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Memphis Tigers 11th in the Nation at CRC

The Memphis Tigers Rugby Team entered the 2024 National 7s Championship with determination, despite facing challenges along the way. Their journey began with a match against the Scranton Royals, who caught them off guard with a strategic kickoff. Scranton’s deep kicks pushed Memphis against their own goal line, allowing them to capitalize on turnover ball and secure a significant lead in the first half. Although the Tigers adjusted their tactics and outscored the Royals in the second half, the initial deficit proved insurmountable, resulting in a 29-12 loss.

Tigers ready to start competing!

Undeterred, Memphis rallied in their second match against St. Louis, reclaiming their momentum with a hard-fought 21-15 victory. However, they faced a formidable opponent in Colorado Mesa for their third match, ultimately succumbing to a 43-12 defeat.

Determined to finish strong, the Tigers squared off against Northwestern in a battle for 11th place. Despite facing stiff competition, Memphis dug deep and emerged victorious with a 19-7 win, securing their position among the nation’s top teams.

Christian Flynn

Christian Flynn was named Man of the Tournament for his leadership and excellent play. We are thrilled to have such a talented player on our team. 

While the team has secured some funding, additional support remains crucial. If you can spare a few dollars, we warmly welcome your contribution to make this journey possible for the boys. Donations can be made via our GoFundMe page. Remember, as the Tigers Rugby Foundation is a 401(c)(3) charity, all contributions are tax-deductible. Alternatively, you can donate directly through our Donate page here. Your support means the world to us. Thank you for considering and sharing our cause.

Tigers representing Memphis well!

Your generosity and support are invaluable. Please consider donating and sharing our message with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide. You can financially support the Tigers directly by donating at this link on our website. We need your help and any dollars you give move the Tigers toward a win. Thanks for anything you can do.

Tired, but still playful!

Do you have a Kroger Card? If so, Kroger will give the Tigers free money if you sign up and tell them to do so. Here is how you can get free money for the Tigers. Please link your card today. If you don’t have a Kroger card you can get one from for free from any Kroger store. We are now getting $1000 per year from Kroger. Help us double that by getting everyone you know to participate.

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Tigers Land in DC – Prepare for Nationals

April 25, 2024, Washington, DC – The Tigers arrived early this morning at Reagan National Airport, kicking off their trip with a drive past the Pentagon, where a special tour had been arranged for the conference champions. Today’s agenda includes a light run to shake off the travel fatigue, followed by prioritizing a good night’s rest to ensure they’re fully prepared for tomorrow’s matches.

Scheduled to compete on Friday and Saturday, the Tigers are entering a single-elimination tournament, meaning victory is essential to advance. Their first challenge awaits tomorrow at 9:00 am against Scranton, with all matches set to be broadcasted on The Rugby Channel.

While the team has secured some funding, additional support remains crucial. If you can spare a few dollars, we warmly welcome your contribution to make this journey possible for the boys. Donations can be made via our GoFundMe page. Remember, as the Tigers Rugby Foundation is a 401(c)(3) charity, all contributions are tax-deductible. Alternatively, you can donate directly through our Donate page here.

Your support means the world to us. Thank you for considering and sharing our cause.

Regan National – well rested after their flight naps.

Your generosity and support are invaluable. Please consider donating and sharing our message with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Tigers at the Pentagon

You can financially support the Tigers directly by donating at this link on our website. We need your help and any dollars you give move the Tigers toward a win. Thanks for anything you can do.

A huge opportunity for the Tigers as they tour the Pentagon.

Do you have a Kroger Card? If so, Kroger will give the Tigers free money if you sign up and tell them to do so. Here is how you can get free money for the Tigers. Please link your card today. If you don’t have a Kroger card you can get one from for free from any Kroger store. We are now getting $1000 per year from Kroger. Help us double that by getting everyone you know to participate.

Tiger Rugby Gear is available at our online store at Tytan Rugby https://tytanrugby.com/collections/memphis-rugby

Pre Nationals Dinner Feeds the Dream

April 24, 2024, in Memphis, TN – The Tiger Rugby 7s team gathered for a team dinner hosted by Coach Beck at his residence. This event underscores Coach Beck’s commitment to fostering a cohesive team dynamic. Spending quality time both on and off the field strengthens the bonds among the players, ultimately enhancing their performance during matches.

Ann, Coach Beck’s wife, prepared a delightful array of pasta dishes, bread, and salad for the occasion—a gesture greatly appreciated by all. The team chose to stay overnight at Coach Beck’s house to ensure everyone would be present and ready for their early morning flight from Memphis to Regan International.

