George Sucher, Virginia Rugby Union Hall of Fame Inductee

George Sucher

USA National Rugby Team,The Eagles, in Somoa, Pacific Rim Series,1999 USA Eagles in Western Samoa Somaon's hosted The Eagles w/ a very nice BBQ by the beach. The USA Rugby Team was in Western Samoa for the PAC RIM Championship which was lost 26-20 vs Western Samoa in Apia, Western Samoa (extremely hot playing conditions) George Sucher is in the back row standing to the right of head coach Jack Clark

George Sucher tackles Brian O'Driscoll at 1999 Rugby World Cup,Landsdown Road,Dublin,Ireland. Brian O'Driscoll was considered one of the most talented rugby centers in the world.

Washinton RFC 1998 Cherry Blossom Champs 3 JMU alum on team Mike Coyner, Eric Maquire and myself.

Info on WRFC around this time period Mike Coyner and George Sucher played for Washinton RFC ---

In 1994, WRFC competed in the Northern Premier League (a short-lived predesessor to the MARFU formation) playoffs and finished 3 points from an undefeated PRU league season in 1995. That year, WRFC became a founding member (along with fellow PRU, VRU and EPRU clubs) of the Mid Atlantic Football Union, captured the Division I club title, and advanced in May, 1996 to the USARFU quarterfinals in Chicago. WRFC defeated Midwestern Champion Milwaukee and battled San Francisco's Golden Gate RFC, before succumbing in the second half. 1996 also saw WRFC be invited to join the 12-club Rugby Super League L.L.C. (RSL), to bolster competition among elite American rugby clubs.

In 1997, the RSL started play and Washington placed fourth, earning the runner-up title of the Eastern Division. In 1998, WRFC captured the Cherry Blossom and the Rites of Spring (two divisions) tournaments. In 1999, WRFC re-gained some of their winning ways of the early 90's, taking the Cherry Blossom tournament, while finishing as the runner-up again in the Rugby Super League Eastern division but advancing to the RSL Final Four. In the Fall, WRFC captured the PRU title and their first MARFU championship.

The late 1980's and 1990's saw a number of WRFC players earn prestigious individual honors. Numerous players represented Washington on PRU, ERU, MARFU and U.S. Maccabiah All Star sides in 15's and 7's during this period. Additionally, Wayne Howe, Simon Bowyer, Duncan Wood and George "GJ" Sucher were on the winning PRU side at the USARFU Local Union Championships in 1994. Fullback Paul Sheehy became WRFC's first U.S. Eagle representative to compete on a Rugby World Cup side in the 1991. In 1999, prop G.J. Sucher represented the Eagles at the World Cup.

Porter Cup Champions 1993
Hall of Fame player,Mike Coyner,standing fifth from right.
Hall of Fame player,George Sucher,knelling,third from left.

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