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What to Watch Locally This Weekend

Sadly I can't make it, but if you have free time on Saturday afternoon this is what you should do: go watch PAC Rugby play Washington Rugby. These are Washington's rugby big boys, the Brutes of the Four Quadrants, the Animals of the Anacostia, the Powerhouses of the Potomac, etc. This is Redskins-Cowboys, Yankees-Red Sox, Seneca Valley-Northwest, etc. These teams muddy each other's shoes, chew on each other's ear lobes, just plain don't like each other, etc.

"Just so you know, we are beating the snot out of our cross town Rival on sat," a WRFC player e-mailed me.

"We're the good guys, they're the dark side," WRFC Captain Kevin Gilligan said. "We've won more games than they can count, probably."

Gilligan said this is for local bragging rights. He said that WRFC has lost the previous two meetings in heartbreaking last-minute fashion. He said that they'll be underdogs, but that they expect to win.

PAC, which was formed with the express purpose of supplanting WRFC as the local powerhouse, scoffs at such talk. PAC scoffs at the rivalry. PAC scoffs a lot, in general.

"Over the last six or seven years they're not even really our competition any more," PAC Prez Stefan Hankin just told me. "Yes, