December 19, 2005      
Fall recap - Men's and Women's Rugby

Menís Rugby
Gaiters finish season 6-2 but fall to Concordia in the playoffs

Defeated by McGill in last yearís conference finals, the Bishopís Gaiters menís rugby entered the 2005 season with every intention of returning to (and winning) the title game. A 6-2 record in the regular season and a 2nd place finish seemed to suggest that this was a distinct possibility. Unfortunately the Gaiters were upset by Concordia 20-7 in the conference semi-finals and with the defeat saw their hopes of a title-game rematch with McGill come to an end.

Despite their play-off struggles 2005 was a highly successful season for menís rugby, both on a team level and for individual players on the Gaiters roster. Most notably, four Bishopís players were selected to the Conference All-Star team: Matt Gagnon (Ottawa, ON), Eric Howey (Hamilton, ON), Adam Barrette (Ottawa, ON) and Rob Scruton (Mississauga, ON).

Womenís Rugby
Bishopís misses out on the post-season for the first time since 1999

For the first time in the 21st century the 2005 Bishopís Lady Gaiters womenís rugby team failed to qualify for the post-season. Bishopís finished the season with a 1-5 record; their lone win came against cross-town rivals Sherbrooke.

Helping to lead the way for the Lady Gaiters this season was Cailin McCulloch of (Orleans, ON) who was named to the conference all-star team.

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