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Rugby: Gents to host Grand Jct. on Saturday

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Garrett Lincoln of the Gentlemen of Aspen makes a tackle during Saturday's holiday rugby game against the Denver Misfits.
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The undefeated Gentlemen of Aspen rugby club will put its unbeaten summer record on the line Saturday against the visiting Grand Junction Griffins.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Rio Grande Park.

The Gents are 3-0 thus far this season under first-year head coach Cameron McIntyre.

McIntyre is a former Gents’ player with their national championship clubs.

The Aspen ruggers won their third consecutive game with a commanding 37-22 victory over the Denver Misfits in the traditional Fourth of July rugby matchup.

The Gentlemen were boosted by a number of alumni players who returned to Aspen for the holiday contest, including decorated former U.S. Eagle Alec Parker.

Parker, a 6-6 Aspen native and a former college football player at Colorado Mesa University, played in 58 games for the U.S. Eagles as a lock. He competed in three rugby World Cups — 1996, 2003 and 2007.

Parker and the new generation Gents pulled away from the Denver Misfits all-star squad in the second half two weeks ago.

Robert Hiles, a former Junior Gent who will play college rugby next year at Central Washington University, scored on a long run and managed the kicking duties in Aspen’s win over the Misfits.

Austin Schneider helped break that game open with a long run for a try late in the win over Denver.

Earlier this season, the Gentlemen of Aspen overpowered the Blue Goose Rugby Club of Breckenridge 72-5.

The Gents opened the season with a 43-17 win over Defiance in Glenwood Springs.

The Gentlemen of Aspen will hit the road on July 25 for a game at Steamboat Springs.

The Gents will host Vail in a rugby rivalry game in Aspen on Aug. 1.

The annual Ski Town Rugby Tournament is scheduled for Aug. 8 in Park City, Utah.

The 48th annual Aspen Ruggerfest rugby tournament will be Sept. 17-20.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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