Fort Lewis Recruits: We never would have survived without Fort Lewis recruits. They filtered over from the Fort’s own struggling team over the years. They come and go as the sparsely haired heads are prone to do, and we’ll get a fresh face or two when a new batch of men come to town. Fort Lewis is also the source of the famed Stud Dawgs. In addition to Fort Lewis players, we had a lot of McChord, Airforce guys. They were from the C-130 Hercules squadron. They included Scott and Sandy Lounsbury, and Juan Rangel, now (and for many years) an Alaska Airlines pilot. This was in the mid-late ’70s.
The Stud Dawgs
A military team was passing through Ft. Lewis in 1989 and wanted to play another military team so… Mike Legg got most of the Army guys together with a few extra Naddies, and went for it.The Stud Dawgs are named after Mike’s beloved pooch, Norman (R.I.P.). The most memorable Stud Dawg story is when they put Nomad civilian Doug Bogle in a Private’s uniform and smuggled him on military transport to a military tourney in San Diego. They called him PVT Ellis, and said he was a truck driver.
Branch of Service: Majority US Army, both USAR & ARNG members. Also active members from USAF and USMC, active & reserve.
Team Colors: The most recent team colors are black socks and shorts. White jersey in Godek Eagle pattern, red and black hoops with red numbers. They were always gray before John Dacey came along.
Youth Rugby - Tacoma Tsunamis
Our high school team, the Tsunami’s, was formed in the Spring of 1987. It was developed to bring awareness of the game to a larger number of Tacomans and also to provide an endless supply of fresh meat for the men’s team. In this, it has been successful. The name may have its origin in one of Mike Van Buskirk’s many nicknames; “John Tsunami”. According to Steve Page, when MVB found out a tsunami was a tidal wave, he had the patches printed up before anyone could blink. The team has been coached by a variety of Nomads over the years including Barney Rapp, Doug Bogle, Mike Van Buskirk, Derek Mann, Tobin Ropes, Jason Shelton, Wisski Wisniewski, Chad Nestor, Mark Sullivan and Steve Chanfrau. Team Manager John Hargroves has played a very large part in handling the youth team. Justin Rapp, Barney’s son, is a Tsunami Founding kid. He was on the very first team. In 1998, under direction of Coach and longtime Nomad Chad Nestor, the Tsunamis became the Pacific Northwest High School Champions. They traveled to Nationals in Indianapolis, finishing 11th in the nation.
Youth Rugby - Harbour Hurricanes
Our 2nd high school team, the Hurricanes, was formed in the Spring of 2007. It was developed to bring awareness of the game to a larger number of Gid Harbor area High School kids and also to provide an endless supply of fresh meat for the men’s team. In this, it has been successful. The name may have its origin from Sully’s love of his home counrty New Zealand. The team is coached by vetern Nomads Mark Sullivan and Mark Wehn. In 2007 in there first year of play, the Hurricanes went undefeated and won the Pacific Northwest High School DII Championship.
The Two Bills
The 1989 Tournament Director, Mr. Steve Page, was sitting around with his brother Jeff, a lock, who was lamenting the fact that he couldn’t play sevens. “I’ll just build my own team.” sez Jeff. Steve took it to heart. On tournament week Steve sez: “By the way, I’ve got you scheduled for games.” Jeff made some calls, went to an all nite mesh T-shirt shop… and the big boys got their shot. Eventually they found some big competition with the formation of ORSU’s Beefaloes. These two big sides are still battling it out every year. The Clash Of The Titans is an annual spectacular event. Thanks to Jeff and John Dacey, they always have spanking new XXXL jerseys. Weigh-in is a 200 pound minimum to play.