Columbia, SC - This past weekend, the Carolina Rugby team hosted a determined Virginia Tech side that earned a 3-3 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference last fall. Aside from their victories against North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Virginia, the Hokies demonstrated their strength on defense with each of their three losses being within 10 points or less, to include a 27-20 loss to the eventual ACC champions, Clemson University. Knowing Virginia Tech’s propensity for close games, the Gamecocks were prepared for an intense back and forth battle, though, just prior to kickoff, it was discovered that the Hokies kept all of its 7’s players at home to remain healthy for the upcoming season and replaced them with reserve players to fill out the roster. Despite having a number of backline players missing as well, the Gamecocks adjusted their game plan to exploit the difference in experience and did so with much success. To read more, please click here.
Corcoran & Busbee To Play For All-South
Atlanta, GA - Congratulations to South Carolina's Dana Corcoran and Drew Busbee for being selected to serve on this year's USA Rugby South Panthers Select Side. Based on their performance in this year's Ruggerfest tournament, Corcoran has received a spot on the starting 23, while Busbee has been selected as an alternate.
Each year, the Panthers compete in the North America Caribbean Rugby Association Championship and have consistently had success, winning overall in 2013. Their international competition includes Mexico, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and Guyana.
Their first match will be against Mexico’s national team in the North Zone Championships on March 7th. The panthers will also take on the Cayman Islands in Atlanta, with the victor of the three advancing to the final to be played in either Atlanta or Guyana.
The Carolina Rugby Foundation congratulates these student athletes for representing not only the University of South Carolina, but the United States on the international scene. We ask all of our alumni, parents, and boosters to please show your support by donating to the Foundation so that we may alleviate the financial burden of these players and give them the best chance at success!
Carolina Rugby Falls To The Paladins
Greenville, SC -Furman used a strong offense and the wind to build a three-try halftime lead that was strong enough to carry the day in a 22-14 win over the University of South Carolina. The victory is Furman’s third consecutive against a Division I team. The contest pitted the champions of the Division II Southern Rugby Conference against the winners of the DI Southeastern Conference. The game, played under blustery conditions at Roberts Field, was a contest of field position.
Electing to play with the wind to their back in the first half, the Paladins took the lead with a pick off a goal line ruck near the nine minute mark. Five minutes later, Furman added a penalty kick, followed by a try with five minutes remaining in the first half to extend their lead to 15-0. To read more, please click here.
Rugby Supports Cocky's Reading Express
Columbia, SC - Cocky's Reading Express is a collaboration between the University of South Carolina and the School of Library and Information Science where USC students travel the state with their friend, Cocky, visiting underserved public schools across South Carolina. The students read to the children, and Cocky helps the children understand the importance of life-long reading.
The program primarily serves students in 4K through second grade because research shows that if children acquire strong reading skills and a love of reading by the end of second grade they are more likely to succeed academically and graduate on time. All the children are given books to take home, reminders of their visit from Cocky and the USC students. So far, Cocky's Reading Express has donated over 78,000 books statewide!To read more, please click here.