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Loyola Rugby Celebrates 50th Anniversary


Loyola Rugby Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Did you know that LMU Rugby’s humble beginnings in 1958 were based on a call for challengers from UCLA and USC? Over the years, the team has grown to become one of the most successful teams across Southern California. On Saturday, April 12, the team and many of its alumni will gather to celebrate its 50th Anniversary at Loyola Marymount University.

“Rugby is a game that has evolved into a sophisticated sport that is easy to watch and follow. The players are direct and willing to work hard for an objective and LMU players embody this rugby attitude in all aspects of their lives,” says Coach Ray Thompson ’77.

To celebrate, festivities will include an alumni game that will take place on Sullivan Field from 12 - 4 p.m. In the evening, Rugby alumni will gather for a dinner program featuring guest speakers and a slide show of images from 50 years of Loyola Rugby and its legacy at LMU.

Rugby is a sport that started in 1823 when a boy in Rugby, England picked up and ran with the ball in a game of football, or soccer as it is called in the USA. It is an outdoor sport played with a football shaped ball by two teams of 15 players on each side.

The alumni game is free and open to the public. For more information, email loyolarugby@gmail.com.