Robert F. Steamboat Porter Cup Spring 1972

Front three : Johnny Ellis (10), Ralph Robertson (3), Woody Woolfolk (15). Squatting left : Monk Vaughan (11). Standing, L to R : Basil Nisbet (Coach), Mr. Referee ??, Richard King (7), Chalkie Eades (8), Stan Hall (9), Tommy Valentine (4), Barry Myers (12), Bill Bolton (5), Bill Tichacek (6) C, Sam Hall (2), Steve Myers (14), George Dintiman (13). Missing from Photo : John Fleming (1)..........getting stitches!!!

Commonwealth of Virginia
Hall of Fame


In the end, we will NOT be remembered:

For our wealth

For our wisdom

For our good looks

For our magnificent Homes

For our beautiful wives, husbands, and children

For our contributions to mankind and charity and goodworks

But, rather , how hard we played and loved this game called RUGBY

First VRU Select Side


Standing left to right:Terry Curtler,Bubba Green,Clarence Culpepper,Terry Byrd,Mike Thompson,Pete Sweet,Steve Granger,Joe Kenny,Ray Equi,John Mellish

Knelling left to right:Bill Bolton,Les Straken,Steve Bartley, Mike Ossie Osborne,John Fleming in bandage

Sitting left to right:Pat Carlson,Otis Purvis,Bill Stephens,Bubba Floyd,Jim Bowden


VRU HALL OF FAME: FIRST CLASS installed 2012

Eagles Men:

George Sucher (JMU, Norfolk)
Mike Coyner (JMU, Norfolk)
Clarence Culpepper (Roanoke)
Brian Hightower (W&M)
Terry Whelan (Richmond)
Neal Brendel (VRFC)
Dick Cooke (VRFC)*no contact info
Bill Hayward (Blackwater)


Jamie Burke makes tackle v Australia

Eagles Women

Annie Collier (Tidewater Storm)
Jamie Burke (UVA)
M.A. Sorensen (W&M)
K.O. Onufrey (BRATS aka Blue Ridge Area Training Side)
Samantha Pankey (James River RFC)
Beth Pepper (W&M)
Jenn Starkey (JMU)

Club Founders:

Terry Curtler (James River)deceased
Robert Steamboat Porter (Richmond)deceased
John Ryan (Norfolk)
Jim Bowden(Roanoke)
Bob Copty (Roanoke)
Bill Walker (UVA)
Jeff Savage (UVA)
Tony Young (Lynchburg)*no contact info


Class of 2013

Terry "TBird" Byrd
John Ellis
Courtney Hoopes
Basil Nisbet
Pete Sweet



Please contact Cary Kennedy for ammendments to this website. Help needed. write Cary@RichmondRugby.net


Commonwealth Cup Poster circa 1962


Back Row: Basil, Rich Waddell (Roanoke) Dave Howard (JR) Terry Byrd, Pete Sweet , unknown, Bill Stephens (JR) , Glen Miller (JR) David Beckner Roanoke, Front Row : Joe Langley( I think ??)George Boothby, Steve Bartley (Roanoke) Bubba Floyd (JR) Jim Bowden (Roanoke) Linton Farmer (JR) Phil Mosser (Norfolk). Game was played at Green School - Richmond against the PRU


circa late 70s

"This is a picture of the Piedmont side. Other wise Richmond select side. That team played a combination side from the HMS Arc Royal & HMS Hempshire. I'm pretty sure we won it was a close game. The #8 & captain also played for Richmond Surry England, so I played against him again when I toured to England with Richmond. I later ran into him when he coached the Royal Navy in DC. His name was Lee Merrick. He was very good. More than you asked but I like the story ." Terry Byrd



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Eligibility: Players, coaches, referees and administrators who have made a significant contribution to rugby within the Commonwealth of Virginia

All members must be of sound character and good repute and done nothing to dishonor the game of rugby. Should any Commonwealth of Virginia Rugby Hall of Fame member fail to meet this requirement after being elected as a member, the Hall of Fame membership may elect to remove this individual.

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There is no limit to the number of nominations each year.

Only six candidates will be admitted annually. If over six nominees fit the standard of 50 percent approval from the membership, the top six nominees with the most votes numerically will be admitted. In the case of numerical ties, involved nominees will be inducted.

Player nominees shall have retired from serious (“A” side”) or representative competition, although they may still play master rugby or an occasional “B” side match.

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The Hall of Fame membership will nominate and elect a Director,a Secretary,and a Treasurer to serve a three year term from the date of their election. The Director,Secretary,and Treasurer must be elected members of the Commonwealth of Virginia Rugby Hall of Fame to serve in these offices. The Director,Secretary,and Treasurer will comprise The Board of Directors for The Hall of Fame. The Board will have the right to request and collect dues from the members of The Commonwealth of Virginia Rugby Hall of Fame. The Board serves at the pleasure of the Hall of Fame membership with reasonable discretion and trust to execute the business of The Commonwealth of Virginia Rugby Hall of Fame.



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