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Saturday is a Rugby Day!! Newport retain the RI CUP

Saturday April 6th 2019 • 2:30PM • Parade Field, Fort Adams State Park, Newport RI 02840

2019 Rhode Island Cup Champions - Newport Rugby

There has never been a more correct usage of the age old saying that "Saturday is a Rugby Day" than on this past Saturday in Newport Rhode Island. Fort Adams was host to a full day of rugby played on the Parade Field inside the walls of the historic Fort Adams. it was a fantastic day for rugby, the sun came out and yielded temperatures in the low to mid 60's with a light to moderate intermittent breeze. This made for perfect conditions for players and spectators.

Youth Rugby...

The day started out with an exhibition of youth rugby from Island Rugby. It was great to see the future members of Newport Rugby honing their skills. Special thanks to Island Rugby for coming out and getting involved. If you, your family or friends are interested in giving rugby a go Island Rugby is accepting new players, boys and girls ages 7-18. If you are interested in learning more please visit for additional information.

Collegiate All Stars...

The 2nd game of the presented some of the best college players in Rhode Island. It was a fantastic match with everything left on the field. As a brand new exhibition game, this match was designed to provide collegiate players a chance to showcase their talents to a wider audience. This exhibition also aims to help build connections between the adult and college rugby clubs of Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Cup...

The main event saw Newport take on in-state rival Providence for the Rhode Island Cup. It was a well fought game for the first half while Newport settled into the first game of the season. Newport pulled away in the second half to retain the cup.

Halftime Score:


Full time Score:



John P - 2 Trys

Andrew M - 3 Conversions

Kev - 1 Try

Fern - 1 Try

Shriner - 1 Try

Ben - 1 Try

Duran - 1 Try

GQ - 1 Try

Special thanks to our on site caterer McGrath Clambakes for providing a fantastic concession stand and drink up!

We unveiled our new jerseys for the first time during the RI Cup. Special thanks to our jersey sponsors for making this possible!

Coaches Report

by Newport Coach Brian Moore

The Fort was Defended Island Youth Rugby was impressive! Newport College All-Stars won! Typical tough match with Providence. First game issues, timing, too much offloading in contact, penalties. 7-3 Halftime, opportunities were wasted! 4 tries in 20 minutes sealed it. 8 tries by 7 players Return of Jimmy King and Duran Vota. Great energy by the Finishers. 1st matches by Simon, Ben, Jerome, Eric and welcome back Ryan Ellis!

Great atmosphere, club support continues to get better and better!

Special thanks to The Newport Daily News for covering the game. You can view the game pictures captured by Justin L. Walker photos here or check out the Facebook post below.

Special Thanks to Fort Adams Trust for their support!

Check out the photo gallery below showing the action from the Rhode Island Cup. Special thanks to photographer & Newport Rugby player Jonathan Peterson for providing these great shots.

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