Siskiyou rugby team forming, players wanted
Quin McDowell of Mount Shasta is looking for players throughout Siskiyou County in an effort to revive the State of Jefferson Rugby Club and team.
McDowell said he’s been playing rugby for 15 years, beginning when he was in college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. More recently he played on teams in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.
“The older you get, the more important the social aspect of it is,” he said. “I want to see it be family-inclusive. I want to have it at parks with play structures for the kids to use... It’s the bonds that form that keep teams together.”
McDowell says the game of rugby is “a tough sport. When you finish playing, you feel like you did something.”
He said rugby gives every player an opportunity to be a quarterback. “You have to be versatile on the field, adaptable to any situation.”
During the summer, when families have a lot of other things going on, McDowell said he’s hoping to get guys together for a couple hours on Saturdays to play “touch rugby.”
Like touch football, touch rugby involves minimal contact. “It helps guys learn the sport and it’s good for staying fit,” said McDowell.
All you need to get started, he said, is a pair of cleats.
Once a team forms, he said it would compete against other teams within the Northern California Rugby Football Union of USA Rugby.
McDowell said he knows of interest in many parts of the county, including Mount Shasta, Dunsmuir, Yreka, Etna, and Hornbrook.
“We could set up a rotating practice schedule for different parts of the county,” he said. “We’ll work together to make things as easy as possible. I’m open to seeing what would work best.”
If you’re interested, call Quin McDowell at 619-261-0589. The State of Jefferson Rugby Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/State-Of-Jefferson-Elite-Rugby-Club/163391263717646?fref=nf