[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: UW 360
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copy, print, workflow, and IT. Problem solved. SPEAKER 2: It’s a sport
that’s been played around the world for centuries. Husky men started
playing in the 1960s. And in 2002, UW women
took to the pitch. SPEAKER 3: Pitch two, three– SPEAKER 2: While rugby
is a club sport at UW, the women ruggers
have risen quickly through the ranks of USA Rugby. PARISA ASGHARZADEH:
I’m very competitive, and I love the challenge of
bringing a team from a Division II lower-level social team
to a more competitive side. And so I’m really excited to
see this team grow into that. My number one goal is just
to teach rugby to more women and spread the game,
spread my knowledge. SPEAKER 2: The UW women
play in the North Division of the Pacific Mountain
Rugby Conference, along with WSU, Oregon, Oregon
State, and Central Washington. One look, and you can see just
how physical the sport is. But it’s about so much more
than the scrum, the hook, and the maul. ALEX FLETCHER: And
I saw rugby, and I was like, whoa, that’s cool. They looked pretty friendly. And so I was like, why not? And then I told my
mom, and she was like, darn it Alex, that’s dangerous. But I did it anyway. It’s more fun than I
thought it would be, because I thought I was going
to be injured all the time. But oddly enough, after you just
get up from tackling someone, or if I’m on the ground,
you’re like, smile. You’re like, hey, I’m fine. I just did that. That was cool. SPEAKER 2: The camaraderie
of playing together has helped UW women to grow
as a team and as individuals. BROOKE PETERSON: There’s
something special about the adrenaline and
the running with– I don’t– when you get the
ball and make a really good run and get a lot of distance,
there’s something about that that just feels really good. And you have your– you have
the whole line behind you the whole time. And, well, there’s a big support
system on and off the field. And that’s probably the
best part about rugby. SPEAKER 4: Threes will
be right here with me. We got some tackling to do. It’s going to be fun. SPEAKER 2: The
support and dedication needed to be competitive
provides life lessons that carry over to the classroom. SPEAKER 5: I absolutely
think that rugby provides these students with
a mental toughness that they take straight
into their college courses. They make arrangements to meet
each other at the library. They’re always spending
time in study sessions. And so the foundation
that rugby is giving them is creating a very, very
strong mental capacity. And they’re taking that
straight into their careers, and it’s really been awesome. SPEAKER 6: UW sing! SPEAKER 2: The old saying,
winning breeds success, both on and off the
pitch, is center stage. But perhaps the larger
reward is the sense of camaraderie and family
wherever rugby is played. CAITY FISHER: I mean,
winning is nice. But honestly, if you do
this one really good play, like one really good
[? stiff on it. ?] Even if it’s like two seconds, you
just hit that [? rock. ?] And you know you did it
right, and it felt good. It’s just the little things
that make the game so worth it. SPEAKER 7: Fear this. MARILYN PROSSER: Joining
a team of ruggers is kind of like having a
family wherever you go. You know wherever
you go in the world, you’ll find the
nearest rugby team, and you’ll already
automatically have a family. It’s a really
tight-knit community, and it’s just the best
atmosphere you could ever hope for for a team. SPEAKER 8: One, two, three– SPEAKER 9: Go Dubs [? one! ?]

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