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: Will Crocker '20, Rohan Herron '19, Jung Sung Lee '19

Managers: Shohei Ishikawa '19

1

Rohan

Heron

2019

Springfield

MA

2

John

Kennedy

2019

Springfield

MA

3

Marvin

Morris

2021

Longmeadow

MA

4

Vincent

Sweeney

2020

Longmeadow

MA

5

Haoran

Zhang

2019

Jiangyin Wuxi

China

6

An

Nguyen

2020

Hanoi

Vietnam

7

Eghosa

Osemwota

2021

Ajah

Nigeria

8

Samuel

Zabolotnij

2019

Mariankske Lazne

Czech Republic

9

Jabari

Walrond

2021

Bodden Town

Cayman Island

10

William

Crocker

2020

Wrestling

MA

11

Gene

Kang

2020

Wilbraham

MA

12

Rashad

Jackson

2020

Hamden

CT

13

David

Swan

2021

George Town

Cayman Islands

14

Jakub

Kanovics

2019

Bratislava

Slovakia

15

Jun Sung

Lee

2019

Seoul

South Korea

16

Zane

Abal-Sadeq

2019

Mishref

Kuwait

17

Dylan

Vedovelli

2019

Monson

MA

18

Dongmin

Kim

2021

Seoul

Korea

19

Jack

Woodbury

2019

Wilbraham

MA

20

Kyle

Yamagishi-Rodstein

2020

Wilbraham

MA

21

Anh

Vu

2021

Hanoi

Vietnam

22

Hyunyeob

Yun

2022

Seoul

Korea


Brandon

Gulluni

2019

Palmer

MA


Sawgu

Hong

2022

Seoul

South Korea


Kizuki

Koyasu

2020

Singapore

Singapore


Patrick

Ogunbufunmi

2019

Lagos

Nigeria

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

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Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
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