The Cornell University RFC has been invited to participate in the 47th annual Cherry Blossom Rugby Tournament, hosted by Washington RFC . It is one of the largest tournaments on the east coast. The tournament has three divisions: College Men, College Women and High School Boys.
On a crisp autumn day at Cornell’s pitch the University of Pennsylvania Quakers and the Cornell Big Red battled to a 33-16 final. Penn, coming off a tie with the Princeton Tigers, looked to establish an early tempo.
Cornell hosted the University of Waterloo, from Ontario, Canada over Labor Day weekend in their first contest of the season. The team highly anticipated this game coming off a successful 4-1 spring season. The match played on a scorching Saturday afternoon began as a contested battle with both teams drawing a score to make it 5-5 in the opening ten minutes. Waterloo’s high-octane offense kicked into gear afterwards scoring forty-one unanswered points in to the half with credit to great ball movement along their back line.
Cornell travelled to Hamilton, New York to take on cross-state rival Colgate University on Saturday, September 8th. Cornell was fresh off a close defeat and looking for their first win of the season against a strong Colgate side. Colgate’s side, which went 13-0 only to lose in the national tournament last spring, suffered a loss to other Ivy, Yale University 28-0 the week previous. The ensuing match was one to be remembered. A storm swirled in from the west that brought with it two straight hours of rain.
Coming off their first loss of the season to the Princeton Tigers, the University of Pennsylvania Quakers were looking to cap their fall 15’s season with a victory at home at Penn Park. Nevertheless, it was Cornell’s Big Red that came out firing from kickoff pinning Penn within their own five-meter line.
After trailing 17-7 at the half, Cornell came charging back to take 22-20 on a try by Cornell's Andrew Sapozink with less than 20 minutes left. Columbia scored two late trys though, when it counted and overtook Cornell at the final whistle 32-22.
The Princeton men traveled to Ithaca, New York in cold weather to play Cornell for the second time in two weeks. Cornell, with last week’s game behind them, sought to reverse the outcome of last Saturday.
Cornell Men hosted Columbia University in its Ivy League home opener last Saturday. After a morning of consistent rain two hours prior, the weather cleared up in time for the noon kick-off. The Columbia side captured the win with the help of their stout defense 20-12.
A sunny, yet cool day at the beautiful Brown University Rugby pitch saw a game of a Ivy Barbarians (Mixture of players from Brown & Harvard Universities) Vs the touring Frederickton Loyalists from New Brusnwick, Canada. Over 100 points would be scored today.
Earlier this month, Tim Kelly, Cornell Faded Red’s Vice President of Men’s Club Affairs conducted an in-depth interview with Ron Schassburger, the new head coach of the CURFC. Ron’s rugby roots date back to 1960, and in this interview we learn of his tremendous love for the game, the pursuit of rugby perfection and the future trajectory of Cornell men’s rugby.
Williams, Cornell Class of 1915, is the only Ivy League rugby player to ever receive an Olympic Gold Metal. Paris 18 May 1924, Olympic Stadium of Colombes, Games of the VIII Olympiad: Competitors of the United States and France (17:3) battle during the final match of the rugby tournament.
Brown University was able to bounce back from the disappointing loss to Columbia a day earlier to defeat Cornell 39-17. The 97 points Cornell gave up the day before did not seem to matter on this day as Cornell fought tooth and nail to eventually take their second loss of the Ivy season.