The time has come upon us to grow some peach fuzz on our face. YES it is MOVEMBER!!! Get Hyped!!

To change the face of men’s health. Many of the health conditions and diseases that men face can be prevented or treated – if found early. In order to start taking better care of their health, it is important for men to understand their risk factors and how they can improve their overall health.

safe_imageWhat better excuse to prove that you are a rugger to the ladies or to prove to your father that you are protecting your last name by growing a dirty stache. For those of you who haven’t hit puberty, yes that means you Oliver, Rohan, and Jeff, I would suggest asking Nick Banks or Coach Dom if you can borrow some of their hair and toss it on your face….Trust me you will still be able to pull Girls, Don’t Believe me just ask Guido about how much better his love life is with peach fuzz on his face.

Regardless of who you are, what you look like, or if you can grow facial hair or not, or if your mom is a tyrant like mine and makes you shave every day, this is that one time out of the year that there is absolutely no excuse for each and everyone of you not to grow a stache.


10710476_721068874627900_6857703372604319699_oOn the real boys this is one of our many philanthropies that we are involved with and growing this stache is for a great cause, so you have all the reason in the world to tell that Person who interviews you, why you have a caterpillar on your upper lip it is to support Men’s Health.

Our Goal is to change the face of men’s health. Many of the health conditions and diseases that men face can be prevented or treated – if found early. In order to start taking better care of their health, it is important for men to understand their risk factors and how they can improve their overall health.


  • 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer found in men ages 15-34
  • Around 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem within a year
  • Around 87 American men take their life EVERYDAY
  • Moving around on a daily basis can reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease up to 50%, and lower your risk up to 30%

Our Club’s motivation: is to use the power of the moustache to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

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– Written by Jeff Stratford, PR Contributor

On Sunday the XV’s traveled up to Malibu for an afternoon match against Pepperdine University. It did not take long for the Trojans to diagnose an exploitable discrepancy in the relative sizes of each team’s forward pack. With the mismatch favoring the Trojans, USC struck first with a try two minutes into the match from hooker, Michael Cesar. The elegant simplicity of the Trojan’s forward attack allowed USC to maintain possession for the better part of the match while opening up the backline for rookies Demitry Veremeenko and Trent Herschel to score their first tries as well as a try from veteran scrum half, Guido Scassellati.

Solid team defense held the Pepperdine University Waves try-less with only two penalty kicks. The Trojans marched out of Malibu undefeated in their preseason moving to 3-0 with a 24 to 6 victory over Pepperdine. The 2nd XVs fought hard and had moments of rugby brilliance, but fell to the Waves 15 to 17. Trojan Rugby newcomers, however, were victorious in their sportsmanship and willingness to gain in game experience. Indeed the future of Trojan Rugby looks bright. In the spirit of the sport both teams showed a mutual respect for one another with the final view around the pitch showing Trojans and Waves arm in arm for love of the game.

– Written by Adam Bushell, PR Chair

el-nino-7s-2015USC Rugby Sevens travelled to San Diego this past weekend to play in El Nino Sevens that hosted six teams from Southern California and Arizona. The Trojans were placed in a pool with the same opposition as they faced in pool play at the West Coast Sevens competition two weeks earlier, Arizona State and San Diego State University. Both teams had proven to be highly competitive previously and this past weekend was no different. USC faced SDSU in their first game of the day and the rhythm of play looked in favor of the Trojans until defensively things broke down. USC was unable to match the strength of the Aztecs offensively, the Aztecs managed to put 37 points on the board against the Trojans’ 5. The next round of pool play against ASU was destined to be an even tougher affair. Unfortunately, part way into the second half, the game was forced to end prematurely. Luis Lopez had injured his neck under the impact of a collapsed ruck and was forced to be transported to the hospital. Fortunately, the resulting injury was only muscular and Luis will face a short recovery time. Out of pool play, the Trojans faced Grand Canyon University in the final consolation match of the day. USC fell to GCU in a hard fought match that ended 12-5.

Although having a bleak record for the day, USC had expected the tournament to be a preparatory step in the Trojans quest for recognition at the upcoming PAC-12 sevens tournament. Score lines aside, the Trojans can learn from critical mistakes of this past weekend and make the needed corrections in preparation for the PAC-12 meeting on November 7th.

