Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Canterbury Red River Interview: LSU

Our partners Canterbury have conducted a set of interviews in preparation for the start of the Red River Conference season.

Tell us about your rugby program? Including a Brief History

LSU Rugby has maintained a winning tradition since our founding in 1970. We are reining Red River Collegiate Champions. LSU has always played a wide open, fast paced game and always pride ourselves on defense and team fitness.

Tell us about your rugby programs coaches? Background & time in the role

Bob “Big Red” Causey (LSU 76’) and Scott McLean (LSU 85’) have coached the club for the past twelve (12) seasons. During this period the club has continued the success it has maintained since its beginning in 1970- compiling 86 % winning percentage (187 wins-30 losses). Bob Causey (Eagle # 86) played in eight (8) test matches for the United States from 1977 through 1987. Bob’s first Eagle test was against Canada on May 21, 1977. He played against the Springboks in the infamous apartheid tour in 1981, and played his last test at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. Coach Red is the head forward’s coach. Scott McLean played halfback for LSU from 1980 though 1985, he represented the Eastern Rugby Union Colonials on 6 occasions, as well as playing for South ERU and the Louisiana RFU on numerous occasions during the 1980’s.

Take the jump to read more.
Coach Scott is the headbacks coach and handles the clubs fitness programs.Chris Collins (LSU 88’ ) has worked with the program since 2007. Chris played #8 for LSU and played representative rugby for the ERU, South ERU and Louisiana RFU during the late 1980’s and 90’s. Coach Chris focus is primarily on the Back Row and forwards attack coach. Jamie Ewton - Coach Jamie began with the program in the fall of 2014. Coach Jamie played his rugby at Eastern Kentucky University where he graduated in 1987. He played representative rugby in 7’s and 15’s for the USA South Panthers. Coach Jamie works with the backs, especially the back 3. Coach Jamie is the Head 7’s Coach. Michael Heier (LSU 10’)- Coach Mike has joined the coaching group this season, he assists with the forwards, and works in new player skill development.

What are your goals & expectations for the season?
We expect to have a strong season, and make improvements over last year’s final results. We expect that the RRC will be tough as teams continue to get better, through strong player recruitment and consistent coaching as well as increased University support. LSU has lost some key players from last seasons Red River Championship Team. All Conference players, including Captain Christian Brower, Kevin Kovacic, Wes Laborde, and Jeff Mauras have moved on after graduation.

Who are some key players in your program to keep an eye on?
We are returning Junior All American Brennan Falcon who has been elected Team Captain for this season. Additionally we are returning All Conference Players- Joe Ruocco, Zach Stratton, Treavor O’Neil, Cameron Troxler, Aidan Elias and Todd Dupree. Also returning this year are key seniors Co-Captain Alec Miller, Chas Mitchell, and Jarod Cusimano. The team is looking for big things out of incoming freshman Hunter Breit as well as returning starters center Terrance Alexander and Academic All-American Luis Flores.

Who is your biggest rival and / or a must win game in your opinion?
LSU has a great history with Texas A&M. The Aggies always have our attention and many, many great-very tight games (including last year’s) have occurred over the years. We know they will be extremely tough. Although we have not played Oklahoma as many times as the Aggies over the years, whenever we do we know it will be a very hard contest, as the Sooners always have a good program.

No comments:

Post a Comment