014 season against Oregon State University Saturday February 15th at Magnuson Park in Seattle, WA. Kickoff for the 1st XV match is slated for 4:00 pm and the 2nd XV will kick off at 5:30 pm. The Wildcats are currently undefeated and #1 in the Eastern Division of the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference. To follow Live updates from the match check out: https://twitter.com/CWURugby


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ESPN-U to rebroadcast National Finals Tonight!


Did you miss the opportunity to watch the Wildcats Live on ESPN U. Then tune in tonight (Wed., November 27th) to catch all the action at 10 PM Eastern / 7 PM Pacific


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All-Tournament selections announced from College 7s National Championship

BOULDER, Colo. – Forty-five student-athletes have been named to the 2013 College 7s National Championship All-Tournament Team. The select sides, voted on by a handful of coaches and other observers at the National Championship, represents 15 players from each competing Division: Men’s Division I, Women’s Division I and Men’s Open Division.

Jacob Bates

Tanner 2013 7s

Men’s Division I All-Tournament Team:

Jackson Bristol – Air Force

Adam Sandstrom – Arizona State

Dylan Carrion – Arkansas State (Dave Sitton Memorial Trophy Winner)

Tom Haussrer – Arkansas State

Robert Elan-Puttick – Arkansas State

Tanner Barnes – Central Washington

Jacob Bates – Central Washington

Madison Hughes – Dartmouth

Reece Czarnecki – Davenport

Harley Davidson – Life

Paris Hollis – Life

Sebastian Kalm – Lindenwood

Garrett Brewer – Saint Mary’s

Cooper Maloney – Saint Mary’s

Joey Reavy – Saint Mary’s

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CWU Takes Fourth at USA Rugby College 7s National Championship


GREENSBORO, N.C. – Central Washington University’s men’s rugby team placed fourth during the weekend’s USA Rugby College 7s National Championship. Men’s rugby, was ranked #7 heading into the competition against the nation’s elite 7s programs, from 24 colleges and universities nationwide.

In pool play on Saturday, the Wildcats, the Pacific Northwest Conference Champions, lost to Davenport but shutout both San Jose State and Auburn, to win their way into the quarterfinals. With a 22-17 win over Life College, CWU advanced to the semifinal round but lost to St. Mary’s 34-12.

Vili 7s

In the bronze match, CWU was defeated 15-12 by Dartmouth in a hard-fought contest, as the Wildcats battled back from a 5-nothing deficit.

CWU men’s rugby team will now turn its attention to the 15-a-side Varsity Cup competition following Winter break.

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The Wildcats have arrived in Greensboro, NC and are finishing preparations for this weekend’s USA Rugby Collegiate 7′s National Championship. The Wildcats ranked #6 are slated to compete in Pool D of the 24 Team tournament including Auburn, San Jose State and Davenport.

Show your Wildcat Pride Click Here to cast your vote on who you think will win Pool-D.528a983590694-PoolDFinal

CWU’s first match will kick off at 9:20 a.m. EST (6:20 a.m. PST) against San Jose State University on Field #2. All Saturday pool matches will be streamed live at: USARugbyTV.com.

In the Wildcats 2nd pool match of the tournament CWU will face the Auburn Tigers in Bryan Stadium at 1:00 p.m. EST (10:00 a.m. PST). CWU’s final pool match of the day will kick off at 5:40 p.m. EST (2:40 p.m. PST) in Bryan Stadium against the Davenport Panthers #12.

Following the completion of pool play the top 8 teams (6 pool winners and two wildcard teams) will be seeded for the Cup Quarter Finals in day 2 of the Championship Tournament. All matches on Sunday will air live on  USARugbyTV.com, the Semi Final and Finals will also air live on ESPN3 starting at 1:00 p.m. EST (10:00 a.m. PST).

For a full schedule of matches click here.

To watch all pool matches Saturday including the Finals on Sunday at USARugbyTv.com click here.

To watch the Semi’s and Final’s Live on ESPN3 click here.

Live updates will also be available on Twitter @CWURugby and on Facebook

Central Washington University Championship Roster:

1. Jacob Bates – Senior
2. Bijan Ghambari – Senior
3. Cameron Marek – Freshman
4. Beau Nichols – Senior
5. Max Narewski – Junior
6. Josh Bower – Junior
7. Tyler Coffman – Junior
8. Aladdin Schirmer – Junior
9. Tanner Barnes – Junior
10. Dustin Melton – Sophomore
11. Vili Toluta’u – Freshman
12. Chandler Jenkins – Sophomore
13. Scott Dean – Freshman
14. Ian Wright – Freshman
15. Maverick Schirmer – Freshman

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Wildcats face off against Broncos


Central Washington University will face the undefeated Boise State Broncos at 1:00 p.m. MT in Boise, Idaho. The Wildcats will certainly need to be on their game as the Broncos have been dominating opponents. The Wildcats enter hostile territory as a large crowd is expected in advance of the Boise vs Wyoming Football game.



Central has selected a combination of youth and experience to see them through the test today with Dan Conklin and Ian Wright both new comers stepping into halfback and flyhalf rolls. Returning All-American Clint Lemkus will captain the side and his opposite Freshman John Marti at tight head will anchor the scrum at tighthead. The back three are expected to provide an important spark with Senior Beau Nichols at Fullback flanked by Sophomore Dustin Melton and Freshman Cameron Marek.

Follow the match on twitter @cwurugby or via facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/CWU-Rugby/224902377590491

Wildcats 1st XV

1. Clint Lemkus (C)

2. Gavin Schag

3. John Marti

4. Jacob Daniels

5. Tyler Enfield

6. Griffin Boudia

7. Hayden Spevacek

8. Beau Davis

9. Dan Conklin

10. Ian Wright

11. Dustin Melton

12. Corey Nuti

13. John Ray

14. Cameron Marek

15. Beau Nichols


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Central vs St Mary’s For the CUP Live at 3:30pm

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CWU will face off against St. Mary’s College of California at 3:30 pm in the Championship match of the Battle in Bay 7s tournament. The Wildcats defeated Western Washington University in the Semi Final while the Gaels defeated the University of California to advance in their Semi Final. Both side have been very opportunistic throughout the tournament. Defense will be the key to walking away with the CUP in this classic match up.

Tune in Live at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSOtCBN47Dk&feature=player_embedded to catch all the action.

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Wildcats Ready For Battle in the Bay 7s Tournament

CWU 7s Team photo 2013

CWU Men’s Rugby Team has landed in San Francisco and is looking forward to Saturday pool matches in the Battle in the Bay. Tournament organizer have CWU playing all pool matches on field #2 so Wildcat fans will need to wait until Sundays elimination matches to watch Live. Sunday matches will stream live at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSOtCBN47Dk&feature=player_embedded

Saturday pool match updates will be available on the CWU Rugby Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CWU-Rugby/224902377590491

Saturday Schedule for the Battle in the Bay

Field #1

9:50am A Cal vs. Sac State

10:15am B SMC vs. UC Davis

10:40am A Chico State vs. SDSU

11:05am B Western Wash vs. UCSB

11:45am A Cal vs. SDSU

12:10pm B SMC vs. UCSB

12:35pm A Chico State vs. Sac State

1:00pm B Western Wash vs. UC Davis

1:40pm A Cal vs. Chico State

2:05pm B SMC vs. Western Wash

2:30pm A SDSU vs. Sac State

2:55pm B UCSB vs. UC Davis

Field #2

9:50am C UCLA vs. USD

10:15am D CWU vs. Santa Rosa JC

10:40am C Cal Poly vs. Santa Clara

11:05am D ASU vs. Stanford

11:45am C UCLA vs. Santa Clara

12:10pm D CWU vs. Stanford

12:35pm C Cal Poly vs. USD

1:00pm D ASU vs. Santa Rosa JC

1:40pm C UCLA vs. Cal Poly

2:05pm D CWU vs. ASU

2:30pm C Santa Clara vs. USD

2:55pm D Stanford vs. Santa   Rosa JC

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WATCH NCRC 7s LIVE – CWU Kicks Off at 11:00am

NCRC 7s 2013


CWU Kicks off vs Western Oregon University at 11:00 a.m. in the last pool match of the day. CWU defeated Boise State at 8:20 a.m. 35-5. Following pool play all teams will be re-seeded with knockout rounds starting at 1:20 p.m.

