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Club History

The CSU Men’s Rugby Club was founded by Dave Freedman and Mike Wray in 1970, marking the inception of a journey filled with resilience and achievement. With just 17 players initially and little knowledge of the sport, the club faced numerous challenges, including a limited budget and scarcity of equipment. However, these early setbacks did not deter their determination. Over the years, the club steadily expanded its membership, developed its skills, and embarked on a path of continuous improvement. This commitment bore fruit when they secured the Colorado Rugby Championship in the Fall of 1971, a remarkable “rags to riches” story that earned them national recognition. The club’s legacy is further enhanced by the accomplishments of its alumni, who went on to represent the USA Eagles Men’s National Team and achieved success at various levels of the sport, contributing to a rich and enduring history.

Notable Alumni

Men’s National Team

Fred Paoli: USA Eagles Men's National Team – 1982-1991 – 20 caps – Tight Head Prop

Justin Stencil: USA Eagles Men's National Team – 2006 – 1 cap – Open Side Flanker

Jim Opperman: USA Eagles National Team trialist (4 time)

Greg Welfare: USA Eagles National Team trialist (4 time)

Mike Linder: USA Eagles National Team trialist ( 3 time)

Bob Porter: USA Eagles National Team trialist (3 time)

Ben Pinkelman: USA Eagles 7's Core Member (Participated in the Rio Olympics and the San Francisco Rugby 7s World Cup) – 2015-Current

Collegiate All Americans

Kyle Fenton: Honorable Mention All-American – 2003 – Hooker

Matt Hofmeister: Honorable Mention All-American – 2003 – Fullback

Travis Mitchell – Honorable Mention All-American – 2004 – Scrum Half

Jake Humphrey: USA Eagles Collegiate All-American – 2006 – Center

Logan Collins – Honorable Mention All-American – 2008 – Flanker

Steve Karas: USA Eagles Collegiate All-American – 2014 – Prop

Ben Pinkelman: USA Eagles Collegiate All-American – 2014-15 – Flanker

Under 20 National Team

Ben Pinkelman: USA Eagles U20 All-American – 2014 – Flanker

Under 19 National Team

Logan Collins: USA Eagles U19 National Team – 2005 – 8 Man

U19 World Cup – Man of the Match vs. Korea (2 tries)

Spencer Sarver: USA Eagles U19 National Team – 2008 – Hooker

High School Honors

Brett Wolf: Colorado High School Player of the Year – 2003

Logan Collins: Colorado High School Player of the Year – 2004

Justin Mitchell: Colorado High School Player of the Year – 2005

Major League Rugby / Professional Rugby

Logan Collins: Denver Stampede, Glendale Rugby – 2016-2019

Evan Geist: New England Free Jacks – 2019-2020

Alex Tucci: Utah Warriors, Dallas Jackals, Miami Sharks, Dallas Jackals – 2018-present

 

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