Rugby is most commonly associated with men; it is an intense, full contact sport with substantially less padding than other activities. This sport has also become increasingly popular among women.
â€œRugby is really cool because it is a full contact sport and it does not require you to wear any protective gear,” Williams, who has only been playing for a few weeks, said.
For junior Aspen Williams, an equine sciences, communications and Spanish major, she has found a new curiosity in this intriguing form of recreation. Her interest was first peaked by a booth in the Colorado State University involvement fair, leading her to join the CSU Womenâ€™s Rugby team.
â€œI’ve always had an interest in the sport but never played,” Williams said. “I got into [rugby] after talking with some girls at the CSU women’s rugby booth at the Spring Involvement Fair,â€ Williams said.
â€œIt is not a huge commitment but we still get the experience of playing against other universities,” Williams said. “I had no idea how to play rugby previously and will be taking away that knowledge along with new friendships.”
Even though she is new to rugby, Williams has background knowledge of other sports that is helpful as a new member of the team. Her speed is one of her strongest attributes.
“[Rugby] incorporates aspects of many different sports,” Williams said. “My abilities and speed that came from my participation in soccer and track carried over into rugby and allowed me to become a starter my first season.”
In regards to the rules of the game, Williams says that there is no difference between the womenâ€™s and menâ€™s team. Even though she has only been a member of the team for a short period of time, Aspen has already made her mark, and team president Madison Williams expects her to become an even better player as time progresses.
â€œThe great thing about rugby is how welcoming it is towards new members.