Ohio Wesleyan Club Rugby

Ohio Wesleyan Club Rugby


Hey! I'm creating a group page for a Columbus Rugby Network. I am hoping to utilize this page to share information about all the clubs in the area, Union info, USA rugby news, and potentially info on professional competitions and where to view them. I also hope to host different social and educational rugby based events, open to all rugby lovers. I will need help making this a success and hope to get a lot of feedback on what people want to see from the group.

A long, long time ago, in a land far away I volunteered as coach and performed as a referee for Wesleyan.
Hey there owu rugby alumni since we are getting new uniforms we are selling off a few of the older uniforms in the hopes to raise some more money for the rugby team to hopefully pay for a new rugby shed. Wouldn't you love an old owu jersey to hang in your house or wear every once in a while. We are selling off numbers 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 21. We are asking for 20$ a uniform. Message me on Facebook and I will confirm with you.
Hello OWU rugby alumni and friends we are currently underway with our fundraiser in selling our OWU rugby shirts. Please help support the team by purchasing a shirt.

Another short clip from final home match
Columbus men's, W1823, OSU men's & women, High School players & anyone else who wishes to join the Tiger Academy - this is a message for you.

Starting Monday next week(6/12/17) we will be adding 3 extra skill/position specific sessions at the Tiger Academy. We understand that some people won't be able to attend due the times of the sessions but for those who can make 1,2 or all 3 then we look forward to seeing you there! We still have the 6am work ons group going as well. The sessions will be as follows:

Monday's = 10:30am

Wednesday's = 10:30am

Thursday's = 9:30am

All 3 sessions will be at Resolute Athletic Complex which have locker rooms & showers available for use if you require them.

We will cover a variety of different areas from catch & pass to decision making on attack and Defence to tactical & technical skill sets, attacking framework for 7s(& 15s for those players who would like it) and many others.

Any questions feel free to call/text/email me with those and I'll be happy to answer.

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Keep up to date on both the Men's and Women's rugby teams - your Battling Bishops! Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling games or tournaments!

Head Coach, Men's and Women's teams: Philip Payne [email protected]

Assistant Coach: Brittany Latham
Assistant Coach: David Fetalaiga

You can donate to our teams through the OWU website using a credit card. When you get to “designations” click “other.” You must specify “OWU Women’s Rugby Club” or “OWU Men’s Rugby Club” in the box underneath. https://community2.owu.edu/new-alumni-site/make-a-gift

Operating as usual

Ohio Valley Women’s Collegiate Rugby All Stars, organized by Christine Varga 01/07/2023

Ohio Valley Women’s Collegiate Rugby All Stars, organized by Christine Varga

Help support our four selected players!

Four Bishops were selected for this All Star Team:

Jessie Bontaitibus
Hailey MacGregor
Etta Pierce
Kayla Saikaly

Wow! Lets help these young Bishops out and get them to Texas!

Great Day to be a Bishop!

Ohio Valley Women’s Collegiate Rugby All Stars, organized by Christine Varga The Ohio Valley Women’s Rugby Conference All Star Team is traveling to… Christine Varga needs your support for Ohio Valley Women’s Collegiate Rugby All Stars


Your OWU Officers for 2023 are:

Women's Team President: Mylah Morris
Men's Team President: Winter Jones

Treasurer: Grace Luxon

Marketing: Syd McMillan, El Mayle, Julia Rocha

Fundraising & Sponsorship: Kaylee Moore

Field Officer: Syd McMillan

Recruitment: Hailey MacGregor, Shannon Lang

Congratulations to the elected OWU Club Officers! We have a program to build!


The Ohio Wesleyan University Rugby Club celebrated the end of the Fall season and the Women's team winning the Ohio Valley Rugby Conference Fall Championship.

Secret Santa gifts were exchanged, lots of food was consumed, and club elections were held. Results to follow.

From us to you, Happy Holidays

Collegiate Rugby Championship Moves to Maryland - djcoilrugby 11/30/2022

Collegiate Rugby Championship Moves to Maryland - djcoilrugby

Alumni, Family, and friends, if we are fortunate enought to win through this spring to represent our league at the National Tournament. Here is the latest details.

Collegiate Rugby Championship Moves to Maryland - djcoilrugby National Collegiate Rugby

Ohio Wesleyan University Rugby 11/26/2022

Ohio Wesleyan University Rugby

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your Bishop, an Alum, or a parent?

Our OWU Rugby Store is open!

If you order by Nov. 28th, it will be delivered by Christmas!

A percentage of every order helps support this program AND you are going to look great in this gear!

