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Welcome to GCU Rugby

The GCU men’s rugby team enters its fourth season in 2017-2018 as a young and rapidly progressing program. Despite only three years under its belt, the program already made an impact on collegiate rugby in the West. Since the program’s inception, the coaching staff and team committed to playing the best competition it could find and the schedule reflects that in 15s and 7s.

GCU rugby had immediate success in recruiting, enrolling several top high school players and collegiate transfers from across the country. GCU rugby’s roster includes nearly 60 players from 16 states. This includes several USA Rugby High School All-Americans, many Stars and Stripes Camp participants and several players who played internationally as part of the USA U20 program.

GCU has made a large commitment to the men’s rugby program with the hiring of three coaches, including international standout Cam Wyper and former collegiate All-american Ryan Kelly. GCU provides practice and game facilities, a top-notch weight room, strength coaches, training tables, athletic trainer support, equipment, kit, travel resources and more.

GCU rugby competes in 15s and 7s. The team had a successful 2016 7s run, beating traditional powers like San Diego State, UC-Davis and Santa Clara. In 15s, the Lopes reached the 2007 Division I-AA national semifinals after posting regular-season wins against Notre Dame, Santa Clara and Long Beach State.

GCU rugby offers free campus visits to qualified high school junior and senior recruits. These campus visits allow interested athletes to fly to Phoenix and stay overnight in campus residence halls. Recruits have a chance to see the beautiful campus, meet coaches and players and speak with admissions counselors.

GCU Men’s Rugby Schedule

Day Date   Opponent Location Time Score
Sunday 09/24/2017 vs Univeristy of Arizona and Arizona Stae scrimmages Phoenix, AZ TBA TBA
Saturday 10/07/2017 at West Coast 7s San Luis Obispo, CA TBA TBA
Saturday 10/14/2017 at University of Arizona Tucson, AZ TBA TBA
Saturday 10/21/2017 at Univeristy of New Mexico Phoenix, AZ TBA TBA
Saturday 01/13/2018 vs University of Arizona Phoenix, AZ TBA TBA
Saturday 01/20/2018 at San Diego State University Sand Diego, CA TBA TBA
Saturday 01/27/2018 at Brigham Young Univeristy Las vegas, NV TBA TBA
Saturday 02/03/2018 vs Arizona State University Phoenix, AZ TBA TBA
Friday 02/17/2017 at Utah Univeristy Las Vegas, NV TBA TBA
Tuesday 03/13/2018 at Univeristy of California Davis Davis, CA TBA TBA
Friday 03/16/2018 at Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA Tournament TBA
Monday 03/26/2018 vs Caly Poly Phoenix, AZ TBA TBA

GCU Men’s Rugby Roster

  • Jonathon Avila
  • Garret Bandara
  • Matthew Barber
  • Chris Berry
  • Maceo Brown
  • Christian Bucklin
  • Joel Bunger
  • Joshua Burgos
  • Jake Burns
  • Austin Campbell
  • Brian Carlson
  • Kyle Carreno
  • Jacoby Cartwright
  • Christopher Cheers
  • Mario Cruz
  • Brendon Curle
  • Cameron Dodson
  • Casen Dunn
  • Deandre Ector
  • Spencer Elliot
  • Bo Epperson
  • Connor Fischman
  • Nick Flaherty
  • Chance Glover
  • Robert Halverson
  • Roddy Hammilton
  • Kyle Hammontree
  • Nicholas Heinrich
  • Dom Iacovino
  • Cameron Johnston
  • Thomas Knopp
  • Malachi Knox
  • Joe Kooiman
  • Nick Kwasniewski
  • Hans Lee
  • VJ Leuta
  • Gustave Lizarraga
  • Forrest Lohman
  • Avery Longrie
  • Isaiah Loucks
  • Adam Maynard
  • Nimer Munakash
  • Matthew Murphy
  • Sam Muter
  • Louie Natera
  • Davide Olivieri
  • Ty Pacheo
  • Devon Padilla
  • Tyler Pedone
  • Dru Pelter
  • Darien Pickett
  • Nick Poli
  • Josh Ransom
  • Drew Rubado
  • Ronnie Sallee
  • Shaundre Sanchez
  • Damarius Sharp
  • Kris Sheckels
  • Kasey Sheckels
  • Lincoln Sii
  • Weston Smith
  • Riley Steed
  • Cole Stewart
  • Austin Taefu
  • Ty Taylor
  • Isaiah Thompson
  • Zander Tkel
  • David Tupua
  • Kyle Vemuelen
  • Dylan Villanueva
  • Trey Washington
  • Brent Williams
  • Ricky Wisdom
  • Terry Yam

GCU Men’s Rugby Coaching Staff

Cameron Wyper

Head Coach and Director of Rugby

Cameron Wyper is the director of rugby and became the head coach at GCU last season. Coach Wyper has an impressive coaching career under his belt after leading the Lindenwood 7s team to a 2015 collegiate national championship while head coach there from 2013 to 2016. Coach Wyper played for the Canberra Vikings in 2007, the ACT Brumbies in 2008 and 2009 and the Scotland 7s in 2011 and 2012. Coach Wyper graduated in exercise science from Lindenwood University and is USA Rugby Level 100 coaching certified.

Adam Muszynksi

Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator

Adam Muszynksi is the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the GCU men’s rugby program. Coach Muszynksi played for the Tempe Old Devils from 2009 to 2011 and served as an assistant coach for University of Arizona from 2008 to 2010. He is a Certified Level 1 referee and is USA Rugby Level 200 coaching certified. Coach Muszynksi graduated from University of Arizona with a BS in civil engineering.