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CWU Ready for NCRC 7’s


Central Washington University has released their roster for the 2013 Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference 7′s National Qualifier to be held at Western Oregon University. The Wildcats will look to successfully defend their 4th straight title Championship and to qualify for the USA Rugby National Championships in Greensborough, NC on November 23rd & 24th.

Pool Matches for CWU are at 8:20 AM and 11:00 AM, Quarter Finals begin at 1:20 PM.

NEW LIVE STREAMING LINK: www.youtube.com/sevenfifteenmedia

Head Coach Anthony Pacheco knows the importance of this tournament and isn’t taking the field lightly. “The competition is improving every year and this event is what we have been preparing for. We have to take advantage of every opportunity and make sure we continue to develop throughout the tournament if we hope to acheive a positive result.” Improve every day has been a key to the Wildcats success as of late. One does not have to look back very far to see how much the Wildcats have improved bringing a Frosh/Soph side to the OSU 7s tournament. The tournament saw the Wildcats defeat a stout University of Washington team in the Cup Final avenging an earlier loss in pool play and turned out to be a great opportunity to grow some talented young athletes and give them the experience they will need to contribute to the team in this important qualifier.  With the addition of several senior players to the roster this weekend, you won’t want to miss any of the action. The NCRC 7’s will be streamed live at www.youtube.com/sevenfifteenmedia

  1. Jacob Bates – Senior
  2. Bijan Ghambari – Senior
  3. Andrew Nelson – Senior
  4. Beau Nichols – Senior
  5. Max Narewski – Junior
  6. Joshua Bower – Junior
  7. Tyler Coffman – Junior
  8. Aladdin Schirmer – Junior
  9. Tanner Barnes – Junior
  10. Dustin Melton – Sophomore
  11. Vili Toluta’u – Sophomore
  12. Chandler Jenkins – Sophomore
  13. Scott Dean – Freshman
  14. Ian Wright – Freshman
  15. Maverick Schirmer – Freshman

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Directions to WOU – utilize this link for a description of how to get to Western Oregon University (http://www.wou.edu/online_catalog/display/campus_maps.php)

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CWU selects Frosh/Soph team for OSU 7′s

The OSU 7′s tournament will be held at the Student Legacy Park on the OSU campus. The Wildcats have elected to send a complete Freshman and Sophomore team to represent the University. Head Coach Tony Pacheco is excited about this group of players and will be looking to identify a handful of these young athletes that can contribute to the teams 3rd straight NCRC 7s Championship. We look at every opportunity we have to test athletes and provide them with a level of competition that will enhance their development and this weekend will be a great format for us to evaluate some of these young athletes and identify individuals for higher honors said Coach Pacheco prior to the team departure this afternoon.
The Wildcats will open the tournament against the University of Oregon who may have surprised a few programs last weekend at the Viking 7s tournament when they defeated the host team WWU in the opening match of the tournament. The Wildcats will need to be sharp right out of the gates this weekend if they hope to be in the Cup final this weekend.
10:00 AM CWU vs UO
11:20 AM CWU vs UW
1:00 PM   CWU vs Pacific U
1. John Ray (Sophomore)
2. Tyler Enfield (Freshman)
3. Maverick Schirmer (Freshman)
4. Chandler Jenkins (Sophomore)
5. Dustin Melton (Sophomore)
6. Corey Nuti (Freshman)
7. Larry Peneueta (Freshman)
8. Vili Toluat’u (Sophomore)
9. Ty Candler (Freshman)
10. Scott Dean (Freshman)
11. Ian Wright (Freshman)
12. Harold Hernandez (Sophomore)
13. Martin van der Wal (Freshman)
14. Cameron Marek (Freshman)
15. Beau Davis (Sophomore)
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CWU Wildcat now a USA Eagle

Ellensburg, WA
Congratulations to Patrick Blair CWU Class of 2013 on selection to the USA Mens National Team for the first leg of the IRB 7′s World Series at Gold Coast, Australia on October 12-13. At CWU Patrick was a 2 time All American and will make his debut with the Eagles versus defending World Champion New Zealand. Patrick is the first CWU Wildcat to wear an Eagle jersey.
Check television listings in your area for broadcast details.
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Wildcats Name Roster for the Viking 7s tournament

TannerEllensburg, WA

Central Washington University Head Coach Anthony Pacheco has named his roster for the Viking 7s Tournament Saturday September 28th in Bellingham, WA.

The Wildcats will compete in Pool B along with the University of British Columbia, Oregon State Univeristy, and Eastern Washington University. Pool A will include the hosts Western Washington University, University of Victoria who the Wildcats last faced in Cup Final of the Las Vegas Invitational in front of 30,000 fans, the Univeristy of Oregon, and The University of Washington.

Central is eager to test themselves early as this will be the first competition of the 2013-14 season. The Wildcats will have their work cut out for them as they come into the tournament with just 1 week of preperation. “This competition will be a great opportunity for us to try out some combinations and to test some new comers, we will look to improve our execution throughout the tournament and focus a great deal on our attack. Any time we get to face off against our Canadian counterparts we know we are going to be tested so it will be important that we are disciplined and patient in our pproach to the competition” said Head Coach Anthony Pacheco.

The Wildcats will be lead by standout and captain Tanner Barnes along with several returners that made an impact this summer on the national 7s scene. The Wildcats first match will kick off at 10:40 am against Oregon State University.

CWU Roster (Viking 7s)

Jacob Bates
Aladdin Schirmer
Tyler Coffman
Bijan Ghambari
Vili Toluta’u
John Ray
Maverick Schirmer
Ben Rokocoko
Andrew Nelson
Josh Bower
Max Narewski
Tanner Barnes
Chandler Jenkins
Dustin Melton
Scott Dean
Ian Wright
Beau Nichols
Cameron Marek
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Wildcats Welcome Dynamic Recruitment Class

The Central Washington University welcomes 22 new student-athletes recruits for the 2013-2014 season.

Dean on tour with the HSAA team. Photo by Fotoway
Dean on tour with the HSAA team. Photo by Fotoway
Tolutau playing for the USA U20s.
Tolutau playing for the USA U20s.
Wright for the HSAA 7s team in Las Vegas.
Wright for the HSAA 7s team in Las Vegas.

Three High School All Americans – Scott Dean (Issaquah, Wash.), John Marti (Long Beach, Calif.), and Ian Wright (Issaquah, Wash.) – join the Wildcats, while several other all-state high school players will make their way to Ellensburg.

Flanker Vili Toluta’u (Kahului, Hawaii) spent the previous year at the Spearhead Academy and played for the USA U20s at the 2013 Junior World Cup. He will add a physical presence and a high work rate to the Wildcat back row. An exciting addition to a deep Central backline is former DI college football player Chandler Jenkins (Issaquah, Wash.). Talented 7s prospect Wilisoni Vasukilakeba (Everett, Wash.) was selected to the All Tournament Team at the Victoria Youth International 7s this summer.

“This is a talented group of athletes, possibly the most talented recruiting class top to bottom we have had at Central.” said Head Coach Tony Pacheco. “I’m excited to work with this group, they will add depth, talent and most importantly competition to our program.”

The 2013-2014 Wildcats will play a competitive Fall 7s schedule and compete in the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference in preparation for the Varsity Cup. The Varsity Cup National Championship will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network on May 3rd.

