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Memphis Rugby Team Secures Championships – Eyes Final 4 Playoffs

The University of Memphis Rugby Team is basking in the glory of its recent achievements, having clinched two prestigious titles this season—the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference (SCRC) D2 Championship and the Midwest Regional Championship for National Collegiate Rugby (NCR). This remarkable feat has not only brought honor to the university but has also qualified the team for the Final 4 playoffs scheduled for this weekend.

Connor Dempsy, Dr. Lawhead, Steve Whistler and Sehrab Bagha

The SCRC Conference D2 Championship and the NCR Midwest Regional Championship trophies now proudly adorn the University of Memphis, a testament to the dedication, skill, and teamwork displayed by the Tiger Rugby Team throughout the season. These victories have not only solidified the team’s standing within their respective conferences but have also set the stage for an exciting journey towards the Final 4 playoffs.

Connor, Dr. Lawhead, Mr. Whistler and Sehrab

The recognition and celebration of these accomplishments were heightened by the trophy presentations made to the University of Memphis Rugby Team. Dr. Justin Lawhead, Dean of Students/Vice Provost for Student Development and Wellness, Steve Whistler, Executive Director of Recreation, and Jon Duncan, Director of Recreation and Sports Facilities, were on hand to receive the trophies, a proud moment for both the players and the university. Captains Sehrab Bagha and Connor Dempsey had the honor of presenting these well-deserved accolades, symbolizing the collective effort and leadership that have driven the team to success.

With the championships secured, all eyes are now set on the Final 4 playoffs, where the Tiger Rugby Team is gearing up for an intense showdown. Scheduled for Friday, December 8, at 6:00 pm, the team will face off against Northern Iowa in a battle that promises to showcase the grit and determination that have defined their season. Should they emerge victorious, the Tigers will progress to the final match, where they will take on the winner of the contest between Vermont and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

One of the Tiger Rugby trophy cases displayed at the Rec Center at Memphis.

As the University of Memphis Rugby Team embarks on the Final 4 playoffs, the campus is buzzing with anticipation and pride. The journey from regional championships to the national stage is a testament to the team’s unwavering commitment, skill, and resilience. Whether they secure the ultimate victory or not, the Tiger Rugby Team has already made an indelible mark on the season and will undoubtedly continue to be a source of inspiration for the university community. We eagerly await the outcome of the Final 4 playoffs and wish the team the best of luck as they chase glory on the rugby field.

Jon Duncan, far left, is Tiger Rugby main contact with the University. Thanks Jon.

The Friday night match (12/8) is at 6:00pm and may be viewed on The Rugby Network. Also, there is a watch party at Celtic Crossing and I hear the Tiger match will be on the big screen at the Memphis Inner City Rugby Evening for MICR that night as well.

We’ve met our Final 4 travel goal, but Tiger Rugby still needs your financial support. We need fiscal stability in our Scholarship and Endowment funds. We also need to prepare for the spring 7s season. Please show the Tigers some love and give what you can.

Fans and supporters can continue to support Tiger Rugby by donating extra to our Go Fund Me here or can give through our Donation page here. Donations may be specified such as for the scholarship fund, general fund or endowment fund.


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.

Tiger Rugby Roars: A Season of Triumphs, Challenges, and Community Support

Introduction: Memphis is abuzz with the excitement of Tiger Rugby as the team embraces an undefeated season and secures a coveted spot in the final four. The Daily Memphian and Channel 3 have been covering the remarkable journey of the Tigers, shedding light on their achievements, coaching prowess, and the unwavering support from the community.

The Coaches: Coach Dave Hill, the mastermind behind the team’s success, recently commended the invaluable contributions of Coach Phil Beck, Coach Bryan Colbridge and Coach Tony Brooks. Beck’s offensive strategies have ignited the team’s scoring prowess, while Colbridge has played a pivotal role in fortifying the forwards and tightening the defense. Brooks, a forward’s forward, brought the tight 5 together, stabilizing our set pieces. Together, these coaches have molded the players into high-performing student-athletes, showcasing the depth of talent and expertise within the Tiger Rugby coaching staff.

Coaches Brooks, Beck, Hill and Colbridge

Player Leadership: Acknowledging the leadership of the seniors, Coach Hill emphasized the significant impact they’ve had in shaping this year’s competitive team. With nine seniors on the starting roster, their experience and skills have proven to be a game-changer for the Tigers, contributing to their impressive record.

Financial Challenges: Despite the Tigers’ aspirations to move up from Division 2 to Division 1aa, financial constraints pose a substantial hurdle. Coach Hill revealed that the current annual budget of $35,000 falls short, with an additional $20,000 in travel expenses anticipated if they make the leap. The university provides $1,000, players contribute $550 annually, and the remaining funds come from supporters and alumni. The Tiger Rugby Nation, as Coach Hill fondly refers to them, plays a crucial role in sustaining the program through their financial backing.

Captain Serhab Bagha with the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference Championship Trophy

Community Support: Coach Hill expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support from fans, families, and alumni. Despite an average annual gift of under $100, the collective effort of numerous individuals has allowed the program to flourish. The media coverage and fan outreach, spearheaded by Coach Steve Williams, has significantly raised awareness of Tiger Rugby in the community.

Call to Action: To continue supporting Tiger Rugby’s growth and aspirations, fans and supporters are encouraged to contribute to the Go Fund Me campaign or make donations through the Tiger Rugby Foundation official Donation page. The funds can be directed to specific causes such as the scholarship fund, general fund, or endowment fund. Every contribution, regardless of size, plays a vital role in ensuring the team’s continued success.

At press time, we have raised the funds necessary for the Final 4 run. We still would appreciate your support of our program and additional funds will be used to build our Endowment fund, Scholarship Fund and would seed us for the Spring 2024 7s season.

Conclusion: Tiger Rugby’s journey is a testament to the power of community support, dedicated coaching, and the passion of its players. As the team navigates the challenges ahead, the rallying cry is clear: together, we can propel Tiger Rugby to new heights.


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.