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Men Take College Rugby Sevens Again

Rooting for the rugby club would be like supporting the Yankees, if you didn’t know how hard the guys work and how intelligently they are coached. The Dartmouth men dominated the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship again this year, their second win in a row. They rolled to victory in each game in their usual inspiring fashion, with the exception of a gutsy, come-from-behind semifinal victory against powerful Cal, whom they beat 21-19 after being down 12 points. We can be impressed by their composure in that match; the team has little experience not being in the lead in a game. As Comcast Sportsnet reported, the ruggers outscored their opponents 90-12 in pool play and 170-41 in six total matches.

The championship should be the last hurrah for Alex Magleby ‘00, who was named coach of the National Sevens earlier this year. Word is that the rugby club is searching for its next leader. Let’s say thanks to Mags for his time in Hanover, and hope that he achieves as much in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, where rugby 7’s will be a medal sport, as he has at Dartmouth over the last decade or so.

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You’ll find game summaries at Phillysports and the Rugby team website. Freshman Madison Hughes was the tournament MVP.


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