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Men’s Rugby

The men’s rugby club will be looking for new students to join the team for the fall 2024 season and anyone interested can contact the club president, John Delaney for more information. Students can also visit the club’s OwlNet page,, for more information about the men’s rugby club.

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 50 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 this fall season, the team will participate as a member of NERFU-North Bracket of the Champions Division, moving up from the Challenge Division from the previous fall. In the spring semester, the club typically participates in several tournaments against other clubs.

To inquire about joining the team for 2024-25, please email:

Club President: John Delaney:
Head Coach: Ely Thayer:
Advisor: John Johannesen:

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.

Dogs and alcohol/drug consumption are prohibited on the athletic fields during club sport games.

Contact Campus Recreation & Fitness

Lynne Andrews
Director of Campus Recreation & Fitness
Front Desk: 603.358.2826