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Zug Rugby Club Mini section has come a long way in 6 years. When the Mini section was formed in 2010 by now President Ian Morris at the Lido in Unteraegeri – 7 players turned up to the first training session. However if you have passionate coaches, willing volunteers and a love of the game anything is possible and now the club has over 325 members. The club runs teams from under 6 to under 18 and despite no formal home or club house,  it manages to provide training to 225 children every weekend throughout the season at the Herti stadium. Whilst having to arrange games at pitches in Baar  Unteraegeri and Hunenberg without whose support we could not compete as a club, given Rugby’s minority status in Switzerland.

 

However despite the challenges, those 7 players that attended that first session  are now the core of the Under 16 team and this year the team and Club have a reason to celebrate.

 

The Zug Under 16 Team have become Swiss National Champions in a season that has seen them remain undefeated in all competitions. This season has been special explained Ian Elliott Head Coach of the Under 16’s “We set ourselves a goal to win the Championship and put Zug’s name on the cup where Lausanne, Nyon,Genevea  had been for so many years, but we exceeded our goal in being undefeated in all competitions, this is the perfect season”

 

In addition 5 players were selected to represent Switzerland in the National Under 16 team the selection process can be seen on line at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4togJjayHc
However there is more to Rugby than just the match, Rugby is game founded on respect and team values, it not only helps players develop Rugby skills but the life skills of integration, inclusion, supporting each other, and  working as a team to succeed.”  explained Ian Morris President of the Mini Section.  The under 16 team which represents 12 nationalities including 8 Swiss players have been dedicated in training, committed on the pitch and respectful to the referees throughout the season living up to the values of the Club.

Damian Popple

 

Pädagogische Hochschule Zug: Wir gratulieren Cedric Jacquery für seine Bachelorarbeit zum Thema “Rugby in der Schule”. Gut gemacht, Cedi!Congratulations to Cedric Jacquery for his Bachelor thesis on “Rugby at school”. Well done, Cedi!

Der grosse Rugbytag im Kanton Zug.

Fünf Spiele an einem Stück!

11:00 – Zug U16 vs Zurich U16
12:00 – Zug U18 vs Zurich U18
14:00 – Zug 2nd XV vs Bern 2
15:30 – Zug Ladies XV vs Lausanne Ladies
17:00 – Zug 1st XV vs Winterthur 1

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Rugby Frauen EM ZZ 27.10.15

Cern II 28:19 Zug RC II

A depleted group of 11 made the long trip to Meyrin for the League One East (?) game versus Cern 2. Cern proved generous and friendly hosts, offering 2 players so we could play 13-a-side. In return Zug was equally generous in the first 10 minutes of the game, offering little resistance as Cern ran in two soft tries. From thereon the B’s picked up the intensity and came back with a good team try in the corner following good set-up work by the pack. What followed was an enjoyable free-flowing game, with the sole negative the unfortunate injury to Chris Balsara. Both teams scored another two tries. Zug’s scores came from solid drives by the beasts in the Forwards and some nifty footwork by the good-looking blokes in the Backs.

RUZ 13:30 Zug RC I

Zug popped up to Brunau and came away with 5 points after a strong and structured performance. RUZ always provide a stern test and came out of the blocks quickly again, netting 3 points almost immediately as Zug strayed offside. Zug grabbed 3 of their own shortly after, but RUZ drew first blood on the try front sneaking ahead 8-3. Zug had started slowly but went ahead, first with a fine display of line-out and mauling prowess, then a well-worked team try in the corner with some good forward drives followed by slick backline passing. RUZ were down, but not yet out. They bravely kicked for touch when 3 points were up for grabs and were rewarded for their risk-taking with another try despite desperate Zug defending. At the half the scores were tied 13-13, and the fear for Zug was that RUZ would once again be too close for comfort down the final stretch and be ahead when the final whistle blew.

Those fears were unfounded. Zug put in an excellent team performance in the second-half, dominating the breakdown, well ahead in the set-pieces and an iron curtain in defence. Three unanswered tries followed and as RUZ ran out of steam, a fit, well-drilled Zug team ran out worthy winners. Well done lads, and on to the next challenge in League B at Chaux de Fonds!

Stephen MacLennan

 

 

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In August this year, a number of the Zug Touch players were lucky enough to be selected for the Over 35’s squad at the European Touch Championships in Wales. We trained for 4 months prior to the tournament, and there was a great improvement in terms of the basics pieces/skills involved in playing touch.

Zug tournament, Sept 2014

Many of the squad are ex-rugby players and coaches who have only recently tasted the joys of Touch!! For us, it has been a pleasure to be able to get back into a team sport. With a basic understanding of how to pass and catch the ball, over the past year and half we have learnt many of the basic touch rugby skills and particularly the value of a good pass and running off the ball  to DSC_0647create space. Going to play competitive rugby at the Euros was a real honour and an experience we will never forget. Whilst our raw results were not that impressive, we did make progress and narrowly missed drawing with Scotland. We are certainly hungry for more and keen to make further improvements in our game with a view to developing a larger 40s squad that is capable of competing for medals in future European Championships.

Ireland & Switzerland

Although defensively we did ok at the Tournament, we struggled when it came to our attacking options, and this is something that we have to work on before the next tournament.  We tended to rely on the creativity of one player to produce try scoring opportunities. To start winning we need two or three players with the vision and creativity to create try scoring opportunities when the team is 10 m from the opposing line.  I think we have the raw talent (although there is always room for more) and with practice and crucially, game Zug tournament, Sept 2014time – I think we will get there!  We certainly recognised that our fitness levels in terms of stop / start / sprinting would  need to improve to be able to compete properly at the higher levels. We now need to develop a squad of 25 people capable of competing for places in the Euros in 2 years time.

 

 

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