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Three Victories for Charlotte at the new Rugby Athletic Center!

The Charlotte women played their first game of the 15s season against Fort Bragg in a friendly match at the RAC. After 6 weeks of preseason prep, with tons of new players and their new coach Brad Richard, Charlotte was able to secure their first win. Bragg traveled light and was not able to field a full side, giving Charlotte's new players and reserves an opportunity to get lots of game time with Bragg.    
Wet conditions made handling difficult throughout the game, giving Charlotte's forwards lots of scrums and crash ball. Even with the conditions, Charlotte was able to score the first try and maintain most of the possession through the first half. The second half proved to be a tough fight for both sides, with Bragg's counter rucking, but Charlotte was able to hold them off and finish the game at 10-5. Thank you to Fort Bragg Women for coming down and helping Charlotte get a run in before the matrix season. We will see you in the spring!
The Charlotte men wasted no time putting points on the board in the first of two games against University of Tennessee. A strong first half in both attack and defense saw Charlotte take a 22-5 lead, conceding the first Tennessee try as the half concluded. A strong Charlotte bench asserted itself in the second half as replacements made an immediate impact. Tries were recorded by Dave McGowan (2), in his Charlotte debut, James Mezzanotte, Nelson Hicks, Irving Carcamo, and Jack Byer. Final score Charlotte 57, Tennessee 17.

                The second game had some familiar faces as many Charlotte players appeared in both matches. Tennessee's B-side did not disappoint as what they lacked in experience, was made up for in fitness and aggressive play. Tennessee's quick, forward-style rugby challenged the Charlotte forwards. Despite trailing a 10-7 midway through the second half, Charlotte was able to rally a comeback and win by a score of 17-10. Credit to Irving Carcamo for the first ever successful drop goal at the RAC!

Charlotte RFC hosts the University of Tennessee and Fort Bragg at the new RAC

This Saturday
, a full slate of rugby games begins at 12PM as the Charlotte women take on the ladies from Fort Bragg. Having excellent turnout at practice thus far, the Charlotte women will look to avenge a narrow defeat at Bragg last spring. 

In their final tune-up prior to the Matrix season, the Charlotte men will take on the always strong University of Tennessee at 2PM. The two teams met in a B-side game following last year's victory in Knoxville, and Charlotte came away with a hard fought victory.  Charlotte will look to regain their stride from last year as they head into 3 consecutive matrix games. Tennessee will take on University of Florida next week as they begin their matrix season as well.
When:                 Saturday, September 13th
CRFC Women vs Fort Bragg         12 PM
CRFC-A vs Tennessee-A               2 PM
CRFC-B vs Tennessee-B               4 PM
Where:                Rugby Athletic Center, 3722 S. Tryon St, Charlotte NC, 28217
Admission:          $5/person at the gate (ages 7 & under are free)
Concessions:      Tin Kitchen will be on site with full menu and beer for sale
Some RAC policies to keep in mind:
·          Outside Food and Drink are not permitted
·          Pets are not permitted inside of the gates
·          Tobacco (including smokeless) is not permitted
·          No admission fee for rostered players, coaches, team staff, referees, trainers
More about the Rugby Athletic Center (
Rugby Athletic Center is a privately owned sports, entertainment and events venue located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just three miles from the city center, the facility and its grounds comprise a 13.4 acre tract of land near trendy South End. The Rugby Athletic Center includes an1,800-seat stadium that boasts two competition fields for rugby, lacrosse, Gaelic sports, Ultimate, soccer, and more. In addition, the complex has a practice field, CrossFit Gym, team rooms, and a clubhouse area. The facility can play host to a variety of sports related activities, as well as corporate and social events.