88For the second weekend this season, USC Rugby will be sending two teams to two different events. On Saturday USC 7’s will be traveling to San Diego to partake in the El Nino Rugby 7’s hosted by OMBAC Rugby Club and on Sunday USC XV’s will be playing their 3rd preseason friendly against Pepperdine University in Malibu.

Click to here to view last year’s match report against Pepperdine. 

Many of the usual suspects for the 7’s team will be unavailable travel outside the weekend for competition because of Parent’s Weekend. The 7’s will be sending a squad of 12 players to San Diego in hopes of getting some more experience for many of their newer players. In XV’s, several positions are open to 2nd/3rd-strings to fill as many of the 1st-stringers are committed to the 7’s on Saturday. USC XV’s hope to build off the momentum of last week’s win against UCSB.

Fight On to all our competing boys and welcome to LA to our Trojan Rugby Parents!


Dr. Coreen Levy with some of her first patients

Dr. Coreen Levy with some of her first patients

Dr. Coreen Levy is a Doctor of Chiropractic Sports Medicine, with an emphasis on soft tissue injuries and sideline emergency management.  Before attending chiropractic school, Dr. Levy worked for over a decade as a senior research scientist and educator in behavioral neuroscience, studying neuropsychiatric diseases as well as drug and alcohol dependence and withdrawal in the Molecular and Integrative Neuroscience Department (M.I.N.D.) at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

Motivated with a desire to empower and heal others, and after a personal experience that demonstrated the limits and failures of the established allopathic medical system, Dr. Levy courageously left her prestigious career in research, and enrolled at the Southern California University of Health Sciences Doctorate of Chiropractic program.  Besides obtaining the highly coveted position as a chiropractic intern at the USC Engemann Health Center, she also graduated on the Dean’s List of Academic Excellence, and received the highest honor, The President’s Leadership Award.  Dr. Levy has gone above and beyond her chiropractic prospectus, by attending numerous educational seminars, allowing her to further her education in sports medicine, functional medicine, and nutrition.

Special thanks to the Southern California University of Health Sciences Interns!

Special thanks to the Southern California University of Health Sciences Interns!

Dr. Levy currently has a private practice in Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, where she sees a widevariety of patients, including collegiate and professional athletes, musicians, actors, and weekend warriors, though she spends the majority of her time as the Attending Chiropractic Clinician at the USC Engemann Health Center.  She is also a full time faculty clinician at the Southern California University of Health Sciences.  Doctor Levy is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, and is currently finishing the highest level of sports medicine for her field, the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. In her free time, Dr. Levy is not only the official doctor for the USC Men’s and Women’s Rugby Team, but also acts as the Attending Clinician for the USC Dental School’s Ergonomic Club, in addition to being part of the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team’s Research Committee.  She can also be found working on professional surfers at numerous World Surf League (WSL) events, or with the emergency medical team at the Dew Tour on NBC Extreme Sports.

Dr. Levy’s personal sports experience includes reaching the highest levels of technical diving, rowing, and training in and instructing boxing and Muay Thai.  Dr. Levy has over 10 years’ experience working in emergency medicine, is an expert in concussion diagnosis and management, and has had certifications including Emergency Medical Technician, Diver Medic Technician, Hyperbaric Chamber Operations, and Emergency Diving and Accident Management, in which she worked with the U.S. Coast Guard, LA Sheriff’s Department, and LA Fire Department with management and treatment of diving accidents at the USC Hyperbaric Chamber on Catalina Island.  Dr. Levy has numerous scientific publications, and is currently pursuing additional research projects.

Welcome to the USC Rugby Family, Dr. Levy!


Lock Rohan Martin stretches to secure the ball

Lock Rohan Martin stretches to secure the ball

– written by Public Relations Chair Adam Bushell

USC traveled down the peninsula to take on UC Santa Barbara at the picturesque Palos Verdes High School.  With no 7’s commitments this weekend, the Trojans had their full complement of players available for the first time this Fall season.

UCSB plays in Division 1-A, which is a division higher than USC, so the Trojans understood the challenge before them.  Out of the gate, the Gauchos put the Trojans under pressure by dominating possession inside the USC half. However, a turn of events returned possession to USC and allowed for fly-half Adam Bushell to supply a grub kick through to inside center Joey Krassenstein. A fortunate bounce placed the ball into Krassenstein’s hands and it was try time Trojans. Off the restart, UCSB again pounded into USC’s territory and came inches from the try line, but was denied points by a supreme goal line stand by the Trojans over several phases of play.

