Rugby Team 2018-2019

2019 Tri-State Conference 7s Rugby Champions


2018 Tri-State Conference 15s Rugby Champions!

Rugby Shield

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William Paterson University Rugby Team


Team Student Leadership

President: Andrew Massefski

Vice President: Sahir Ghanim

Treasurer: John Barker

Secretary: Dylan Lewin

Social Media Coordinator: Josh Clemente

Equipment Manager: Dylan Johnson

Marketing Director: Dillon Fazliu

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Morne Pretorius

Assistant Coach: Kisset Chirengende

Assistant Coach: Heinrich Kruse

Interested in learning more about the team?  Please feel free to email the team President and Head Coach!


Upcoming Team Competition Schedules

Sunday, September 9, 2018 Hofstra (scrimmage) Wightman Stadium 1:00 PM 30-0 Win
Sunday, September 16, 2018 Marist AT Marist 1:00 PM 26-15 Win
Sunday, September 23, 2018 Seton Hall AT Seton Hall 1:00 PM 55-5 Win
Sunday, September 30, 2018 Rensselear Polytechnical Institute Wightman Stadium 1:00 PM 49-10 Win
Sunday, October 7, 2018 US Merchant Marine Academy Wightman Stadium 1:00 PM 34-18 Win
Sunday, October 14, 2018 Div II Tri-State Conference Playoffs- BYE BYE BYE BYE
Sunday, October 21, 2018 Div. II Tri-State Conference Quarterfinals- vs. Molloy College Wightman Stadium 1:00 PM 99-7 Win
Sunday, October 28, 2018 Div. II Tri-State Conference Semi-Finals- vs US Merchant Marine Academy Wightman Stadium 1:00 PM 69-5 Win
Sunday, November 4, 2018 Div. II Tri-State Conference Finals- vs. Rensselear Polytechnical Institute AT Union College- Schenectady, NY 1:00 PM

21-17 Win (Conference Champion)

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Div. II USA Rugby Playoff - 1st round vs. Sacred Heart University (NEWCRC runner-up) Wightman Stadium 1:00 PM 22-29 Win
Saturday, November 17, 2018 Div. II USA Rugby Playoffs - Round of 16 vs. UNC-Charlotte Greenville, NC 9:00 AM 57-17 Loss
Sunday, November 18, 2018 Div. II USA Rugby Playoff - Consolation Match vs. SUNY-Geneseo Greenville, NC 9:00 AM 46-19 Win
Saturday, February 23, 2019 Marywood University 7s Round Robin Tournament Scranton, PA 1 PM 4-0 (Champion)
Saturday, March 2, 2019 7s Round Robin Tournament Wightman Stadium 12 PM Cancelled due to weather
Saturday, March 23, 2019 7s Round Robin Tournament Wightman Stadium 10 AM 4-0 (Champion)
Sunday, March 31, 2019 Montclair State 7s Tournament Brookdale Park, Bloomfield, NJ 9:30 AM 4-0 (Champion)
Sunday, April 7, 2019 Tri-State Conference Tournament Vassar College TBA

1st-Place.  Conference Champion.

Qualified for USA Rugby Division 2 national tournament.

Sunday, April 27, 2019 Rickerson Cup 7s Tournament Princeton University TBA TBD
Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, 2019 2019 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships Kino Sports Complex- Tucson, Arizona TBA TBD

Home matches are in bold and played in Wightman Stadium

Matches in italics are contingent on the team advancing

The Club Meets "The Beast"

On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, the rugby club was granted a special opportunity for a number of players to meet and learn from international rugby star Tendai "The Beast" Mtawarira.  Mtawarira plays prop and is among the most accomplished players in South African rugby history, earning over 100 caps for the Springboks national team, and also playing with the Sharks in the Super Rugby Union.  The former South African Player of the Year nominee humbly gave back to the sport by sharing his knowledge and insight of the game with the William Paterson team to help them grow and develop as players and coaches.

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Tendai meeting with the team and coaches

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Tendai leading a drill with the team

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Tendai perfecting scrum skills

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Group photo with "The Beast"