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Men's Rugby

  • About the Team: Championship club that competes in the Cardinals Small College Conference
  • Membership Dues: $25 (per semester)
  • Team Size: 30
  • Tryouts: None
  • Experience Level: All experience levels are welcome
  • Practice Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5–7 p.m.

Leadership Council

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Coach Information

Carl Schmitt, Head Coach

“Rugby is a sport that is tough, physically demanding, fast paced, and non-stop.  More importantly it requires honor and respect for your opponent and the match officials.  He has many favorite things about coaching at UR, but two things stand out.    First, the players, the students. No different than anywhere else, really, but they grow on you, and watching them change from awkward freshmen to young men is, well, really cool.   Secondly, the support that the University gives its Rugby Club is tremendous”


  • Player:  Loose and Tight Head Prop.
    • 1981 – 1996: RATS Rugby Football Club, Richmond VA,
    • 1982, 1987: Virginia Tech RFC, Blacksburg, VA
    • 1988: Roanoke Rugby Club, Roanoke VA,
  • Coaching
    • 2001- Present: Head Coach, University of Richmond Men’s Rugby Club
    • 1996-2000: Asst. Coach, Richmond Lions Rugby Football Club, Richmond, VA
    • 1998: Head Coach, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • 1996-97: Head Coach, Logwood University
  • Administrative: 1987 to 2013, Virginia Rugby Union and Mid Atlantic Territory

Matthew Willson, Assistant Head Coach

  •  Player:  Prop, Flanker, and occasionally in the centers 
    • 1995: Chicago Lions 
    • 1992-1994, & 1997: Uckfield RFC;
    • 1991-1992: Crowborough RFC
    • 1982-1991: Old Beccahamian RFC
    • 1976-1984:Beckenham Grammar School
  •  Representative: Kent U19, Sussex U21, Free Parrott XV
  •  Coaching:  2002-Present, University of Richmond Rugby Club

Bill Strauss, Assistant Coach

  •  Player: Hooker, Prop
    • 1977-1996: Richmond Rugby Club
    • 1996-2002: Richmond Lions Rugby Club
  • Coaching: 2013-Present, University of Richmond Rugby Club

Andrew Stevick, Assistant Coach

  • Coaching: 2014-Present, University of Richmond Rugby Club