By MATT RULE/Montana State News
The sports side of Montana State University is known mainly for Football and Basketball. Rugby? Not so much.
The city of Bozeman has had a Rugby team for some time named Cutthroat Rugby, which was composed of half college students and half older males, anywhere from the age of 30 to 40. The team was technically a “club” affiliated with MSU even though members did not have to be enrolled students.
Brandon Marsh was once a member of the Cutthroats. He thought the club was “supposed to be for the students, [because] it’s a club”; however, “it’s more of a men’s team.. Understandably, having 18 year-old freshmen join a team composed of 30 to 40 year old males presents an issue, because it’s completely unfair.
So Marsh decided to do something about it, and after completing his last fall season with the Cutthroats, he decided to develop a team named the Bozeman Badgers Rugby Football Club.
This team will only allow true college students.
“Once you start college, you have five years to play USA Rugby,” Marsh said. “If you’re a male student and within that five years, you can play on the team. You have to be in good standing with the university; you have to be a student.”
The new club wants to show the school, other sports teams connected to the campus, and the community, that they’re serious. So far, they have helped by shoveling snow around the stadium before games, helped laying down courts before Basketball games, and volunteered at Eagle Mount.
The Badgers’ first practices have already begun, and their first two games will be held on Feb. 18 and 19, against Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, and against Boise State—also in Pocatello. Pacific Northwest Football Rugby Union (PNFRU) playoffs will be held in Monmouth, Oregon on March 24 and 25, and Pacific Coast Playoffs will be held on April 7 and 8 with a location still being decided.
“What I want this club to do is provide guys with the opportunity to play college rugby, but also give back to the Bozeman community.”
Edited by Angie Ford.