Thiebes, Gash-Gilder Earn NSCRO Postseason Honors

Men's rugby huddles up before a game.


BEVERLY, Mass. – Endicott men's club rugby student-athletes Jackson Thiebes (Manchester, Mass.) and Matthew Gash-Gilder (Kalispell, Mont.) have earned postseason honors from the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO), as announced by the organization earlier this week.

Thiebes was named an NSCRO All-American, while Gash-Gilder was tabbed to the NSCRO Rising Stars list. This is the first year the NSCRO has doled out All-America and Rising Star honors in the history of its organization.

Along with those accolades, Thiebes and Gash-Gilder represented Endicott at the NSCRO Men's 15s All-Star Championship in Round Rock, Texas in late June (22-24). The duo helped the Northeast All-Star Team to a runner-up finish in the tournament.


Endicott went 29-5 overall, advanced to the CCRC Championship, and placed seventh overall at the NSCRO 7s National Championships this season.


Since 2007, the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) has been at the forefront of fostering and developing small college rugby programs in the United States. NSCRO is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to small college programs that raise the profile, image, and benefits of collegiate rugby in the eyes of school administrators. 
Comprised of nearly 400 men's and women's college rugby clubs who participate in more than 30 leagues, NSCRO provides an opportunity for these programs to showcase their abilities to a broader audience with a chance at a national title and ranking. Along with recognizing club and player success on and off the field, the increased visibility NSCRO creates has led to improved school support, greater on-campus interest in rugby, and growth in financial support and alumni involvement. 
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