Ohio Wesleyan University Rugby


Your Battling Bishops have won the league, defeating Ohio University 10-5!


OU played very well and the snow and wind were no one's friend today.

But the hardwork put in by this team, some Labor Day till now has paid off.

Go Bishops!


OWU defeated Taylor University 15-5

In this weather, we cannot play our ball movement game, but they adapted and overcame!

Sadly, our second game has forfeited to us, so we are in the Championship. We will post the gametime once we know.




7s Championship weather ?1


Fall Championship GameDay!

1st game is 11 am est - wish us luck!


Eammon Hogan

Eammon Hogan is one of the most respected coaches in the UK, he was the talent development coach for the Leicester Tigers a Premiership team, a weekly contibutor for over 11 years to Rugby Coaching Magazine, and was an assistnat coach on the 1st Professional Rugby team in Columbus, Ohio... The Aviators!

This is the last video of the week as we lead up to the conference final tomorrow. This week is bookened with amazing coaches that Coach Payne has gotten to know and respect, and what a powerful message as we try to play our best rugby!



Ruan Zorba Allerston is a professional rugby player from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He is a center and fly-half that has played in the Currie cup in SA and professionally in Portugal. His energy, tactical kicking, and game-breaking running ability make him a menace to opponents..

He is currently teacher and a rugby coach at Durban High School, a famous boys academy founded in 1866 (https://www.facebook.com/DurbanHighSchool).



PJ van Zyl is a retired professional rugby player from South Africa. PJ played for the Golden Lions U19 and the Leopards U21 squad, he also played Varsity Cup rugby with the NWU Pukke.

At the start of 2011, Van Zyl joined Wellington-based side Boland Cavaliers. He made his debut for the team during the 2011 Vodacom Cup competition,

He soon established himself as a regular starter for Boland in both the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup competitions and reached 50 appearances (Caps in rugby).

He and his played professionally in France and Portugal before coming to the US and playing for Columbus Rugby. PJ and his family have moved back to South Africa where he is the Co-Owner of Grip It and Rip Crossfit Gym (https://www.facebook.com/gripandrip15)!


Tomorrow is the last day of video messages... keep checking to see who might pop up on this page.

Saturday, your Bishops try to win the Ohio Valley Rugby Conference, trophy!



Joy Buraima, is the last video of our Spring 2022 graduates, alongside Paige and Katie, they were the backbone of this team! Much love and respect from the OWU team!

Originally from the Ivory Coast, after graduation Joy has become a Clinical Research Coordinator at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Go Joy!



Roland Suniula was born in New Zealand and got his start playing for North Harbour, a famous and storied club in Auckland. He played in the US for the Austin Elite in Major League Rugby (MLR).

He also played for the Seattle Seawolves in the MLR, the Ohio Aviators in PRO Rugby, and the Columbus Rugby Club (Scioto Valley RFC). He is the brother of Andrew and Shalom Suniula, who have also represented the United States Eagles rugby union (both sevens and XV's). Amazing that all three brothers represented the US!

Overseas, Roland played for FC Auch Gers for the 2012-13 Pro D2 season. After one season with team he joined CS Vienne where he made 18 appearances for the team during the 2013-14 season, both are professional teams in France.. In May 2014, Suniula signed a two-year deal with an option for a third with RC Chalon another Fédérale 1 side.


Hello from Paige

Paige Martin, another of our Spring 2022 graduates that held this team together and helped it grow and thrive. Much love and respect from the OWU team!

She is currently a Lab Technician and the University of Pittsburgh, continuing her studies.


Hannes from SA

Hannes Huisamen is a professional rugby player from South Africa. He is currently under contract with the EPRU Elephants, where he plays alongside his brother Gerrit as locks for the team, Hannes is 6'6" and his brother is 6'5", so they make a formidable duo. He has played for Stellenbosch University Maties, the top side of the largest rugby club in the world, with fifty-three teams and more than 1300 registered rugby players!!


Olympian and USA 7s Player, Joe Schroeder

Joe Schroeder is a USA 7s player and Olympian. His smarts, tenacity, and athletic gifts have taken him far in rugby. But what makes him truly special is his humbleness, willingness to learn, and his drive for 'Team' success.

He has a message for the Bishops

Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joe.shoulders/


Alum Katie Peterson

Katie graduated last Spring and was one of the Captains of the team. She and two others, held the club together during the pandemic when the team wasn't allowed to play. She is now living in NYC and working for Centric Brands, a leading global apparel and accessories company,

This club owes a huge debt to Katie and the other Spring graduates who fought to keep the club going and helped with the transition of the coaching staff.