Charlotte Men's Competes in Porter Cup in Richmond, VA

This past weekend the men of CRFC traveled to Richmond, Virginia to participate in the Porter Cup Rugby Invitational, which included hosts The Richmond Lions & James River, Norfolk, Roanoke, & the DC Renegades. Charlotte traveled with solid numbers, a mix of familiar faces and new ones.
Game 1:
Charlotte's first test was against the D1 Norfolk Blues Rugby Club. Although it was the first meeting between the current squads, the history of the two clubs extends back to the MARFU days. Charlotte battled in the first half to establish its game plan against a solid Norfolk side. However before the half, inside center Zachary Moyer found a seam and managed to offload Nelson Hicks who was running in support. Hicks accelerated from just beyond halfway for a 40meter try. Charlotte managed to convert and took a 7-0 lead into the half. The second half proved to be a much similar, after some good phase play and quick hands once again Nelson Hicks found himself with enough pace to beat the opposition for five more points in the corner. An unsuccessful conversion put the score at 12 -0 to Charlotte. There was still a plenty of rugby to be played and after a bit of poor handling in loose play Charlotte quickly found themselves inside their own 22. Norfolk was able to capitalize and score; they converted the try and brought the score to 12-7 in favor of Charlotte. With time running out, Norfolk once again was able to mount an attack, due to some poor discipline from Charlotte. With only minutes remaining in the match Norfolk's scrum half squeezed through a gap and leveled the scores. The try was converted and secured the victory for Norfolk.
Final score 14-12.
Trys: Hicks (2)
Conversions: Anderson (1/2)
Game 2:
In the second match CRFC relied on the solid numbers that had made the trip. Many of which were new to the club for 15s and felt they had something to prove. This match was against James River Rugby Club a division three club from Virginia. From the first whistle Charlotte proved too much for James River, the forwards showed great strength, skill, and intelligence with ball in hand and around the break downs. As for the backline, there were many fresh faces and proved that depth is not an issue for this year's team.
Final score 28-7
Ending on a positive note was a great boost for the club after narrow defeat to Norfolk. With the ability to insert new players into game situations and allow the veterans to build continuity CRFC is poised to have a brilliant season once more.
Next week CRFC will travel to Raleigh to take on the Vipers, another D1 team.

7's qualifier this weekend, Thirsty Tuesday at the RAC Tuesday, 7/22

2014 South 7s Qualifier
The Charlotte RFC is sending a young and spirited side down to New Orleans this weekend for the South 7's National Qualifier, hosted by New Orleans RFC. Although team Captain and rugby messiah Matt Hughston is unavailable because he will be in Chula Vista, CA for an Eagle's camp (good luck Matt!), the team still has the goal of going to the 2014 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship in Seattle on August 9th and 10th.

Trying to create a more competitive 7's program, similar to the Olympic Development Academy, Serevi, and Tiger Rugby programs in select cities, Matt asked the club to allow us to recruit talent from all over the southeast for 7's. Leveraging his relationship with players from ECU and his high school days at Providence, Matt put together an excellent roster. With an average age of only 23 years, the fourteen men making the trip consist of 7 Charlotte RFC members, 2 each from ECU and Raleigh, and 1 each from Greenville Griffins, UNC-Charlotte and Life University.

Life University just reading that leaves a bad taste in your mouth but in this case let's put old rivalries aside. The representative from Life is Charlotte's own Colton Cariaga. If you don't know Colton, he went to Life after graduating from South Meck in 2008. In his senior year at Life, Colton was captain of both the 15's and the 7's squad. Under Colton's leadership the Running Eagles were 2013 runners up at the Collegiate Rugby Championship 7's held in Philadelphia to Cal (14-19), and Division 1-A champions over St. Mary's (16-14). After graduating from Life, the USA Collegiate All-American spent last year playing 15's with Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  Colton will be Captain of Charlotte's side in Matt's absence.

