Arkansas State Women’s Rugby Looks Forward to 2016 Season

Michaela Pinegar with the Arkansas State Women’s Rugby sat down and talked about the team and her experience with it so far. The rugby team is currently working really hard to recruit more players to be able to have a solid team for 15’s instead of playing in 7’s like they are currently.

Rugby is fairly new to the U.S. and especially to A-State so it is going to be a learning experience for everyone involved.

For more information on women’s rugby here is the official website for the U.S. Women’s Rugby team: 

Red Wolf Rugby for Dummies

Arkansas State Junior Varsity team took on Lindenwood Development on Saturday October 3rd. I shot some footage and began to think about how the majority of the public does not know or fully understand the game of rugby. As it was my mission at first to bring a story and interview to the table, I soon began to think about how the more important story here was how the game is played. In this video I tackle some of the questions about rugby; like how points are scored, what a scrum and line throw are, and I touch up on how the team is doing overall. ASU’s #1 ranking in the 7’s matches is actually a little more impressive than it seems due to the fact that it consists of both United States colleges and also many from The Great White North. ASU won it’s game against Lindenwood 54-13, and for rugby, that is an absurd amount of points as each try counts as five points and the goal kicks are worth three. Below are the pictures of the standings after the 2014-15 season.

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Here are some links to help understand more about ASU and its rugby club:

http://www.rugbytoday.com/rankings

http://www.astate.edu/a/rugby/

http://www.sportsgrid.com/uncategorized/the-beginners-guide-to-watching-rugby-union/

Alex Barylske Interview

Interview with Alex Barylske

1. Looking back on your rugby career what will you miss?

I will miss the family environment of rugby. I will miss the bond between teammates. Our rugby team became family. We may be tackling each other, but we are buying each other’s dinners after practice and hanging out together off the field too.

2. How long did you play and what was your position?
I played for one year, the first year of Arkansas State Women’s Rugby. I played fly half. Which is the play maker.
3. Tell me about some of your most memorable moments in rugby?
 We drove to Nebraska for our first tournament, I remember winning our first match! I also remember my first game of rugby extremely well. I remember I was the first one to get tackled. I expected it to be a lot worse, but it was fun! I fell in love with the game.
4. What was your best game?
My best game was during a team scrimmage. I played the captain position for our half of the team. We played in the red wolf stadium with ice still on the field. It was so cold. We played hard and made a lot of plays happen.
5. What do you think about the upcoming season for the women’s rugby team?
I think the upcoming season will be successful for the girls! They have a new coach who is an experienced women’s rugby player. She is hard core. I believe she will push them to be their best!
References

https://www.facebook.com/Arkansas-State-University-Womens-Rugby-1463675427248592/timeline/

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2013/12/13/mens-and-womens-rugby-teams-growing-together/

Photos

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