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Women’s rugby club looking for members

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013 00:03

The Marshall University women’s rugby team starts the spring season this weekend, but that does not mean it is too late to join the team.  
The women’s rugby team is looking for members for the upcoming season. In rugby, 15 players are on the field at once and the team would like to add more “ruggers” to their roster.

Rugby developed from soccer during the 19th century. Players carry the ball and try to put the ball down beyond the opponent’s goal line. If they are able to do so, they receive five points, and get to try to kick the ball through goal posts to receive two more points.

Even if this sounds confusing, team captain Paige Rabatin said anyone could join, no matter his or her background in the sport.

“There is absolutely no experience necessary to play,” Rabatin said. “We understand that it’s not the common sport around here and are more than willing to teach new players the game.”

In the spring, the team travels to tournaments around the country and plays three or four games a weekend.  This weekend they are going to Savannah, Ga.  
Rabatin said game-day is a ton of fun for the girls and is all about sportsmanship.

“We play two 40 minute halves,” Rabatin said. “We usually begin games at 11 a.m. After the match, win or lose, we socialize with the other team. This is just food and games to promote good sportsmanship after hitting each other for 80 minutes.”

Senior Shea Wolford said being on the team is a great time.

“Being on the team allowed me to be part of something bigger than myself, but still able to focus on school work,” Wolford said. “We are a big family and would do anything for each other. It is great to have that support when you’re away from home for the first time.”

Wolford also talked about why girls should join the team.

“Rugby is an awesome and intense sport.  You can meet people all over the world and if they are a rugger too, you automatically have a serious bond,” Wolford said. “Not only that, but you’ll make some really awesome life-long friends that feel more like family. We have each others’ backs, on and off the pitch.”

Rabatin said playing rugby is a great way to relieve stress or pent-up aggression the semester can bring to students.

For new players, the cost of joining the team is $75, which goes toward gas, entry fees, rugby shorts and socks. The team travel to tournaments by van and stay in hotels.

 The team practice Monday and Thursday and have optional practices on Friday for those who cannot attend the other practices. Practices usually last from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Courtney Sealey can be contacted at Sealey3@marshall.edu.

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