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Ready, set, rugby!

Photo courtesy of Rugby Club Facebook page.

City College rugby football club begins its first official season this year.

The rugby football club has been active for three semesters, but did not become official until it gained club adviser head football coach Dannie Walker and others.

“I live for making huge tackles on big opponents who think they can run through me and find out they can’t,” music major and rugby club treasurer Wolfgang Dalske said.

City College is one of only three community colleges to have a rugby team, along with Sierra College and Santa Rosa College.

“Anyone who wants to play can join the club,” Dalske said.

From the start, City College athletic trainer and rugby coach Jude Temple said rugby was not a welcomed sport because there was a misconception about what the sport really is on campus.

“In the U.S., I think a lot of people consider rugby being like a drinking sport, and it’s not really that at all,” Temple said.

One of the obstacles in establishing the club was in the search for a club adviser.

Originally Temple was to take the club adviser position, but Walker was eventually given the title.

“Some of the [other] challenges we faced as a team were learning the game of rugby and learning how to play together,” said respiratory care major and president of the rugby club Maurice Ates.

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The team competed against men’s clubs and the University of California, Davis.

So far, the team has built a good work ethic, physical play and mental discipline, Ates said.

The rugby club will begin practice twice a week at the end of October and is expected to have a couple of pre-season games in November and December.

City College will be playing in the Northern California Rugby Football Union league in Division III.

Division III is for new up-and-coming teams, typically a one-year probationary period is required in order to join a union, according to the Southern California Football Union webpage.

Regular season will begin in January and the national championships will begin the first weekend of May.

For its regular season City College will be competing against CSU, San Francisco; University of California, San Francisco; University of the Pacific; Sonoma State University; and CSU, Monterey.

In addition to a team sport setting, the rugby club builds camaraderie, Temple said, about the importance of having a rugby club on campus that involves a nontraditional way of physical activity.

“I think it is about time, when it comes to rugby on this campus,” Temple said.

To find out more information visit the football rugby club Facebook page

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