Men's Rugby

 

The Washington & Jefferson Men's Rugby Club is a Division III sanctioned club affiliated with the Allegheny Rugby Union and USA Rugby.  The traditional ARU sanctioned season runs in the fall while the spring season is made of tournaments and friendlies.  Over the past few seasons, W&J has risen through the ranks of the DIII clubs. In the 2011 spring season, the Presidents posed a 11-1 season.  They also won 2 major Pittsburgh area tournaments.

The club is also very community oriented.  The participate in fall and spring volunteer projects with the Lemoyne Center.  In the summer of 2011, the men put on a Rugby clinic for the Center's summer camp.

Rugby News

PLAYERS MEETING

Are you interested in playing rugby this season?  The team will be having a players meeting Monday, September 5th at 7pm in the Tech Center.  Come meet the team and find about more about rugby!


RUGBY GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

This summer the W&J Men's Club Rugby team helped with Camp Challenge at the LeMoyne Community Center in Washington.  There, the taught campers the basics of rugby. Click here to watch the video created by the Observer Reporter.

HEAD COACH:  JOSEPH PISZCZOR

Joe Piszczor, a McGuffey native, returns for his second season with the President’s Rugby team in 2011-2012.

During his first year, the men have made huge strides reviving the long standing tradition of President’s Rugby by having many lopsided victories against their opponents last spring.  The season was highlighted when the men won their division at the Pittsburgh Rugby Classic, which is the largest collegiate rugby tournament in the Northeast.  He believes “that good folks make good ruggers and I hope to teach our men that dedication, responsibility, and hard work pay off when you hold yourself as a gentleman.”

Piszczor, a graduate of Mercyhurst College, was involved in Wrestling, Football and Student Government while earning a degree in Business Management. He is still actively involved in the Rugby community and plays competitive rugby for the Pittsburgh Rugby Club at the men’s Division 2 Club Level.

Currently, Piszczor heads a financial planning firm in Washington and serves on three non-profit boards and the Rotary Club in our community including: Literacy Council of SW PA, Lemoyne Center, and a Community Action Southwest advisory council. 

Meet the Team

NAME

YEAR

 HIGH SCHOOL/HOMETOWN

Kenny Berges

 JR

   Seysses, France

John Birch

 FR

   Canon-McMillian/Canonsburg, PA

Kevin Blakley

 FR

   Central Christian/DuBois, PA

Johnathan Borne

 SO

   Peters Twp/Canonsburg, PA

Damian Bosiacki

 JR

   South Carroll/Mount Airy, MD

Josh Budwitz

 SO

   Orville H Platt/Meriden, CT

Bill Burns

 SR

   Seneca Valley/Renfrew, PA

Tristan Freeman

 FR

   Carrick/Pittsburgh, PA

Braden Fyffe

 JR

   Grove City/Grove City, PA

Christian Griffith

 JR

   Paul VI/Reston, VA

Chase Irvin

 JR

   Waynesburg Central/Waynesburg PA

Sean Leehan

 JR

   Seton-La Salle/Pittsburgh, PA

Joe McConaughy

 SO

   Beaver Area/Beaver, PA

Geno McCourt

 SR

   Penn-Trafford/Irwin, PA

Justin Minton

 SR

   Bethel Park/Bethel Park, PA

Steven Perez

 SO

   College Prep/Houston, TX

Sean Ryan

 FR

   North Andover/North Andover, MA

Luke Schorr

 SR

   Knoch/Butler, PA

Christian Schrader

 SR

   Conwell-Egan Catholic/Newtown, PA

Joshua Tropp

 FR

   Upper Saint Clair/Pittsburgh, PA

Donovan Vogel

 FR

   Carlisle/Carlisle, PA