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Men’s Rugby

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 head coach is a former KSC player and has been the coach since 2003. 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 the fall, the team is a member of NSCRO-South Champions Division and competes against teams such as Bryant University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Plymouth State University, and Holy Cross and has a competitive "A" and "B" side.

In the spring semester, the club participates in several tournaments against other clubs for a six week season.

To inquire about joining the team, please email:

Club President: Alex Rushworth:
Head Coach: Ely Thayer:
Advisor/Assistant Coach: John Johannesen:
Coordinator of Intramural Sports/Club Sports: David Sweeney:

Fall 2019 Schedule

Saturday, September 21 - home vs. Eastern Connecticut State University - 1 p.m.
Saturday, September 28 @ Holy Cross - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 5 - home vs. Bryant University - 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 6 - Alumni Game - 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 19 - home vs. Plymouth State - 3 p.m.

Fall 2018 Recap

NERFU - DIII Challenge Cup Championship
Saturday, November 3 - Keene State defeated Bates College, 64-29
Sunday, November 4 - Keene State defeated Siena College, 47-43

Keene State Men’s Rugby Club are the DIII Challenge Cup Champions!

Keene State advanced to the NSCRO Round 2, Inter-conference Playoffs on Saturday, November 10 but lost to UMass-Dartmouth, the Colonial Coast Conference Champion.

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 Recreational Sports

Lynne Andrews
Director of Recreational Sports
Front Desk: 603.358.2826