New Season’s First Session for Younger Players
Thanks to everyone who came out to the first week of practices! We had a blast hitting bags and getting back into it. A big thanks to the guys from the Fresno State Men’s Club who came out to help coach. We set a personal record for how many girls we had at the first practice with a whopping 56!! We can’t wait to see everyone again next week.
If you weren’t able to make practices this week, we hope to still see you on Monday, September 27th at Rotary Park.
FRESNO STATE WOMEN’S RUGBY ANNOUNCES
NEW COACHING STAFF FOR WOMEN’S RUGBY PROGRAM
National Rugby Champions Announce New Head Coach and Assistant Coach
Head Coach, Rodney Tuisavalalo
Fresno State Women’s Rugby Club announced today that Rodney Tuisavalalo will lead the National Champions as Head Coach effective immediately.
Head coach, Rodney Tuisavalalo, is stepping up to fill some big shoes, but he’s ready for the job. Rod has coached 7s and 15s at Las Vegas Rhinos High School and Clovis High School. Rod has also been involved with several rugby programs including the LA Giltinis, the Austin Gilgronis, and the San Diego Legion. Coach Rod has spent the last several years playing for the Fresno Men’s Rugby Club where he’s held multiple officer positions including Club President and Treasurer. While playing for the Men’s Club, Rod was named captain for five consecutive years from 2015-2019. He earned Club Forward of the year in 2017 and 2019 and was crowned MVP in 2015, 2017, and 2018. Rod has also been a certified NorCal Pelican Referee since 2015. We can’t wait to see how Rod’s mindset of fitness and trust takes us through the season.
Assistant Coach, Frederick “Frik” Fourie
Assistant coach, Frederick “Frik” Fourie, comes all the way from South Africa. He’s been playing rugby since he was five years old. He played rugby all through high school and college where he was named numerous awards such as Honorary Colors for all his high school years, Under 19’s First Team (1990-1992), Carlton League First Team (1993-2003), Gauteng First Team (1999-2001), and was on multiple Preparation Practice Teams against New Zealand All Blacks and Australia. After coming to the United States, Frik started coaching youth rugby in Clovis. He moved up to coach the Fresno Rugby Football Club in 2013 and remained head coach until 2017. Frik also worked with the NorCal Pelicans from 2014-2016. We’re looking forward to having Coach Frik share his expertise on the pitch.
Lady Bulldogs are once again D-II West Coast Conference Champs! On April 7, 2018, the Fresno State Women’s team traveled to Vallejo to play against Reno and ended up beating the Wolfpack 78-17. On April 21st and 22nd, the Bulldogs will travel to Stanford to play in the USA Rugby Division II spring regional championships of 2018.
The club participated in a community service event on March 6th, called Kids Day. We sold special editions of the Fresno Bee. The money raised was donated to the Valley Children’s Hospital. This event is spread throughout the central valley that a lot of organizations participate in. This is one of our favorite community service events because we get to give back to those in need and get to do it as a team.
We are so excited for this semester not only because rugby season is starting but because our club got a booth on campus. On the Fresno State campus there are about 40 club booths that circle the University Student Union on the main part of campus. Due to the immense amount of clubs and the shortage of spots not every club gets a booth every semester. We are so excited to have a club booth because this part of campus gets the most traffic which gives us opportunities to recruit, promote our home games, and connect with the student body. All semester you can find members of the Fresno State Women’s Rugby team at the booth. Stop by to say hello or ask questions.