Here is the full roster:
CRFC 2014 7s team

Some other statistics about the team:
14 Americans
1 South African
1 Australian
10 from Charlotte area high schools
Oldest: JK Anderson (27)
Youngest: Ethan Suznevich (19)

Thirsty Tuesday at the RAC Tuesday, 7/22

On Tuesday, July 22 after the boys return from New Orleans, the club is hosting 'Thirsty Tuesday' at the Rugby Athletic Center. The club has been in contact with Mark Bullock, the Director of Rugby of the Glendale Raptors, about our current coaching vacancy. Mark will be running a 15's session to get a feel for the club - come for dinner and cold beverages, hang out with old and new friends, watch the club practice, and see what the 'RAC' is all about at the same time. Follow this link to RSVP.

The RAC has partnered with Tin Kitchen to run concessions, and they will have a full menu, as well as beer & wine available for purchase.

Some facts about Mark Bullock

  • Stanford University (Class of 1975)
  • Davis City Rugby Club 1976-82
  • Seattle Rugby Football Club 1983-95
  • Head Coach Liberty U19 Rugby Football Club 1985-90
  • Kentwood U19 Rugby Football Club 1991-96
  • USA U19 National Team 1992-2002
  • Pacific Northwest Women Select Side 1994-96
  • Denver Harlequins RFC 1996 2000
  • USA Rugby National Coaching Instructor 1996-02
  • Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union Select Side 1997-98
  • Denver Barbarians 2000-01
  • Kudu Select Side 2004-08
  • Western Rugby Union Women's Select Side 2005-08
  • Glendale Raptors 2005-12
Some facts about the RAC
  • 13.4 acre complex
  • 25,000 square foot facility (15,000 square feet of retail space)
  • 28,000 square foot 3 tier stadium (capacity 1,800)
  • Parking for 250+
  • Stadium Field # 1 (Competition Pitch) measures 110m x 70m
  • Stadium Field # 2 measures 102m x 61m
  • 7.5 miles from airport
  • 3.5 miles from Uptown Charlotte
  • Easy access to Lynx rail system (0.5 mile / 10 minute walk)

Charlotte Rugby Football Club's 2014 Annual General Meeting

Charlotte Rugby Football Club's 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 7pm. The meeting location is the rugby clubhouse (2911 Bellhaven Circle, Charlotte, NC 28214-7108). 
The meeting is open to all current members. This includes anyone who is current on player dues or has paid for a 2014 family, social, or old boys membership. Members must be in good standing with the club (dues paid) to be eligible for board/director positions and to vote on club matters. 
·         President's report
·         Treasurer's report
·         Mortgage payoff
·         Rugby results/plans
·         Rugby Athletic Center
·         Officer elections
·         Questions

USA Rugby Southern Conference Championship Weekend
This weekend the Charlotte Rugby club is hosting the Southern Conference Championships for the men's D2 and D3 rugby clubs. The first of five games on Saturday starts at 11AM and we round out the day with a Charlotte select side playing the touring Queensland Outback Barbarians at 7PM. On Sunday the action starts again at 10AM. The winners of each championship game on Sunday will advance to the Elite 8 in Pittsburgh.
Venue: Charlotte Rugby Club
Address: 2911 Bellhaven Circle, Charlotte, NC 28214
General Admission: $5/person for the weekend; keep wristband for Sunday (cash & cards accepted)
Concessions: Papi Queso Food Truck will be on site
Beverages: Serving The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery products at the bar
* VIP beer tent next to the field. $20/cup for complimentary beer
Social: Saturday night at TILT on Trade
Men's D3
11:00AM 12:30PM Savannah Shamrocks Rugby Club vs Gainesville Hogs Rugby
1:00PM 2:30PM Montgomery Yellowhammers Rugby Football Club vs Asheville Rugby Football Club
Men's D2
3:00PM 4:30PM Miami Rugby Football Club vs Chattanooga Rugby Football Club
5:00PM 6:30PM Charlotte RFC vs Atlanta Old White Rugby Football Club
7:00PM-8:30PM Charlotte Select vs Queensland Outback Barbarians
Men's D3
10:00AM-11:30PM D3 Championship Game
Men's D2 
12:00PM-1:30PM D2 Championship Game

Mortgage Payoff Campaign

The club's mortgage is once again coming due. It has been extended numerous times by the lender, who is now charging 11.75% interest. At the risk of 1) not getting another extension, or 2) getting another 2-5% increase in rate, we need to pay the loan off by maturity.

