Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Amoskeag Rugby Football Club History

Mission Statement-
The NH Rugby Football Foundation is an established 501c3 charitable organization whose principal purpose it to support, encourage and promote amateur rugby competition in the greater Manchester, New Hampshire area.  The Foundation serves to organize and educate youth and amateur rugby teams and players, as well as to engage in fundraising and community projects that work towards achieving its charitable aims, for the benefit of the community. 

The Amoskeag Rugby Club was formed in 1984 by members of the Concord Rugby Club. Though based in Manchester , New Hampshire, the Club draws members from throughout central and southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.

Amoskeag started play in the Third Division of the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU). After capturing the Third Division Championship several times, the Club moved into the Second Division play and captured the Division Championship in both the Spring and Fall of 1990 and the Spring of 1991.

In addition to capturing the New England Division Championship in 1990, Amoskeag also went on to win the United States Rugby East Territory's Northeastern and East Coast Second Division Titles.

In the fall of 1991, Amoskeag moved into the NERFU's First Division, considered by many to be one of the most competitive in the Nation. Initially the club competed against the perennial power clubs like Boston, and Mystic River, and by the fall of 1993 had moved itself into the fifth position in the eight-team league. In the fall of 1994, a Premier League was formed, encompassing Clubs from throughout the Northeast United States. In the fall of 1995 Amoskeag finished third in its ten team Division with a 6-3 record.

1996 & 1997 saw Amoskeag compete in the Inland Division (a middle division between Premier and Second Division) of Northeast, challenging for playoff spots each season. In the fall of 1998, Amoskeag placed third in the Inland Division, and was awarded a bid to the Second Division National Tournament, where the club reached the Sweet 16 in Dallas, Texas (played in the Spring of 1999).

Amoskeag Men are now competing in the 2nd Division of the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU). The NortheastRugby Union is comprised of NERFU and MetNYRFU Division 2 teams. 

In 2009 Amoskeag Rugby Club welcomed a Women's team.  The women compete in the New England Rugby Football Union Division II.   

The Men, Women, Youth and Old Boys teams are always looking for new players, no experience is necessary to join.

The Strong Side

Amoskeag Rugby Football Club Fact Sheet

About Amoskeag Rugby
Amoskeag Rugby Club, founded in 1984, is the only US Division 1 team playing in New Hampshire.  With over 500 members,Amoskeag RFC fields four competitive sides in total, Woman, Men, Under-19 and Old Boys.

Historical Timeline:

1972                Concord Rugby Club Founded
                                               (12 active players…a team requires 15)
                                          Concord competed in New England Rugby
                                               division 2 for many years

1984                Amoskeag Rugby Club Founded in Manchester by remaining players from the original Concord team

1984 - 85         Amoskeag competes in New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) – Division 3

1989                Promoted to NERFU Division 2

1990                Win NERFU Division 2 Championship
                                         & East Coast Division 2 Title

1991                Promoted to NERFU Division 1 –
                                         now fielding two full teams

1997                Amoskeag Under-19 Rugby Program started
                                         by Thomas Turner

1999                Amoskeag goes to National ‘Sweet Sixteen’ in
                                         Dallas, TX

2000                Amoskeag and Town of Manchester host
                                          largest rugby event in US history. 

5000+ fans come to Singer Family Park to
                watch Ireland vs. USA

2005                Amoskeag is the runner-up in the Premier
Division of the Can-Am rugby tournament

2007                Amoskeag wins Premier Division
Championship at the Can-AM rugby
tournament, beating Old Blue in Semi’s
and Penn St. Lost Lions in Final

2006– 2008    Amoskeag qualifies for Division1
                                              Play-offs 3 years in a row

2009                Amoskeag Women’s Rugby Club
                                           founded by Brigit Ryan-Souza

2009                Amoskeag reaches fourth consecutive
play-off and celebrates 25th Anniversary

2010                Club officially becomes 501c(3) organization
and is officially called the
New Hampshire Rugby Football Foundation

2010                The Thomas V Moser Scholarship Fund is established
and ultimately provides over $17,000in scholarship
support to 7 college students

2011                Amoskeag Old Boys come in 2nd in Over-35’s
Division at Can-Am Rugby Tournament, losing
to a stacked (just ask us!) Brockport Doggies
side 15-10 on last minute try. 
Match voted best game of 2011 Tournament

2011                Amoskeag establishes Wounded Warrior
Match to honor Kyle Warren,
our teammate, brother and friend,
lost while serving in Afghanistan

              2014                Amoskeag Women win New England Division III and place 3rd in Northeast Region Division III Championship

              2016                 Amoskeag Youth compete in a successful season
              2017                 Amoskeag Women compete in New England Division II
                                       Amoskeag Men compete in New England Division II

Community Involvement & Activities:

2015-Present     Families In Transition

               2012-2014          Toys For Tots

               2006– Present   New Hampshire Adopt-a-Road sponsors

               2014– 2016     Seniors Count Fall Cleanup

2000– 2014    Red Cross - "Give Blood,Play Rugby"
                                          Blood Drive

2007– 2013    American Cancer Society Relay For Life,
                                          Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

2006– 2009    Greater Manchester Habitat for
                                           Humanity Project

2007– 2009    CASA ski relay competitors,
                                          Susan G Komen Cancer Fundraisers


Representative Honors:

 Tim Moser             US Eagles Team ‘Cap’ vs South Africa,
                          1980, US Eagles over 35’s

 Chris Tofte              US Eagles Under 19 Tour, 2005

 Chris Curro            US Eagles Under 19 Tour, 2005

  Roland Lacroix      2014 Northeast Olympic
                            Development Academy

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