Name Height Weight Position High School/Club Hometown
Zach Boss 6’2


Back Row West Valley/Yakima Yakima, WA
Ty Candler 5’5


Scrum Half Liberty Issaquah, WA
Dan Conklin 5’10


Wing SPSCC/Budd Bay Olympia, WA
Scott Dean 5’11


Fly Half Liberty Issaquah, WA
Tyler Enfield 6’3


Second Row West Valley/Yakima Yakima, WA
Chandler Jenkins 5’11


Wing Liberty Issaquah, WA
Jorge Lozano 6’0


Back Row Eisenhower/Yakima Yakima, WA
Carrick MacLeod 5’11


Center Yelm/Prairie Yelm, WA
Cameron Marek 6’1


Wing California HS/Danville San Ramon, CA
John Marti 6’1


Prop Lakewood/Belmont Shore Long Beach, CA
Hayden McCall 6’1


Fullback Eastmont/Schoolhouse Wenatchee, WA
Corey Nuti 5’9


Wing Bishop O’Dowd Oakland, CA
Colbey Ralph 6’5


Second Row Liberty Issaquah, WA
Maverick Schirmer 6’1


Center Mount Si/Eastside North Bend, WA
Jake Spiller 5’7


Scrum Half Olympia/Budd Bay Olympia, WA
Tony Thompson 5’11


Center Elma/Shelton Elma, WA
Cayman Tinsley 6’3


Prop Auburn/Prairie Auburn, WA
Vili Toluta’u 6’0


Back row Spearhead Academy Kahului, HI
Martin van der Wal 6’0


Scrum Half San Rafael/Marin San Rafael, CA
Wilisoni Vasukilakeba 6’0


Center Mariner/Seattle Everett, WA
Ian Wright 5’10


Fullback Liberty Renton, WA
Callum Young 6’5


Second Row St. Patricks College London, England
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Wildcats Overseas Touring with All-Americans

sco_2015Central Washington Loose Head Prop, Clint Lemkus has been selected to the starting XV for the Collegiate All-Americans first match of the summer tour. The All-Americans will face off against New Zealand Universities in Palmerston North June 16 before traveling to Masterton to take on Heartland Championship club Wairarapa Bush June 19. The tour will culminate with another match against New Zealand University June 22 in Wellington.


In addition to Lemkus, Tight Head Prop Korbin Lindell is currently in France with the USA U-20 All-Americans competing in the U-20 Junior World Cup. Lindell recently started at Tight head against England before coming off at the 71st minute due to injury. Lindell is doing well and will be a game day decision as the medical staff works to get him back in the lineup. The Junior All-Americans next test will be June 18th vs Scotland and you can follow all the action at: http://www.irb.com/jwc/index.html

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May 18th CWU Celebrates 41 Years of Rugby Register Today


Saturday May 18th the CWU Men’s Rugby team will be celebrating yet another successful season. A special banquet to honor the players and their accomplishments this season will be held in the Student Union Ballroom starting at 6:00 p.m at Central Washington University. To register and join the team in celebrating their historic season please click here now! If you are an Alumni or if you are interested in donating to the program on a monthly basis please click here to download the new banquet payment form to submit along with your registration.

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Wildcats Come Up Short In Varsity Cup Semi Final


Ellensburg, WA – Central Washington University came up short in the west semi-final of the Varsity Cup National Championship losing to the BYU Cougars 53-20 at South Field. BYU will go onto their 8th straight National Championship game where they will face off against the Cal Bears who defeated Navy in the east semi-final match up. The Varsity Cup National Championship is slated for Saturday May 4th at 1pm MT at South Field in Provo, Utah on campus at BYU.

In order to advance BYU had to overcome an early deficit after falling behind by eight points 15-7 in the 22nd minute of the first half.

BYU started the scoring first with junior fullback Will Taylor dotting down in the 6th minute following a junior center Seki Kofe’s midfield linebreak. Freshman flyhalf Jonny Linehan would convert and the Cougars led 7-0.

CWU would respond in kind with a driving maul from 5 meters out that led to lock Sean Wanigasekera’s opening Wildcat try in the 11th minute.

IMG_3768Another series of possession exchanges and a BYU penalty would lead to CWU fullback Alex Reher’s penalty kick 15th minute and a CWU lead of 8-7.

Some errors by both sides followed until CWU flyhalf Max Nawerski split the BYU defense in the midfield that eventually led to Wildcat wing Josh Bower scoring from long distance in the 22nd minute.

A wide angle conversion by CWU’s Reher would push the Wildcats’ lead to 15-7 giving the CWU sideline plenty to cheer about.

“They’re [CWU] a good team,” said BYU captain Ryan Roundy, “We knew they were going to come at us hard and in all credit to them they really had us on the ropes there. But I knew our guys had it in them and it was just about getting back to the basics and playing our game.”


The Cougars did just that and used their game to get back into the game with tries from junior winger Chris Wernli and junior hooker Ishmael Tilialo in the 30th and 37th minutes respectively.

At the break the Cougars would edge back into the lead 19-15; a lead which BYU wouldn’t relinquish.

“BYU is a quality program and we knew that coming into this match,” said CWU head coach Tony Pacheco,”We knew we needed to play without mental mistakes and we did that for 40 minutes. We played the first half extremely well at a level where we needed to be. In the second half, we had some momentum opportunities but we didn’t quite seize them. Hats off to BYU for putting it together and coming through some adversity in the first half.”

The second half started with CWU pressuring close to the BYU goal line, when senior prop Ray Forrester poached the Wildcats’ ball in the 43rd minute.

The ball was passed wide through the BYU backline to Wernli who raced past the CWU defense 50 meters to finish the 90 meter-plus long try.

“That was a big play,” said BYU assistant coach Justen Nadauld, “That could have dramatically changed how the course of the second half went had they been able to score. It really put the momentum in our direction and we were able to build on it.”

BYU freshman scrum half Luke Mocke was next to score for the Cougars in the 51st minute after a deft chip and chase close to the sideline gave the young halfback his first try of the game.

Another try for the Cougars from Kofe in the 53rd minute was followed by a Linehan penalty that would push the BYU lead out to 41-15.

Mocke would squirm his way for another short-range try in the 65th minute, which was followed by a final BYU try from Roundy in the 75th minute.

A late try from CWU in the 78th minute by replacement wing Shelby Williams would round out the final score in favor of the Cougars 53-20.


“I thought CWU played very well in the first half,” said BYU head coach David Smyth, “They really had us on the back foot for long periods of time. They were able to disrupt our set pieces as well. But when we were able to maintain possession and set a better platform from which to release our backs, I thought we were pretty dangerous and did some nice things.”

Tickets for Saturday’s championship clash are available for advance purchase at BYUTickets.com.

MATCH SUMMARY: BYU vs. CWU–April 27, 2013
BYU 1st XV

  1. David Collins (David Williams 48′)
  2. Ishmael Tilialo (Scott Gowdy 45′)
  3. Ray Forrester
  4. TJ Allred
  5. Kyle Sumsion
  6. Dan Hubert (Braden Bair 56′)
  7. Kody Thompson (Jeff Ott 73′)
  8. Ryan Roundy (c)
  9. Luke Mocke (Inoke Funaki 75′)
  10. Jonny Linehan (Lelann Latu 70′)
  11. Jordan Lowry
  12. Seki Kofe (Andrew Carver 70′)
  13. Paul Lasike
  14. Chris Wernli
  15. Will Taylor

CWU 1st XV

  1. Korbin Lindell
  2. Jacob Bates
  3. Clint Lemkus
  4. Tyler Coffman
  5. Sean Wanigasekera
  6. Patrick Blair
  7. Aladdin Schirmer
  8. Ryan Snider
  9. Andrew Nelson
  10. Max Narewski
  11. Josh Bower
  12. Zach Siemens
  13. Tanner Barnes
  14. Beau Nichols
  15. Alex Reher

BYU: 53
TRIES: Taylor 6′; Wernli 30′, 44′; Tilialo 37′; Mocke 51′, 65′; Kofe 53′; Roundy 75′
CONVERSIONS: Linehan 5/7; Lasike 0/1
PENALTIES: Linehan 1/2 (56′)

CWU: 8
TRIES: Wanigasekera 11′; Bower 22′
PENALTIES: Reher 1/1 (15′)

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CWU Releases Roster For Varsity Cup Semi-Final

Central Washington University has released their starting line-up for the Varsity Cup Semi-Final vs. BYU. The Wildcats will face off against the defending National Champion BYU rugby team Saturday, April 27th at 1pm MT on South Field.