Back with possession, USC took the ball into the opposite half and the test of goal line defense was now on UCSB. After a number of phases, hooker Michael Cesar pummeled over the line to score USC’s second and the convert made it 14-0. UCSB managed to nudge a penalty kick over for three, finishing the half with the score 14-3.  The second half saw the forwards dominating the play once more, holding off the Gauchos from scoring for the entirety of the half. A penalty kick was scored by USC early on. Cesar once again proved too much for UCSB to handle as he rolled another one over the line following a long drive by the forward pack. The final try of the day was scored when Krassenstein exploited an opening off of a quick-tapped penalty. Dancing around two UCSB players and brushing off another, Krassentein’s individual effort was awarded with his second try of the game. All tries converted, the final score equated to 31-3, marking a dominant win for the Trojans. The forward pack had been rock solid in all aspects of the game and were responsible for the score difference between the two teams.


Coach Loa Milford commented on the performance, “I thought we were solid in defense, though I’d like to see us apply more pressure in the opposition backline. We need to continue to work on our attack and patterns of play. I thought it was a solid performance but we still have a long way to go.  UCSB blooded over 20 rugby neophytes so the final favored us a bit.”

In the 2nd XV’s match, USC showed some resilience and came away with a victory as well. Tries went to Nick Ludwig, Oliver Dabao, Robert Sieh, Gordon Stewart, making the final score 25-17.  Ludwig’s intercept try at full-time sealed the deal for the men of Troy.

Match Photos:

Shout out to our team sponsor RockTape for helping us go stronger for longer.

Shout out to our team sponsor RockTape for helping us go stronger for longer.

Maccabi USA rugby team announced for 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games

Philadelphia, PA, October 12 – The Maccabi USA rugby team has officially been selected for the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games, which will be held from December 26, 2015 – January 5, 2016 in Santiago, Chile.

“It’s taken us a lot longer to announce our team with well over 50 players applying for this amazing opportunity to combine their love for rugby with their Jewish heritage,” explained Aaron Davis, the Head Coach of Maccabi USA’s Open Men’s rugby team. “And without an official try out we had to do a lot of research before selecting the 27-man team.”

musa-squad-panam56-embedThe rugby competition at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games will feature both 7s and 15s – using a round robin format – with the top two teams competing in the Gold medal match. The teams taking part will be Argentina, Chile and the USA.

“Players will play plenty of minutes in a short space of time – which is exactly what will be expected of the squad that represents Team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel.” added Dallen Stanford, the Assistant Coach of Maccabi USA’s Open Men’s rugby team and a former USA 7s Eagle.

The Maccabi USA rugby team to compete at the Pan American Maccabi Games consists of athletes from clubs, universities, and colleges around the United States, and also includes Maccabi USA alumnus:

Eitan Babcock; Milwaukee Rugby Football Club, Andrew Berson; Dartmouth Rugby, Erik Dollman; Albany Bootleggers / Albany Knickerbockers RFC, Jon Fonvielle; Mystic River Rugby Club, Dan Freedman; Santa Barbara Grunion RFC / Coach at Santa Ynez Valley Youth RFC, Joe Freundlich; Chicago Westside Condors RFC, Zachary Getson; Auburn University RFC / Griffins RFC, Howard Goldsmith; Chicago Westside Condors RFC, Eyal Hakim; Boca Raton RFC, Sam Harrison; Head Coach at Colorado College RFC, Zachary Hiller; Houston United Rugby Team, Jaeson Kaylegian; UIC RFC / Chicago Riot RFC, Robert Keene; South Valley Rugby / Pacific Club Rugby, Michael Korn; Glendale Raptors, Joseph Krassenstein; University of Southern California RFC, Max LaVictoire; New York Rugby Club, Jake Levine; Dartmouth Rugby, Eli Mandel; University Washington RFC, Adam Markun; Middlebury RFC, Samuel Rabb; San Francisco Golden Gate, Ben Rotstein; New York Rugby Club, Michael Rudzinsky; USC / Mystic River Rugby Club, Matthew Sarna; Maryland Rugby, Adam Satz; University of South Carolina Men’s Rugby, Dallen Stanford; Tiger Rugby, Tristan Sylk; Philadelphia Fight Rugby League / Media Rugby Football Club, James Tayson; New England College.


