NSRFC at the NERFU Cup in Newport, May 2013

North Shore at the NERFU Cup in Newport, RI (May 2013)

Day Date Event
Thu 9/18

Practice

7:00pm @ GEAA Field, 663 Summer St, Lynn, MA 01905

All welcome, no experience necessary.
Focus will be skills, tactics, and fitness.



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The North Shore Rugby Football Club is a NERFU Division III men's rugby club based north of Boston, MA. We played our first match in spring 2002 and compete against clubs throughout New England.

Contact us today or check out the schedule and just show up. New players and fans are always welcome. The NSWRFC is our sister team, and we have our youth rugby program for children 13 and under.



North Shore Summer

The Reds started off the summer rugby season with the 2nd Annual North Shore 10s tournament, held at Beverly High School. Blessed with another gorgeous day for rugby the Reds came out and swept the competition, beating Salem State, Cape Cod, Old Gold, and the Wasps en route to the finals. The Reds captured the trophy for the 2nd year in a row and look to grow the field each year and make this a must attend event.

Next up was the Newport 7s tournament, typically featuring the best 7s clubs in NERFU. The Reds went 2-1-1 on the day, twice beating a strong Salve Regina squad and going neck and neck with perennial 7s powerhouse Middlesex RFC in a 19-10 loss. Strong individual efforts from Sean Mahoney and Garret Santos (6 tries on the day) helped keep North Shore in the action.

Moving to Acton 10s, North Shore sent a pack-heavy squad that came out a bit flat, down 17-5 at the half during their first game to finish in a 31-29 nailbiter. NS lost a tight 17-5 game versus Mystic River, where they were in it until the last minute and Mystic popped one in to secure their lead. The Reds would move on to the plate bracket and receive a bye, where they would be up against UNH. NS poured on the tries and were extremely dominant in the pack, running up a 48-5 score. In the plate final NS lost a heartbreaker to a deep UMass Amherst squad, 12-5. NS lead 5-0 at the half, but the lack of depth in the back line kept them from threatening to put more points on the board.

Finally the summer series ended with the Gate City 7s in Nashua, NH. North Shore sent one of their all-time strongest 7s squads and it paid off, North Shore captured the cup, unfortunately full details, scores, etc. were lost in the celebration. However, it was a fine end to a strong summer campaign and hopefully a sign of things to come this fall and in future summers.

Some other highlights from the summer included the annual Prom Dress Rugby game (we'll forgo any pictures), well attended weekly summer trainings with Dan Solomon, and the CrossFit summer training sessions. After a successful summer and seeing numbers grow, players are eagerly awaiting the fall season and are poised to compete for a jersey each Saturday.

The Reds open up their season on September 6th, facing rivals Charles River at Moakley field. Having faced each other twice in the spring and several times at tournaments this summer, the two teams should be well acquainted and there should be few surprises left for either side. This should prove to be one of the most competitive Division 3 groupings in some time and we're looking forward to the challenge!

Up Shore!


- Ian "Juggernaut" Nichols

Rugby in Fiji - The Full Experience

My time playing here has been really interesting and a huge growing process. They play a rough game here balanced with fantastic backyard sevens style passing. The lineout calls are really intricate- every man is a jumper and a lifters and every call has 3-4 moving parts. The scrummaging, however is weak. I'm positive the NSRFC pack would win quite a few scrums over here.

One funny experience was at my first practice- we had a full team scrimmage. They were near the end of their preseason (in March) whereas I was just coming out of an offseason and all the moving transitions (hence not ready for rugby). The first several plays their largest players changed directions entirely to crash right at me. The first guy I smacked hard and jarred the ball loose, and I got the second guy down quickly as well. Full of adrenaline I thought "I can dominate here". My foreigner's luck wore off quickly. I tried to play the style coach Dan always advocated- flankers running wide with the ball every play, on offense and on defence. Because the ball movement is so fast here, and because they tend to put together 10+ phases consistently, after five minutes I was completely gassed and had to play out on the wing for the rest of the scrimmage. In addition, my passing and handling was hideous compared to even the least coordinated player on the team. Afterwards I got a long lecture from the coach and was told that I need to work on my passing, my body position, I need to lose weight and gain muscle- basically I needed to improve everything. As the season went on I improved and got more and more playing opportunities.

The biggest change I had to make was to run less- they split the forwards on the strong and weak side of the field, and use pods to create time for the backs to move across the field as necessary. During games I'd often get rebuked for running too much- instead the focus was on maintaining your position for when the ball swung back your side, on being there for the pods and rucks, and letting the backs do most of their own rucking. As a result, we could string together phase after phase without burning out or needing to kick the ball out of bounds. One game we even held the ball for an entire half, aside from a single possession by the other team.

Even though we went undefeated in the regular season, we lost in the first round of the playoffs. It was disappointing, but after a seven month season, I was ready for a break.


- Phil "Preach" Bjork

North Shore Player Makes a National 7s Side!

From our sister team, the North Shore Women's Rugby Football Club, Steph Myrie made the Jamaican National 7s side and will be playing in the Cayman Islands for the NACRA 7s tournament. This makes Steph the first North Shore player (hailing from Salem!) to qualify for a national side. Anyone who knows Steph knows that she's a great player and teammate who always leaves it all on the pitch, so this could not have happened to a better person, nor could we have hoped for a better representative. From the North Shore Men's team, we wish you the best of luck!