Men's Athletics


Rugby started off on a strong foot at Western. The sport’s first official entry into Ontario Universities Athletic Association (OUAA) competition came in 1966. That same year, the Western team was able to win the OUAA championship by defeating McGill 11-3. The sport’s success continued under the guidance of head coach Andy Wilson. Western went undefeated in the 1972 season, capturing another OUAA championship title. During the mid-1990s, interest in the sport was renewed due to initiatives undertaken by head coach Gerry Slattery. To drum up more interest, Slattery began a rivalry with the US Naval Academy rugby team out of Annapolis, MD. Similarly, to increase recruitment, he organized a rugby tour of Ireland in 1997 and South Africa in 1999. By all accounts Slattery’s efforts were successful and Western was able to capture another OUAA championship in the 1999-2000 season.

For information on women's rugby at Western, click here .

1966 rugby team. Courtesy of UWO Student Council.

Action shot of Western rugby players on field, 1966. Courtesy of UWO Student Council.

Rugby team in a scrum during the 1972 season. Courtesy of UWO Student Council.

The 1972-73 team which went undefeated in the 1972-73 season and captured the OUAA title.