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About Michigan State Rugby

In 1965 the first MSU Rugby game was played against their number one rival, the University of Michigan. Founded by an English Grad Student, Neville Doherty who formerly coached the rugby squad at Amherst University. With this humble beginning of thirteen Hoonyaks, the MSU Rugby team was born.

For nearly 50 years the MSU Rugby Team has grown and evolved into a leader in the Big Ten Universities Rugby Conferenece, but perhaps more importantly MSU Rugby has taught thousands of players that they can compete at the highest level of collegiate competition. And they have used that competitive knowledge to be great in their careers and in life.

We know from the MSU News ‘Scrolls’ that the beginning of our team was based on Neville’s love of the game of Rugby. We pay tribute to Neville and continue that love of the game today with the hard work, sacrifice, toughness, and teamwork of today’s young men on the field of battle. We don’t play for scholarships, we don’t play for the opportunity to turn Pro, we play for the man next to you, the tradition that is Michigan State Rugby, and the knowledge that together we can be great at the toughest game in the world.

Head Coach: Benny Mateialona

Coach Benny is in his first season as the head coach for Michigan State University Rugby Club. Prior to his coaching career, Benny played for multiple USA Junior National Teams and attended and played for Life University’s Men’s team which won two national championships in 2008, and 2013. He was a two time All-American for Life University, as well as a member of the USA Eagles Selects team, giving him the opportunity to play rugby throughout the United States and internationally.

Playing Career

  • U19 USA National Team 2005
  • 2009 & 2010 USA Rugby Collegiate All-American
  • IRANZ 2007
  • Life University Men’s Rugby 2006-2013





Name Position Email
Andrew Boyd President
Steve Miller Vice-President
Cole Gavigan Treasurer
Chris Davis Match Secretary
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