As of February 1, 2014, our outstanding balance is $8,400. View Progress

Go here to donate.

Charlotte RFC is Carolinas Conference D2 Champion!

This past Saturday Charlotte Rugby Club played host on what would be the first of two home matches vs Atlanta Old White. The winner would be the Carolina's conference champions and hold the #1 seed heading into the South Championships in three weeks time.

Atlanta Old White was very strong out of the gate and clearly hungry to avenge a home loss to Charlotte last October. AOW's fullback was able to slot two early penalties and help his team to an early lead.

After a strong 10-15 minute surge by AOW, it was all Charlotte from there out. Charlotte's scrum, which was dominant all day, was able to steal an Atlanta scrum inside their 22. Speedy scrum half, Jake Finge,r was able to dodge a few defenders before putting weak side winger, Ty Elkins, down the touch line for the games first try.

As the first half wore on, it was clear Charlotte was the superior side. A mix of physicality, creativity and clean play from the set pieces saw Charlotte touch down twice more prior to half. Both tries being scored by big number 8, Stuart Pollock.

Being down to 14 men at the start of the second half, there was no surge from the visiting side. Charlotte displayed their dominance not only in attack, but also in defense, with a very impressive try line stand late in the second half. Come full time, Charlotte dotted down an additional 4 times. Final score Charlotte 48, Atlanta 6.

Tries: Elkins, Pollock (2), Hughston, Finger, Hicks, Anderson.

Conversions: Hughston (5 from 7)

Charlotte RFC hosts rival, Atlanta Old White, in Carolinas D2 Final

This Saturday, Charlotte RFC (#1) hosts Atlanta Old White (#2) for the inaugural Carolinas Union D2 Championship. Last fall, this match-up saw Charlotte come away with a 45-12 victory. Since that time, both teams have been preparing for a likely rematch in the D2 finals. Our players have been putting in the work all season, on and off the field, for this weekend. Playoff rugby is finally back, and we are prepared!
There will be a special MEMBERS ONLY deck party with complimentary food & beverages, so make sure to get your social/old boys memberships paid. We will accept card/check payments on game day. Your membership is tax deductible. Follow this link for payment information:
11AM Hough High vs. Northwest Guilford High
2PM Charlotte RFC vs. Atlanta Old White

Charlotte RFC secures a spot in the South D2 Finals

CRFC played host for two games this past Saturday as Charlotte B played host to Clemson B, and the A-side battled Charleston RFC in the Conference Semi-Finals. The sun was shining with a crisp breeze, and the deck was full thanks to a great turnout by the old boys. It was sure to be another great rugby day at the clubhouse.
The B-side kicked off the action at noon and faced a very fit Clemson side. Charlotte opened the scoring but then saw Clemson strike back with two tries of the own. Those however would be the only points surrendered by a very strong Charlotte defense.
As the game wore on Clemson was unable to match the size and physicality of the Charlotte forwards. Strong running by pack players such as Nicholas Penning and Brad Richard helped create overloads for Donovan Craig's backline. The center pairing of Knight & Anderson worked well in tandem both racking up the meters on the ground.
Charlotte took a 19-10 lead into half and then poured on the tries in the second half. Final score was Charlotte 52, Clemson 10. Very appropriate ending to the season for the b-side. Seeing only one loss since last fall they can be very proud of the way they represented the green & orange.
The conference semi-finals kicked off at 2 PM and it was clear from the start Charleston was a much stronger side than was seen three weeks ago. Gaining possession early they were able to force Charlotte into penalties and uncharacteristic mistakes.
Following two successful Charleston penalty kicks Charlotte regained possession and spent nearly 7 minutes in scoring territory. Finally, Captain Jason Hinchman found a seam in the defense and was able to touch down for the first try of the match. Charleston 6, Charlotte 5.
The middle 15 minutes of the first half saw both defenses frustrating the opposing attack. At the 27' mark; flyhalf, Mike Miller, booted a kick deep into Charleston territory. The kick was misjudged by the Charleston fullback which allowed Charlotte prop, Amro Guda, to scoop it up for a try.
Later in the half, Charlotte outside center, Lou Keefe, intercepted a long pass at midfield from the Charleston fly half. Keefe was brought to ground by the Charleston fullback but was able to pop to his center pairing, Zach Moyer, who dotted down the first of his two tries of the day. Conversion made by Alex Maughan.