With a 10-1 record on the 2013 season the Wildcats are setting to do something that hasn’t been in Provo by a collegiate team since 2006 and that’s beat the BYU Cougars.

“We have a big challenge ahead on Saturday,” said CWU head coach Tony Pacheco,”The Cougars have an impressive combination of size and speed. We have had a great week of training and are excited for the semi final. South Field is one of the great venues for rugby in America with one of the best home crowds.”

A win on Saturday would put the Wildcats in the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship which is set for May 4th at 1pm MT on BYU’s South Field. Should the Wildcats advance they will face the winner of the other Varsity Cup semifinal, which sees perennial national champion California hosting Navy in Berkeley, CA April 27th at 2pm PT.

The BYU vs. CWU semifinal match will be broadcast on the Varsity Cup’s YouTube Channel and through Deseret Media’s KSL.com and DesNews.com streaming platforms giving local, but also national and international fans the chance to see the Cougars and Wildcats’ Varsity Cup clash.

Name Year Position Hometown
1 Korbin Lindell Freshman Prop Wales, WI
2 Jacob Bates Junior Hooker Burlington, WA
3 Clint Lemkus Sophomore Prop Cape Town, South Africa
4 Tyler Coffman Junior Lock Redmond, WA
5 Sean Wanigasekera Senior Lock Kandy, Sri Lanka
6 Patrick Blair Senior Flanker La Mirada, CA
7 Aladdin Schirmer Sophomore 8 man North Bend, WA
8 Ryan Snider Senior Flanker Gig Harbor, WA
9 Andrew Nelson Junior Scrumhalf Renton, WA
10 Max Narewski Junior Flyhalf Downington, PA
11 Josh Bower Junior Wing Yakima, WA
12 Zach Siemens Sophomore Center Minnetonka, MN
13 Tanner Barnes Sophomore Center Fresno, CA
14 Beau Nichols Junior Wing Kennewick, WA
15 Alex Reher Senior Fullback Gig Harbor, WA
16 Gavin Schag Freshman Hooker Lafyette, CA
17 Stefen Kiehn Junior Prop Seattle, WA
18 Beau Davis Freshman 8 man Orinda, CA
19 Griffin Boudia Sophomore Flanker Olympia, WA
20 Bijan Ghambari Junior Center Issaquah, WA
21 Shelby Williams Sophomore Wing North Bend, WA
22 Doug McKinley Freshman Wing Orinda, CA
12 John Ray Freshman Center Missoula, MT
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Central to Face Defending National Champions BYU in Semifinals

South Field

Ellensburg, WA– Central Washington University will face off against the defending National Champion BYU rugby team in the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Championship semifinals this Saturday, April 27th at 1pm MT on South Field.

The Cougars and Wildcats are familiar foes with a recent meeting in 2012 where BYU prevailed 76-7. But BYU head coach David Smyth knows this week’s match-up will be a dramatically different affair with CWU.

“CWU is a top-flight team,” Smyth said, “They have some very exciting playmakers and are very hard to defend in the open field. And after seeing some of their film from this year its clear that they’re not the same team from last year.”

CWU advanced to this weekend’s semifinal after beating a strong Air Force Academy team last week at the Varsity Cup Western Super-Regional by the score of 81-28.

And with a 10-1 record on the 2013 season the Wildcats are setting to do something that hasn’t been in Provo by a collegiate team since 2006 and that’s beat the BYU Cougars.

“We have a big challenge ahead on Saturday,” said CWU head coach Tony Pacheco,”The Cougars have an impressive combination of size and speed. We have had a great week of training and are excited for the semi final. South Field is one of the great venues for rugby in America with one of the best home crowds.”

BYU earned the right to host this weekend’s semifinal after beating UCLA at the Varsity Cup Western Super-Regional 69-8 last Saturday.

The Cougars sit at 10-2 on the 2013 season with a 10-0 record against collegiate competition.

Despite being the #1 overall seed in the Varsity Cup National Championship and being the defending National Collegiate Champions, BYU captain Ryan Roundy knows that the Cougars will have to be on their best if they hope to keep South Field’s collegiate unbeaten streak alive.

“This is a big game no doubt about it,” Roundy said, “We always expect to play well at home in front of our fans. And we’ll have to really be on top of all the little things if we want to make sure we do that and advance to the championship.”

A win on Saturday would put the Wildcats in the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship which is set for May 4th at 1pm MT on BYU’s South Field. Should the Wildcats advance they will face the winner of the other Varsity Cup semifinal, which sees perennial national champion California hosting Navy in Berkeley, CA April 27th at 2pm PT.

The BYU vs. CWU semifinal match will be broadcast on the Varsity Cup’s YouTube Channel and through Deseret Media’s KSL.com and DesNews.com streaming platforms giving local, but also national and international fans the chance to see the Cougars and Wildcats’ Varsity Cup clash.

Tickets for Saturday’s match can be bought at the gate for $10 for general admission and $5 for students and youth 18 and under.

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Central to Face BYU in Varsity Cup Semi Final

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Los Angeles, CA–The Central Washington Wildcats beat a physical Air Force squad 81-28 today to advance to the Varsity Cup National Championships semifinals.

Both teams started the match with gusto as each side worked to probe and penetrate the other’s defensive line.

After some continual pressure an Air Force penalty gave CWU’s Alex Reher a shot at a penalty goal in the 8th minute. Reher’s kick was true and the Wildcats took a small lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

CWU would continue to battle as the Air Force Academy moved into the CWU territory over the course of the ensuing minutes. But four tries by CWU in succession would take the Wildcats’ lead out to 29-0 before AFA would finally break through for their first score in the 29th minute.

CWU would dot down twice more to Air Force’s one try to make the half time scoreline 43-14.

The second was much of the same as CWU’s open-field running set up 5 more tries while Air Force battled well to the finish by scoring a pair of tries.

The final score of 81-28 was in the Wildcats’s favor and head coach Tony Pacheco felt his team hold their own against a strong Air Force side.

“Proud of the way the team played and responded to a physical opponent in Air Force,” Pacheco said, “We will need to be more accurate going into BYU and certainly look forward to another great Varsity Cup competition.”

CWU now travels to Provo, UT to take on the Cougars of BYU on April 27th. Kick-off for the BYU vs. CWU tilt is set for 1pm MT and can viewed online on the Varsity Cup’s YouTube channel.

CWU Director of Rugby Bob Ford was grateful for the Varsity Cup organizers and UCLA for the great Western Super-Regional experience and set up.

“UCLA did a fantastic job of hosting the West Super Regional of the Varsity Cup,” Ford said, ‘The entire set up and execution of the event was focused on the player and fan experience.”

For more information on the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship go to VarsityCup.US.

