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Thunderbird Rugby FC announces our newest sponsor

After two years of working with the guys from The Australian, Thunderbird Rugby FC would like to announce a new sponsorship partner. Ruck Science is coming on board to support the club as part of their program to support all amateur rugby clubs. We’re the first graduate level business program to join up and receive donations from Ruck Science. The deal starts on September 1st and everyone on the club will be receiving an email giving us a discount on our first purchases on

More about Ruck Science

The company is based out of Austin, Texas. Their warehouse is in Atlanta, Georgia. The founders at Ruck Science are all rugby players. They say that they were sick of buying supplements that were designed for bodybuilding and wanted to make a nutrition company that was 100% focused on the needs of rugby players. They’ve been operating for a little under a year now and were developing and testing their product line with a product testing team for around 24 months prior to that.

About their range of products

Pretty much any kind of supplement that should be part of your regime is in their range. This includes stuff like Whey Protein, BCAAs and a signature Cognitive Enhancer they’ve developed. Right now, they don’t have anything with creatine in it. So that might mean you need to get your muscle-pumping supps elsewhere. But everything else is in their store and they have some really great reviews online.

About the agreement

Our deal with Ruck Science starts in September, but you can order now. Just be sure to enter “Thunderbird RFC” in the rugby club field when you’re going through the checkout process. For every order that someone makes in this way, the club receives a donation of up to 20% of the value of that order. The exact donation depends a little on the size of each order. But whatever size order you make, the club gets something. So please consider buying from if you’re using supplements and ask your friends to do the same!

Getting started with Ruck Science

There are 4 things to keep in mind if you want to try the products on and compare them to other supplement manufacturers:

  1. Register for Rucks (their rewards program) and you’ll get $5 to spend before your first purchase.
  2. Have a look at their sample stack – for $20 you get to sample all 4 of their custom supplement blends in a handy carrying stack.
  3. Enter “Thunderbird RFC” as your rugby club during the checkout process so they know where to send the donations!
  4. There’s a bunch of free stuff on their site including rugby-specific nutrition and training protocols on their rugby training blog.

Contact the company

If you have comments or questions for the company, the best way to get in touch with them is via email. Please speak to either Tim or Chris and they’ll do their best to provide feedback and recommendations.

Tim Howard


Chris Reed

Marketing Manager


Leadership Team Transition

With the 2013 school semester wrapping up this week and two key leaders graduating from Thunderbird, the rugby club would like to take a moment to recognize the service of exiting leadership members. President Jay Stahlman (yours truly) and Treasurer Jeff Hillam have both played rugby for the last 18 months while serving the club in various capacities over that time. Jay joined the team the first week of school as a way to stay in shape and make some friends. He was immediately thrown in to the fire as scrum half, became VP three months later, and has served as President for the past nine months. Jeff joined the club during his second semester at Thunderbird and inherited the Treasurer position while serving as alumni relations chair. Both players enjoined fruitful careers on the pitch and (I hope) will be missed.


Although it is always sad to say goodbye, the club will move forward with a more than capable new team. New President Chase Ficklin (seen right breaking someone’s collarbone) has also played rugby his entire time at Thunderbird and has served on the leadership for two semesters already as treasurer and vice president. Similar to his wrecking ball style on the pitch, Chase will take no prisoners in promoting the club on campus and throughout the community.


Taking over the roles of Vice President and Treasurer are a pair of first-time ruggers just now concluding their first trimester on campus. Colin Agnew, nicknamed Lil’ Coco (below) is a MA in Global Affairs student who plans to articulate to the MBA program when in a year. He plays (or tries to play) hooker and is infamous for his lineouts, or as we call them, turnovers. As Colin becomes more familiar with the sport, I am confident he will develop the skills to match his enthusiasm and bubbling personality that make him an excellent teammate and leader. The role of Treasurer will be filled by Coco’s classmate Sean Slattery, a lanky forward who’s work ethic will help the new leadership team focus and execute effectively.

As always, the future is bright for Thunderbird rugby with Rugby Alumni Weekend and the MBA World Championships on the horizon.


Jay Stahlman

Former President, Thunderbird Rugby Football Club