By Lonnie Huhman
The Warriors Rugby Club is looking for players.
In looking at what makes the sport fun, Warriors Rugby Club coordinator Paul Burke said rugby is free flowing, continuous and easy to play while players work as a team to move the ball up the field and across their opponent’s goal.
Preparing for the 2019 season, the club is looking to recruit all interested in playing. Burke said rugby clubs in Michigan are inclusive, “do not cut all players and ensuring time on the field for all players. “
And he said it’s cost effective with season fees of $210 and cost of socks shorts and cleats to play for the season.
The club is aiming to develop Rugby for 7th to 12th graders in Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Their home field is in Hamburg and they also practice in Dexter.
“Warriors is an open Club; though we have strong ties with Warriors Community and High School, we embrace players from across the region,” Burke said. “Our objective is to foster the growth of rugby in Michigan by teaching rugby to as many young students as possible.”
He said the high school players must be enrolled in a high school. Warriors runs a middle school program called Rookie Rugby, which gives younger players an understanding of the game. Burke said they are looking to recruit women for the fall season and a summer 7’s tournament.
The club is a charitable organization with a board and volunteers and has USA Rugby Level 2 qualified coaches and will play in Rugby Michigan Eastern Conference.
Burke what makes Rugby fun and worthwhile is that it’s a, “complete team sport, one or two superstars will not make a successful team.”
Warriors Rugby competes in a USA Rugby State Based Rugby Organization called Michigan Youth Rugby Association (MYRA). MYRA is split into East Divisions and West Divisions.
Burke said Rugby is organized somewhat differently to other high school sports, the divisions are not based on school size, but on performance, in MYRA East there are three divisions. Currently Warriors “A” side play in Division 1.
To participate in rugby, Burke said a player needs his/her own pair of cleats, (soccer or football cleats are ok) Rugby shorts, a pair of Rugby socks, these will be available from the club, socks are $10 and shorts $30.
The club provides the jersey for the game, which remain club property and must be given back at the end of each game. Burke said the reason for this is the number on the shirt designates the position and as players will take different positions in their career they will need different jerseys.
The club is hosting a mini-camp from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Al Ritt Field in Dexter. To sign up or for more information, go to https://warriorsrfc.org or call 734-834-4395.