CWU vs. AFA Scoring Timeline:

Penalty – Alex Reher 3 @ 8:00
Try – Zach Siemens @ 14:00, Conversion Alex Reher
Try – Tyler Coffman @ 19:00, Conversion Alex Reher
Try – Sean Wanigasekera @ 23:00, Conversion Alex Reher
Try – Jacob Bates @ 26:00, Conversion Missed
Try – Air Force @29:00, Conversion Made
Try – Jacob Bates @ 31:00, Conversion Alex Reher
Try – Tanner Barnes @ 35:00, Conversion Alex Reher
Try – Air Force @ 40:00, Conversion Made
Half 43-14
Try – Aladdin Schirmer @ 44:00, Conversion Missed
Try – Air Force @ 55:00, Conversion Made
Try – Josh Bower @57:00, Conversion Alex Reher
Try – Air Force @ 60:00, Conversion Made
Try – Josh Bower @64:00, Conversion Missed
Try – Shelby Williams @ 71:00, Conversion Alex Reher
Try – Tanner Barnes @ 73:00, Conversion Alex Reher
Final – CWU: 81 AFA 28

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Central Washington Impressive Over Air Force



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Central Washington put the Air Force Academy to the sword Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Varsity Cup, systematically slicing up the Zoomies to the tune of 81-28.

Central were overall bigger up front and punished Air Force in the breakdown – so much so that the Zoomies were unable to really contest for possession at the tackle.

That allowed the Wildcats to work some phases together and really punish Air Force when their defense was backpedaling. Backs such as Tanner Barnes, Andrew Nelson and Aladdin Schirmer set up multiple tries with their speed, and their passing was on song, also.

Alex Reher rubbed salt in the Air Force wounds with his sound goalkicking, ensuring CWU’s early tries counted for seven.

Reher actually opened the scoring with a penalty kick before Zach Siemens ran in for the first try of the day (Reher converted). Tyler Coffman, the forwards in a maul, and Jacob Bates all touched down to make it 29-0 before Air Force got on the scoresheet.

When they got the ball the Zoomies usually had a long way to go, but their speed and endeavor made this an entertaining game. Air Force ended up scoring four tries, all converted, but for every time they touched down, CWU touched down tries.


Bates and Barnes would both touch down before Air Force scored again, and right after that, Schirmer scored two to make it 55-14.

Air Force’s third try made it 55-21 but then a brilliant Barnes run set up Josh Bower to make the score 62-21. Again the Zoomies worked their way in, but for CWU Bower, Shelby Williams, and Barnes all got in the act, with Reher converting two, to finish the scoring.

Reher scored 21 points with his boot, including several from near the touchline.

CWU 81
Tries: Siemens, Coffman, Wanigasekera, Bates 2, Barnes 2, Schirmer 2, Bower 2, Williams
Convs: Reher 9
Pens: Reher

Air Force 28
Tries: 4
Convs: 4

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Central Washington Line-up vs Air Force


Central Washington University has just released their line-up as they ready for kick off against the Air Force Academy at 2:00 p.m. today on the campus of UCLA. The Wildcats will look to improve on their last weekend 21-10 victory over Cal Poly knowing full well that the Zoomies will be a much more physical and direct side. CWU will be captained by senior Ryan Snider who will look to set the tone early from the flanker position. To watch all the action streamed live click here.

Jersey Number Name Year Position
1 Korbin Lindell Freshman Prop
2 Jacob Bates Junior Hooker
3 Clint Lemkus Sophomore Prop
4 Tyler Coffman Junior Lock
5 Sean Wanigasekera Senior Lock
6 Patrick Blair Senior Flanker
7 Aladdin Schirmer Sophomore 8 man
8 Ryan Snider Senior Flanker
9 Andrew Nelson Junior Scrumhalf
10 Max Narewski Junior Flyhalf
11 Josh Bower Junior Wing
12 Zach Siemens Sophomore Center
13 Tanner Barnes Sophomore Center
14 Beau Nichols Junior Wing
15 Alex Reher Senior Fullback
16 Gavin Schag Freshman Hooker
17 Beau Davis Freshman 8 man
18 Hayden Spevacek Junior Flanker
19 Griffin Boudia Sophomore Flanker
20 Bijan Ghambari Junior Center
21 Shelby Williams Sophomore Wing
22 Doug McKinley Freshman Wing
12 John Ray Freshman Center
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CWU vs Air Force Live at 2:00 p.m. Saturday


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Varsity Cup Releases Broadcast Details, Launches YouTube Channel

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Provo, UT—The Varsity Cup today announced that it has launched an official YouTube channel to provide live and catch-up content for this year’s Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship.

The Varsity Cup YouTube channel can be viewed globally at youtube.com/VarsityCupRugby on computers, mobile devices (both Android and iOS mobile operating systems) as well as internet connected TV consoles such as Google TV and AppleTV.

With unlimited viewing access through YouTube, the Varsity Cup’s channel will bring the country’s top collegiate rugby championship to rugby fans anywhere in the world.

“This was an important relationship for the Varsity Cup to foster,” said BYU head coach David Smyth, “YouTube’s leadership in video delivery is something the Varsity Cup felt was a perfect fit to give our fans access to this exciting championship series.”

Google’s William Mao, who oversees YouTube’s Sports Content Partnerships, echoed Smyth’s sentiments.

“We are excited that Varsity Cup is starting an official channel on YouTube,” Mao said, “Rugby is a growing sport in America, particularly in the collegiate ranks, and the Varsity Cup’s goals of bringing the game to a wider audience and growing the sport syncs well with YouTube’s goals for the Sport on the Platform. We look forward to working with them.”

All April 20th Varsity Cup Super-Regional matches will be broadcast live utilizing both the Varsity Cup YouTube channel and Navy Athletic Department’s Online Video Streaming platform in partnership with CBS Sports.

For details on the Eastern Super-Regional streaming go NavySports.com All-Access video portal. There is a one-month subscription fee of $9.95 associated with this service.

Both April 27th Varsity Cup semifinal matches will be streamed live for viewing, but the specific platform will vary based on the possible locations of the semifinal venues. Details will be released next week following the results of the Eastern and Western Super-Regionals.

The Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship will be broadcast live using the Varsity Cup YouTube channel on May 4th.

The Varsity Cup YouTube Channel will also offer complete and highlighted versions of all Varsity Cup matches.

To view the Varsity Cup YouTube Channel go to www.YouTube.com/VarsityCupRugby.

For specific details on the Varsity Cup broadcast plans go to VarsityCup.US.

For more information and insider news on the Varsity Cup and the teams vying for the Varsity Cup follow them on Facebook and Twitter.








April 20 Eastern Super-Regional Qtrs. Cal vs. Notre Dame 1.30pm ET Navy-Marines Corp Memorial Stadium NavySports.com
April 20 Eastern Super-Regional Qtrs. Navy vs. Dartmouth 3.30pm ET Navy-Marines Corp Memorial Stadium NavySports.com
April 20 Western Super-Regional Qtrs. Air Force vs. CWU 2pm PT UCLA North Athletic Field Varsity Cup
April 20 Western Super-Regional Qtrs. UCLA vs. BYU 4pm PT UCLA North Athletic Field Varsity Cup
April 27 Semifinal #1 TBD vs. TBD TBD TBD TBD
April 27 Semifinal #2 TBD vs. TBD TBD TBD TBD


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Varsity Cup Ticket Information Released

South Field

Provo, UT—The Varsity Cup today released ticketing information for both of next week’s Super-Regionals on the East and West Coasts as well as the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship game set to be hosted at Brigham Young University’s South Field Stadium on May 4th.

The Varsity Cup championship series begins with the Eastern Super-Regional at the Naval Academy’s Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 20th.

The Eastern Super-Regional sees 2011 National Collegiate Champion California taking on Notre Dame at 1.30pm ET and with Navy squaring off with two-time Collegiate Rugby 7’s Champions Dartmouth immediately after at 3.30pm ET.

Tickets for the Easter Super-Regional can be bought for $15 for adults and $5 youth 18 and under at the gate on the day of the games.

Meanwhile on the West Coast the Western Super-Regional matches are set for UCLA’s picturesque North Athletic Field.