While the team has managed to raise some funds, additional support is still needed. If you’re able to spare a few dollars, we invite you to contribute to this significant trip for the boys. Donations can be made through our GoFundMe page. As the Tigers Rugby Foundation is a 401(c)(3) charity, all contributions are tax-deductible. You can also donate directly at our Donate page here.

Your generosity and support are invaluable. Please consider donating and sharing our message with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Pre-Nationals Dinner at Ann and Phil Beck’s home.

You can financially support the Tigers by donating at this link. We need your help and any dollars you give move the Tigers toward a win. Thanks for anything you can do.

Do you have a Kroger Card? If so, Kroger will give the Tigers free money if you sign up and tell them to do so. Here is how you can get free money for the Tigers. Please link your card today. If you don’t have a Kroger card you can get one from for free from any Kroger store. We are now getting $1000 per year from Kroger. Help us double that by getting everyone you know to participate.

Tiger Rugby Gear is available at our online store at Tytan Rugby https://tytanrugby.com/collections/memphis-rugby

Fuel the Tigers’ Championship Dream

Dear friends, family, and rugby community,

We did it again! Your Tigers are on a roll and are headed to the 7s National Championships in Boyd Maryland from April 25th-28th. We need your help to make our dreams come true.

I am reaching out to you on behalf of this incredible group of dedicated student-athletes who have completed the 7s regular season with an SCRC Conference Championship including wins over Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU, Auburn, Missouri, TN Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kennesaw State, Washington University, Houston, and Troy State.

The Tigers love to win!

This is our third consecutive SCRC 7s championship and our third trip to 7s Nationals. The Tigers finished 4th in the nation last year and look to improve on that ranking this year. This is a momentous occasion for our team, and we need your support to make this dream a reality.

The players have demonstrated exceptional skill, sportsmanship, and teamwork throughout the season, earning their spot in a field of the sixteen best DII college 7s teams in the country. This is an incredible achievement for our student-athletes, and we are eager to see them showcase their talents on the national stage again.

However, the cost of travel, accommodation, and other associated expenses can be significant, and that’s where we need your help. Post season costs are $15,000. To raise the funds, we have set up this GoFundMe campaign to ensure that every member of our 7s team can make the trip to Maryland without excessive financial burden. Your contribution will directly support the players, covering expenses such as transportation, lodging, meals, and tournament fees.

As a club sport, the University provides us with practice facilities and just $1,000 per year in funding. The players pay $550/year to play rugby which covers about half of our regular season costs the rest comes from the generous support of our alumni, sponsors, fans, friends and family.

Coach Beck with his Champions

Here’s how you can help:

Make a Donation through GoFundMe: Every contribution, no matter the size, brings us one step closer to our goal. Your support will not only help our athletes attend the tournament but also show them that their hard work is recognized and appreciated.

Share our Campaign: Spread the word! Share this GoFundMe campaign on social media, email, and any other platforms to reach a wider audience. The more people who know about our cause, the closer we get to achieving our goal.

Encourage Others to Contribute: If you have friends, family, or colleagues who share a passion for rugby or supporting student-athletes, encourage them to join our cause.

We believe that with your generosity, Tiger Rugby can continue to excel both on and off the field. Your support goes beyond financial contributions; it sends a powerful message to these young student-athletes that their hard work and dedication are valued by their community.

Thank you for being a crucial part of our team’s journey. Let’s come together and make this opportunity a reality for these deserving student-athletes. Go-Tigers-Go!

Sincerely,

Phil Beck
Tiger 7s Head Coach

-All donations will go to the Tiger Rugby Foundation, a 501(c)3. Your donations are tax deductible. You can Donate here.

SCRC Championships: Memphis Rugby Triumphs Again

By Coach Phil Beck

April 6, 024 – Knoxville, TN – The SCRC Championships saw Memphis Rugby once again assert its dominance, clinching the title for the third consecutive year. Let’s dive into the thrilling matches that showcased Memphis’s skill and resilience.

Memphis vs. Mississippi State

Originally slated to face Mississippi State, Memphis found themselves up against a Tennessee B team due to Mississippi State’s withdrawal. Despite the change, Memphis swiftly took control. Christian kicked off with a try, followed by two more from Joaquin and Caleb, with Darius converting one. Halftime arrived with Memphis comfortably leading 19-0. Although Tennessee managed to sneak in a try, Memphis responded with two more from Caleb and one from Ace, securing a convincing 36-5 victory.

