Fall is rapidly approaching! It's crazy to think that summer is almost over, but Fall in Ohio brings its own joys! I know we probably have a ton of football fans out there, but what about some rugby fans? I discovered rugby about six years ago because a bunch of my guy friends played. To be honest, I had never really witnessed a match until that time-I had heard about the sport a little, but it obviously isn't as big in the States as it is in other countries around the world (New Zealand, England, South Africa). However it has been a growing sport here, and it is awesome! I've always loved football. I grew up in a house where we watched football every Sunday and Thanksgiving. But rugby is so much fun to watch and the guys that play are intense. I still enjoy football on Sundays, but Saturdays are now reserved for rugby.
These are some photos from a spring game that I took awhile back. It was the Cincinnati Wolfhounds against Columbus RC. Both of these teams are ranked high in the D1 Midwest standings. Wolfhounds are third in the Midwest and Columbus is fourth. We have some really great rugby here in Ohio! And that's something to be proud of! OSU, OU, UC all have teams . And there are teams all over the state! Personally I attend Wolfhound games because my friends play for them and they are based in Cincinnati-but I strongly encourage you all to check out some of the teams around you and support a new sport (or even play it). There are both men's and women's teams across the state.
If you are concerned you will have no idea what is going on, fear not. I was completely clueless as to what the heck was going on at my first game too. However, everyone that attends regularly or plays is used to the confusion, so they can explain the basics to you. You'll pick it up quickly! It's such a fun, fast paced game and something new to check out in our awesome state! Fall season is starting up in the next couple weeks and there is bound to be some good rugby this season!