Yes, we are a club dedicated to developing rugby skills in individuals who are new to the game. Our number one priority is providing you with a safe and rewarding rugby experience. The majority of our players had no rugby experience before joining. .
Yes. Rugby is a very physical full-contact sport. There is minimal padding or protective gear and scrapes and bruises are a routine part of the game. Due to the nature of the sport, you do need to have health insurance to play or practice. Conversely, serious body injuries are fairly rare and are usually the result of poor technique or fitness level, something that our experienced coaches focus on. We know a lot about injury prevention and treatment and can address any injury with some sound advice.
Absolutely. Regardless of your size or weight there is a place for you on our team. Generally speaking, the forwards tend to be larger and do more of the tackling and rucking while the backs tend to be smaller and do more ball handling and open field running. Based on your skills and body type, we will find a position for you.
The basic gear consists of:
1. a high quality mouth guard,
2. cleats (Any footwear without a toe cleat is fine – which can be either a rugby or soccer cleat – In time you may prefer to upgrade to a rugby boot which is specifically designed for the game.
3. and of course the appropriate clothing (we recommend rugby shorts, socks and practice jersey as T-shirts will end up getting ripped at practice). Certain players may also opt to invest in protective gear such as a scrum cap or shoulder protectors.
Rugby lives on at the high school level with town club and school teams.
Many, many colleges now offer rugby as a sport. Some are even giving rugby scholarships. Rugby will be in the 2016 summer Olympics so there is far more interest and development of the sport now in the US. There is a huge number of mens, and womens, rugby clubs across the country catering to players well into their 50’s. It is also a very international sport which can bond a player across continents.