Fighting Irish Rugby Alum Nick Civetta Settling in well at Newcastle

September 18, 2016

University of Notre Dame Rugby Alumnus Nick Civetta is garnering some attention both on and off the field with the Newcastle Falcons. 

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Irish Surge Past the Bearcats

September 17, 2016

Riding 37 unaswered points, the Irish weathered an early Bearcat storm to run away with the match late. See media recaps here:

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Irish Record 1st Victory on the Road at Michigan

September 09, 2016

Read the media reports recounting the teams big win in fall 2016 season opener. Read More

Fighting Irish Name Roster for Opener at UofM

September 02, 2016

Notre Dame, IN - The University of Notre Dame opens the fall 2016 campaign with a tough road match at the University of Michigan. The Fighting Irish will face the Wolverines on Friday September 2, 2016 at 6:30pm at Mitchell Field in Ann Arbor, MI. The match not only signals the rebirth of a traditional rivalry, but it also marks a new era for the Fighting Irish rugby program as first year Head Coach Justin Hickey begins his University of Notre Dame career, following that of current Denver Stampede Head Coach Sean O'Leary, who served the program for nearly a decade. Read More

Notre Dame Rugby Names Fall Coaching Staff

September 02, 2016

Notre Dame, IN - With the 2016 fall season getting underway, the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish rugby program is proud to announce the coaching staff that will lead the team. The staff boasts over 2 decades of experience including multiple regional and national championships. "I'm thrilled to have been able to assemble such a quality staff," commented first year Head Coach of the Fighting Irish. "Not only do these coaches possess outstanding knowledge for the game, but they each hold the vallues of what we strive for as a program and as an institution." Lonnie Heeter returns to the program he's served since it's rebirth in 2007. Coach Hickey reunites with Kruger VanBiljon who coached with Hickey at Davenport University before taking over the Grand Rapids, MI program in 2010. VanBiljon also returns to Notre Dame Rugby, after coaching for 2 years under Sean O'Leary. Joel Bennett has served as Assistant Coach for the Fighting Irish since 2011 and returns for his 6th year with the program. Tom Argy rounds out the support staff serving the program as video analyst, returning for his 3rd year with the team. Read More

Justin Hickey named University of Notre Dame Program Director, Men’s and Women’s Rugby Club/Men’s Head Coach

June 01, 2016

The University Of Notre Dame Recsports Justin Hickey Featured Image Men S Rugby Website 180 X 200

Justin Hickey has been named the University of Notre Dame Program Director, Men’s and Women’s Rugby Club/Men’s Head Coach. Hickey departs his current position as Director of Athletics for Moon Area School District in the Pittsburgh area. Prior to his position at Moon Area School District, Hickey served as the Men’s Rugby Head Coach at Clemson University for four and a half years while simultaneously working on his PhD in Athletic Administration. In his final year coaching at Clemson, he was unanimously voted the 2015 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup National Coach of the Year by his peers.


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Nick Civetta continues to show good form in Italy

December 04, 2015

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In the Italian Serie A, Nick Civetta was Man of the Match for Toscana Aeroporti I Medicei as they beat Gran Sasso 16-7. The former Notre Dame and Cal second row, who played for the USA Selects, scored the only try of the game for Tuscany.  

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Men's Rugby heading into Fall wrap up

November 12, 2015

Men's Rugby is preparing for their Spring season with intense workouts through the winter months. Read More

Irish 7s heads to USA Rugby 7s and Penn Mutual CRC 7s at the end of May

April 30, 2015

Notre Dame 7s, led by 7s Head Coach David Fee and ND Rugby Program Assistant Head Coach Lonnie Heeter, are heading to the USA National 7s for the first time ever as they prepare for the Penn Mutual CRC 7s, in Philadelphia, at the end of May Read More

Varsity Cup Match Report

April 09, 2015


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