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Alameda Rugby

The Alameda Rugby Club was started in 2004 by then AHS teacher Jeremy Castro. Caving into constant pressure from his students, Jeremy began to show rugby games during the school’s lunch period promising the students that if they reached critical mass he would start a rugby club.  The Alameda Rugby Club was born the following week. The club’s highest honor, the “Castro Award”, is now given every year to the the male and female player who most embody the spirit of rugby. Their names are engraved on the trophy for all to see.

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Now in its 11th year, the Alameda Rugby Club exists to develop students and players through the lessons inherent in playing the game of rugby. Fostering an environment of accountability, teamwork,  character development, safety, and FUN is at the core of what we do.

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We believe that success, no matter how you define it, is a commitment based phenomenon. We believe that every player has something to contribute, and that no one player  is above the team. We live and breath these values and have seen incredible results. Throughout the 11 year history of the club, nearly 40% of Alameda Rugby Club graduates go on to play rugby at the collegiate level.

Come join us and see why rugby is America’s fastest growing sport.

Coaches

 Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 9.56.46 PM         Austin A. Britts

 

Years  Coaching Alameda:    

This year will make my seventh season. It has really gone by quick!

Hometown:                                            

Nevada City, CA

Previous Clubs:                                  

University of Washington, University of Aberdeen, Seattle RFC, OPSB RFC,  Chicago Lions RFC, Berkeley RFC.

Favorite Rugby Memory?            

Winning the 2007 National Sevens  Championship with the Chicago Lions. We were the complete underdogs.                                            

What do you remember about your first game of rugby?

I remember being terrified, confused, and exhilarated all at once. I remember thinking it was the most fun I had ever had.

How old where you when you played your first game?

I was 19.

What do you love about rugby?

I love so many things about this game. I guess I’d have to say that I love the culture, community, camaraderie, and all of the valuable life lessons I have learned from playing it.

What do you love about coaching?

I love sharing my love of this game with a younger generation. There is no better feeling than seeing a young player come off the field with a huge smile on their face. I have been lucky to coach a tremendous group of kids these past 6 years. I feel very grateful for what they have taught me as well.

Favorite Non-Rugby Pastime?

Playing music, skiing, surfing, and spending time with my wife and dog.

IMG_1707         Lori Rifkin

 

Years with Alameda:

1

Hometown:

Rockford, IL

Previous Clubs:  

Radcliffe, Berkeley All-Blues, New York Rugby Club, DC Furies

Favorite Rugby Memory?  

Winning college nationals in 1998

What do you remember about your first game of rugby?  

My first tackle! and being very confused. 

How old where you when you played your first game?

17

What do you love about rugby?

The way that you have to focus completely on the game when you step on the field and everything else fades away. 

What do you love about coaching?  

Seeing players do things they didn’t think they could do. 

Favorite Non-Rugby Pastime?  

what? there’s life outside rugby? in my retirement, I’ve taken up crossfit. 

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