Join Union Rugby

Rugby is a great sport to join at Union as a freshman. You have all the benefits of a proficient and competitive team without the pressure of an official varsity team. We have coaches, jerseys, equipment, events, and daily practices. Rugby has grown in popularity since I arrived last year and the team has already grown to around 30-40 players. Unlike other sports like football, there is a position for every body-type. Check out the list of positions below to see where you might fall:

Forwards: Bigger players who can safely tackle and take a lot of hits.

  • PropForward
    • Big
    • Powerful Legs
    • Strong Back and Shoulders
  • Hooker
    • Short Torso and Long Arms
    • Strong Back and Shoulders
    • Flexible
  • Second Row/Locks
    • Tall
    • Good at Jumping
    • Powerful Legs
  • Flanker
    • Smaller and faster
    • Fast burst speed
    • Powerful tackler
  • 8-man
    • Big and tall
    • Fast burst speed
    • Versatile

Backs: Faster and more-agile plays who can handle the ball well.


  • Scrum-half
    • Small and fast
    • Very tough
    • Good tackler
  • Fly-half
    • Agile and Fast
    • Good decision-making skills
    • Kicking ability
  • Inside & Outside Centers
    • Stocky and powerful
    • Good speed
  • Full-back
    • Speed
    • Kicking ability
  • Wing
    • Speed above all else

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Xavier '16

Xavier Capaldi comes from a homestead in Northern Vermont where his family raises sheep, chickens, and rabbits. Xavier was homeschooled his entire life before college. He is majoring in physics and minoring in nanotechnology and math. At Union, Xavier is the social host of the Beuth Council. He is also the captain and president of the rugby team and is a tutor in the Physics Help Center. Xavier has participated in a variety of research projects including: the study of embryonic heart development, analysis of gas released during coffee bean roasting, the development of a vanadium catalyst to neutralize chemical warfare agents on fabric, and study of the crystallization of polyethylene oxide.

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