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Wausau girls rugby hopes to grow in second season
WESTON - One of the fastest growing sports in the United States can be hard to find in Northern Wisconsin.

Until last year, Stevens Point was the northern-most rugby club for GIRLS in Wisconsin.

The Wausau Area Rugby club decided to change that and now the high school girls' team just started their second season.

"There is a rush of energy that you get from putting another girl in the ground that you don't get from anything else," said Wausau girls rugby captain Erica Rupple.

The best way to describe rugby is a mixture between soccer and football. Only catch is you have to throw the ball backwards.

"It's all about working together for the common goal," said Wausau girls rugby coach Nalik Trupp.

A common goal that high school girls in northern Wisconsin didn't have until last year.

"There's been so many power houses in southern Wisconsin that it's great to see some growth happening up here so that it's more of a statewide sport not just down in Madison or Milwaukee," Trupp said.

Many of the girls say once you try rugby there is no going back.

"It was just so fun. It ignited this spark in me and passion and I was so excited," Rupple said.

Coach Trupp says rugby is the best sport to let all your frustrations out and have fun while doing it.

"I see all of these girls confidence increasing and just helping them grow into young ladies," Trupp said.

"I fell in love with rugby. It's probably the best thing I have ever done and I have done a lot of things," Rupple said.

Wausau's season is already off to strong start. They won two games in their first tournament and hope that attracts even more girls to join them. 

"It's such a female empowerment sport and I love passing that on to the younger generation as well," Trupp said.

And if you like tackling people, this might just be your sport.

"I just feel a lot of rolling potential, it's not there yet but in the future I think it's going to be a big thing and there's going to be a lot of interest," Rupple said. "Maybe not right now but we are growing and it's so exciting."

Any high school aged girls in the greater Wausau area can join the team. It doesn't matter which school you go to.

Their spring season runs through the end of May and 15 person rugby starts in the fall. 

Story By: Mazie Vincent


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