Rugby: Gents to host Grand Jct. on Saturday
The Aspen Times
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.
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