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Rugby Club, Come Join!

Hello Incoming International Students,

Let me be one of the first to welcome you to the United States.  My name is Dan Fahnle and I am an assistant coach for the St. Cloud State Men’s rugby club, the Fighting Carp.  We are interested in having you come play for our club now. I am sure you have some questions, not only about rugby, but also about our sports club and this will hopefully answer your questions.

Why rugby?  Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports it the world.  It has grown more popular in the recent years that starting in 2016 rugby will be returning to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Now is a perfect chance to try out one of the world’s more popular sports while you spend time at our university.

I don’t know how to play.  It is very common for us that we get some players who have never played rugby before.  But the great thing about rugby is that it is a sport that you can catch on to fairly quickly.  When I first joined the team I never played rugby before, but by the end of my first semester I grew to understand the game, and now 4 years later I am now a coach on the club.

I am too small to play rugby.  Rugby is a sport that often gets thought of a sport of giants running into each other but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Rugby is a sport that takes all shapes and sizes in order to be successful.  When I started playing I only weighed 65 kg, but I was able to find playing time right away because I was able to fit into a certain position where in is helpful not to be big.

I don’t know if I can “fit” in.  The St. Cloud State Men’s rugby club takes pride that we have international students come and play with us.  Not only do we have a history of being the most diverse team in Minnesota, but we are one of the most diverse in the upper Midwest.  In my four years of being with the club I have had the privilege to play with fellow students from Japan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, England, the Bahamas, and Canada.

I don’t know if I can spare the time.  We understand that studies come first as they should, but playing rugby doesn’t take up that much time during the school week.  We practice every Tuesday, and Thursday from 9-11 pm in the dome at Husky Stadium nearby Hallenbeck Hall.  If you miss the first practice that is fine you are welcome to come out for any practices during the season.  Also if you can’t make it to all of the practices that is fine, all we ask of you is to make as many as you can.  Also we have games every Saturday starting from mid-March until the week before finals, and again we understand if you can’t make it to all the games. However, all of our games last for about 3 hours.  In total that is 9 hours a week playing rugby that all of our players can at least commit 5 hours a week and still get considerable playing time.

Well I hope this has helped give you more information about playing rugby at St. Cloud State.  We start practice on January 15th and if you are interested in playing or if you have more questions you can e-mail me at, Reid Larson the team’s president or Chad Augeson the head coach at

P.S. There is also a woman’s team as well for any women that are interested in playing as well for more information contact Alicia Jungers at


Here’s to a great school year,

Dan Fahnle

Assistant coach

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