The Western Super-Regional matches will see Central Washington face three-time former National Collegiate Champion Air Force and 2012 National Collegiate Champion BYU takes on UCLA at 2pm PT and 4pm PT respectively.

Advanced tickets for the Western Super-Regional matches can be bought online at TicketMaster or at the gate for $15 for general admission and $30 for VIP which includes lunch, beverages, event souvenirs, tented seating and a game day program. Must be 21 years old to purchase VIP tickets. To purchase Western Super-Regional tickets online CLICK HERE.

The Varsity Cup also released details for advance ticket purchase for the championship game slated for BYU’s South Field Stadium on May 4th at 1pm MT.

Seating map for Varsity Cup Championship

Seating map for Varsity Cup Championship

Reserved tickets for the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship can be purchased in advance by visiting BYUTickets.com. Tickets can be purchased for $25 for Prime Reserved, $22 for Chair Reserved, $20 for Bleacher Reserved, $15 for General Admission and $10 for Standing Room.

Fans are advised to purchase their tickets to the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship now due to limited availability and high demand.

For more details on the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship go to VarsityCup.US and follow the Varsity Cup on Facebook and Twitter.

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Central Washington Accepts Varsity Cup Invitation

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Provo, UT—The Varsity Cup announced today that Central Washington University (CWU) has been selected to participate in the 2013 Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship.

CWU comes into the Varsity Cup after the forced departure of the University of Utah following a recent administrative suspension of the Utah rugby program.

The Wildcats immediately join the Varsity Cup this postseason with an on-going participation commitment through the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

As an NCAA member institution Central Washington University is led by current head coach Tony Pacheco, who concurrently serves as the USA Rugby Collegiate All American 7’s head coach.

CWU boasts an 8-0 regular season record in 2012-13 and a #5 national ranking in the USA Rugby D1-A poll.

The Wildcats also field one of the country’s top 7’s squads with CWU being 2012 Collegiate 7’s Runners-Up and a spate of recent 7’s rugby tournaments victories over the last year, including an appearance in February’s acclaimed USA Sevens Las Vegas Invitational where CWU advanced to the Cup Championship only to fall to a strong University of Victoria 7’s team.

CWU’s Director of Rugby Bob Ford says the invitation to join the Varsity Cup Championship was an opportunity his program couldn’t afford to pass up.

“The competition structure is something that will provide consistency to our program,” Ford said,”And will provide our players with access to a high level of rugby on a regular basis. This is an opportunity we did not see on our immediate horizon and one that required careful consideration in a compressed timeline. We look forward to the competition the Varsity Cup provides and are excited about promoting the growth of rugby.”

The decision to invite the CWU Wildcats into the inaugural Varsity Cup came after timely but careful consideration with the participating Varsity Cup universities’ administrators and coaching staffs.

“We had significant interest from a number of programs,” said BYU’s David Smyth, “In the end, all of the Varsity Cup universities were unanimous that inviting Central Washington was the best course. We’re pleased to have a team of the caliber of the Wildcats join the Varsity Cup Championship.”

CWU will slot into the vacated #4 seed and meet the Air Force Academy in the Western Super-Regional hosted on the campus of UCLA.

Kick-off for the AFA vs. CWU match is set for 2pm PT on Saturday, April 20th. Meanwhile the hosts will take on 2012 National Collegiate Rugby Champion BYU in the Varsity Cup Western Super-Regional concluding match at 4pm.

The inclusion of CWU doesn’t affect the Eastern Super-Regional as 2011 National Collegiate Rugby Champion California takes on Notre Dame and Navy meets Dartmouth.

Both Eastern Super-Regional matches are also scheduled for April 20th and are set to be played at 1.30pm ET and 3.30pm ET respectively inside the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

For more news and information on the Varsity Cup and the participating teams, please go to VarsityCup.US or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT THE VARSITY CUP: The Varsity Cup is America’s top collegiate postseason championship. The mission of the Varsity Cup is to grow American rugby by harnessing the collective strength of collegiate rugby and collegiate sport in general. The Varsity Cup features eight of the most recognized and accomplished collegiate rugby programs in the country vying for the right to be named the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Champion.

The eight Varsity Cup teams are the U.S. Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, the University of California, Dartmouth College, the U.S. Naval Academy, Notre Dame, the University of California, Los Angeles and Central Washington University. In the 33 years of the collegiate rugby championship play 31 of the collegiate national champions have come from one of the eight Varsity Cup teams. In total, a Varsity Cup program has played for the collegiate title in every year of the championship’s existence except for 1984.

The eight Varsity Cup programs also boast hundreds of Collegiate All Americans and scores of USA National Team members making the Varsity Cup a veritable proving ground of American rugby. With the country’s best high-performance training facilities, state of the art match venues and strong coaching experience, the eight Varsity Cup programs set the standard for elite player development in America.

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Wildcats Defeat Cal Poly 21-10 in Final Regular Season Match


Central Washington University defeated the #2 California and #5 overall seed in the D1-A  post season, Cal Poly 21-10 Saturday. The Wildcats showed great improvement in the contact area and dominated possession throughout the match. However, multiple handling errors kept the Wildcats from scoring in the first half and the 0-0 score in addition to playing into the wind gave the home team plenty to discuss at intermission.

Central opened the second half with a furry and took full advantage of the down hill run pressuring the Cal Poly scrum and lineout at every turn. In the end it was dominate forward play that got the Wildcats out on their front foot and into a comfortable 14-0 lead with tries from Lock, Sean Wanigasekara and Wing, Josh Bower. The support of kicker Alex Reher who was perfect on the day would later prove to be a difference maker.

With the Wildcats in a secure position to close out the match, the 65th through the 70th minute would certainly test their resolve. Cal Poly mounted two quick scores with the second coming off an errant counter attack which saw the ball bounce directly into the hand of a the covering Cal Poly attackers with no one in a position to make a tackle the Cal Poly attacker walked in untouched. With both tries going unconverted fans got a great thrill as the score line closed to 14-10. But the Wildcats would assert their physical dominance once again as Hooker, Jacob Bates was on the receiving end of  a multi phase attack that would put the final exclamation mark on the match leveling the score at 21-10 after the final Reher conversion.

After the match the Wildcats were hosted by several Alumni including James Veredie and Scott Ciraulo who tended to “old smokey” and prepared a massive meal for the team. All the player walked away with plenty of food and seniors were met by family, friends and past players including: Nathan Larson (Dorn), Adam Pugh (Eddie), Blake Davidson (BD), the great Badger, and Ryan Bishop.

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CWU to host Cal Poly 1pm Kickoff (Alder Recreation Complex)


Central Washington University will play host to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this Saturday at 1 p.m. in what will serve as the Wildcats final regular season match in D1-A competition for the 2012-13 season. As the only independant team in D1-A, Central Washington has elected not to challenge the #2 California seed for a spot in the D1-A playoffs on April 20, 2013 which would have seen the Wildcats make a return trip to California to play Cal Poly San Luis Obsipo.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Alder Recreation Complex located east of the Varsity Soccer Complex on the corner of 18th and Alder. This weekends match will not be webcast so make your travel plans now to catch the Wildcats Live!

Please note the CWU Team Awards and Alumni Banquet has been moved to May 18th. We hope that CWU Alumni, Friends and Family will join us to celebrate what is shaping up to be a very exciting 41st year of CWU Rugby !

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Watch CWU vs SMC Live !

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Click here to watch Central vs St. Mary’s Live at 12:00 Noon (PT)

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CWU Playoff Update

April 4, 2013

After careful consideration Central Washington University has notified USA Rugby that they will decline their right to a post season challenge match on April 20th at the #2 California Seed. The Wildcats will continue to meet their regular season obligations for the 2012-13 season by hosting St. Mary’s College of California and Cal Poly on April 6th and 13th respectively.

