Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
by Ted Hardy
In preparation for the upcoming Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, the Columbus Rugby Club in association with the Ohio State Buckeyes are hosting an eight team Olympic Rugby event this weekend. The tournament is named for Terry Larrimer a prominent Columbus attorney.
Larrimer played for Princeton, Michigan, SudAmericano, Ohio State and Scioto Valley Rugby Football Club and several select touring sides and in the process traveled to play all across the globe. Larrimer’s distinguished rugby career spanned more than two decades.
The Larrimer Cup celebrates his passion for the game and a cause that he grew to champion with equal enthusiasm—finding a cure for cancer. All proceeds for the games are being donated to the Columbus Foundation where a scholarship has been established in Terry’s name.
The tournament brings together eight top sides from the area, four in the collegiate division and four in the men’s club division.
Collegiate participants include the aforementioned Ohio State Buckeyes, along with fellow CRC participants Penn State and Notre Dame. The University of Michigan rounds out the collegiate division.
The men’s bracket includes the 1823 Knights who burst onto the Club 7’s scence last year as well as the Cincinnati Wolfhounds, Kalamazoo, and Louisville.
The tournament is set to be played on Saturday May 28th at Mechanicsburg High School Stadium. Kickoff is at 9am and admission to the tournament is free.
About Terry Larrimer
Terry Larrimer had a distinguished rugby career spanning over two decades. As captain he led the 1968-69 Princeton University rugby team to an Eastern collegiate championship, the Ivy League Championship, and the Washington 7s championship. He was selected All Ivy League scrumhalf and was included in the May 1969 Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd” section. He also played for University of Michigan RFC, Sud Americano RFC in Washington DC and The Ohio State University RFC. In 1975 he was co-founder and captain of the Scioto Valley Rugby Football Club where he played until 1990. During his playing time he was selected to the Ohio RFU at scrumhalf (1976-80), Midwest RFU (1976-77), and Terry was invited to compete for a position on the US Eagles representing the United States in international play, (1977-78).
Terry graduated from the Columbus Academy in 1965 and received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1969. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1972 and became a Senior Partner of the Larrimer and Larrimer Law Firm, representing injured workers before the Industrial Commission of Ohio. He was a member of the Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, and the Ohio Association for Justice who in 2007 gave him the Worker’s Compensation Hall of Fame award.