It was a frustrating first half for the home side. Credit to Charleston defense for disrupting the attacking flow Charlotte has become accustomed to this season. Halftime score Charlotte 17, Charleston 9.
The second half, while far from perfect, saw Charlotte settle in their groove and return to their style of play. Flanker Jack Byer touched down off a driving lineout by the forwards just 3 minutes into the second half.
The next two tries saw the Charlotte backs move it wide and into the hands of winger, Ty Elkins. #Elkins put his athletic ability on display making defenders miss on both his tries of the afternoon.
The final try of the game was again a result of some craftiness from the backs. Keegan Federal touched down in the corner bringing the final score to 42-14.
The game was far from perfect and possibly Charlotte's biggest struggle of the season thus far. The win sets up a matchup versus Atlanta Old White on Saturday 5/12 in the Conference finals.

Schedule For April 5, 2014


12PM - Charlotte RFC vs. Clemson B-side
2PM - Charlotte RFC vs. Charleston Outlaws RFC
4PM - College of Charleston W vs App State W 

The day begins with the 2nd side hosting a strong Clemson 2nd side that is eager for a rematch after Charlotte won their last meeting in the Fall.

The intensity rises as the first side hosts Charleston in a must-win playoff game. The winner moves on to play in the Carolina's Union championship game on 4/12, which we will host if we win .

To round out the day, the club will host the women's college D2 playoff game between College of Charleston and App State.

THE Charlotte R.F.C. is the best family!!!
The Orange and Green are rolling and we need to get behind our club as they make a run at the National Championship. We have a great young group of players that have really taken control of the club on and off the pitch and the competition is taking notice.
Unfortunately success comes at a price and the boys can really use our support in the form of membership dues. Dues are $100 for social and Old Boy Members or $150 for a family membership per year. This is much cheaper than taking the family to just one professional sporting event. Dues money will be needed for playoff travel and the club would like to pay off the remaining Mortgage in 2014. 
Benefits include being part of a great family, free admission/parking for all home games in 2014 and invitation to  members only events in Spring and Fall. 
Pay dues by April 5th and you will get an invite for 2 for a very special MEMBERS ONLY deck party on Saturday April 12th 5th  when the Charlotte RFC hosts a Carolina Division II playoff match. Last year's Members Only Deck party was such a huge success that our goal this year is to take over the whole deck. The goal is 100 Social/Old Boy Memberships and we really want to stack the best deck in Charlotte on April 12th 5th!  Follow the link to make payment. Your membership is Tax Deductible.
You do not have to be a former Charlotte Player or even a rugby player to support the club. All social members are invited so get your family, friends and employers to support you and the club.
Check out the busy schedule for March/April:
April 5- Carolina Union Semi-Final and Social/Old Boy Member Day
April 12- Carolina Union Championship and Social/Old Boy Member Day*** Pending Charlotte RFC continuing Butt kickings
May 3/4- Rugby South Finals for Division 2 and 3 + Queensland (Australia) Outback Barbarians Vs Select South Side

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