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Senior captain Eamonn Matthews (left), a scrum half from Jersey City, New Jersey, has been named Most Valuable Player of Rugby East and Alex Chura, a fullback from Cleveland, has been named co-Freshman of the Year.
Matthews and Chura helped lead the Bonnies to a 5-4 record this fall and 12th place nationally in the final Division 1-A men’s rugby poll.
Rugby East was perhaps the most competitive league in collegiate men’s rugby this fall, sporting five of the top 15 teams in the final national poll.
A senior finance major, Matthews was named to the Rugby East All-Conference first team. Prior to this award, Matthews had also made the 2015 High School All-American and U-20 All-American teams.
Joining Chura on the Rugby East second team were:
Only league champion Army, with nine, placed more players on the all-conference teams.
“Our program is extremely proud of what all of these men have achieved, especially Eamonn and Alex,” said Tui Osborne, head coach. “They’ve set a benchmark that will improve our standards and we’re hoping that their accolades will be a catalyst to our process of achieving our goals.”
Osborne credited the vast support network for the team’s success.
“It’s evident that St. Bonaventure provides a great environment for young rugby players to maximize their potential on and off the pitch,” he said. “We’re truly fortunate and grateful to have administrators, alumni, parents and fans who are so supportive.”
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