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Men’s Rugby

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 advances to the NSCRO Round 2, Inter-conference Playoffs on Saturday, November 10 to play UMass-Dartmouth, the Colonial Coast Conference Champion.

  • Kickoff time is 11 a.m. at UMass-Dartmouth.
  • Address is 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA, 02747.
  • Parking is available on campus, follow Ring Road.
  • Rugby pitch is located behind the Tripp Athletic Center and the turf field.

Winner of this playoff round will advance to the Region 1 NSCRO Playoffs at Siena College in New York the weekend of November 17-18.

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, Salem 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: Casey Brackett:
Head Coach: John Johannesen:
Coordinator of Intramural Sports/Club Sports: David Sweeney:

Fall 2018 Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 15 - away @ Bryant University, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22 - away @ Eastern Connecticut State, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29 - home vs. Holy Cross, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 - home vs. University of New Haven, tentative 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 14 - KSC Alumni Game, TBA
Saturday, Oct. 20 - home vs. University of Massachusetts, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28 - away @ Salem State University, 7 p.m.

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