Memphis vs. Ole Miss

Facing a determined Ole Miss team, Memphis encountered a tougher challenge. Both sides traded tries in the first half, leveling the score at 5-5. Ole Miss surged ahead, leading 10-5, but Memphis rallied, equalizing the score at 10-10. With Memphis’s superior fitness shining through, Caleb sealed the win with his third try, ending the match 15-10 in Memphis’s favor.

SCRC D2 7s Champions 2024

Memphis vs. Tennessee Tech

The final showdown against Tennessee Tech proved to be a grueling battle. Tennessee Tech’s formidable players dominated the first half, leading 10-7. However, Memphis fought back, with Christian’s crucial try and Caleb’s conversion giving them a narrow lead. In the second half, Memphis regained their momentum, showcasing their trademark ball movement. Caleb’s hat trick of tries, along with two conversions, solidified Memphis’s victory at 26-10.

With only three teams in the D2 category and Tennessee Tech defeating Ole Miss, the Memphis vs. Tennessee Tech clash became the de facto Division 2 title match. Memphis emerged triumphant, securing their third consecutive SCRC Sevens Championships title.

Memphis Rugby’s stellar performance reaffirmed their status as a force to be reckoned with in collegiate rugby, marking yet another chapter of success in their illustrious history.

Now… we are off to Nationals. Stay tuned.


You can financially support the Tigers by donating at this link. We need your help and any dollars you give move the Tigers toward a win. Thanks for anything you can do.

Do you have a Kroger Card? If so, Kroger will give the Tigers free money if you sign up and tell them to do so. Here is how you can get free money for the Tigers. Please link your card today. If you don’t have a Kroger card you can get one from for free from any Kroger store. We are now getting $1000 per year from Kroger. Help us double that by getting everyone you know to participate.

Tiger Rugby Gear is available at our online store at Tytan Rugby https://tytanrugby.com/collections/memphis-rugby

Memphis Tigers Shine in Collegiate Rugby’s Top Honors for 2023

In the realm of collegiate rugby, recognition is the hallmark of exceptional talent and dedication. The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference (SCRC) annually bestows the prestigious title of “All Conference” upon standout players, acknowledging their prowess and contributions to the sport. In 2023, the Memphis Tigers proudly stand in the spotlight, as several of our own athletes have earned this esteemed distinction.

It is with immense pride and joy that we announce the names of our remarkable players who have been honored as All SCRC Conference players: Sehrab Bagha, Musa Banat, Conor Dempsey, Harry Hagan, Caleb Schmidt, and Jalen McKenzie. These individuals have exemplified the spirit of excellence, demonstrating unparalleled skill, dedication, and sportsmanship on the field throughout the 2023 15s season.

Conor Dempsey (10) leads the attack
Musa Banat (2) knows one direction – forward
Sehrab Bagha celebrates with the trophy and friends

Furthermore, the accolades continue to pour in as National Collegiate Rugby recognizes the brightest talents across the nation. Amongst the elite ranks of the All-American Team, three outstanding representatives from the Memphis Tigers have been rightfully chosen: Musa Banat, Conor Dempsey, and Sehrab Bagha. Their selection as national All-Americans is a testament to their exceptional abilities and unwavering commitment to the sport.

These accolades are not merely tokens of recognition; they are symbols of hard work, perseverance, and unwavering determination. Each player has earned their moment in the sun through countless hours of training, sacrifices, and unwavering dedication to their craft.

All Conference – Sehrab, Jalen McKenzie, Caleb Schmidt and Harry Hagan (Musa and Conor not pictured)

As a university and as a community, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Sehrab Bagha, Musa Banat, Conor Dempsey, Jalen McKenzie, Harry Hagan and Caleb Schmidt for their outstanding achievements. Their success on the rugby field brings honor to the Memphis Tigers and serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes everywhere.

Let us celebrate their triumphs and continue to support them as they write the next chapter of their remarkable journey in the world of rugby. Go Tigers Go!


You can financially support the Tigers by donating at this link. We need your help and any dollars you give move the Tigers toward a win. Thanks for anything you can do.

Do you have a Kroger Card? If so, Kroger will give the Tigers free money if you sign up and tell them to do so. Here is how you can get free money for the Tigers. Please link your card today. If you don’t have a Kroger card you can get one from for free from any Kroger store. We are now getting $1000 per year from Kroger. Help us double that by getting everyone you know to participate.

