Austin Huns

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Austin Huns Rugby Club
Austin Huns Rugby Crest
Full nameAustin Huns Rugby Football Club
UnionUSA Rugby
Founded1972; 47 years ago (1972)
LocationAustin, Texas
Ground(s)Huns Field at Nixon Lane
PresidentChristopher Hanson
Director of RugbyUnited States Luis Sanchez
Coach(es)United States Adam Scheidler
Captain(s)Nicholas Martinez
League(s)Texas Rugby Union
20171st (U.S. Division 1)
Team kit
Official website
www.austinhunsrugby.com

The Huns Rugby Football Club is a Men's Rugby Club American rugby union team based in Austin, Texas. In June 2017 they became U.S. Division 1 National Champions beating New York Athletic Club 27-23 in the final match.[1]

History[edit]

The Austin Huns were formed in 1972 by Patton "Pat" Lochridge as he didn't believe he and some of his teammates were getting a fair shake as to playing time from the Austin Rugby Club that they had been playing for previously.[2] The Austin Huns Rugby Club has competed in all 3 National USA Rugby 15s divisions and the National 7s division.

In 1993, the Huns competed in the Division II National Championships hosted in Mobile, Alabama. They lost in the semi-final to Santa Rosa Rugby Club 18-15 with Santa Rosa subsequently winning the final. In 1994, the Huns hosted the Division II National Championships in Austin, Texas (won again by Santa Rosa RFC) and in 1995 hosted both the Division I & II National Championships in Austin, Texas. The Huns have historically been a playoff caliber team in whatever division they competed, both before and after this 1993 appearance at D II Nationals.

In 2016, the Huns announced that they would start moving towards professionalism, a relatively new concept in the US. The Austin Huns were one of the teams of the Major Rugby Championship, a one-off friendly series of games that took place in the spring of 2017. The friendly games included the Austin Huns, the Glendale Raptors, Rugby Utah, the Dallas Griffins, and New Orleans RFC.[3]

In June 2017, the Huns Rugby Football Club beat New York Athletic Club in the U.S. Division 1 final to become National Champions. The Huns were the first Austin team to win the DI National Championship, and were the second Texas team to do so after the Dallas Harlequins.

In August 2017, the Austin Huns Rugby Club announced they would not be joining the inaugural season of Major League Rugby (MLR).[4] The Huns parted ways with the organization managing the bid for an MLR team in Austin which was subsequently re-branded as Elite Rugby Management and formed the Austin Elite Rugby team.[4]

Teams[edit]

In 2017 the Huns Elite side played in a series of exhibition friendlies, with other clubs who are expected to play in the newly formed Major Rugby league in 2018.[5] The Austin Huns 2nd, 3rd, and 4th teams play in Division I, Division II, and Division III, respectively, within USA Rugby's club system in the Red River Conference.[6]

Squad[edit]

Player Position
United States Tim Fitzgerald Prop
United States Sean LeMasters Hooker
United Kingdom Michael Hollister Prop
United States Zach Steinbach Lock
United States Brian Welborn Lock
United States Joedee Reyes Flanker
United States Phillip Hanson Flanker
South Africa Deon Minnaar 8
United States Aaron Boan Scrumhalf
United States Micheal Hunter Flyhalf
United States Ryan Kretchmar Wing
Fiji Pita "Junior" Naruma Center
United States Antonyo McCall Center
United States Gabe Furnivall Wing
United States Gio Bonilla Fullback

Past Notable players[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

  • Austin Beerworks
  • Avatar Nutrition
  • Round Rock Hyundai
  • Techline Tools

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Austin Huns grab club's 1st U.S. rugby championship". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  2. ^ "History". Austin Huns Rugby. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  3. ^ "Glendale, Huns, Utah In New Major Rugby Championship". This Is American Rugby. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  4. ^ a b "Austin Huns Opt Out of Inaugural MLR Season". Austin Huns. 2017-08-15. Archived from the original on 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2017-11-10.
  5. ^ "Schedule and Results". Austin Huns. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  6. ^ "RED RIVER MEN'S DIVISION I". USA Rugby. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  7. ^ "Peter Malcolm". USA Rugby. Retrieved 2017-06-05.

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