This past Sunday, rugby fans from all over the world gathered to watch the 4th stop on the IRB World Sevens Circuit play out in Nevada. While others enjoyed the nationally televised competition from the comfort of their home, Wake Forest Rugby saw this as an opportunity to share the excitement of the sport with their Demon Deacon family.
Over 50 students gathered at Zick’s Pub on campus to eat some free food, win some Wake Forest Rugby raffle prizes and to watch Sunday’s televised competition. Despite the 1-hour delay in the broadcast, guests patiently stuck around to witness the final two matches between Canada v Samoa and the cup final between South Africa v New Zealand. For students, it was the opportunity to learn more about the game and hear about the teams upcoming competition by speaking with current team members. For players, it was a chance to teach their classmates about the sport, enjoy some world-class rugby and gain inspiration for the upcoming sevens season.
The team is excited to have more opportunities like this in the future. With an amazing venue on campus, like Zicks, showing nationally televised rugby, there is a lot of potential to raise awareness of the sport, gain more support on campus and, hopefully, find one or two individuals that are interested and committed to join the play the game.
A huge thank you goes out to Wake Forest Women’s Rugby. Their efforts in marketing the event across campus and donating some raffle prizes helped make this event a success.