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Central to host St. Mary’s 12:00 Saturday

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The Wildcats will host the Gaels of Moraga this Saturday in a battle of two undefeated teams. St. Mary’s comes into the competition ranked #3 according to the most recent D1A rankings while the Wildcats come in at #5. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 Saturday at the Varsity Soccer Complex located on the corner of 18th and Alder in Ellensburg, WA. Fans should arrive early as the match is expected to draw a near capacity crowd. Live streaming will also be available at www.youtube.com/usarugbytv

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CWU vs Colorado 1:00 p.m. Saturday

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Central Washington will kick off vs the University of Colorado at 1pm PT in Ellensburg, WA at the Varsity Soccer complex on the corner of 18th and Alder. The Wildcats are currently undefeated with a 4-0 record in the D1A competition having hosted their first of four home games last weekend which saw the Wildcats defeat the University of Wyoming 60-0. Colorado is currently 1-0 in DI-A West play, having beaten Northern Colorado 42-20 in their season opener.

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Wildcats Defeat Wyoming in Home Opener

The Central Washington University Men’s Rugby team defeated the University of Wyoming 60 – 0 in the Wildcats 2013 home opener on a windy Sunday afternoon. The victory moves the to 6-0 on the 2013 season. The Wildcats played the match on St. Patrick’s Day and wore green socks to commemorate the holiday. Central was happy to get some home cooking and were led by 8th Man Aladdin Schirmer’s first half hat trick. Senior captain Ryan Snider added a two more tries just after halftime. After 50 minutes the Wildcats emptied their bench and got a try at full time from Freshman Hooker Gavin Schag. Senior Fly Half Alex Reher was 6 of 9 on conversions and 1 of 1 on penalty kicks. The Wildcats now turn their attention to the University of Colorado Buffaloes, Saturday March 23rd, 1 pm in Ellensburg at the Varsity Soccer Complex. The match will be available to watch via webcast at www.cwurugby.com
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Wildcats defeat University of Northern Colorado 71-0 in Snow Storm

CWU Men’s Rugby defeats University of Northern Colorado 71-0 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado. The Wildcats fought hard to overcome extreme weather conditions that required the field to be cleared by tractors prior to kickoff. Central was lead by man of the match Alex Reher who controlled the tempo of the match from the Flyhalf position. Reher also lead the Wildcat kicking efforts converting 4 of 5 attempts in the 1st half and 1 of 3 in the second while also running in a try of his own to account for 15 of the Wildcats 71 points. Central was also able to dictate the terms of contact and dominated set piece options putting the Wildcats on their front foot.

Central played without starting lock Sean Wanigasekera who was unavailable for the weekend and tight head prop Korbin Lindell who was attending the U-20 National team camp in Las Vegas. Sophomore prop Eric Kress took on the duties at tight head and did well to play a full 80 minutes while Junior Hayden Spevacek filled in at lock also putting in a full performance.

The Wildcats saw standout performances from several players including halfback reserve Andrew Nelson who came on at half and scored two excellent tries while doing well to coordinate the attack effort along side Max Narewski who moved into the Flyhalf position when Zack Siemens came off at Fullback with Reher picking up the leadership for the back three.

Tyler Coffman proved to be a difference maker in contact for the Wildcats playing 2nd row. He dominated the Lineouts and put in plenty of work at scrum time. He showed great work rate around the pitch and is a player the coaches are expecting a great deal of going forward. Coffman put an exclamation on his performance when he ran a perfect line in the midfield breaking through the UNC defense and finishing a try from 25 meters out.

Senior Beau Nichols came on at the 60-minute mark for sophomore wing Shelby Williams doing well to convert 2-2 on conversions.

The Wildcats will now look forward to hosting their first match of the 2013 D1-A competition Sunday March 17th when they take on the University of Wyoming in Ellensburg at the Varsity Soccer Complex on the corner of 18th and Alder.

For a full list of all try scorers and a play by play of the match check out CWU RUGBY NOW!

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Wildcat Nation – Get Your Tickets Today


Central will play Northern Colorado at Infinity Park March 9, 2013 at 4:15pm (Mountain Time). Family and Friends should contact Coach Pacheco for ticket information at: pachecan@cwu.edu

All tickets purchased through CWU Rugby will be available at Will Call day of the match, tickets are $6.00 per person. See you there!

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Wildcats Shutout Vikings to Win Cascade Cup


Central Washington clinched the Cascade Cup this past Saturday as they dispatched the Western Washington University Vikings 44-0. Central placed an important emphasis on their set piece and it paid dividens as the Wildcats dominated the scrum and lineouts creating multiple attacking opportunities and continuing to put the Vikings under pressure in their own half.

The first half started with a try by Ryan Snider and a Alex Reher conversion putting the Wildcats up 7-0. Central then tested the Vikings several times maintaining possession deep in the Western half and finally cracked the try line again just before half when Tanner Barnes broke loose in the midfield before the end of the 1st half.


The second half was all CWU as the Wildcats ran in 6 tries in all with 2 tries coming off pushover scrums and 2 from lineout mauls as Central asserted their physical dominance. The Wildcats will now turn their focus towards a showdown with Northern Colorado at Infinity Park in Colorado. Central will need to focus on improving their kicking as they return to D1A competition as the Wildcats left more than 14 points on the table against the Vikings in failed conversions.

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CWU vs WWU Saturday February 23rd

Central will face off with their cross state rival the Western Washington Vikings Saturday, February 23rd. The 2nd XV will play the curtain raiser at 11:30am followed by the 1st XV as the main event starting at 1:00 pm. The match will be played at a neutral site, Magnuson Park 7400 Sand Point Way NE Seattle, WA. Both teams will look to come away as the Cascade Cup Champions making this a match you won’t want to miss. So come out and show your Wildcat Pride as CWU looks to extend their winning streak vs the Vikings.

Following the match their will be a CWU Alumni Reception at Paddy Coynes starting at 3:30 pm. Parents, Family, Alumni and Friends of the program are all welcome to come and celebrate with the team after the match. Go Cats!

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Oakland Warthogs Need Your Support

Oakland Warthog Rugby TeamThe Oakland Warthog rugby team is grieving for the loss of four teens killed Monday in a crash coming home from the Las Vegas 7′s. Two of their players were killed along with the sister of one of the team members in addition to another female friend. Another passenger, and Oakland Warthog player, was airlifted to a hospital and is in serious condition.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these kids and to the Oakland Warthogs. Please do what you can to help. They are raising money for funeral and medical costs for the families involved and are looking to the rugby community to help. CWU Rugby will be making a donation to the club, and if you would like to individually help, please see below for details on how you can help.

Here is a message from their coach Ryan Burke:



As you may or may not know, we lost two of our former players, from our Championship season two seasons ago, in a car accident on their way back from Las Vegas 7′s Rugby. 4 teenagers passed away in the accident and the lone survivor, who is a current player, is currently recovering in the hospital after coming out of a coma on Tuesday morning.

The families are experiencing emotional devastation along with funeral service or medical costs from this tragedy. The Warthogs are looking to make miracles from this tragedy by gathering our local community, the RUGBY community, and hopefully international community to come together to support the families. We expect the costs to be a minimum of $75,000 amongst the families and this is our fundraising goal. I am asking each of you to pass along this message to as many as possible, in whatever format you believe will assist us in obtaining this goal.

How to donateDonations will be accepted through March 15, 2013.

A. Visit their GoDonate page and donate securely online.
B. Contact Ryan Burke at burke4rugby@gmail.com if you want to send a check. (You can also give a check to Matt or Nancy Taylor in person and we’ll see that they get it) Checks should be made out to Bay Area Youth Rugby.
News link of Accident

Funeral Services
Expected to be held on weekend of 2/23/13. Details as they become available will be uploaded on facebook and on the Oakland Rugby Team website

Benefit Concert Fundraiser
4 of the five passengers were part of the band Valufa. They are a good reggae genre band and made friends with all artists they played shows with so many of the good artists are paying tribute by playing a benefit concert on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Oakland. More information to follow.

