Women’s rugby to compete at conference tournament

The Women’s Rugby team is gearing up for an important string of matches. The Bobcats’ next match is versus BYU Idaho on Oct. 22. The conference tournament for fall season will take place Halloween weekend, Oct. 29-30. The Bobcats hope to make it to the championship match for the second year in a row.

Head coach of the women’s rugby team at MSU is Ed McKenna, assistant dean of students. McKenna became head coach in 2014, and since then he has transitioned the team from a community-involved sport to a club sport. Before they became a club sport at MSU, the team consisted of both students and community members.

This season the Bobcats are focusing on rebuilding their forward pack. “We have a strong defense who are all returners. The forward pack will be the main focus because there are few returners,” McKenna said.

Last fall season the Bobcats made it to the round of eight teams at the national tournament. From the region, only two teams will advance to the national tournament. According to McKenna, Colorado Mesa is the biggest challenge the women will have to overcome in order to build upon their success from both spring and fall seasons last year. This year, the team hopes to advance to the national tournament again.

Any student who wishes to be part of the team can contact McKenna through the team website or Facebook page and receive more information. The cost to play is $75 per person per season (there are two seasons, fall and spring). This money goes toward travel expenses, uniforms and tournament fees. The team is constantly rebuilding and anybody who is interested in playing is welcome to join. There are no formal tryouts, although the practices are rigorous and help determine players for each game.