Steamboat Springs rugby teams gear up for season


2013 Steamboat Springs rugby schedule

    Women's games
  • June 1: at Boulder tournament
  • July 13: host Cow Pie Classic
  • Aug. 3: at Ski Town Tournament in Glenwood Springs
  • Men’s games
  • June 22: Steamboat, 28 Grand Junction 14
  • June 29: at Glenwood Springs
  • July 6: vs. Breckenridge
  • July 13: host Cow Pie Classic
  • July 27: vs. Aspen
  • Aug. 3: at Ski Town Tournament in Glenwood Springs
  • Aug. 10: at Vail
  • Old Boys game
  • Aug. 17: at Vail

— The Steamboat Springs men’s and women’s rugby teams have begun training and always are looking for new members.

The women’s team practices at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and the men’s team practices at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays. The Old Boys, for those 40 and older, practice from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. All practices take place at Whistler Field, and the teams also do Manic Training at 9 a.m. Saturdays.

Despite having large numbers, coach Julian Bristow said the team always is looking for new players.

“Training is always open,” Bristow said. “People are more than welcome to come or to come and sit and watch.”

The women's team, which features about 15 regulars at practice, begins the season with a joint tournament June 1 in Boulder.

The team also will host the July 13th Cow Pie Classic and play in the Aug. 3 Ski Town Tournament in Glenwood Springs.

“They’re getting really good numbers,” Bristow said. “But we’d love to get 20.”

The men’s side has 26 players, but Bristow would like that number to get to 30.

“The nature of rugby is the attrition rate is high,” Bristow said.

The men’s team begins its season June 22 in Grand Junction. Its first home game is July 6 against Breckenridge.

The focus, Bristow said, is the Cow Pie Classic.

“That’s our season in a nutshell,” he said. “Everything else is second fiddle to the Cow Pie. There is such a rich and successful history to that tournament. That’s our goal every year is to win the Cow Pie.”

Baumann making mark in Australia

Steamboat men’s rugby club member Chris Baumann is playing professionally in Australia.

Baumann, who played for Steamboat for years, played for the Los Angeles Rugby Club before going to Australia, where he plays with the Randwick Rugby Club premier team. In Australia, there are six grades of rugby. Baumann is playing with the first-grade club, a professional team.

“For an American to do doing that in Australia is crazy,” Bristow said. “I would not be surprised to see him on the U.S. World Cup team for 2015.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email


steve gadbois 3 years, 11 months ago

Congrats Chris Baumann. You've worked awfully hard, for a lot of years to reach this level of performance. Maybe you're the "New-Old Bo-Bo!" Good on ya!


Chris Baumann 3 years, 11 months ago

Correction. That mention of me is pretty far off! Thanks for the wishful thinking, but being pro would mean I wouldn't have to get up and dig holes all day. The rugby here is not considered Pro, unless you are playing in the Super 15. The Sydney comp is a level down from that. Maybe some of the guys get paid, but I am certainly not one of them. I live on couches and stay in backpackers. I work as long as it doesn't interfere with training which is three nights a week, as well as gym sessions everyday. So far in 2013 I have played in 17 rugby games in LA and now in Sydney, with the biggest yet coming up tomorrow against Southern Districts. I am in 2nd team, not first! A few runs w 1s off the bench but def not considered in 1s. Randwick is a great club to play for and I am really enjoying it, and maybe it will lead to something besides a hurting body. But for now I am just getting by, and enjoying having a go at it. Still missing home and all the people, but looking forward to next ski season when we have night skiing!

Good luck to the Mens and women's side, I am sure it will be a great year with Jullian leading, return of a young strong team and Shine. Also the return of the Tim Callahan. That should boost some crowd numbers. Big shout out to Billy Wernigs last year as well!

My thoughts have been on Scott Blair and what he must be going through. Really hoping the best for you Scott. You helped me big time rehab my ACL injury, and I hope everyone can rally behind and do whatever it takes to help you.


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