ISO Clubs after College: Chicago Rugby Club

condorsheaderThe Chicago Westside Condors are now the Chicago Rugby Club, which houses three teams.  The are about to celebrate their 35th year, and have joined with the Sirens and their Old Boys team, the Frogs, to have a more European style club. The new club has something to offer for everyone, in any level of play. Whether you are 18 or 68, skilled or new to the sport, or even from another team and want a difference pace of game, they will welcome you.

The Chicago Rugby Club’s president, Aaron Soline told me that,

We are the only combined team in the city. We play on a highly competitive level. We also have an old boys/social team designated for people who want to play but cannot necessarily make practice. We have old Lions, old South Side Irish guys, and the Frogs play about four games a year.

The Condors are a D III and the Sirens have become a DII team. Allison Korte from the Sirens told me the club is in a pivotal time,

The Chicago Sirens are a team in transition. Initially founded in 2006 as a social club by UIC Alumni, our Division II team just finished up our most successful season yet, culminating in a Round I playoff match. As the team continues to grow, we have begun to attract more competitive players. This has upped the level of commitment from players and coaches.

sirensThe Sirens have a both a 15s team as well as a summer 7s team, who will be traveling to Kenya to compete in the international Safari Sevens tournament. Korte also says that,

I believe what sets the Chicago Sirens apart from any other rugby team in Chicago is our style of play... Our coach, Ron Bukusi, has taken 12 passionate players who just wanted to score a single try in 2009 and developed The Sirens into a club of 43 women who suffered a single loss in 2014. If that doesn't make you wanna shout GO GREEN DEATH, I don't know what will!”

The teams practice out in Columbus Park right off of 290 and Central Ave on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For the men’s side new players, dues are $50 first season, and are $150 subsequent seasons (depends on economy etc.) For the Women, they also use the “sad patch” of grass on the fields at Hlasted and Harrison near UIC, and their dues are $100. Some of the event’s that the Club has are a golf outing in August and a Booze Cruise in July. The Sirens are also hosting Shipwreck 7s, which is a tournament co-ed.

So if you are looking for a club that has the closeness of a men’s and women’s club like many colleges do, or looking for a team that is fun, social but still competitive, and centrally located, the Chicago Rugby Club could be the right fit for you.

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    Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. Got hooked on rugby in 2003, played college, CARFU and with Chicago North Shore Women's Club. Love the rugby community, traveling around and being able to find rugby friends where ever I roam.

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