After a difficult 2015-2016 season in which the team lost a number of veterans, struggled with injuries to key players, and fielded its youngest team in a long while, Boston Rugby is looking to rebound this fall.
A successful summer 7s season bodes well for the club’s future, and Boston hopes to build off the momentum that the encouraging summer campaign established. One aspect of the club’s rebound will be Head Coach Nigel Conroy, who is entering his first full season in the position. Originally from O’Brien’s Bridge, Ireland, Conroy moved to Boston in 2013 after a highly successful playing career with Shannon Rugby, Cambridge University, Shelford RFC, and the English Championship team, Rotherham Titans.
Conroy has shared his desire to lead Boston’s return to form: "I'm excited to take on the challenge of rebuilding Boston Rugby Club to its former glory. The club has an incredible history within American Rugby, dating back further than most teams, and we owe it to the club's traditions as players and coaches to remain a team to be feared on the East Coast.” Scrum-half and Captain Sean Treacy echoed Conroy’s sentiment, saying:
“We are looking forward to the upcoming season and bouncing back from a pretty disappointing 2015-2016 season. We've added some new faces and are excited for a fresh campaign.”
Players to watch in the backs include Treacy, fly-half Richie Lobb, and fullback/center Ceri Llewelyn. Key forwards include hooker Greg Rasmuson, a mid-season transfer from Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania, and Luke Carroll, a back row entering his first fall season with Boston after his move from Ireland in the spring. Boston veteran prop and capped Eagle Tony Purpura has also left open the possibility of a return. Purpura missed the spring season after taking a coaching position with the Harvard Women’s team.