The final score was 82-0 last Saturday, but to the Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club, the match against the University of Maryland Baltimore County was just another painful learning experience. The good news is, it's getting less painful.
There are 1,558 rugby clubs in the United States, 69 of them in the local Potomac Rugby Union. But only one club in the country has a Web site announcing that it "aggressively recruits gay men and men of color, who are under-represented in traditional rugby clubs."
Worldwide, there are only six gay rugby clubs, in Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa, says Renegades captain James McCabe. But McCabe, a 36-year-old computer engineer, emphasizes that the Renegades are not exclusively gay. "We have guys who are straight, and we have guys we don't know anything about," he says. "The point is, we're open to everybody."
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