Rugby prepares for season

Team wins scrimmage against Midland Mad Dogs

By Eirin Albritton
On September 15, 2016

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Brian Signorelli runs the ball around a tackle for another try. 

Ram Rugby started off strong on Sept. 10 with a final score of 75-20 during their scrimmage against the Midland Mad Dogs. 

“Rookie numbers look good; after the scrimmage we can see there is lot of potential in our new guys,” Vandiver said.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the team will play against different teams in the “Dust off the Rust” Heart of Texas tournament in Austin, Texas. Once they compete at the tournament they will be able to determine how the rest of the season will go. 

Ram Rugby strives to expand the name of ASU not only in Texas, but across the nation in their efforts to bring home the national title this season.

“Last year we won state and made it to New Mexico,” Austin Vandiver, senior, said. “Our goal for this year is to make it out of New Mexico and go to nationals.”

The team has a total of 45 players for the season. Ram Rugby Adviser Manny Campos said he sees a lot of potential in this year’s team.

“Something we can improve on from last season is to go further than we did last year,” Troy Knudsen, senior, said.

The team has spent their practices teaching the rookies how to safely play the sport and has seen improvement with every practice.

 “We have a lot of guys that are not only new to them team, but new to the sport. It’s always a challenge to teach them the game and show them how to properly play the game safely,” Knudsen said. “With our new guys coming in, it would help us go father if they learn quicker in the process.”

Another goal for the team is to spread rugby spirit throughout the campus. The team is currently selling t-shirts for to bring more Ram spirit to the stands.

“We want to spread the great game of rugby throughout the community,” Vandiver said. “We are excited for the season and are very humble to be able to provide more spirit and pride for the Angelo State University as we hope to succeed.” 

Ram Rugby will compete against their rival school, St. Edwards, on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at the ASU Intramural fields.  

“Since I was a freshman, we have had a rivalry with St. Edwards. It is always a great competition every time we play,” Vandiver said.


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