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September 10, 1971 - Image 19

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The Michigan Daily, 1971-09-10

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Friday, September 10, 1971


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Ruggers prepare new attack

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The Michigan Rugby Foot-
ball Club begins its regular sea-
son Saturday battling the De-
troit Cobras in Detroit.
Unlike other years, the rug-
gers this year are going to be
more backfield oriented, rather
than the traditional reliance on
the scrum.
In the past, Michigan h a s
strongly relied on the scrum not
only to get possession of the
ball, but also to provide a scor-
ing punch. This year the pre-
season hope for success a p -
pears to lie in the backs to pro-
vide the basis of the scoring
To the rugby fan on the side-
lines, backs carrying the ball is
much more exciting. Aggressive
runs by backs are faster than
slow drives up the middle of the
field and much easier to fol-
The main reason for Michi-
gan shifting its emphasis to the
backs is that last year's start-
ing backfield is returning, along
with several new prospects.
Pete Hooper, Rory O'Conner,
Chuck Holt, Ron Smith, Cl e-
land Child, Ross Vickers a n d
Captain Terry Larrimer will all
be back for another season.
Richard T h o m a s, Andrew
Thornburn, and Brock Landry
are three players new to t h e

Michigan team who should add
depth to the backfield.
The forwards, however, w il l
have the task of rebuilding. The
whole front row will be dif-
ferent, from last year. Steve
Chapman, a veteran player, will
become one of the top props,
but the other prop and t h e
hooker are still questionable.
Ron Storey, a Welshman, will
probably play number eight re-
placing Jacques Passino, w h o
will move to the second row.
Surprisingly enough, the scrum
has done as good if not better
than the backs.
The eleven game fall sched-
ule appears to be the toughest
in several years. There will be
six home games, and five road
Passino, who is also president
of the rugby club points to three
outstanding rugby clubs t h a t
should provide the stiffest com-
petition to Michigan. "If we can
beat University of Toronto, Chi-
cago Lions, and Palmer," says
Passino, "We'll indeed have a
good season. Palmer especially
will be tough."
The home games will be play-
ed on Palmer Field immediately
following the home football
The rugby club is the largest
on campus and growing every
year. The club continually is
seeking new players. Any play-

ers who are still interested in
going out for the team should
contact Terry Larrimer at 665-
After two weeks of practice
and one preseason tournament,
the general physical condition
of the players is progressing
satisfactorily. Captain Larrimer
sees to that. "I believe that
rugby can only be played in top
Lacrosse Club-Organizational
Meeting - Fall Session. Fri.,
Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Rm. 131, Busi-
ness Administration Building.
Equipment Issue: 10 a.m.-noon
Sat., Sept. 11, Yost Field House.
Practice: Mon., Sept. 13, 4:30-
6 p.m., Ferry Field.
Deadline for all entries in the
I.M. golf tournament, to be held
Saturday and Sunday, is 5 p.m.
Softball competition begins
Monday but entries do not close
for the Independent division un-
til Thursday.
Officials are still needed for
softball and football. Anyone
interested in officiating should
contact Dick Pitcher at the
Sports Building, 663-4181.

physical condition," said Lar-
rimer, "but we don't run a foot-
ball training camp. We do some
running and calisthenics, but
we leave much of the condition-
ing to the individual to do on
his own."
Dr. John Robspn is back for
another year as head coach.
Robson is invaluable in pointing
out mistakes that the player
himself may not even realize.
Robson's extensive knowledge of
not only the basics of the game,
but also advanced techniques
provides a well organized rugby
Thus at the start of another
season, Michigan Ruggers a r e
ready and eager to conquer the
Smokey's friends
don't play
with matches.
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