The History of Georgia Southern Rugby has been passed down by word of mouth since the organization's official establishment in 1976. A group of motivated young men with a vision, many of whom are associated with today's Golden Isles Rugby Football Club, established a rugby club here in Statesboro, Georgia. For many years, the Club received very little, if any, recognition from the community of Georgia Southern College.
This all changed on a historical Saturday in 1981. Playing on the famous Oxford Field, a surface containing as many rocks as blades of grass (where Southern Courtyard currently stands), the club defeated the highly regarded University of Georgia RFC. The Southern Ruggers played in T-shirts with numbers spray-painted on the back, contrasting with the UGA squad emblazoned in their matching red and black brand new uniforms. The hard-fought battle was witnessed by the President of Georgia Southern College, who just happened to be passing by. He was so impressed by the perseverance of the Southern players that the very next day, he allocated a significant sum of money to the club. From that day forth, Rugby has become a permanent part of Georgia Southern sports and culture.
Practices are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm-8pm and are open to everyone. No experience is required, just bring cleats, a mouth-guard and a good attitude.
Congrats to Jacksonville men's for winning Ga. Southern's Annual Black Rose Tournament last year.
This year should be just as exciting. We have set the date of September 15th 2012 for this two day tournament. The Black Rose director this year is Shane Lasini. If anyone has any questions about how to enter, the cost, or anything else, contact him at 770-639-0239 or by email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We are currently selling our Black Rose t-shirts.