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Men’s Rugby

The men’s rugby club is looking for more students to join for the spring season and anyone interested, can contact the club president, Jason Perry more information. Student can also visit the club’s new OwlNet page, https://keene.presence.io/organization/mens-rugby, for more current information about the men’s rugby club status this spring.

Formed in the spring of 1972, Keene State men’s rugby has been training players of all abilities to play the game of rugby for over 40 years. Our staff advisor is a former KSC player and was the head coach from 2003-2019. The team competed in the 2010 NSCRO nationals in Virginia Beach and placed second in the country.

No prior experience is necessary and, in fact, many of our players have never played the game before arriving at Keene State.

During a non-Covid-19 pandemic year, the team participates as a member of NSCRO-South Champions Division.

In the spring semester, the club typically participates in several tournaments against other clubs for a six week season but due to Covid-19, travel and competitions were not be possible this spring.

To inquire about joining the team for 2021-22, please email:

Club President: Jason Perry: jason.perry@keene.edu
Head Coach: Ely Thayer: ely.thayer@gmail.com
Advisor: John Johannesen: jjohannesen1@keene.edu

Fall 2021 - Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 18 - away at Babson College - lost 48-8
Sunday, Sept. 26 - away at University of New England - lost 21-7
Saturday, Oct. 2 - home vs. Nichols College - won 21-17
Saturday, Oct. 9 - at Salem State - won by forfeit
Sunday, Oct. 3 - KSC Alumni game
Saturday, Oct. 16 - home vs. Merrimack University - won 29-26

NERFU Challenge East Division playoffs - Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1pm vs. Nichols College - won 20-3

Saturday, November 6 - Challenge Playoffs will be held at Babson College
first semi-final game - KSC vs. Babson College - lost
second semi-final game - Siena College vs. Wesleyan University

Championship game - winners of semi-finals - Sunday, November 7

Home games are played on Joyce Athletic Fields on campus – coming into Keene, turn onto Wyman Way off of Main Street and park in the farthest lot at the end of Wyman Way next to the Recreation Center/Spaulding Gym. Joyce Fields are across the river to the left of the parking lot.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, spectators must wear face masks and maintain physical distancing while watching the rugby games. Dogs and alcohol/drug consumption are prohibited on the athletic fields during club sport games.

Contact Recreational Sports

Lynne Andrews
Director of Recreational Sports
603-358-2815
Front Desk: 603.358.2826