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Men’s rugby travels to Ireland over Spring Break

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The Men’s Rugby Club at the University of Mary Washington returned from Spring Break with extensive knowledge of the game they play following a ten-day trip to Ireland that lasted from February 27 to March 7.

The club toured the country by bus, traveling and staying in the Irish cities of Cork, Dublin and Ennis. In Cork, the club had a scheduled game against the University of Cork Con cancelled at the last minute due to forfeiture by the opposing university. The University of Cork Con reasoned that it did not have enough players for the match, according to senior flanker Matt McAloon.

“In our last visit two years ago, we played against two different Irish teams. Not only did we learn from them, they learned from us,” said McAloon. “There are slight differences in American and Irish rugby, so it was a great learning experience for both sides. I felt a little disrespected by our opponent because it was scheduled four months beforehand and a big reason for why we organized the trip in the first place.”

Despite the game’s cancellation, the club’s itinerary provided plenty of other opportunities to expand their rugby knowledge. According to senior Danny Wehr, who plays the prop position, the team held a practice with Brendan O’Connor, a former professional rugby player for Munster of the Guinness Pro12 European rugby league.

“Mr. O’Connor gave a lot of great advice that he learned from playing professionally,” said Wehr. “He was able to connect with us person-to-person and was really a great mentor for the amount of time we had with him.”

The men’s team attended a Guinness Pro12 game in Cork between Munster and Glasgow, where Munster won 22-10.

“The Munster game was a great experience, and I think I speak for the whole team,” said McAloon. “Everyone was watching the players, seeing how they played individually and as a team. Watching how professionals attacked or defended in certain situations was very rewarding because I can incorporate certain aspects into my playing style.”

In Dublin, the team held a practice with a coach of an Irish U-20 rugby team to expose more playing methods and tactics. According to Wehr, his favorite experience from the trip occurred in Dublin.

“I had the best time during our participation in the wheelchair rugby event,” said Wehr.

Wheelchair rugby, or Murderball in the United States, is a game designed to resemble rugby, but uses a volleyball rather than a rugby ball. The wheelchairs are designed for contact, though physical contact between players is not permitted in the game.

“It was a really rewarding experience because of the things we have done since the club’s last trip,” said Wehr. “We donated jerseys to a wheelchair rugby team in Dublin last year, and when we arrived to the event this year, we were able to play alongside them and against them, which was great for everyone involved.”

The trip, according to Wehr, continued the team’s tradition of visiting the country every other year, and was planned by club director and former UMW rugby player, Tim Brown.

4 thoughts on “Men’s rugby travels to Ireland over Spring Break

  1. I wonder if the school pitched in any money for this trip, I heard that they did. If so I am incredibly disappointed. They keep cutting funding for things like Art education and Philosophy but somehow have the funds to send this group over seas. This is what UMW is sending out to represent us.

    “Mother’s Rugby Chant”
    G: Ya hoe!
    L: I pick her up every now and then, I
    G: fucked her once and I’d f*ck her again!
    Get in, get out, #you #f*ck #it #about
    Ya hoe, ya hoe, ya hoe!
    L: Now D C ruggers say what the hell, ya hoe!
    G: Ya hoe!
    L: Ya hoe!
    G: Ya hoe!
    L+: Now D C ruggers say what the hell, ya hoe!
    G: Ya hoe!
    L+: Ya hoe!
    G: Ya hoe!
    L+: Now D C ruggers say what the hell then
    G: F*ck the devil and ###
    Get in, get out, get fuckin’ about, ya hoe, ya hoe, ya hoe!
    L: Aw:
    G: Sh*t. F*ck it. I’m pissin’ on her too.
    Around the head #oops #they’re #dead
    I wanna f*ck that sh*t so hard
    I wanna f*ck her titties
    Well I wanna girl that tastes great
    L+: Me me me me me me me me me
    G: You you you you you you you you:
    L: Walkin’ down Canal Street!
    G: Walkin’ down Canal Street!
    L: Knockin’ on every door (Thumping)
    G: Knockin’ on every door! (Thumping)
    L+: Well god damn son of a b*tch we’re gonna find a whore!
    G: God damn son of a b*tch we’re gonna find a whore! (Stomping)
    L: Finally found a whore
    G: Finally found a whore!
    L: She was right and dead
    G: She was right and dead!
    L+: Well god damn son of a bitch we’re gonna get it in!
    G: God damn son of a b*tch we’re gonna get it in! (Thumping and stomping)
    L: Finally got it in
    G: Finally got it in
    L: Wiggle it all about
    G: Wiggle it all about
    L: god damn son of a b*tch couldn’t get it out
    G: # god damn son of a b*tch we couldn’t get it out!
    L: Finally got it out
    L: Finally got it out
    G: Finally got it out
    L: It was red and sore
    G: It was red and sore!
    L: Moral of the story is never f*ck a whore!
    G: F*ck a whore! (Thumping)
    L: F*ck a whore!
    G: F*ck a whore! (Thumping)
    (In conversational manner:)
    L+*: ####
    L2: [We sang that already]
    L: [F*ck the whores!]
    L*: [2Wooo]
    L1: [2F*ck the] [3who:res)]
    L2: [3Hey Yogi Berra] Yogi Berra
    L3: #We didn’t mess up
    L4: Do Taboo
    L2: We sang it [earlier]
    L5: [We already] sang the song
    L4: Oooh

  2. Travis, thats all very enlightening. Please, tell me more about “Anal Aesthetics”

    For the first comment, what are you actually talking about? Rape? Really? How about Libel? Pretty ignorant.

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