I served on a Trinity 360 panel a few weeks ago and a student from Australia asked me about rugby. Trinity is a diverse university, serving as a melting pot of different cultures, so when a prospective student told me his desire to bring an element of his culture to share with Trinity, I decided to do some research.
For those who aren’t aware, rugby is considered to be the 13th hardest and the third most physically demanding sport to play, according to ESPN. In both of these categories, rugby ranked just ahead of lacrosse. Given this similarity in difficulty between the two sports, and since Trinity has a women’s club lacrosse team, I decided to find out some of the medical implications of having a club lacrosse team.
“We don’t have any involvement with club sports,” said Callie Perry, assistant athletic trainer. “The club lacrosse team has to contract out with another sports medicine organization; it has to be considered a varsity sport at the university in order for us to be involved with treating the team.”
As far as Trinity Sports Medicine is concerned, there are no medical implications of having a club rugby team. At this point, the only thing really preventing the start of a rugby club is the fact that nobody has shown the interest at this point to put together a team.
It seems that rugby is on the rise in the area, as UTSA, St. Edward’s University and Texas State University all have both men’s and women’s club rugby.
For those who have interest in bringing club rugby to Trinity, go for it; the biggest thing holding you back right now are yourselves.