Tiger Rugby Gear is available at our online store at Tytan Rugby https://tytanrugby.com/collections/memphis-rugby

Dave Hill Named SCRC Coach of the Year

February 15, 2024 – In a testament to his exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication, Tiger head coach Dave Hill has been bestowed with the esteemed title of Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference (SCRC) D2 Coach of the Year for his remarkable contributions to the Tigers’ success in 2023.

Throughout the season, Dave’s strategic prowess guided both the spring 7s and 15s teams to impressive postseason performances. Notably, the 15s team remained undefeated, showcasing Dave’s adept coaching skills as they progressed to the national championship game, where they narrowly fell to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Dave’s expertise was further highlighted by his adept assembly of a coaching dream team, featuring the likes of Phil Beck and Bryan Colbridge. Notably, he even enlisted the legendary Tony Brooks out of retirement to fine-tune the tight five, solidifying the team’s foundation.

With a background as a Navy captain, navigating ships through blue waters, Dave brings a wealth of experience in team development and motivation, seamlessly merging his naval insights with his deep understanding of rugby. Under his guidance, the Tigers have risen to unprecedented heights, firmly establishing themselves as a dominant force in Memphis Rugby history.

Tony Brooks, Phil Beck, Dave hill and Bryan Colbridge with Midwest Championship trophy

Recognizing the importance of facing formidable opponents, Dave consistently seeks out challenging competitions beyond the SCRC division, pushing his players to new heights. Recently, at the Bluff City 7s Challenge, the Tigers triumphed over three D1 teams (Missouri, LSU and Alabama) clinching top honors in the tournament and further cementing their reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

Having once donned the Tigers jersey himself where he was team captain from 1987-1991. Dave is deeply revered by his fellow players, who admire his strong integrity and unwavering commitment to character development. He firmly believes that cultivating better individuals translates to superior team performance, instilling invaluable life lessons that extend far beyond the rugby field. Dave is greatly appreciated by his past players and even is regularly in contact his past Brighton HS players that he mentored.

Proud Tiger Rugby Director Rick Cole with Dave Hill…Coach of the Year

In his characteristically humble manner, Dave graciously accepted the Coach of the Year accolade, attributing much of the success to his invaluable collaborators, Phil Beck and Bryan Colbridge. Their collective efforts have fortified the Tigers’ attack and defense and elevated the team to new heights in the 2023 15s season.

As the Tiger’s journey continues, guided by Dave’s exemplary leadership, there’s no doubt that they will continue to leave an indelible mark on our Tiger Rugby world, embodying the spirit of teamwork, resilience, and excellence.


You can financially support the Tigers by donating at this link. We need your help and any dollars you give advance the Tigers toward a win. Thanks for anything you can do.

Do you have a Kroger Card? If so, Kroger will give the Tigers free money if you sign up and tell them to do so. Here is how you can get free money for the Tigers. Please link your card today. If you don’t have a Kroger card you can get one from for free from any Kroger store. We are getting about $1000 per year from Kroger. Please help make that donation grow by linking your Kroger Card.

Tiger Rugby Gear is available at our online store at Tytan Rugby https://tytanrugby.com/collections/memphis-rugby

Tiger 7s Teams Kick off Season with Birmingham 7s

February 10, 2024 Birmingham, AL – Memphis A&B played in the Birmingham 7s tournament with mixed results.  Coach Phil Beck commented, “the lads are shaking of their 15’s style of play. Each match they get better, but it has taken a little time to transition.  I’m confident that we’ll be right by Conference 7s.

Coach Beck further mentioned, “With the loss of Conner who graduated last year, we are looking for someone to control the offense.  Several players are contenders.  We’ll see how things shake out.” 

Here’s how the lads performed.

Birmingham 7s

A 43-0 over Ole Miss
A lost to Bama 17-24
A beat Auburn 22-10
A lost to Bama 33-0 in Final
2nd place in 1st Division

B won 45-0 over UAH
B won 22-10 over Auburn B
B won 34-10 over Troy
1st place in 2nd Division 

Next up, the Dixie 7s at Alabama. 


Do you have a Kroger Card? If so, Kroger will give the Tigers free money if you sign up and tell them to do so. Here is how you can get free money for the Tigers. Please link your card today. If you don’t have a Kroger card you can get one from for free from any Kroger store.

Tiger Rugby Gear is available at our online store at Tytan Rugby https://tytanrugby.com/collections/memphis-rugby

You can financially support the Tigers by donating at this link. We need your help and any dollars you give move the Tigers toward a win. Thanks for anything you can do.