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Do I need to be a huge physical specimen to play rugby?
I have seen rugby matches or heard about rugby and it seems way too tough for someone like me.
Is it true there is a lot of partying associated with rugby?
When are games and practices?
Do I need all kinds of special equipment?
Does Parkside have a womens rugby team?
Do I have to be a Parkside student to play? Can Carthage and Gateway students play?

Do I need to be a huge physical specimen to play rugby?

NO! You do not need to be big or be able to bench press 400 lbs. to play rugby. Rugby is much like football in the fact that there are different positions that require different talents. Rugby players come in all shapes and colors and one should not ever be discouraged to come try rugby based on any perceived physical limitations. The only way to find out if rugby is for you is to come out to a practice or match and see for yourself.

I have seen rugby matches or heard about rugby and it seems way too tough for someone like me.

Maybe and maybe not. The reality of it is rugby has less injuries than sports like football and soccer. There is tackling, contact, and rough play but there is also camaraderie, good sportsmanship, and the joy of participating in one of the few "unspoiled" sports left today. Like other sports, playing rugby for Parkside requires you to have some form of medical insurance in the unlikely event of an injury sustained during play. As has been mentioned before, the only true way to see if rugby is for you is to come out and give it a try.

Is it true there is a lot of partying associated with rugby?

While there is a social aspect to rugby that is truly unique, the Parkside Rugby Club frowns upon anyone coming out to play simply to "party". After a rugby match, it is tradition for the home team to host a social for the away team. During the postgame social, players congradulate each other on the match, sing traditional songs, and eat food. This is one aspect of rugby that truly separates itself from virtually every other sport. There is a mighty struggle during the match, but when it is all over, the opposing teams celebrate together.

When are games and practices?

Matches are typically played on Saturdays and practices are run on Tuesdays and Thursday on Parkside's campus. If you plan on playing during the season, it is wise to keep Saturdays open for matches and plan on making at the very least one practice a week. Click here for Parkside's practice schedule or click here for our current match schedule

Do I need all kinds of special equipment?

No, rugby is a relatively inexpensive sport to participate in. You are responsible for you own mouthguard, socks, shorts, and cleats (also known as boots). Football mouthguards are acceptable for use in a rugby match. Typically, the socks, shorts and cleats are ordered through a rugby importer. For a list of some rugby importers, check out our Links section. If you decide to buy cleats or you already have cleats, the only criteria for them to be rugby eligible is they cannot have a single toe cleat (common on plastic molded baseball and football cleats). The jersies are provided by the club.

Does Parkside have a womens rugby team?

Yes! The UW-Parkside Women's RFC re-formed in the Spring of 2009.

Do I have to be a Parkside student to play? Can Carthage and Gateway students play?

While it is a requirement to be a fulltime student to officially play league matches for Parkside (in the Fall), community members are encouraged to come out and play as the Spring season is open to anyone and there are friendly matches in the Fall that do not have participation requirements. Carthage and Gateway students are more than welcome to come join us and play some rugby!
 


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