Player of the Month: Matt Morris
by John Higgins
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Future Goals: Go to medical school to study physical medicine and rehab (Physiatrist)
Why did you decide to join UW-Madison Men’s Rugby Club?
I joined this past fall because I love being physical and delivering violent hits, and I knew rugby was a great way to remain active and meet new people. This also got me away from my rigorous course work and gave me something to do besides studying.
What is your favorite memory from rugby thus far?
After completing my first 15’s season, I had a great time at the end of the year banquet. After the banquet had concluded, there was a get together at a rugger’s house, where I unfortunately got chocolate syrup poured all over me by another player.
What is your mindset on rugby Saturdays?
I go into every game trying to get as many tackles as possible. I want to make sure they are violent and good, hard hits.
What is your number one rugby goal?
My goal for my rugby career here at UW-Madison is to beat Indiana.
Alumni of the Month: Paul “Guido” Stroede
by Henry Dean
If you’ve played rugby in the Madison area, chances are you’ve met the bearded wonder that is Guido (picture below, left side). He discovered rugby here at UW and never looked back, going on to play on Wisconsin Men’s Select sides, two National Championship teams at the Wisconsin Rugby Club, and coaching at the high school and collegiate levels. He’s given back heavily to the sport, promoting and teaching the game to high schoolers out at the Middleton Area Rugby Club and on the Wisconsin High School Select Side. Pound for pound, one of the best ruggers you’ll ever meet, I present Paul Stroede:
Any notable memories made (on or off the pitch) with UW Rugby club?
My favorite memory of UW Rugby may be finding it and my 1st match. BW3 had just opened on State Street and as I was putting a few down the bartender brought up rugby. I stated I had no idea what that was but, hell, I’d give it a shot. He stated something to the effect that I was too small. I was pissed and borrowed a friend’s bike and went out by Picnic Point, failing to find the fields my 1st time. The next time I did find training and loved the hell out of it. That Saturday I proceeded to play a B-side match at wing, caught a deep kick, ran it back until some opposition came and ran me out of bounds. I was scolded quite heavily, learned the rules, got pissed and tackled quite a few guys. After
the match they asked me to move to flanker, which was awesome.
Any advice you’d give to all the ruggers out there?
My advice to any rugger is to always try to follow some deep instinct as to what you want to do. I may not have known it at the time, but in 1994, that was rugby for me.
Which of your accomplishments in rugby stand out most to you?
Some cool accomplishments for me were being able to come back to UW and coach the sevens program. The 1st ever Big Ten Championships were held at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex that 1st year and as big underdogs winning the Big Ten Title was kick ass! Following it up with another Championship at Ohio State was unbelievable. Those times and the players who won those, I will never forget.
Thanks for the great memories UW Rugby!
by Scooter Adlington
As a new season approaches, so does a new coaching staff. Here’s a look at the coaches for this upcoming Spring season:
Scott “Scooter” Adlington:
Scooter has been named Head Coach for 2018 and is a Level 300 rugby coach who grew up in Australia playing for the New South Wales Far North Coast before playing for premier clubs, Sydney University and the GPS club in Brisbane as well as Pontypool in Wales. He also played for the touring Potoroos 7’s team. He is a sports science graduate and his coaching career has also seen him coach Baltimore – Chesapeake RFC and the Chicago Lions.
Fred is the Badger’s Assistant Coach. A native of Kaikohe, New Zealand, where he played Provincial rugby for Northland, Fred led the Gentlemen of Aspen to national titles in both 15’s and 7’s. Waititi has also coached extensively on three different continents including for the 2017 Sacramento ProRugby team and is a widely respected skills coach.
Cullen has been an assistant forwards coach for UW-Madison since the fall of 2014. He started out playing rugby for Madison East High School and then played for 4 years at UW-Madison and graduated in 2006. At various times and weights, Cullen has played lock, prop, and eight man for his college side. He still enjoys playing touch rugby in the summers and the occasional social 7’s or 10’s tournament.
Jeremy started playing rugby his freshman year at UW. He had a background of soccer and wrestling and was picked up by his first coach, the late John Sanders. Jeremy went on to play and contest for national championships with the Wisconsin Rugby Club playing center and fly half.
Starting his sports coaching career as a coach of a DII NJCAA nationally ranked soccer team in 2006-2008, Grant then played for the Wisconsin Rugby club from 2008-2018, which won the USA national championship in 2013 and was runner up in 2012 and 2015. He went through a rare transition starting as a wing when the WRC was in DI before moving to hooker. He completed his USA rugby coaching Level 200 in 2012 and became a USA Rugby referee in 2015. Grant then coached the Madison Minotaur’s for 3 years from 2009-2012 and he now works for the UW Athletic Department in their sports science department.
Badgers Off the Field
by Mark Hermann
Last week some Badger Ruggers took to the frozen Lake Mendota to help UW Rec Sports prepare for their annual pond hockey tournament. Events like this help promote the club and work at our goal of achieving 300+ hours of community service. They players shoveled snow of the ice, scraped away any uneven surfaces, and helped flood the surface of the rinks. The club has a lot of volunteering in store this semester. We are finishing up the last couple games volunteering for Wisconsin Men’s Basketball concession stands and are working on setting up regular shifts to help out a local food pantry. Stay tuned!
(left to right: Jacob Droezler, Mark Hermann, Sam Grindel, Henry Hamilton)
News from Madison United Rugby!
Madison United Rugby (MUR) is an organization here in the Madison community that is dedicated to supporting and developing women’s and men’s rugby of all levels – senior, college, high school and middle school. MUR started in 2008 as a way to build the sport of rugby through building connections and organizations with Madison rugby clubs. It is comprised of a family of 10 local rugby clubs, including your very own UW Men’s Rugby Club. Madison United Rugby recently launched a regular newsletter, much like ours, to help their community grow and connect.
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