Calling all rugby alumni: Get back in the scrum
November 27, 2012
Between 2007 and 2009, rugby grew more quickly than any youth sport in America, and in 2016 it will return to the Summer Olympics for the first time since 1924.
If you think Tufts rugby is missing out on the action, think again.
Both the men’s and women’s teams have risen dramatically in the ranks over the past several years, drawing attention from rugby enthusiasts across the country.
The two teams, both tier-one club sports, have climbed from Division III to Division II competition thanks to a string of impressive seasons. And a number of Tufts’ peer institutions—Middlebury, Dartmouth, and West Point among them—have jumped to Division I over the past ten years, a fact not overlooked by men’s head coach Maurice Kauff.
“I have a vision of doing something similar at Tufts,” he says. “We’re really looking to our rugby alumni for help with this.”
For Kauff, one of the keys to continued success is player recruitment. Tufts already draws students from some of the very high schools where youth rugby has boomed the most over the past five to 10 years, giving rugby alumni the chance to connect with prospective players who want to know more about what the team has to offer.
But even something as simple as attending the games can be a boon for the players. The more support the teams get, says Kauff, the better.
“The players work hard,” he says. “They really take pride in wearing Tufts jerseys.”
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