Men’s club rugby stays motivated, optimistic during pandemic – Daily Northwestern

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Men’s club rugby stays motivated, optimistic during pandemic – Daily Northwestern

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(Courtesy of Northwestern men’s club rugby)
The men’s club rugby team after a match.

Like many other teams, men’s club rugby had its spring season cut short last March. However, the team is preparing to begin practices for the year under new guidelines.

For the fall, clubs are allowed to practice as long as they maintain social distancing and remain on campus, and they aren’t allowed to travel or compete, according to an email sent to club sport leaders in August. The men’s rugby squad is excited to pick up where they left off, even though practices will look different than in the past, Weinberg senior Erik Cook, the club’s president, said. No tackling will be allowed, but the players will still be able to practice passing and kicking drills, as well as spacing.

According to Weinberg junior Marc Worden, social distancing won’t be too much of a problem for the team during practice.

“A lot of spacing is necessary for rugby so we can run plays, and we’re already six yards apart — that’s just how it’s supposed to be,” Worden said. “As long as there’s no tackling, it’s definitely pretty easy to do.”

Cook, the club’s president, said only holding practices won’t be a huge shift from last year, as the team was on a probationary period that prohibited them from competing. “At least we’ll still be able to hone our skills,” he said.
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