Alumni Weekend 2018

Alumni Game 2018

Alumni Banquet 2018

Weekend Update Dead Pheasants, 

42nd Annual NURFC Alumni Weekend April 27 – 28th, 2018
Niagara University, New York USA

With about 2 weeks until the 42nd gathering of NURFC and Alumni, here are a few details;

-some gents have said they can not make it this year and want send donation anyway,
make checks payable to NURFC Alumni, (this is exactly like the “purple and white fund” as your donation is appreciated by NU, but the money is for NURFC only,) we can furnish tax docs upon demand for the large gifts, again thank you for your generosity, here is the mailing address;

NURFC Alumni
103 Garden Avenue
Fairport, NY 14450

Dead Pheasant update, we are now set for this weekends NURFC Alumni weekend #42, temperature will 55, party sunny, now here are those confirmed;

13 current players, plus these 35 alums, and 5 guests

Bill Crowley 1980
Jason Stein 1994 “Scooter”
Matt Coles 2016
Isaac de los Santos 2012
Junior Blaber 2009
Dan Weingarden 2014
Croisdale 2016
Justin Flynn 2016
Davey Phillips 2014
Stosh Kajfasz 2015
Matt McGovernn 2009
Christian Hess 2015
Bill Loftus 1983
Alyn Simpsonn 2012
Bradford Allen 2007
Jim Wernerr 1995
Tom Kolb 1981
John Shine 1978 “Jiggs”
Nat Nate Foreess 2017
Matt Giuliano 1979 “Mad Matt”
Tom Netzerr 1981
David Erias 1982 “Animal”
Dave Piraino 2013
Tim Kennedy 1996
Mike Flanagann 1979
William DesPress 1979
John Ward 1980 
Albert R. Wager 1979 “Chip”
Bill McQuownn 1981 “Bildo”
Evan Castellani 2016 “Buckeye”
Jamie Donovann 1980 “Porky
Christopher Dietz 2011
Chris Cochran 2009
Sean Higman 1982
Brent Lawson 1995
Ernie Scales
Derek Puff
Zach Rutkowski
Matt Agugliaro
Gene Adams

Invited guests,
Fr Maher, NU President
Fr Levesque, NU past President
Howard Morgan, NU Alumni Director
Derek Puff, NU Club Sports Moderator
Gene Adams, NU Men’s Rugby Head Coach

DEAD PHEASANTS now hear this,
Now less than 30 days until we all gather as Purple Eagles and Dead Pheasants to celebrate 42 years of rugby at Niagara University, here is the latest, if you have any questions, then contact me immediately. -Animal

1 – all Dead Pheasants reading this are asked to forward to all your mates, so we can keep us all connected.

2 –  Bring your NURFC Alumni Weekend fee of $100 with you, better yet, still time to prepay and mail to
NURFC Alumni
103 Garden Avenue
Fairport, NY 14450.

3-  email or text my cell, to confirm your place with us for

42nd Annual NURFC Alumni Weekend April 27 – 28th, 2018

Niagara University, New York USA


Here is the breakdown of activities we have confirmed:

Friday April 27:

1pm to 4pm:

Golf, NU Alumni Director -Howard Morgan, will set this up, if enough call his cell
(716)417-7584. (this is not included in our $100 fee.)

Friday April 27:

4pm to 8pm

Alumni Rugby Practice at the NURFC field/KiernanCenter on NU’s beautiful campus, or use the gym, pool, or weight rooms, to get ready.

8pm to ???

NURFC after hours social at The Stadium Bar and Grill, Whitney Ave & Hyde Park Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY, beer with cash bar.

Saturday April 28:

1pm – 2pm 

ok to get on the pitch and loosen up, practice, and get ready for the match.


Opening Ceremonies


Purple Eagles vs Dead Pheasants Men’s Rugby at NURFC field. With overall record standing at 22 wins for the Alumni 10 for NU and 2 ties.

Saturday April 28:
6pm – 10pm

NURFC Alumni and Men’s team banquet and awards dinner, at Sammy’s Pizz a 1400 Hyde Park Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.

NURFC Hall of Fame will induct John “Wardie” Ward1980, from the Classic Era.



The Founders Rugby Scholarship ($1,000.00) &
The Lt Col.Terry Crowe Rugby Scholarship ($1,000.00)
Jason Endozo and Brian Todora-Crowe nominees,
Ryan Schwinn and Justin Malara,-Founders nominees,
this gets tougher each year, as these all are high quality young men. A winner from each scholarship will be announced at the banquet.

We also, will be honoring the seniors who have been great teammates and NU Rugby players, nice job in your rugby careers at NU, thank you gents, NURFC alumni thanks them all and welcomes them as Dead Pheasants.

NURFC Alumni, Niagara Rugby, Dead Pheasant Apparel;
can only be sold through NURFC Alumni.

Also, only NURFC Alumni is authorized to produce and sell NU Rugby merchandise, that includes T-shirts, so do not make any yourself, send me the template for approval, and we will go from there. All NURFC Hall of Fame members, always pay, whether there or not.

Sincerely Yours,
David “Animal” Erias,
NURFC Men’s Alumni President
class of 1982

(did I mention, all Dead Pheasants are great guys, and this is fun?)

-If you are not attending and wish to give, please,
Send all donations to and make payable to:
NURFC Alumni
103 Garden Drive
Fairport, NY 14450