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Celebration of 50 Years of Brown Rugby

Kent M. Sig at the dedication of the plaque in memory of Dave Zucconi

I recently attended Brown University’s (my alma mater) commemoration of the 50th anniversary of rugby at Brown, where I played for three years.   Attendees included players from the Brown rugby team over the past half century, and we were 216 in all.
The 50th anniversary weekend included a plaque unveiling to commemorate the 2004 Rugby Field Dedication in memory of Dave Zucconi – Class of ‘55, and the honoring  of some lead donors of the Brown Rugby field project, which included myself and several others.  Dave was a good friend of mine and that of Brown Rugby, as he was the founder of rugby at Brown.  It was so nice to see that Dave’s many contributions to Brown have now been formally acknowledged.
At the Gala dinner that followed the day’s rugby games, greetings from Brown’s Athletic Director, Michael Goldberger, were followed by speakers from the past and current coaches who bestowed honors to the past games, the players and those who are now deceased.

Dave Waldron, Kent Swig and Robert Kent reunited at their alma mater.

Dave Waldron, Kent Swig and Robert Kent

Kent Swig and Robert Kent at Havens Brothers Diner

A room at the Gala was set up with various memorabilia from the past 50 years including touring jerseys, season schedules, videos, and photos. To see all 50 years of rugby history displayed in one room was so wonderful and very touching.  A very special thank you goes out to Coach Jay Fluck for putting this together!!
After the Gala, about 60 rugby players made their way to a bar to continue our celebration. We all toasted one another with a few pints of Guinness, in honor of Coach Jay Fluck and  the evenings master of ceremonies, George Hook, former Brown Rugby coach and currently the most listened to talk show host in Ireland on Irish International Rugby matches.

Finally, about 20 of us made the “pilgrimage” to Haven Brothers, a mobile diner that serves food to the “needy” late night revelers from Brown University and other Providence residents and visitors.It was great to be back in my old stomping grounds with my close rugby friends, and so wonderful to see and catch up with those that I have not seen in so may years!

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Kent Swig enjoying a Guinness after a Brown Rugby game


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October 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

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