Virginia Tech rugby, a team on the rise
The Virginia Tech men’s rugby team has slowly been making a name for itself in the college rugby scene. Last June, the team made its first ever appearance in the Collegiate Rugby Championships, which were televised nationally on NBC.
The tournament featured 20 of the top college teams competing in more than 47 matches over two days. To make it to the tournament was an achievement in itself. The Hokies won two games, beating Florida and Temple. One of their losses was to the eventual champion, California.
Virginia Tech rugby is a club sport, which means it doesn’t have the same financial resources as varsity sports. In most cases, players must pay their own way, including travel expenses, meals, and uniforms.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Virginia Tech Rugby Alumni Association, however, the team has reached its goal of establishing an endowed fund through the Virginia Tech Foundation that will help support the team and its players.
The team also receives support from the Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech, via the Recreational Sports program. The team has access to the weight room in McComas Hall, personal trainers, and a new field specifically for rugby; all of which helped the team prepare for its first-ever trip to the College Rugby Championships.
"We have a great relationship with Rec Sports," said Andy Richards, former head coach and current director of rugby for the team. "They supported us in a big way at the Collegiate Rugby Championships by sponsoring a fan zone for the nearly 600 Virginia Tech fans that came to support us."
Richards believes the newly endowed rugby fund will alleviate some of the out-of-pocket expenses the team incurs during its fall and spring seasons, as well as allow for more recruiting trips.
Learn more about the Virginia Tech men’s rugby team at its website.