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Steamboat Springs rugby teams gear up for season

— 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."

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