Rugby team during a game last season. (Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)
WSU rugby team during a game last season. (Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)
Rugby team during a game last season.  (Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)
WSU rugby team during a game last season. (Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)

Imagine the rush and excitement of football combined with the speed of hockey. Now subtract all the safety gear.

That is a glimpse of an average day on the pitch for Weber State’s Rugby club as they play through their season.

The Weber State men’s rugby team has come a long way. They are a club sport that holds seven to 15 players. They round up their own gear and set their own games to play all season long.

Jack Burger, WSU freshman, is one of the starters on the team and holds the prop and log position. As a student, Burger is an art and psychology major. He is a transfer from Dixie State University, where he also played rugby.  He loves rugby and enjoys coming together on a team.

“It’s organized and its go, go, go with as much as we can with the sources we have.” Burger said.

On Saturday Sept. 27, the Weber State Men’s Rugby team participated in the BYU 7’s Tournament. In this type of tournament, teams are comprised of seven players, which creates a fast-paced, clutter-free game. Of the many teams that participated, WSU came out sixth overall.

The Weber State rugby players have been working hard to come together as a team, despite not advancing in the tournament.

“We did pretty well as a team compared to the other teams,” Burger said. “Being that we have a whole lot of first year players that have never played before. We did really well as a team against BYU.”

Burger hopes that the team will improve as they take on more 7’s tournaments before their official season starts in the spring.

The Weber State Rugby team will play next in Orem, as they take on the Wolverines for the UVU Sevens Tournament on October 10, 2015.

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