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Heading towards the goal line: Boise State rugby continues to grow

Patrick Sweeney / The Arbiter

By Megan Riley

Though it started in England in 1823, rugby has officially made its name in American sports and on Boise State’s campus. It can now be found on a list of club sports nationwide and some universities even recognize it as a school sanctioned team, recruiting athletes and giving scholarships.
The sport of rugby is one of the most brutal sports to play on the Division I level, let alone at the club level at Boise State.  The most recent game against their biggest rivalry, the University of Idaho Vandals, brought out a crowd of nearly 100 and ended in an upsetting loss by one point.

Although many observers did not know the game completely, the fan base support encouraged the players.

“I love the fans and wish we had more. The Saturday game we had motivation, and we wanted to run faster, jump higher, and do better. It gives me something else to play for besides myself and my team, it makes me want to please the crowd,” said junior forward
Sam Troutt.

The coaches at Boise State see the team improving and expanding in the near

“We hope to build a solid foundation of men and mold them into competitive D1 athletes.” said Head Rugby Coach Jeremy Haener.

As a team, Haener feels the strong connection on the field between these
young men.

“I think our biggest strength is the bond we make and the commitment we have to make it a successful program. A misnomer is that kids come in and play without the practice and skill,” Haener said on the camaraderie. “These guys are committed to train, come to practice, and represent Boise State and the

The game itself is 80 minutes long, split into two forty minute halves with a ten-minute half time. There is an offense and defense consisting of eight forward members and seven back members.

Like football, the object of the game is to score tries by moving the ball to the try zone. Each try is worth five points. After a try is scored the team has the option of a conversion worth two points where the rugby ball is kicked through goal posts.

To start, the opposing teams huddle together in a scrum with the ball placed in the middle. The teams push each other back and forth until the ball is no longer in the circle by rolling it backward with their feet.

Once this happens, any player can pick up the ball and run with it. The player running with the ball can run forward, but only pass the ball backwards to another player. The opposing team attempts to catch the player running with the ball and tackles him to gain possession. If a ball is kicked out of bounds there is a line out where they fight over for possession once the ball is thrown in bounds.

The game’s fierece contact, fast pace, and farfetched rules keep the crowds interested. The team plays their home games on the intramural field during the weekends and will continue until December.



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