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23
Jul

IE Rugby Team at Hec

Written on July 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Sports

IERFC, forces depleted due to exams, travelled to Paris for the MBAT games, led by Mr Zeppel and Ms Finegan. Fortunately, we were able to recruit Messrs Meucci and Sommantico who very sportingly became the Club’s newest recruits. Regrettably contact rugby was not an option due to a lack of numbers. Besides this, Oxford and Cambridge boasting a number of international players smacked of bringing a gun to a knife fight; touch was perhaps the best option for IERFC.

To our utmost horror, the combination of an organisational error and a French referee (who did not do a whole lot to quell the unfair preconception that the French are surly or unhelpful) led to our first match being forfeited and our only chance at progressing through the rounds resting the other side of a showdown with Oxford. A tremendous match ensued: Messrs Fraser and Serrano were impenetrable in defence; Mr Gonzalez’s pace did for many an Oxford man; the side-stepping of Mmes Rees, Packing and Morgan would have made the Graces envious; Mr Pineapple even wore rugby boots for some of the game. After offering up their blood, toil, tears and sweat, IERFC lagged behind by just one try as the final whistle blew. Oxford rejoiced, IE mourned.

IERFC’s performance in extra-rugby activities was admirable. Post-match beverages with the Oxford and London Business School were consumed; the latter even brought a bus full of (free) beer which greatly raised our spirits (as it were). Cheering the footballers on until an agonising silver medal finish (adding to their collection) was a highlight, especially in the glorious spring sunshine. Needless to say, the rugby men and women of IE were the toast of the dancefloor at the gala in Paris; after photographs at the Arc de Triomphe, IE returned to Madrid having enjoyed a wonderful weekend at the idyllic HEC campus. That said, we are hungry for more ‒ let us redouble our efforts to recruit participants from the Business School to take part, and bring rugby home.

23
Jul

IE Rugby Team at IESE

Written on July 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Sports

On a Thursday in April, an elite IERFC squad arrived in Barcelona by air, land and sea. Once established in our respective dwellings, the players warmed up for the athletic adventures to come. At Barcelona RFC’s famous Gatsby training ground, most of the team was able to enjoy some of the excellent facilities on offer. After some ball handling exercises with the junior team, we moved on to pastures new ‒ the university stomping ground, Sutton. Mr Hutton should be lauded for playing with great spirit of the game and bonding with players from other teams; furthermore, Mr Schmitt won the Boris Johnson award for diplomacy thanks to his bridge-building efforts. Training over, the team proceeded homewards happy – only Mr Hilliard exhibited any fatigue, opting for a quick siesta.

With a certain amount of free time, most of IERFC took the opportunity to move to the beach. Mr Straker seized his moment to go for a five-hour lunch; Mr Schmitty and Ms Morgan interestingly decided to investigate the various lighthouses in the area. In preparation for our matches, the squad gathered for team bonding and a reminder of the rules of play. Messrs Foxy and Tinder provided thrilling lessons in defensive manoeuvres, by which Mr Pineapple was visibly excited. Some of the team chose to rest before the game, lulled to sleep by Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked on a Feeling’, and Mr Q ably led the rest to the event laid on by IESE near the beach.

The first fixture was against INSEAD, generally considered our main rivals, who were reaping the benefits of a strict curfew so as not to vary from their routine in Fontainebleau. Herculean efforts on the part of our noble troops were sadly not enough to overcome the giants of the FT rankings. Mr Heggs captained the team with grit and nous, and ultimately IERFC gave everything inside themselves to the cause, especially Mr Schmitty. Not deterred by a slim first lost, IERFC gathered themselves together and took the sword to both IESE and ESADE. Two colossal wins ensued, vindicating us and securing a silver medal for the Dark Blues.

The touch team, ably led by Mr “John McEnroe” Owen and Ms “Fine” Gan, showed great panache in their stewardship of the team. Coming back from a three-try deficit in the first game to secure a draw in the last moments of the game was akin to victory, much to the delight of the crowd who were by now suffering the effects of weather usually seen at Murrayfield in the autumn tests. The second match was marred by some questionable refereeing and concluded with a devastatingly tight loss. The upside was that Ms Packing survived in spite of her sporting headgear clearly in violation of IRB regulations. By unanimous vote, the heroes of the touch matches were Mmes Finegan, Rees, Morgan and Packing who showed extraordinary fitness on and off the pitch.

After IERFC distinguished itself in rugby, we decided to show our mettle in supporting other IE sports clubs. A particular highlight was chanting, singing and cheering the IE mixed volleyball team to victory in the indoor competition (following their earlier gold in the beach version of the sport). Though IESE may have had a large crowd numerically, their chants seemed mere whimpers in the face of the mighty IERFC. Our performance continued late into the night, with particular credit going to Mr Weppler for proceeding directly to the airport from the reputable location in which the competitors from all schools ended up, and to Mr Pineapple for turning up alive the next day. There are high hopes for IERFC taking home gold in the 2019 version of the tournament, many alumni having the date firmly in the diary.

