LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) Rugby: Faster and more fluid than football, thought to be more brutal than soccer
“There’s not much padding," said Washington and Lee University's rugby club coach John Welsh. "But as long as you use good technique, I think it’s a lot safer than sports like football.”
“I’ve seen far worse injuries in football," Team captain Spencer Alascio, said. "And quite frankly even in soccer.”
And it's the preoccupation of about twenty-five guys at Washington and Lee.
“It’s, you know, it’s a great team and we’ve built a great culture here," Grant Cokeley, a Washington and Lee law student on the team, said.
“This has been by far the most impactful part of my Washington and Lee experience,” according to Alascio, a senior undergrad.
A preoccupation that could carry them to become national champions, something you might not expect from a team at such a small school.
“I mean," Coach Welsh explained, "We’re competing with a lot of bigger schools.”
“We’ve been playing games against, you know, North Carolina, Townsend, schools with 25, 30-thousand kids," said Cokeley. "And we’ve been beating them or at least going toe to toe with them.”
They say it’s because they’re more than just a sports team. It’s a club in more than the literal sense of the word.
Welsh said, “There’s a good bond on the rugby field and off the rugby field, which is key.”
“I think we’ve got the talent, we’ve got the drive," said Cokeley. "And we’re going to win it all this year.”