Alumni prepare for rugby trip to Croatia, Montenegro

Thunderbird alumni rugby players will travel to Croatia and Montenegro for two matches in summer 2013. “This is a destination rarely visited for rugby tours, and my contacts are eager for us to arrive,” Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Association President Chuck Hamilton ’91 said. “Plus it’s beautiful.”

The team prepared for the European tour with a match March 2, 2013, against the student club during Rugby Alumni Weekend. “We had an amazing turnout of 66 alumni, and 40 of those played,” Hamilton said. Spectators included former Thunderbird Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Bates, who served on campus from 1988 to 2000. Although the students won the match, 67-5, Hamilton said the “Old Boys” will be ready to compete Aug. 30 to Sept. 7, 2013, in Croatia and Montenegro. “That’s the thing about Old Boy rugby: We keep getting older, and the students stay the same age.” The Man of the Match was Liam O’Hagan ’14 for the students and Doug Raff ’83 for the Old Boys.

Price per person for the Southeastern European trip is about $4,000, including airfare. Hamilton said “groupies” are welcome to tag along. “Everyone who joined the 2011 rugby tour to Iceland had a blast,” he said. “This year will be just as good.” To learn more, contact Hamilton at View a Rugby Alumni Weekend slideshow on Flickr.

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