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(Kent Ozmanski, VP of Rhino Rugby, interviewed Franklin and Marshall Men's Rugby via a Question and Answer format. Franklin College was founded in 1787 with a gift from Ben Franklin. Marshall College, named after the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was founded in 1836. The schools merged in 1853. F&M is co-ed, and located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Its nickname is the Diplomats.)
Q. How long has there been a rugby team at Franklin and Marshall?
A. Franklin & Marshall Men's Rugby was established in 1972 and is one of the oldest clubs within the college. F&M compete in the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union (EPRU), and play competitive seasons in the fall and spring (XV's and 7's).
Q. Does the school support the program?
A. F&M Men’s Rugby holds a Club Sport status with the college, but operates in every sense as a varsity sport. The college provides the men’s team with a paid head coach, access to the athletic training room, a varsity coach advisor for each season, a student worker to aid in transportation, and match scheduling. In addition, we receive $1,000 in financial aid from the college used for travel expenses.
Q. What about the recent extraordinary gift?
A. This past spring, we received $25,000 from an anonymous donor with a $25,000 match challenge for all gifts that are made to the team.
Q. What has been F&M experience playing within NSCRO?
A. The league is well organized, well run, and provides the grounds for a competitive season in both XV’s and 7’s. There is also a clear path to national championships. The 7’s National Championship is an outstanding event and we were delighted to finish fourth .
Q. And the future of rugby at F&M?
A. Through hard work and dedication, the leaders of the club have formulated a model template for club success, not only for rugby but other club sports at the college. The future is bright for rugby at F&M.