Steamboat Rugby Club gears up for 2012 season

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— The Steamboat Rugby Club has begun practicing for the 2012 season, but by no means is the roster set. In fact, the team’s leaders are looking for anyone with an interest in playing rugby.

The club practices from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Whistler Park.

No experience is needed.

“We’re looking for everyone and anyone with sporting background,” said Julian Bristow, the club’s coach. “We have rookies playing and seasoned veterans. We play in the Mountain League. It’s competitive but social.”

The team plays its games on Saturdays in June and July. The team hosts its annual Cowpie Classic rugby tournament July 7.

This is Bristow’s second year with the club after a long stint with the Los Angeles Rugby Club. Bristow spent 11 years with the Los Angeles team.

“I was going to retire when I got here, but I had so much fun with the boys I couldn’t,” he said.

Bristow said those looking to get fit but worried about the physical nature of games are more than welcome to come only to practices. He said it’s a good workout for anyone looking to get in shape.

The team practices alone on Tuesdays and with the women’s club on Thursdays. Bristow will help coach both teams.

Those interested should show up at a training session or contact Bristow at 310-991-9222 or julian@jandaevents.com. People also can visit the Steamboat Rugby Club Facebook page or visit www.steamboatrugby.com.

“If you’re looking for a new challenge and sport, definitely come down to Whistler Park and check it out,” Bristow said.

2012 schedule

June 9 vs. Grand Junction

June 16 at Aspen

June 23 at Breckenridge

June 30 vs. Glenwood Springs

July 7 hosts Cowpie Classic at home

July 21 at Ski Town in Breckenridge

July 28 vs. Vail

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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