The Ohio State University Men’s Rugby Season (2017) is here.

The Buckeyes are always in the mix of Big Ten play. Ahhh, there’s Indiana, even Wisconsin, but the Buckeyes year in and year out, are in the mix….

—Why is that? Well, because the Buckeyes understand Rugby.

I have progressively become a Rugby fan, and that’s based on following the Buckeyes. I have nosed dived into watching the Premiere Leagues of England and Scotland. And I love it.

The usual suspects are back, such as Santino Cua, Jack Walsh, Jack Bengel, Cory Harmon, Jack Berlin, Matthew Stauder, and Nate Grose.

But we also have new blood – Kyle O’Donnell, Nick Adamson, and Aaron Thomas.

The 2017 schedule is as such:

08/26/17 Scrimmage @ University of Pittsburgh Rugby Football
09/02/17 Bowling Green State University Rugby Club
09/09/17 The University of Oklahoma Rugby Club (Alumni Week)
09/16/17 University of Notre Dame Rugby Club
09/23/17 University of Cincinnati Rugby Club
09/30/17 Indiana University Rugby Club
10/07/17 University of Wisconsin Rugby Football Club

10/14/17 University of Illinois Rugby Football Club
10/21/17 Indiana University Rugby Club
10/28/17 University of Michigan Rugby Football Club

11/04/17 University of Wisconsin Rugby Football Club Home
11/11/17 Big Ten Universities Rugby Championships TBD

ALL HOME MATCHES WILL BE PLAYED AT FRED BEEKMAN PARK – 2200
CARMACK RD, COLUMBUS, OH 43210

THE 2017 ROSTER IS:

AARON THOMAS | CENTER
BLAKE CROWLEY | WING
BRANDON HEIDINGER | CENTER
CORY HARMON | WING/CENTER
DAN NOLAND | FLANKER/ 8-MAN/SEVENS PROP
HARRY MCCALLUM | HALF-BACK
IAN HILDEBRANDT | FLY-HALF/FULLBACK
JACK BENGEL | LOCK
JACK WALSH | FLY-HALF/FULLBACK
JAKE BERLIN | FLANKER
JAKE FRIEDMAN | LOCK/8-MAN
JOHN PACELLI | HOOKER
KEVIN FESSENMEYER | HOOKER
KEVIN GIBBONS | LOCK
KYLE O’DONNELL | TIGHTHEAD PROP
LUKE FAY | HOOKER
LUKE HICKEY | SCRUM-HALF/ FLY-HALF
MATT MAHONEY | FLANKER
MATTHEW STAUDER | FLANKER/8-MAN
NATE ALLEN | LOOSEHEAD PROP
NATHAN GROSE | LOCK
NICK ADAMSON | FLANKER
NICK MIHALITSAS | TIGHTHEAD PROP
RYAN SKELLY | WING
SANTINO CUA | 8-MAN/ FLANKER
SPENCER URAM | WING/CENTER
THOMAS CASTRO | LOCK
ZACH DIAKIW | HOOKER/FLANKER

The Buckeyes won the first two matches on this schedule:

Beating Bowling Green 27-0 and handling the University of Pittsburgh 48-5. Is that 2-0?

Or 1-0, since the Bowling Green one was “pre-season”.

Regarless. Look for the Buckeyes to continue their power in the Big Ten. Indiana still commands within the league – but isn’t reigns diminished at some point….

Just ask Rome.

Shall I say 9-1 prior to 11/11/17?

Go Buckeyes.