Who to contact with other questions Ryan Burke burke4rugby@gmail.com

Who were the three ruggers that passed away?

David “Momo” Moa 8 Man for the Oakland Warthogs 2011 NCYRA Varsity Silver Division Championship Team, son of David Moa of the Oakland Barbarians Men’s Team. David Moa was a great kid and teammate that always showed up to practice and loved playing sports and being a part of a team. He was a load to bring down. He was often quiet although he was a singer in his family band Valufa. He was often quiet with a serious look on his face, so it was always a joy to get him to smile. He was attending and playing football at Laney College.

Soasi “George” Moa Tight Head Prop for the Oakland Warthogs 2011 NCYRA Varsity Silver Division Championship Team, son of Lani Moa of the Oakland Barbarians Men’s Team. He was a joy to have around and always showed up on game day to compete for most meters after contact as well as broken tackles. He became more committed as the season went along and played a big part of us being a championship team. He was always good about cracking a joke at the right time and getting teammates to laugh and smile.

Rachel Fisi’iahi played front row for the Alameda Riptide team in the 2010-11 season. She always came ready to play, and her sense of humor and kindness were beloved by many both on and off the field. Rachel was always willing to put in extra work and time, and it showed on the field with her bruising runs. Rachel graduated from Oakland High School in 2011 and was a student at CCSF. She will be missed greatly by the Alameda Rugby family.

Malia Moa was David Moa’s youngest sister who played the keyboard in the band Valufa. She was just like older brother, except not so quiet. She was fun to be around and wanted everybody to be happy and have a good time. She could be found cheering at every rugby game that David played in. She was a Senior at Castlemont High School, in Oakland.

Ryan Burke, President
Oakland Warthogs Youth Rugby Program
Rugby is a sport for all which is proud of its values and remains true to them. The Game’s core values are:

*INTEGRITY – Integrity is central to the fabric of the Game and is generated through honesty and fair play
*PASSION – Rugby people have a passionate enthusiasm for the Game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global Rugby family
*SOLIDARITY – Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to lifelong friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences
*DISCIPLINE – Discipline is an integral part of the Game, both on and off the field, and is reflected through adherence to the Laws, the Regulations and Rugby’s core values
*RESPECT – Respect for team mates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the Game is paramount.

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Central is into the CUP final and will play University of Victoria for the Championship. The match will kickoff at 4:02 pm in Sam Boyd Stadium.

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CWU to Face Air Force in Cup Quarter Final


Central Washington has made it through to Day 3 of the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament getting a boost of confidence from CWU Rugby Alumni Joseph Trevino. Trevino a 2003 graduate of Central Washington University provided the entire team with custom mouth guards. “It was awesome” said CWU Captain Patrick Blair. To have someone show up at your hotel take impressions and deliver custom fitted mouth guards the next morning was unbelievable. Trevino a former CWU Rugby player claims the mouth pieces provide a 15% increase in overall performance and the Wildcats showed there is “no substitute” for the Trevino Mouth Guard as they walked away still undefeated in tournament play. The Wildcats started Day 2 of the tournament at 8:40 am with a 22-12 victory over Stony Brook University. The Wildcats then dispatched the Colorado School of Mines 66-0 to see them through to the Cup Quarter Final match vs Air Force Saturday morning at 10:00 am on field #2 just outside Sam Boyd Stadium. The Wildcats will look to build on their performances on Day 2 and will need to raise the bar as the competition heads into the knock out rounds.


10:00 CWU vs Air Force (Winner will play at 12:20 in Cup Semi Final)  Field #2

12:20 Cup Semi Final (Winner of SDSU vs Claremont Colleges)  Field #2

4:02 Cup Final (Sam Boyd Stadium)

Field 2 is located at: Star Nursery Fields – 7000 East Russell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89122 next to Sam Boyd Stadium.

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Final Schedule Set for Las Vegas Invitational

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Central Washington will compete in Pool F at the Las Vegas Invitational. All matches will be played on Field #1 or Field #2 located at: Star Nursery Fields – 7000 East Russell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89122 next to Sam Boyd Stadium.

Pool F: Central Washington University, University of Denver, University of Missouri, and Stony Brook University

The Wildcats will kick off at 8:40 am vs the University of Missouri on Field #1 on Thursday February 7th for their first pool match of the tournament. They will then face off against the University of Denver at 11:20 am on Field #1 to close at match play on day one. On day two the Wildcats will kick off at 8:40 am vs Stony Brook University on Friday February 8th on Field #1 and will then await final pool results to determine their next match time and location.

For a full review of pool matches including elimination rounds click here.

Advancement in 7’s Divisions will be based on the following criteria: 

Points will be awarded to teams based on their results in their preliminary rounds

3 points for a win, 2 points for a draw, 1 point for a loss, 0 points for a forfeit.

Ties remain standing in preliminary matches; there is no overtime.

If at the completion of the preliminary rounds, two teams have the same number of points, the following procedure will be used to determine the leading team:

i. The winner of the match between the teams, if one occurred, shall be deemed the leading team.

ii. If the match in (i) is drawn, then the team with the highest point differential (points scored for less point scored against) shall be deemed the leading team. If the tie remains unresolved then,

iii. The team with the highest margin of tries scored for and against shall be deemed the leading team. If the tie remains unresolved then,

iv. The team that has scored the highest number of points shall be deemed the leading team. If the tie remains unresolved, then

v. The team that has scored the highest number of tries shall be deemed the leading team.

vi. If more than two teams are tied, then rules ii, iii, iv and v from above apply.

vii. If teams are still tied after consideration of above, the winner will be decided by the toss of a coin.

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Wildcats Run Past Sac State & Focus on LVI


Central Washington University Men’s Rugby team is now 3-0 on the season with a 78-0 victory on the road at Sacramento State. Central Washington dominated field position and possession for the majority of the match creating multiple scoring opportunities.


Once again the Wildcats were led by a very balanced attack with  11 different players scoring tries. Patrick Blair, Shelby Williams, and Aladdin Schirmer led Central with two tries a piece. Tries were added by Tanner Barnes, Zach Siemens, Sean Wanigasekara,  Josh Bower, Ryan Snider, Ben Rokocoko, Max Narewski, Clint Lemkus.  Conversions were added by Nick Dean and Narewski.

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The Wildcats will now turn their sites on a 24 team Sevens tournament in Las Vegas. CWU won the Las Vegas Invitational in 2011 and advanced to Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) in Philadelphia, PA hosted by NBC. Central will look to make a statement about their goal to return to the tournament and are looking forward to the competition. The Wildcats will return to fifteens on February 23rd when they take on Western Washington University in a cross state rivalry match at 1:00pm in Seattle at Magnuson Park. For a match report vs Sacramento State please see below:

8:00 Try Patrick Blair/Conversion Max Narewski

18:00 Try Clint Lemkus/Missed Conversion Max Narewski

23:00 Try Shelby Williams/Missed Conversion Max Narewski

28:00 Try Max Narewski/Missed Conversion Max Narewski

31:00 Try Aladdin Schirmer/Missed Conversion Max Narewski

36:00 Try Shelby Williams/Missed Conversion Zach Siemens

40:00 Try Zach Siemens/Missed Conversion Zach Siemens

1st Half 37-0


48:00 Try Patrick Blair/Missed Conversion Max Narewski

51:00 Try Aladdin Schirmer/Conversion Max Narewski

63:00 Try Tanner Barnes/Missed Conversion John Ray

66:00 Try Josh Bower/Conversion Josh Bower

73:00 Try Ryan Snider/Missed Conversion John Ray

76:00 Try Sean Wanigasekera/Missed Conversion John Ray

80:00 Try Ben Rokocoko/Conversion Nick Dean

2nd Half 41-0

Final 78-0 (W) CWU



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