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Walmsley carrying the ball for Dartmouth

Colin Walmsley, a senior center from Alberta, Canada, has been named a Rhodes Scholar. He’s Dartmouth’s 78th recipient of the prestigious accolade, and he intends to continue studying anthropology at Oxford University upon graduating in the spring.

Walmsley has been a regular starter for the Big Green when available. Like so many Dartmouth students, including fellow senior Madison Hughes who is captaining the 7s Eagles while trying to finish up his studies in the spring, Walmsley has taken on a lot and isn’t always available for selection. He’s a double major in anthropology and government, he hosts a weekly radio show and sings in an a capella group.

“It’s a special thing for Colin. Very deserving, and everybody here at Dartmouth Rugby and the college itself is absolutely thrilled for him,” said Dartmouth coach Gavin Hickie.

“Fantastic player. More importantly, he’s a fantastic guy, a really good guy. He was heavily involved in lots of volunteer work for the Children’s Hospital here at Dartmouth. He volunteered cooking for kids, he presented to the Department of Homeless Services for New York and the American Anthropological Association last August, so he is a fantastic student, fantastic guy, and we’re very lucky to have him here.”  

Walmsley was one of six Dartmouth players to be named to USA Rugby’s Academic All-American team last season. Should he boot up for the Oxford rugby team, he’ll find himself on the opposite side of the famous rivalry with former Dartmouth teammate Nate Brakeley, who played in the Varsity Match for Cambridge.