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Many years ago, in line with the USA Rugby's Seven Year Plan, the Eastern Rugby Union toured England and Wales in September 1984. It was billed as the ERU's Colonial Tour, where the all-star squad went 4-1 against one English and four Welsh club fifteens.

Tom Selfridge, Bob Jones, and Bill Fulton led the organizational plans for trip while Clarence Culpepper and Al Little handled the coaching assignment. Jack White captained the team. Dr. Jack Gordon acted as Team Physician. Twenty-seven players traveled.

The opening game was against Cheltenham, England. The Colonials won 19-6, exhibiting a stout defense and good support.

The next game witnessed a loss to Pontypridd, Wales, in a contest that most thought should have been an ERU victory. The hosts prevailed 13-9 in front of 2,500 fans. The Colonial flanker Tom Slovenkay was stopped two-meters short of the try line in the waning minutes of the game.

The third match was an easy Colonial win against Llangwm 26-3.  The ERU proved faster than the Welsh side, scoring tries often in both periods.

In the game four 13-9 win against Penarth, the ERU scored on an intercepted pass to lead 6-0 within the first three-minutes of play. Penarth responded with a try and a penalty kick to lead 9-6. The Colonials scored after a rolling maul (the seventh) from five-meters out. Conversion missed.

The final match of the tour saw the fourth ERU victory, 19-10 against Cross Keys. The Colonials led at the break 13-7. Cross Keys narrowed the margin to 13-10, but the ERU XV added two long-penalties to secure the win.

The tour summary demonstrated the ERU superiority: 13 tries for versus four against. A total of 86-points for versus 41 against. A 4-1 record represented a significant accomplishment.

 

 

 

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