TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — While the TROY football team was taking on the Wildcats in Kansas, another kind of football was played on home turf.
The gentleman of Troy Rugby Football Club faced off against Gwinnett Lions on Saturday. Troy University Rugby has had a long history on campus but as it is an amateur team that is not directly supported by the university, it has had its ups and downs.
“Founded in 2010 with a group of about 10 to 20 guys,” said former club president Eric Miller. “There was a handful of them that knew how to play rugby. The majority of them didn’t and there’s a few guys that just had some interest in getting the club started. It grew to a point while I was here and then it kind of slacked off a little bit. The current team and the leaders of it are doing a better job of getting involved in some tournaments and growing the the current team back to where we had it.”
The goal isn’t just about the product on the field. The club aims to foster friendships and a brotherhood among players. That is why the team holds an annual alumni game.
“I’ve got friends for life and I always know that there is a fraternity in rugby,” said alumnus Michael Stopak. “Even if I didn’t play with someone at a particular time, I know that we’re brothers because we both played for Troy rugby.”
Troy University rugby is looking for new members.
“We have an Instagram page @troytrojansrugby,” said Rugby Club President Jasean Parris. “You can text that page, you can direct message one of us or you can always come to me.”
Troy Rugby’s next home game is against Ole Miss on the Banfield on Sep. 23rd.