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rugby madibaThe Madiba Project, that started in 2011 with the purpose of bringing the rugby values into the jail comunity, was invited to participate in the International Madrid Sevens Tournament, but only 3 inmates qualified to receive a special permission to leave the prison for the day. Therefore, IE Rugby Club joined the inmates from Madiba Project to attend the tournament as mixed IE-Madiba team. More information about the tournament can be found HERE.

The IE Rugby club was very happy to share this experience with the inmates, so 10 players of IE joined the tournament.

We were playing group C of the tournament”, Jaime Sanjuan, one of the club coordinators told Campus Life, “a very difficult one, since we were playing against two Division de Honor teams (Spanish first division) and the Madrid Region Team. 

The first game was at 10 am, against Cisneros Rugby Club, and was lost by 30-0. A bad start but instead of losing morale, the Madiba-IE team kept their heads up and fought hard to improve the situation. It was clear that as a new team, we lacked the experience of having played together before.

The second game was much better, against Getxo Rugby. We lost by only 2 points due to a lost ball in the last second of the game. A real pity, since we had been winning during the whole game. The win may have slipped through our fingers, but the good game we showed left a good taste in our mouths.

The third game, against Madrid Region Team, was decisive, we needed a win to pass the groups phase into the play offs. Unfortunately we could not win this one either. We fought hard but were defeated 10-15. So, we did not qualify for the play offs. 

But taking in account the high level of our competitors and our lack of experience as a team, we were very happy with the result. We surprised the public by fighting hard and as a real team, where our origins didn’t matter, just the amount of heart and passion we put into the game.

We enjoyed a good Rugby day and an amazing experience, where we showed that our diversity and commitment to the game make us stronger in our minds and better citizens of this global village.”



We won each match of the round robin stage against INSEAD A, INSEAD B, IESE A, and IESE B and that drove us straight to the final.

The Seminfinal was made played by INSEAD A and IESE A.

In the Final Match we defeated INSEAD A without being scored.

Along the whole tournament we did not received any misconduct card.

The outstanding performance of the “rookies” Sherif, Dario and Tiago in their first official matches contributed enourmously towards the title.


Upper row: Alvaro Alonso (MIM, España), Rob Gilbert (USA), Daniel Nolan (USA), Juan Feeney (Argentina), Matthew Fellmeth (USA), Tiago Cascarejo (Portugal), Dario Maritano (Italia), Kurt Mc Farland (Australia)

Lower row: Marc Silbertsein (Switzerland), Sherif Seif El Nasr (Egypt), Juan Pablo Andrade (Mexico)


IE Invitational Rugby Tournament

Written on April 25, 2014 by Campus Life in Sports

On the 23rd of March IE Rugby Club, organized the IE Invitational Rugby Tournament in which we hosted Chicago Booth Rugby Club and The Madrid Lions, at Puerta de Hierro.

IE presented two teams for this occasion. The players who participated in this event were the following (from left to right):

Upper row: Rob Gilbert (USA), Tiago Cascarejo (Portugal), Sven Hinirchsen (USA), Javier Almaza (España), Matthew Fellmeth (USA), Puneet Shetty (India), Kurt McFarland (Australia), Armando Belchior Nunes (Portugal), Chris Stavrianou (Australia, Partner an IMBA girl)

Lower row: Juan Feeney (Argentina), Marc Silberstein (Switzerland), Alvaro Alonso (MIM, España), Sherif Seif El Nasr (Egypt), Steve Mysilinski (USA), Juan Pablo Andrade (Mexico), Daniel Nolan (USA)


IE honoured The Madrid Lions with the first place trophy and Chicago Booth with the second place trophy. The Man of The Tournament Prize was given to Juan Rubio from Chicago Booth.

The IE white team which was composed by the basis of the team which was preparing for IESE games, won all the matches (against Chicago Booth, The Madrid Lions and IE Blue).

A full bus of supporters joined us on this beautiful day at a wonderful venue, Parque Deportivo Puerta de Hierro. The day ended up with The Prize Ceremony, where the supporters and the players shared some tapas, hamburgers and drinks.


If you would like to see more pics, please find them in the following link.

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