In the beginning of the cold month of February, IE Rugby Club had the opportunity to open the 2017 season with a very active celebration of our beloved sport in Madrid. It was a great chance for our teams and members to put in practice the skills and energy that we enhance and display at weekly trainings.
The day started with an amazing performance of our Touch team against the Capital Touch of Madrid. IE Rugby Club is a coed mixed club that prides itself and promotes, as one of the core fundamentals, the inclusion of the whole of the IE family around the idea of rugby community, personal development and fun. Touch is a non-physical version of traditional rugby that is based on speed, team coordination and agility and is an extremely fast and fun game to play. Both boys and girls play in the same team and many of our members are first time players and are able to actively participate in the club and games thanks to Touch. The Touch Rugby is also a major sport of the upcoming Spring Games and MBAT, and we are actively training (a lot of talent in the team) to become the European Touch Champions among MBA schools in both competitions!
The day was followed by a classical full contact clash against our traditional foe (and comrades, on the good practice days ) – Lions Rugby Club of Madrid. The match, despite having a friendly character, turned out to be a very intense and hard fought match, in the very best rugby traditions. Despite having only practiced for a few times since the start of new semester and incorporating the members from the new intake, IE showed tremendous heart, energy, will and coordination. The amount of talent and determination showed by the team was inspirational. We had, in the end, to accept an honorable defeat by the Lions, who put up a hell of a game, but within our ranks it rather felt like a win. What was truly remarkable is the that many of the players had just recently started with the club and in Rugby overall! This also highlights our feature of accepting all interested, regardless of the level, we will provide the training and help to learn the sport. The main purpose of the club is again community and participation. Rugby 7s (a version of the full-contact game) is also the major sport at Spring Games and MBAT and we are looking forward to defend the title of the MBAT champions this year!
The day ended with a traditional 3-rd half organized by the Lions where we had quite a few beers, shared some laughs and “war” stories. This is arguably the best part of the day when we got to appreciate each other’s company, the Club, the rugby culture, make some new friends and enjoy a great party which carried well into the night!
The IE Rugby Club has a very active season ahead, with games (all of them trips outside Madrid – great option to travel with awesome people) scheduled in March in Segovia, Barcelona (Spring Games) in April and Paris (MBAT) in May along many other events. If you would like to join the team or at least to learn some more, please do not hesitate to contact any of the officers via Campus Life, anywhere at IE and in one of our events!
By Alejandro Pereda Shulguin
IE Rugby Club Coordinator