Newport Rugby returns to Fort Adam’s State Park this Saturday at 1 pm with a clash against New Hampshire powerhouse, Amoskeag, to kick off their 2017 season.

Coming off a successful season that took Newport to the New England Championship title game, the club has high expectations ahead of their 9-game season.  President, Chris Behan believes the coaching appointment of Brian Moore will give Newport a significant advantage.  “Brian’s 18-years of experience as a championship winning coach combined with an intimate understanding of the Newport Rugby Club makes him the perfect choice to propel the team to higher levels”, said Behan.

Coming off a successful season that took Newport to the New England Championship title game, the club has high expectations ahead of their 9-game season.  President, Chris Behan believes the coaching appointment of Brian Moore will give Newport a significant advantage.  “Brian’s 18-years of experience as a championship winning coach combined with an intimate understanding of the Newport Rugby Club makes him the perfect choice to propel the team to higher levels”, said Behan.

Moore founded and served as head coach of Bishop Hendricken High School rugby since 2000, leading them to several junior New England Championships.  Moore also coached University of Rhode Island’s men’s and women’s rugby teams, which included a National Collegiate Championship in 2006.

Moore said of his appointment, “I am thrilled to be returning to Newport Rugby where I started as a player.  The opportunity to give back to the club and work with a talented group of guys is wonderful.”  With several key veteran players on the verge of retirement Moore is prepared for the challenge ahead.  “The club will field a highly experienced and skilled team comprised of both international and local players, several of which have played with Newport for many years.  My role is to bring them together as a playing group and keep them fit and focused throughout the season.”

The League season runs until mid-November against premier Division 2 clubs from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

2017 Schedule

  • September 2: Amoskeag (NH)*
  • September 16: @ Boston (MA)
  • September 23: Hartford (CT)*
  • September 30: @ South Shore (MA)
  • October 14: @ Mystic River (MA)
  • October 21: Boston Irish Wolfhounds (MA)*
  • October 28: Portland (ME)*
  • November 4: @ Worcester (MA)
  • November 11: Albany (NY)*

* All homes games start at 1:00 pm at Fort Adams State Park

For more information contact www.newportrugby.com.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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