Montana State is home to competitive men’s and women’s rugby teams. The club sport was founded in 2011, and since then the teams have only been improving. This season, both teams have their eyes on a championship.
The women’s team was very accomplished as they headed into the fall 2017 season as Shield Winners in the 2017 Seven’s National Championship. They also had an amazing start to the season as they played the University of New Mexico and won 40-10. In their second match against Boise State, the women finished with an outstanding 43-27 score. The next two games against Missoula Betterside and Utah State resulted in surprising losses for the reigning champions, and their home match against CU Boulder last Sunday, Oct. 8 was cancelled because of high winds. Only two games remain before they head to playoffs. Since 2015, the women’s rugby team has consistently placed at Nationals and this is their first year in Division 1.
Having only been associated with MSU since 2011, the men’s club is also making an impressive mark on campus. Known for giving back to the Bozeman and the MSU community, they were recently awarded the 2016-2017 Not In Our House Student Organization of the Year Award. These two teams are excellent examples of Bobcats going above and beyond in a club sport. They represent MSU well and put in countless hours to do so. The dedication to this sport is both physical and mental; many times students join without ever having played rugby before, making their success truly remarkable.
Hopes are high as both teams head into their games this weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 14, the men’s team heads to Garrison, Colorado to take on Western State Colorado University while the women’s team plays in Bozeman on Sunday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. at Dobbie Lambert Fields against Colorado State.