Rugby - Boys' Varsity


Boys rugby during a scrumWilbraham & Monson Academy is proud to be part of the growing sport of rugby in the United States. With its global school mission and its international student body, WMA is perfectly positioned to create a strong, enduring rugby program. Rugby is the second largest team sport in the world, with over three million players in 115 different countries, and it is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.

Rugby is played at nearly every college and university in the U.S. and almost every major city across the globe. WMA Rugby prepares players well for future athletic involvement in college and provides entry into a global community of players and enthusiasts.

WMA rugby player kicks the ball

Played in the spring, rugby is a varsity sport at WMA. WMA Rugby is part of the newly established Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization(MYRO), the state-based arm of USA Rugby. Opponents include public and private schools in addition to club teams. The Academy also plays outside its conference against traditional prep rivals and participates in regional tournaments. All home matches are played on an official and dedicated rugby pitch at Hugh Harrell field. Rugby is a continual game where all players can run, kick, tackle, and score. WMA is fortunate to have a large number of players with rugby experience from a wide range of rugby-playing countries including Australia, Argentina, Japan, and the US. Yet many of our players are new to the game. We welcome players of all abilities, sizes, and experience.

WMA Rugby is a teaching program that strives to find the best fit and position for each player. The WMA philosophy emphasizes player development and enjoyment of the game.


''"This is one of our stronger groups, and definitely a physically tough group of forwards and a talented and experience-wise group of backs.''

- Co-Head Coach Wally Swanson

Albany match, May 2

KUA match, April 28

Captains: Kizuki Koyasu, Rohan Heron

Manager: Leo Kang

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Vincent

Sweeney

2020

Longmeadow

MA

1

Marvin

Morris

2021

Longmeadow

MA

2

John

Kennedy

2019

Springfield

MA

3

Alexander

Ardell

2018

Huntington

NY

4

Haoran

Zhang

2018

Jiangyin Wuxi

China

5

Samuel

Zabolotnij

2019

Mariankske Lazne

Czech Republic

7

Seth

Abal-Sadeq

2018

Mishref

Kuwait

8

Shohei

Ishikawa

2019

Tokyo

Japan

9

Kizuki

Koyasu

2020

Singapore

Singapore

10

Ties

van Haastrecht

2018

Santpoort-Zuid

Netherlands

11

Alan

Toktassyn

2019

Almaty

Kazakhstan

12

William

Crocker III

2020

Wilbraham

MA

13

Jakub

Kanovics

2019

Bratislava

Slovakia

14

Alex

Ravelli

2018

East Longmeadow

MA

15

Jun Sung

Lee

2019

Seoul

South Korea

16

Kyle

Yamagishi-Rodstein

2020

Wilbraham

MA

17

Zane

Abal-Sadeq

2019

Mishref

Kuwait

19

Brandon

Gulluni

2019

Palmer

MA

20

Eungi

Youn

2020

Gumi-si, Kyungsangbuk-Do

South Korea

21

An Tien

Nguyen

2020

Hanoi

Vietnam

22

David

Kulig

2018

Wilbraham

MA

A

Yikai (Joe)

Zhou

2020

Jinhua

China

F

Rohan

Heron

2019

Springfield

MA


Anthony

Arnieri

2018

Manchester

NH


Atticus

Russell

2018

Granby

MA


Egor

Tokarskiy

2020

Vladivostok

Russia


Long Bao (Jake)

Vu

2018

Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam


Ben

Wisniewski

2018

West Brookfield

MA

Head Coach Tim Harrington started playing rugby at Bath University (in Bath, U.K.) in 1977. He was a founding member of four clubs: Middlebury College, Washington Irish (at one time, a premier club in the top division of Washington, DC area clubs), the Wild Geese (a senior club), and the Landon School (a Bethesda, MD private school). He played college rugby for two years, top-level club rugby for eight years, and old boys (senior) rugby for ten years in both scrum and back positions. He has coached at the club and high school level.

Assistant coach Wally Swanson played at Middlebury College for four years and was part of a Div. I-AA New England Championship team. After university, he played for the Old Gold Rugby Club out of Watertown, Massachusetts. He has played both flanker and hooker.




Building a tradition of Excellence
  • 2011 - Massachusetts All State Player Selections - Scott Watson & Kanta Sugai
  • 2011 - Current Holders of the Maxwell Cup, annual challenge match with Springfield Rifles RFC
  • 2011 - MYRO Division 2 State Tournament Champions
  • 2010 - MYRO Plate Division Champions