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Stud Dawgs - Military

The Ft. Lewis Stud Dawgs, the military rugby team of the Tacoma Rugby Club. The Ft. Lewis Studs Dawgs are made up of players from the Tacoma Rugby team and Puget Sound area, including Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM).

The Ft. Lewis Stud Dawgs were formed when a military team was passing through Ft. Lewis in 1989 and wanted to play another military team in the area. Long time Tacoma Nomad Captain Mike Legg got most of the Army rugby guys together with a few extra Tacoma Nomads and played the match. The Ft. Lewis Stud Dawgs were born. That was the beginning of Military Rugby on Ft. Lewis. The Stud Dawgs are named after Mike’s beloved pooch, Norman (R.I.P.).

The Ft. Lewis Stud Dawgs activate several times throughout the year to play other military sides in the area and to host visiting military sides from other countries when they tour the beautiful Puget Sound area. The Ft. Lewis Stud Dawgs have a great history of play and good times.

The most recent success of the Ft. Lewis Stud Dawgs was the annual Army-Navy game. This past year saw a comfortable victory 27 - 10 over the local Navy side from Bremerton.

For questions about the Ft. Lewis Stud Dawgs please contact,
Nick Punimata - 1st Special Forces Group by email at punimatn@soc.mil or fortlewisrugby@yahoo.com

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Secret Weapons
Fort Lewis Recruits: We never would have survived without Fort Lewis recruits. They filtered over from the Fort’s own struggling team over the years. They come and go as the sparsely haired heads are prone to do, and we’ll get a fresh face or two when a new batch of men come to town. Fort Lewis is also the source of the famed Stud Dawgs. In addition to Fort Lewis players, we had a lot of McChord, Airforce guys. They were from the C-130 Hercules squadron. They included Scott and Sandy Lounsbury, and Juan Rangel, now (and for many years) an Alaska Airlines pilot. This was in the mid-late ’70s.

The Stud Dawgs
A military team was passing through Ft. Lewis in 1989 and wanted to play another military team so… Mike Legg got most of the Army guys together with a few extra Naddies, and went for it.The Stud Dawgs are named after Mike’s beloved pooch, Norman (R.I.P.). The most memorable Stud Dawg story is when they put Nomad civilian Doug Bogle in a Private’s uniform and smuggled him on military transport to a military tourney in San Diego. They called him PVT Ellis, and said he was a truck driver.

Branch of Service: Majority US Army, both USAR & ARNG members. Also active members from USAF and USMC, active & reserve.

Team Colors: The most recent team colors are black socks and shorts. White jersey in Godek Eagle pattern, red and black hoops with red numbers. They were always gray before John Dacey came along.