Club History

 

If you have never seen or heard of rugby before, do not be concerned, BRFC accepts all sizes, shapes and abilities – truly one of the unique parts of this sport. There are no try outs. If you make a commitment to the Club, you are part of the Club.

In the spring of 2007 a few upperclassmen, including English import Joe Arkinstall, approached Greg Bruce about rugby. They knew of the game and were intrigued. They knew Greg played and they wanted to learn from him. At first hesitant, Coach Bruce finally capitulated and met with the boys on the field after school a few days a week. Word spread quickly and Coaches Tommy &  Zilcoski tracked the motley bunch down and joined the staff. Year one had no formal matches, but the seed was planted. By year 2, Coach Borle was on board, The Friends of Belmont Rugby (now Belmont Rugby Association) formed, & BRFC’s first match was scheduled.

Club Highlights

2007:

- Belmont Rugby formed
- Trainings and one inter squad match held
- Word spreads quickly, Coaches Zilcoski & Tommy join the movement, and more students show interest

2008:

- The Belmont Rugby Club crest is created by Sandy Kane (mother of BRFC alumni Jake Tommy {’10} & Sam Tommy {’13})
- The Friends of Belmont Rugby (now Belmont Rugby Association) is created
- The Club receives “club” status at Belmont High School
- First match in Belmont Rugby history played against Hopkinton High School at the Irish Cultural Centre. Final score Belmont  41 – Hopkinton 5
- Belmont finish their inaugural season with 4 wins & 1 loss
Player of the Year: Jack Dooley
Coach’s Award: Brian Griffin

2009:

- Season record:  6 wins - 2 losses
- BRFC finish 2nd place in Division 2A NERFU Tournament, ending the day with 2 wins & 1 loss
- Roberto “Chile” Gassman awarded NERFU Tournament MVP
Player of the Year: Roberto “Chile” Gassman
Coach’s Award: Christian Backus

2010:

- Season record:  4 wins - 6 losses
- NERFU Tournament 1 win – 2 losses
Player of the Year: Christian Backus
Coach’s Award: Zack Krikorian

2011:

- Season record: 7 wins - 1 loss
- BRFC win the Division 2 Mass. Youth Rugby Organization Championship
- BRFC Finish 4th place in Division 1 tournament, ending the day with 1 win & 2 losses
- Christian Backus invited to the High School All-American Camp
- Belmont Rugby Club travel to Buenos Aires & Tigre, Argentina for their first international tour. Highlights include a match against Santa Maria High School & an inter squad match with Liceo Naval U18 team and a training session with former Argentina Puma.
Player of the Year: Christian Backus
Coach’s Award: Nick Guthrie

2012:

- Belmont promoted to Division 1
- Season Record: 6 wins – 3 losses (2-3 in Division 1)
Player of the Year: JC Reynolds
Coach’s Award: Matt Parlon

2013:

- Belmont Rugby Football Club win the Division 1 Massachusetts State Championship defeating Bishop Hendricken 17-5
- Season Record: 8 wins – 1 loss (5-1 in Division 1)
- Belmont RFC travel to Barcelona, Spain for their 2nd international tour. Highlights include; two inter squad matches against the English School in Barcelona and against Rugby Club Cornellà; training session with the Spanish National U19 Coach; Racing Club de Narbonne Méditerannée match versus rivals Association Sportive Béziers Hérault.
Player of the Year: Junior Toussaint
Coach’s Award: Jon Comeau

The 2013 Division 1 Champions


2014:

- Belmont finish 2nd in Division 1, losing to Bishop Hendricken in final 19-21
- Final record 8 wins – 2 losses (including playoffs)
The Frank Bunce Senior Award for Excellence: Pat O’Connor
Player of the Year: Barrett Lyons
Coach’s Award: Nick Pearson

2015:
- Belmont Boy’s team finish 2nd in Division 1, losing to Boston College High School in final 10-26.
- Final record 8 wins – 2 losses (including playoffs & tour)
- Belmont Girl’s Team formed. First game in team history is a 10-10 draw vs. Lincoln-Sudbury 2nd XV.
- Belmont Boys travel to Lisbon & Monte Gordo, Portugal for third international tour. Highlights include training sessions with Damien Steele & “JP” from Cadul Rugby Club; training session at Portuguese Olympic Training Center in Monte Gordo; match victories against Sintrense Rugby Club (Sintra, Portugal) 55-0 & a 45-0 victory against Club Rugby Setubal (Setubal, Portugal).
The Frank Bunce Senior Award for Excellence: Bryce Christian
Player of the Year: Luke Perrotta
Coach’s Award: Darren Chan

 

 

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