Rugby team sets goals high for next year's state competition

The team hopes to grow student crowds at games

By Sara Currie
On April 4, 2014

ASU Rugby prepares for a statewide tournament game against University of North Texas (UNT), which is on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. at the Intramural Fields.

The tournament invites the top ten teams in Texas from all divisions.

"Rugby is a very physical game that includes running, kicking, passing, and hitting," senior Preston Granzin said. "The game is played without any padding with 15 players and is a cross between football and soccer. There is no forward passing, though, only backwards or sideways."

The rugby team is a part of the Lone Star Conference and has gone to state playoffs the past two years, placing second last year.

This year, the ASU Rugby Team has placed third in state, losing against University of Texas-Dallas in a close game by one try (touchdown).

Many people are not aware that ASU has a team here on campus or do not know what rugby is.

"We always appreciate the support of our fans, and we would love to have more people on our team and more people watching," said Dundy Walker, team coach and player. "We always promote the school with our games, and we participate in community service, which gets us a little recognition from the faculty and students."

Walker said he would like to increase involvement and make the student body aware that there is a rugby club.

Each year the team strives to always do better, and next year their goal is to win first in their conference and then go on to win state.

The rugby team has open arms when it comes to students wanting to participate in the sport. They encourage anyone to come out to the intramural fields at 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday to join in on practice. However, the team warns that it is a very tough sport and to realize that it can come with a lot of pain.

"The team is a really close unit," senior Simon Olsen said. "When we are not practicing, we are usually hanging out with each other. Other than that, we practice four times a week and do individual strength and conditioning to be able to compete."

Grazin, Walker, and Olsen said being a part of the team is not the only thing that keeps them together; they all have a special bond that makes them more like brothers.

There will be an alumni game on April 26 at 2 p.m. at the Intramural Fields.

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