Rugby clinic coming soon

The Chadron State rugby team at October's Prom Dress scrimmage. — Photo courtesy of Bob Nelson

The Chadron State rugby team at October's Prom Dress scrimmage. — Photo courtesy of Bob Nelson

Chadron State College is looking to “ruck and maul” again with a club sport for women and men in the second most played game in the world, rugby.

The game that is known as football without pads is returning in full force this semester as the teams prepare for a new spring season.

On Feb. 17-18, the head coach from Wayne State University will be on hand to condcut two practices for new players interested in playing rugby, and stressing, “no experience necessary.”

Coach Barner has taken Wayne State University to the national playoffs eight straight years, and said he wants to help Chadron State rise above the competition in the Great Plains Rugby Conference.

Barner played for a national championship team in 2000 and played overseas.

With his success at the enrollment at Wayne State’s co-ed practices for women and men, he hopes to show all curious ruggers what it takes to play hard rugby on a club sport environment of practicing just twice a week.

Anyone who is competitive at heart and enjoys team sports is invited to Barner’s clinics. The first is 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Feb. 17; the seoncd is 5-7 p.m. Feb. 18. Both are  in the Nelson Physical Activity Center.

Players of all shapes and sizes are needed in rugby, just like in American football. Larger players are lineman and smaller players are running backs and linebackers.

Barner said that the great thing about rugby is that every single player gets to touch the ball and run, and also make tackles.

“If you like football, you will love rugby, it is an organized game of kill the man with the ball with strategy and passing involved,” Barner said.

Wayne State’s rugby roster consists of 75 male and female students, and none ever touched a rugby ball until college.

Most of those students, usually from small towns in Nebraska, are upper-end intramural athletes, who wanted to participate on a U.S. college rugby team against 700 other programs.

Barner expects Chadron State to be in a similar situation – high-end, student talent looking for a competitive game of determination.

Barner said many college students are curious but are scared to come out because they lack experience playing the game.

Rugby is an easy game to learn and all new players to the game can adapt quickly if they know the basics of football.

Cost of the clinic is free. A Pre-Clinic meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m., Feb. 16 in the Red Room, Kent Hall.

Interested persons who cannot attend the meeting or clinics, may contact Morgan Nelson at monels@eagles.csc.edu  to find out practice times, which start the following week.

-provided by Darrin Barner
CSC Rugby Club

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