Whether you’re lean and mean or big and burly, guys of all shapes and sizes can play for Frostburg State’s rugby team. Big or small, it doesn’t matter what size you are. If you got the heart for it you can come out and play it. Even if you’ve never played before, the ruggers will welcome you like a brother. To be honest, it’s more so of a family. Like, it’s no ‘You can’t play because you’re this tall or you’re that weak.’ It’s more so just come out man. We got your back no matter what. I had big dreams of being a mixed-martial artist superstar. And then I came to Frostburg. I said I’ll try it out for one practice, try out for that one practice and I’ve been here ever since. Think of rugby as an older, rougher version of American football with the biggest differences being more kicking and the ball can only be passed backwards. It’s just backyard fun! If they ever played football in their backyard, you can play rugby! The backs are like the wide receiver/special positions. They move the fastest. Then you got the forwards–the big and slow guys–that’s what I am. And then you got the second rows are part of the forwards. Then the eight-man. Then you got props. Back to the backs, you got the wings, inside/outside center. Halfbacks. So, it’s a few positions out there. But there’s one for everybody. The team offers to show new players how to play during any of its practices. We all show that patience. We all strive to help one another because at the same time, they might be learning, And they just might be brand new. But you know, we’re still learning the game pretty much at the same pace they are. So, we’re pretty much in this together. At Frostburg, rugby has been around since 1974 and is played as a club sport under the National Small College Rugby Organization. Rugby’s interest in the U.S. has grown recently thanks to a new format with seven players aside, which will be in the Rio Olympics. In the fall, the Bobcats play in the Capital Rugby Union, which features teams from the Mid-Atlantic region based on skill level. Come springtime, the team plays in tournaments and one-off games in both the 15 and 7 formats which are named for the number of players on the field for each team. Especially now that rugby is an Olympic sport, there’s been a massive resurgence in the rugby team, especially the United States rugby sevens team, exceeding and doing so well. Uh, that’s sort of like. That’s kind of like, brought renewed interest and attention to the club and you know, us capitalizing on that. Despite the rough play and the sport’s hooligan stereotype, Frostburg’s club places a priority on community involvement and sportsmanship. It’s a hooligan’s game but it’s played by gentleman. And that’s what, that’s Frostburg, that’s what Frostburg Rugby is about. Here we are, we’re trying to be involved in the community and really trying to like, show the community that we care about them even though, you know, most of us are only going to be here at Frostburg for four years. But like, regardless, like, this is as much our community as is their community. Practices are held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays on the Upper Practice Field. For more information, visit Facebook.com/FrostburgStateRugby or FrostburgStateRugby.Webs.com

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