By Bill Whale
February 28, 2013
Throughout recent years, Men’s Rugby has become one of the most successful club teams at Lock Haven. In 2012, they became the Division III Mid Atlantic Rugby Football Union Champions. After this great accomplishment, Lock Haven Men’s Rugby was given the opportunity to move up to Division II. The decision wasn’t taken lightly, of course, but after some tough deliberation, the team agreed that they had the discipline and skill needed to compete at this level. This proved to be true in the following season when the rugby team finished the regular season with only one loss and narrowly missed a spot in the MARFU finals by two points in the quarter-final game against East Strausburg. Although the team still managed to place third in the division.
For those of you who are not familiar with the game, rugby was invented by William Webb Ellis in Rugby, Warwickshire in 1823. Rugby can be thought of as a combination of several sports including soccer and American football. Even though rugby has been a major sport in foreign countries, it has been fairly slow in becoming big in the United States. However, most colleges now have club or school teams and there are many high school level teams.
Founded in 1985, Lock Haven Men’s Rugby Club has been consistently growing larger and gaining in popularity. Currently there are over forty active members and the club is well known among the student population. I have been playing rugby for over three years now, and one thing that has become increasingly clear to me is that rugby is much more than just a sport. Rugby players form a community with lifelong friendships on and off the field. Both the Men’s and Women’s Rugby Teams are open to all interested students who would like to become involved, even if you are completely new to the sport.
However, even if you’re not interested in playing rugby, the Men’s Rugby Team is more than thankful for any support that they receive. Their games always draw large crowds of fans, friends and family but they are looking for even more people to come out for the games this spring. The season kicks off with their first game of the spring season this Saturday, March 2nd, and it’s an away game against Gettysburg. However, the first home game is March 9th against the Wilkes Barre Breakers at the rugby pitch which is located across the river. Hopefully we’ll see you there!
Bill Whale can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org