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Rugby came to the University of Vermont in 1970, and now, some 48-years later, enjoys a spectacular renaissance as the team sits in the top ten of the DII College Division rankings. The side is undefeated in six matches, outscoring opponents 225-13, and five of those wins were shutouts.
Last Saturday, Vermont hosted rival Sacred Heart from Connecticut coached by the legendary Ray Peterson (Staples High School), and former Connecticut Grey RFC standout. The home side demolished the visitors 64-0. The week prior it won easily against Quinnipiac 68-13.
Vermont has not lost a game since receiving a gift of Rhino team uniforms from benefactor Bob Phillips. He is a former Dartmouth College ('60) and New York RFC rugger who started Royall Lyme men's cologne, which advertised for many years in Rugby Magazine.
The team practices in the early morning led by a staff of unpaid coaches. They arrive at the game on bicycles and change on the field.
Vermont will advance into the DII playoffs.