Club Spotlight: Neumann University Men

Neumann University Men

Despite being relatively new to the rugby scene, Neumann University has formed a dedicated, title-winning team in just six short years. As such, NU Men’s Rugby is this week's club spotlight.

Neumann University Men History

The Neumann University Men’s Rugby was formed in 2012 and is open to any interested student, no experience necessary. As an official member of USA Rugby, Neumann University rugby team focuses on building character and spirit via a commitment to athletic excellence.

The team finished the 2014 fall campaign as the runner-up in the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union (EPRU) League Championship and is currently ranked 40th in the country in the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO).

The Knights have played in 15s and 7s A-Side Competitions, and they have qualified for post-season play in NSCRO for the past three seasons.

The men's rugby club focuses on developing camaraderie and team chemistry with practices twice a week and competitions in both the fall and spring semesters.

The Coaching Staff 

Larry McManus joined the Men’s Rugby Club as Head Coach in 2014 and is certified with USA Rugby. Prior to his tenure with Neumann, he served at the helm of the Villanova Rugby Club, which advanced to the Collegiate Rugby Championships in 2013. Coaching since 1999, McManus is also an assistant coach with the Media Youth Rugby Football Club.

Matt Heavens has served as Assistant Coach for the Men’s Rugby Club since its inception in 2012. He is also a founding member of Media Rugby Football Club and has over 20 years of coaching experience at varying levels from youth to collegiate.

Join the NU Knights

Neumann students from all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome to join the men's rugby club on campus. For information on the rugby club program, please contact the Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Campus Recreation, David Deal, at (484) 840-4735 or dealdatneumann [dot] edu.

Neumann University team members are as intense with their compassion as they are with their competitiveness. NU Athletics emphasizes Reverence, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Stewardship in every sport.

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