This week on the With You! Rugby Podcast, the President of the US Rugby Foundation, Brian Vizard, spoke with Fred Alexander. Fred has been involved in rugby for many decades and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Fred was born and raised in Texas and participated in football, track, and wrestling in high school. He was introduced to rugby when a colleague who played in college asked Fred to join in on a practice—he’s been playing ever since. Fred played for the Denver Barbarians, founded and played for the Lamar Dust Devils for 9 years, then created the Colorado Senior Old Boys/Colorado Ol’Pokes because he didn’t want to quit playing.
Off the field, Fred was part of the membership, selection, and disciplinary committees for the Eastern Rockies Rugby Club and is also the well-known USA Representative for what was the Golden Oldies Rugby Organization. In this interview, Fred also reminisces on the 50+ tours he took with his late wife, Earnie, who played a major role in Fred’s rugby career.
0:50 – Brian introduces Fred Alexander, a long-time rugby player and 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
1:10 – Can you tell us about where you grew up and the sports you played as a kid?
1:30 – How did you get involved with rugby?
1:55 – Tell us a little bit about your rugby career.
2:45 – How did you create your Ol’Pokes team?
3:50 – Tell us about some of the most memorable moments you had with the Ol’Pokes.
5:10 – What positions did you play and what were you like as a player?
7:00 – What are some of the positions you held with the Eastern Rockies and some of the responsibilities you had there?
7:35 – Tell us about the wonderful relationship you had with your wife and some memories you shared with her on tours.
10:30 – How did you become the USA Representative for the Golden Oldies Rugby Organization and what were your responsibilities in that role?
12:15 – What were some of your favorite venues for Golden Oldies tournaments and some of your favorite memories from these events?
13:35 – What are you most proud of in your rugby career?
14:00 – Did the 2022 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony meet your expectations? What was the night like for you?
In this episode of the With You! Rugby Podcast, we heard from Fred Alexander, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the 2022 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. With an impressive rugby career extending back almost 5 decades and affiliations with organizations such as Eastern Rockies and Golden Oldies, Fred is a staple in the global rugby community.