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Varsity Rugby

Brotherhood. Hard work. Excellence. 

Xavier rugby was founded by Xavier football coach Tom O'Hara '69 in 1976. In an attempt to improve the Xavier football program, Athletic Director Jack Galbraith decided to follow the model of New York City football powerhouse St. Francis Prep and add rugby to its off-season program. Having been introduced to rugby while attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, O'Hara jumped at the chance to start a program at Xavier. The boys chose to call themselves the Outlaws and the team was born. Wins in the first few years were few and far between as the Xavier students had to play almost all of their matches against men's clubs and collegiate teams. Under Coach Milton the wins did come, the students kept coming, and rugby became established as one of the most popular sports on 16th Street.

After Coach Milton left Xavier to return to England, Mike Tolkin '85 took over the coaching reins–first as an assistant to Jim Borland and then as head coach in 1987 until 2012. During Tolkin's 26 years as head coach, the club rose to prominence as one of the top high school teams in America, winning 19 regional championships and three more National Championships, in 1993, 2007, and 2010, and producing more than 30 high school, U19, U20, collegiate, and Men's National Team players.

The current head coach, Greg Norris, is an ex pat from South Africa who is heavily involved in the rugby community. Having worked as an Assistant Coach to the successful 2019 U18 team in their three-match test series against Canada and a long time head coach with New York Rugby Club, his experience spans both high school and men’s level rugby.

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