12
Dec

Rugby, networking, rugby, networking, rugby, rugby and rugby.

Written on December 12, 2017 by Campus Life in Sports

MBAT – HEC Paris May 2017

IE Rugby Club is where I met most of my IE friends from other intakes, sections and programs” (Argentinean from IMBA Jan2017 Intake). We train every Monday at Hortaleza Rugby Club and we organize extra activities to foster team building.

November 4th, we coordinated to have various IE players in a match with Lions. We had a great game winning putting in almost 50 points. International Relations Kiwi import Nick Hutton won man of the match.

November 11th was an international rugby day. Most of the team assembled at James Joyce Bar to see several international test matches and have some drinks. We had our captain Adam Mitchell-Heggs celebrating a victory of England vs Los Pumas of Antonio Feeney. Our Sprinboks Qhawe Ngonyama and Dirk suffered the match between his national team and Ireland. We all ended up on a classic beer contest with Samuel Lewis Ksiazkiewicz and Robert Hilliard as US reps and the September intake showing outstanding skills for this.

This was a fantastic way to finish a year in which we had second places in MBAT and IESE Games. Looking forward to new challenges!

Let’s continue playing, having fun and networking!

#proudtobeIE

12
Dec

IE Rugby Club

Written on December 12, 2017 by Campus Life in Other Activities

July 3rd, 2017

In July 2017 the rugby club organized a training session for non-rugby players. This training session was attended by 25 sports enthusiasts from more than 15 countries. We did this session together with the Lions Club at Hortaleza Rugby Club. The session included rugby coaching exercises covering the basics of all aspects of the game including passing & handling, rucking & mauling, the scrum and more. We closed the session with the traditional touch match and the never absent beers!

September 18th, 2017

September marks the beginning of a new intake from almost all Masters programs at IE! We had players from IMBA, MIM, MIF, Big Data, International Relations, LLM, and cybersecurity, among others. After a few weeks for soft landing of new students, Rugby Coordinators coordinate the first after summer session of the best networking club at IE… IE Rugby Club.
This training session was attended by students from all programs and from 5 continents. The objective was to introduce ourselves, so we split the training from Lions at Hortaleza Rugby Club. At the beginning, coordinators we have coordinators the different programs helped organizing ten basic training exercises and asked about the rugby experience of new comers. We concluded the session stretching with Lions and conducting the stretch in 10 different languages. Great first session guys, WELCOME!

#proudtobeIE

23
Feb

IE Rugby Club February Match

Written on February 23, 2017 by Campus Life in Sports

In the beginning of the cold month of February, IE Rugby Club had the opportunity to open the 2017 season with a very active celebration of our beloved sport in Madrid. It was a great chance for our teams and members to put in practice the skills and energy that we enhance and display at weekly trainings.

The day started with an amazing performance of our Touch team against the Capital Touch of Madrid. IE Rugby Club is a coed mixed club that prides itself and promotes, as one of the core fundamentals, the inclusion of the whole of the IE family around the idea of rugby community, personal development and fun. Touch is a non-physical version of traditional rugby that is based on speed, team coordination and agility and is an extremely fast and fun game to play. Both boys and girls play in the same team and many of our members are first time players and are able to actively participate in the club and games thanks to Touch. The Touch Rugby is also a major sport of the upcoming Spring Games and MBAT, and we are actively training (a lot of talent in the team) to become the European Touch Champions among MBA schools in both competitions!

The day was followed by a classical full contact clash against our traditional foe (and comrades, on the good practice days ) – Lions Rugby Club of Madrid. The match, despite having a friendly character, turned out to be a very intense and hard fought match, in the very best rugby traditions. Despite having only practiced for a few times since the start of new semester and incorporating the members from the new intake, IE showed tremendous heart, energy, will and coordination. The amount of talent and determination showed by the team was inspirational. We had, in the end, to accept an honorable defeat by the Lions, who put up a hell of a game, but within our ranks it rather felt like a win. What was truly remarkable is the that many of the players had just recently started with the club and in Rugby overall! This also highlights our feature of accepting all interested, regardless of the level, we will provide the training and help to learn the sport. The main purpose of the club is again community and participation. Rugby 7s (a version of the full-contact game) is also the major sport at Spring Games and MBAT and we are looking forward to defend the title of the MBAT champions this year!

The day ended with a traditional 3-rd half organized by the Lions where we had quite a few beers, shared some laughs and “war” stories. This is arguably the best part of the day when we got to appreciate each other’s company, the Club, the rugby culture, make some new friends and enjoy a great party which carried well into the night!

The IE Rugby Club has a very active season ahead, with games (all of them trips outside Madrid – great option to travel with awesome people) scheduled in March in Segovia, Barcelona (Spring Games) in April and Paris (MBAT) in May along many other events. If you would like to join the team or at least to learn some more, please do not hesitate to contact any of the officers via Campus Life, anywhere at IE and in one of our events!

By Alejandro Pereda Shulguin
IE Rugby Club Coordinator

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