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Chris Lippert



Chris Lippert was a world-class loose-head prop for the Eagles in the 1990s.

He began his rugby career at the University of California, Irvine. Lippert later transfered to San Diego State University, where he led the Aztecs to the 1987 National Collegiate Championship while earning All-American honors.

After college, Lippert became a pivotal player for the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, helping OMBAC to five national championships in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994 (Captain) and 1996.

He became a mainstay for the U.S.A. Eagles from 1989-1998, was a member of the 1991 U.S. Rugby World Cup team, and captained the Eagles in three test matches in 1996.

In 1994 and 1995 Lippert made three appearances for the world-famous invitational side, the Barbarians, an honor bestowed on only two previous American players.

He retired from international rugby in 1998 with 38 caps, then the most for a U.S.A. player. Lippert finished his playing career with the Huntington Beach Unicorns in 2000.

He transitioned to serving stints as the manager for both the Eagle 7s and 15s teams from 2001-2003, including the 2003 Rugby World Cup.  He also has worked on the coaching staffs at OMBAC and SDSU, and as a referee for the Southern California Rugby Football Union.