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Chico State Men’s Rugby Club fights for national title

Team chemistry and bonds formed through countless games together made the Chico men's rugby team the brothers they are now. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava and Olyvia Simpson

May 3, 2019

Chico State’s Men's Rugby Club has done what no other alumni group has in Chico State history by securing their spot in the USA Rugby national playoff game. They will represent the Pacific Western Rugby Conference and face off against last year's champions, Dartmouth University, on Saturday, May...

Men’s Rugby Going to Nationals and Artist Makes Phoenix Out of Keys on the Orion Newscast 4/24/19

Christian Solis, Visuals Editor

April 25, 2019

This week on #TheOrionNewscast: The Chico State Men's Rugby team is going to the national championship for the first time in the program's history. The Orion was given the opportunity to sit down with Jessie Mercer, these weeks featured artist to talk about a project she's working on with the keys...

Chico State men’s rugby make final-four

A fight for the ball during a lineout between Chico State and the University of Kansas. Photo credit: Ricardo Tovar

Ricardo Tovar

April 20, 2019

In what wound up being a physical game, even by rugby's standards, the Chico State men's rugby team grounded the University of Kansas 24-7. The game was a defensive battle at the beginning as neither team let the other impose their gameplan for very long. It took until the 32nd minute of the first...

Chico State men’s rugby defeats Stanford 66-19 to advance to championship Sunday

Bryan Laffey tosses the ball in to his teammates during Saturday's game against Stanford. Photo credit: Andrew Baumgartner

Andrew Baumgartner

March 31, 2018

The No. 1 ranked Chico State men's rugby team defeated Stanford 66-19 Saturday afternoon thanks to the teams execution of their game plan. The last time Chico State faced Stanford they beat them 34-14 in Palo Alto, with a 26-0 run to end the game for the Wildcats, according to Saturday's...

Women’s rugby rising to the top of the nation at Chico State

Darby McFall making a tackle for Chico State.
Photo courtesy of Chico State Women's Rugby

Noah Enns

February 20, 2018

The Chico Women’s Rugby Club is off to an undefeated start to their season. The Wildcats currently rank number one in the nation for the spring semester.This year’s team is on track to match what the 2001 team did: Win a national championship. The women’s club is currently 5-0 on th...

Life after the scrum

Women's rugby seniors Photo credit: Jordan Jarrell

Jordan Jarrell

May 3, 2017

The Chico State Women's Rugby team will lose six of their senior members next season. Though these members are important to their club, they are looking forward to what lies ahead in the coming years. I sat down and got the blitz on what's ahead for seniors Stephanie Keel-Moore and Makayla Hopkins. Li...

Men’s rugby team is more than just another team

The rugby team has made the Pacific Western Rugby Conference playoffs four years in a row. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

Carlos Islas

April 29, 2016

As the oldest club sport team on campus, dating back to 1918, the Chico State men’s rugby team has left a long-standing legacy of excellence, friendship and a strong sense of family. The rugby team is one of the most successful clubs on campus and has made the Pacific Western Rugby Conference playoffs ...

Win over Stanford gives women’s rugby team new confidence (full gallery)

Carlos Islas

February 26, 2016

In a game against their rival, the Chico State women’s rugby team won its biggest game of the season when they beat Stanford University 36-17 at home on Feb. 13. The win improves the Wildcats' record to 1-3 and moves them into third place in the Pacific Mountain West division. In previous meetings...

Men’s rugby breaks away from pack, secures playoff spot

Jeff McKinley, left, slips through two defenders in a game on Feb. 14 against San Jose State. The men's rugby team is 6-1 for the season and is ranked No. 2 in the Pacific West Conference. Photo courtesy of Jeff McKinley.

Dylan Wakefield

March 28, 2015

The Chico State men's rugby team has clawed its way to a successful season, locking in the second place spot for playoffs set to take place in April.The team made its way into the No. 2 spot in the Pacific West Conference with major wins in March over Stanford and University of Nevada, Reno, which put...

Saturday’s match against Stanford Postponed

Sharon Martin

February 7, 2014

The rugby match between Chico State and Stanford has been postponed due to weather. The game has been rescheduled for some time in March. More details about the rescheduled match will be released later in the semester.Sharon Martin can be reached at [email protected] or @SharonBMartin on Twitter. ...

Former football players tackle rugby

JW Davis, a junior agricultural business major,  Brandon Johnson, a junior exercise physiology major and Ian McLens, a junior criminal justice major, take their skills from football to the rugby pitch.Photo credit: Kasey Judge

Ryan Grady

January 29, 2014

Football and rugby are both aggressive, high-energy and intense sports. It’s no surprise former football players seem to make an impression on the rugby field. For three Chico State Wildcats, the transition from football to rugby took some time, but has been successful. Juniors J.W. Davis, an agricultural business major, Bra...

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