Cleveland Rovers Rugby Club – Article 1990
The Cleveland Rovers have had an unusually strong career
since their beginning in 1978.
Founded by Joe Zone of Kent State, Dave Lyons of Ohio University, and
Mike Coyne of Ohio Wesleyan University, the Rovers had a fantastic opening year
going 10 and 0.
The last 13 years have shown that The Cleveland Rovers Rugby
Club is a force not to be taken lightly at any time. From recent and past 15’s
play success to the Rovers new found explosive success in 7's play, the Rovers
have many "Cups" in their possession.
Beginning with their 10 and 0 initial season, the Rovers
went on to First Runner Up Title in the Ohio 15's in '79. Then in ‘83, the
Rovers came in 2nd place in the prestigious St. Patrick's Tournament held each
Spring in Washington. D.C., where over 45 teams from around North America
participated this year.
The Rovers have traveled to The United Kingdom twice for
competition; once in
'84 and then again last Spring in '89.
The Rovers won the Ohio 15's Jr. Cup in '87 and was runner
up in '88.
This Spring, the Rovers came in 2nd place in the
Midwest Jr. Cup Tournament held in Toledo, Ohio.
The Rovers will be a Senior Side Division team this Fall.
The Rovers have consistently held two sides of strong
players for each contest, and have enjoyed noted “Select” players over the
Tom Jones, Dave Lyons, and Dave and Kenny Wanger were Ohio
Selects in the early 80's. The Rovers have now had two noted selects of Chris
Botson to the "Under 25" Select side, and most notably is Jason Fox
who was selected to participate as a representative for the United States Rugby
Union as an "Eagle" 7's player.
The Rovers won the Cleveland Cup both in '87 and '88 and are
looking to regain the Cup again this year after losing it back to The Cleveland
Rugby Club last year.
The Cleveland Cup Benefit, in its first year this year, was
conceived by the Rovers as a benefit to be continued every year hereafter with
a new beneficiary being chosen each year.
If you, or someone you know is interested in playing Rugby -
even if you've never played before - with some of the finest men on Cleveland's
West Side, then come join them for a practice every Tuesday and Thursday at
Impett Park off of Warren Road in Cleveland, right by 1-90, at 6:30 pm - They'd
love to have you join them - they'll even teach you the rules!