Rugby gives football a run for its money

by Chidi Anyadike, The Dartmouth Staff

19 Oct 2011

 

 

Courtesy Of Dartmouth Rugby

Yes­ter­day you got the down low on Dart­mouth’s foot­ball scene. Today I pre­sent foot­balls younger, some might say hip­per, brother – rugby.

Dart­mouth Rugby

Pro: This im­port from across the pond is, by far, more in­ter­na­tional in scope. Dart­mouth Rugby team has toured in­ter­na­tion­ally since 1951, which means they were in Eu­rope be­fore going to Eu­rope was a thing, and this year the team trav­eled to Bridgetown, Bar­ba­dos to face the Bar­ba­dos Rugby Foot­ball Union. Al­though you may be tempted to gig­gle at the group of huge sweaty men hug­ging each other in the mid­dle of the field (and don’t act like you didn’t laugh when you re­al­ized there was a ‘hooker,’ in the game!), you have to give this team props for its 7s CRC Na­tional Cham­pi­onship this June and se­cur­ing eight of the last eleven Ivy Cup Cham­pi­onships.

Con: It’s blo*dy con­fus­ing. Some­times there are 7 peo­ple on the field and some­times there are 15. All play­ers have to do to score is ‘try,’ it’s per­fectly ac­cept­able to maul your op­po­nent, and if your team doesn’t gain pos­ses­sion the first time, they can al­ways just have a do-over, or restart kick. Not for the faint of heart, nor the weary of mind, un­der­stand­ing this game, as a spec­ta­tor, takes some se­ri­ous at­ten­tion and ded­i­ca­tion. Sorry, no thanks— if I wanted to do work on a Sat­ur­day, I would have stayed on First Floor Berry.

Pro: Be­sides all the #win­ning that Dart­mouth Rugby is so fond of, their Twit­ter page may also be proof that as one of Dart­mouth’s youngest sports club, they are the trendier of the two sports. In case you do make it over to Bro­phy Field and find your­self drool­ing over that at­trac­tive out­side cen­ter in­stead of watch­ing the game, you can al­ways check up­dates @dart­mouthrugby. This Home­com­ing week­end, be sure to up your Face­book game with a sweet mu­pload this Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Dart­mouth Rugby will square off against Har­vard.




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