Championship week for the #1 Seed OWU Women's Rugby Team.

Videos from past alums, notable rugby players, and coaches from around the world will be posted this week - check back often!

Go Bishops!


To OWU from Canada

Joe Costello - Canadian Varsity University coach, also coached the Gold Medal Canadian team in the World University Games. A good friend of Coach Payne's and an excellent coach, and an even better person.

This is worth a watch, regardless if you play rugby or not.


From the Columbus Women's Rugby Club

The Columbus Women's Rugby Club (the Squirrels) is a fixture in Midwest Rugby. Founded in 1991, but with rugby DNA coming from their previous club the Columbus Wolfpack, they have been putting bruises on teams for decades.

Our Assistant Coach Brittany Latham plays for the club and we hare happy to have her!

From their website: "We are not just athletes either! Our teammates are doctors, software engineers, lawyers, nurses, designers, artists, students, and moms. We are dedicated to building and fostering a radically inclusive rugby community in our city through teamwork, leadership, and discipline on – and off – the pitch."

Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/cwrcsquirrels


Good Luck from Scotland!

Charis reaches across the Atlantic to wish her teammates the best this coming week.

Charis Blake was introduced to rugby last year at OWU and has fallen in love with the sport. She is currently studying abroad at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and plays rugby for the school's team. What an experience!

You can follow the team on instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/ustarugby/?hl=en


Championship week for the #1 Seed OWU Women's Rugby team!

Keep your eyes on this page throughout the week for surprises and updates about your favorite Bishops!

Photos from Ohio Valley Women's Collegiate Rugby Conference's post 10/31/2022

Photos from Ohio Valley Women's Collegiate Rugby Conference's post

Photos from Ohio Wesleyan Club Rugby's post 10/29/2022

What a day to be a Bishop!

Finished the day 3-0! Scored 93 points to giving up 17.

Defeated Ohio University 29-5
Defeated Oberlin 37-12
And beat Earlham 27-0

Thank you to the huge turnout of the OWU parents and the fantastic food!

Photos from Ohio Wesleyan Club Rugby's post 10/24/2022

Had Boomer out for our last tournament! Our little dog mascot, howling at us on the sidelines. Not a fan of rugby balls but we will get him there.

Shout out to Mrs. Lang for her treats for all the entire team! We loved them!


At the end of Week 7 - Ohio Wesleyan Women's Rugby continues to lead the Small College 7s Division -


What a day to be a Bishop!

OWU Women went 2-1 on the day, earning 9 points. Lost to Taylor University, defeated Tiffin and Ohio University.

Correction - the men lost 24-17 to Denison in game one, but came back strong with a 40-24 win in game 2. Huge shout out for Denison hosting us today.

The OWU Women's team remains in first place this Fall, but two more critical weeks to go!


Your Bishops are on the road!

The men are heading to Denison for a friendly tournament

The Women are heading to Tiffin University - we will play Miami University, Taylor University, then Tiffin University

Beautiful day to be a Bishop!


Our own Mylah Morris featured as an interfaith leader at Ohio Wesleyan!

Interfaith in Action - Ohio Wesleyan Students Travel to Chicago for Annual Leadership Summit 🏙

“Coming into college, I never saw myself becoming an interfaith advocate or leader, but now that I am here, I know it’s where I am supposed to be" - Mylah Morris ’24

➡️ bit.ly/OWUInterfaithInAction


At the end of Week 5 of the Fall competition, your Ohio Wesleyan Bishops still hold the #1 spot.

This past weekend, we played a fun tournament at Ohio University with a mixed side of OWU and Earlham College mixing in with us. Thank you, Justice, Lilly, Emolia, and Quinn for being Bishops for the day. We hope you had fun!

The OWU Men and Women are off this week for Midterms and Fall break. Our next game weekend is October 22nd.


Had an amazing time teaching little ones how to tackle! We hope you all had an amazing time and please come back! We would to keep working with them as well as allow them to watch how rugby players tackle in games.

Thank you Mark Swanson for this opportunity and we hope you see improvement in their games as well.

Great day to be a bishop!


We had an amazing weekend! Overall, the womens rugby team went 2-1. We appreciate all the fans in the stands and the ones watching from the live feed we had going on. Thank you all for supporting! We hope we all made you proud!

Huge shout out to our coaches: Philip Payne and Dave thank you for your patience and amazing coaching this weekend!


OWU loses to Grace, good squad and a good learning experience.

Last game of the day for OWU at 2pm against Tiffin


OWU defeats U of Findlay, 27-7

Next up is Grace College


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