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Written on December 17, 2018 by Campus Life in Social, Sports

During the week leading up to World Down syndrome day (March 21st), the IE Rugby team will be having several bake sales and other fundraising actions to raise money for the Talita Foundation that works here in Madrid to integrate children with learning disabilities into the educational system.

We hope to rally many willing chefs and salespeople to make this operation as successful as can be. Please get in touch with the IE Rugby coordinators if you are interested in being involved!

Remember, awesomeness is stored in the 21st Chromosome.

Article by Stanislas Prehu IE


IE Men’s Rugby did Mo’vember

Written on December 14, 2018 by Campus Life in Social, Sports

To open a series of events organized by the IE Rugby team in tandem with the Charity club and the Student Leadership Team to raise profits and awareness towards the Movember Foundation, IE hosted an exhibition match facing off with London Business School. The match was only the catalyst for a wonderful weekend filled with social gatherings, networking events and school spirit.
For those who are unaware, the Movember foundation strives to increase support and reduce stigma surrounding men’s mental health issues, as well as increase awareness for male-specific illnesses (namely testicular and prostate cancers). The IE rugby team takes men’s health very seriously, and we greatly appreciate all the collective efforts made both on and off campus to raise awareness for this great cause.
The weekend of festivities saw the two teams come together following the match and proceed in a traditional “Tercer Tiempo” where songs were sang and friends were made. The IE rugby team then hosted a Movember event at Boom Room where all the proceeds went directly to the Movember Foundation. In total all our efforts raised over 2000 euros for the foundation.
I would like to take a moment to thank all the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas for their donations! Additionally, I would like to thank the various coordinators and the LBS Rugby team for making this weekend such a success.


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.


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.


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!


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