Marquee Rugby Match Slated For Thursday Evening

WAYNE – After starting the 15-on-15 season earlier this month, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s rugby teams are prepping for a road weekend to Kansas but first will be entertaining the home crowd with a top women’s showdown.

Make plans to come out to Memorial Stadium on the campus of Wayne State College when the Wildcat women’s club program will take on Brandon University out of Brandon Manitoba, Canada. The marquee match is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. on Bob Cunningham Field.

Head coach and founder of Wildcat rugby, Darrin Barner said this will be a great opportunity to see an international rugby event in Wayne America.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” said coach Barner. “We have a team coming from 12 hours away from Canada coming all the way down here. We chatted in the summer time and they’re looking for a big challenge and we’re looking for a great opportunity in showcase this on the turf.”

The Wayne State College women’s rugby program has won 10 national titles including being the defending champs for both the 7s and 15s tournaments.

Just like when attending a WSC rugby contest from the House of Pain Rugby Complex, there’ll be no admission charge. So, come out and wear your black and gold while supporting your country.

“This is no doubt a situation in not only school pride of the black and gold but pride of the red, white and blue,” Barner added. “We’re looking for a big crowd out there, it’s just a rare opportunity in playing somebody that far away.

With the men having a bye week last time out, the Wildcat women dominated South Dakota State 68-0 in just one half of play.

“But I promise you this team from Canada coming down here is going to be a little bit more salty than SDSU,” Barner mentioned. “It’s called Wayne America for a reason and besides the black and gold shirts that will be at the crowd we certainly want to hear some chants for USA when we get on the field.”

The Wayne State College club rugby program will continue with road weekend competition. Both the women and men will visit Washburn in Topeka, Kansas on Sunday, September 29.

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