For more information on the rugby competition in at the Pan American Maccabi Games, contact Maccabi USA Rugby Chairman Erik Dollman at

About the organization:
Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs. The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America. As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport. Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.


Congratulations to Head Coach Loa Milford and his first win as USC XV's also had a successful tour to UNLV winning 24-21 ‪#‎usctrojanrugby‬ ‪#‎winnerscircle‬

Congratulations to Head Coach Loa Milford and his first win as USC XV’s also had a successful tour to UNLV winning 24-21 ‪#‎usctrojanrugby‬ ‪#‎winnerscircle‬

This weekend, the USC XV’s team traveled to Sin City to take on a strong UNLV side for their pre-season opener.

Both sides were extremely evenly matched, with USC narrowly winning 24-21. UNLV opened the scoring in the first, but the Trojans shook off the off-season rust and retaliated with a physical offense and a tightened defense.

With 5 minutes left to go, Trojans were down 17-21. Fly-half Pierre Badin was able to break through the defense with a perfectly-timed sidestep and put the ball down for a try and make the conversion, putting the Trojans up by 3.

USC was able to hold off the aggressive UNLV defense and slow the game down to come away with the victory. Special mention must be given to the USC forward pack, which despite being outsized and having two starting players injured early in the game, managed to put on a fantastically physical display. The pack was dominant at the scrums and lineouts, not only winning their own set-pieces but also a significant amount of the opposition’s.

Additionally, the forward were able to out-grind the defense, consistently breaking the gain-line with tight carries. The backs must also be applauded for a strong and energized defense, despite also being significantly outsized.

Rookie front-row Eugene Lee was given Man of the Match honors after scoring two tries on debut. USC XV’s looks to build its pre-season winning streak against a strong UCSB side this weekend (Oct. 17)

USCRFC finishes the day off with a win to take home the Bowl from this weekend's ‪#‎westcoastsevens‬.

USCRFC finishes the day off with a win to take home the Bowl from this weekend’s ‪#‎westcoastsevens‬.

– By Adam Bushell, Public Relations Chair

The 7’s team travelled to Cal Poly, SLO this past weekend to compete in this year’s West Coast Sevens tournament. Going into the tournament ranked eleventh of twelve teams, USC had much to prove in their quest for recognition amongst the best of the west.

Early morning pool play proved a tough entrance into the tournament, going up against reputable sides San Diego State and Arizona State. The opening game against SDSU proved a greater challenge than expected, with USC conceding several early tries to the Aztecs and failing to maintain possession of the ball for more than one or two phases. The Trojans fell 34-0.  The second match saw ASU mark their territory with a confident win over the Trojans.  USC made strides in the game, holding the eventual pool winners to a 35-5 victory. Hooker Michael Cesar scored an unconverted try for USC.

Finishing pool play in third, USC was relegated to the Bowl playoffs. Facing teams more equally matched, USC now had a chance to turn the day around. The team met the University of Nevada, Reno in their first play-off matchup and were finally able to develop a rhythm to their play. Carl Aguirre scored twice and Joseph Krassenstein and Mitch Suzuki each scored once. The game finished 22-17 in favor of the Trojans who advanced to play Stanford in the Bowl final. Stanford showed fatigue from their semi-final match against SBCC and were unable to match the pace of USC’s play. USC showed its depth as substitutes took the place of the day’s starters seamlessly, keeping pressure on Stanford for the duration of the game. The formation and strategy of USC was arguably the best we have seen yet.  Final score: 20-5 in favor of the Trojans.

Coach Adam Siddall summarized the day, “The team started slowly in pool play against tough opposition but showed heart and continued to fight for everything. In the playoff stages with more possession and a better understanding of the pattern, the team illustrated its attacking danger with many line breaks and tries”

USC won the Bowl and finished the day ranked ninth, a two-place improvement from the beginning of the day. In theory, USC could have done better had their draw not been so difficult. SDSU took the Plate and ASU lost in the Cup final to Cal. USC has another two chances to prove their worth, first at an SDSU hosted sevens tournament on October 24th and then on to the annual PAC-12 tournament on November 7th.