The GCU Men’s Rugby team enters its fifth season in 2018-19 as a young and rapidly progressing program. In just four years, the program already made an impact on collegiate rugby in the West, and in its first season in D1A Rugby, reached the 2018 playoffs, earning a national ranking for nearly the entire season. Since the program’s inception, the team has played top competition in both 15s and 7s. In addition to their success this past year, the Lopes reached the 2007 Division I-AA national semifinals in 15s after posting regular-season wins against Notre Dame, Santa Clara and Long Beach State.
GCU Men’s Rugby had immediate success in recruiting, enrolling several top high school players and collegiate transfers from across the country. In 2017-18, GCU Men’s Rugby’s roster includes nearly 60 players from 16 states, including several USA Rugby High School All-Americans, 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 international standout Cam Wyper, who heads into his second year as head coach. GCU provides practice and game facilities, weight training with a certified strength coach, athletic training support, equipment, kit, travel resources and more.
GCU Men’s 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.
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|Friday||02/01/2019||at||California Polytechnic State University||San Luis Obispo, CA||7:00 PM||32-21 W|
|Sunday||02/03/2019||at||University of California, Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara, CA||1:00 PM||62-5 W|
|Saturday||02/09/2019||at||University of Arizona||University of Arizona||3:00 PM||14-34 L|
|Saturday||02/16/2019||vs||Santa Clara University||GCU Stadium||1:00 PM||76-3 W|
|Saturday||02/23/2019||at||Arizona State University||Postponed||1:00 PM||TBA|
|Saturday||03/02/2019||vs||St. Mary's College of California||GCU (Practice Soccer Field)||1:00 PM||15-88 L|
|Saturday||03/09/2019||vs||San Diego State University||GCU (Practice Soccer Field)||1:00 PM||83-10 W|
|Saturday||03/16/2019||at||University of California, Davis||Davis, CA||12:00 PM||62-12 W|
|Saturday||03/30/2019||at||Central Washington University||Ellensburg, WA||1:00 PM||8-22 L|
|Thursday||04/04/2019||at||Arizona State University||Glendale (ASU West Campus)||7:00 PM||50-8 W|
|Saturday||04/13/2019||D1A Rugby Playoffs (Nationals Round of 16)||Moraga, CA||3:00 PM||12-76 L|
|vs||St. Mary's College of California|
|Friday||05/24/2019||2019 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships (Pool Play)||Tucson (Kino Sports Complex)||11:40 AM||33-12 W|
|vs||University of Utah|
|Friday||05/24/2019||2019 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships (Pool Play)||Tucson (Kino Sports Complex)||2:00 PM||29-12 W|
|vs||University of Minnesota|
|Friday||05/24/2019||2019 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships (Pool Play)||Tucson (Kino Sports Complex)||4:00 PM||10-32 L|
|vs||Notre Dame College (OH)|
|Saturday||05/25/2019||2019 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships (Quarterfinal Round)||Tucson (Kino Sports Complex)||9:00 AM||5-26 L|
|vs||Central Washington University|
|Saturday||05/25/2019||2019 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships (Elimination Round-7th Place Match)||Tucson (Kino Sports Complex)||11:20 AM||10-31 L|
|vs||Ohio State University|
|Saturday||01/19/2019||vs||Saint Marys University||GCU||11:00 AM||TBA|
|Friday||02/01/2019||at||California Polytechnic State University||California Polytechnic State University||5:00 PM||TBA|
|Sunday||02/03/2019||at||University of California, Santa Barbara||University of California, Santa Barbara||11:00 AM||TBA|
|Saturday||02/09/2019||at||University of Arizona||University of Arizona||1:00 PM||TBA|
|Saturday||02/16/2019||vs||Santa Clara University||GCU||11:00 AM||TBA|
|Saturday||03/02/2019||at||Arizona State University||Arizona State University||11:00 AM||TBA|
|Saturday||03/09/2019||vs||San Diego State University||GCU||11:00 AM||TBA|
|Saturday||03/16/2019||at||University of California, Davis||University of California, Davis||11:00 AM||TBA|
Cameron Wyper is the director of rugby, and became the head coach at GCU last season. Wyper has an impressive coaching career under his belt, including three seasons at Lindenwood University as head coach. Wyper led the Lions’ 7s team to the 2015 collegiate national championship. During his very successful playing career, Wyper played for the Canberra Vikings in 2007, the ACT Brumbies in 2008 and 2009, and the Scotland 7s in 2011 and 2012. Wyper graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Lindenwood University, and is USA Rugby Level 100 coaching certified.
Adam Muszynski is the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the GCU Men’s Rugby program. Muszynski pulled dual duty as a player and coach, playing for the Tempe Old Devils from 2009 to 2011 while serving as an assistant coach for the University of Arizona from 2008 to 2010. He is a Certified Level 1 referee, and is USA Rugby Level 200 coaching certified. Muszynski graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.