May 7, 2009
Who knew rugby was a hit here in Fort Collins? But with just over 30 members on their team, the word is spreading about rugby.
“I started playing rugby my senior year in high school. I played soccer, volleyball, softball, and ran track before I found rugby ,” said sophomore business marketing and management major Kim Jordan, the team’s vice president. “When I came to CSU I was excited to find out that not only did they have a women’s rugby team, but also a coach that had taken multiple teams to nationals in his career.”
So far the team has only played one league game this season Colorado College. They won 36-0. But they also participate in many tournaments and are trying to plan a trip to Europe next year.
The picture to the right is a line-out against Wyoming. The ball is put back into play and each team hoists a jumper into the air (in this picture, teammate Alli Kosakowski) and battle to gain possession of the ball. The ladies beat Wyoming in the match 5-0.
“The reason I’ve stuck with rugby is it never ceases to amaze me, I’m constantly learning new skills and meeting amazing people,” Jordan said. “Rugby is more of a community and a way of life, it’s different from anything I’ve ever been involved in.”
Women’s rugby holds open recruiting all year. “Since rugby is not as well known, especially as a women’s sport, we want potential new members to feel comfortable and experience the sport before they decide to commit.”
Ladies that are interested are encouraged to drop by their practices and jump-in drills Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. in the intramural fields.
Rugby is played at a fast pace, with few stoppages and continuous possession changes. All players on the field, regardless of position, must be able to run, pass, kick and catch the ball. Likewise, All players must also be able to tackle and defend, making each position both offensive and defensive in nature.
There is no blocking of the opponents like in football, and there are only five substitutions per game allowed for each team. A rugby match consists of two 40-minute halves. Finally, rugby is considered to be a gender equity sport as approximately 25 percent of all players in the United States are female.
View the team's website to find their schedule (in the files section) and a “Rookie Guide” page which has information for new players on how the game is played and what equipment you need. (Rugby description from ombac.org.)
Learn more about campus Sport Clubs.
Contact: Kim Jordan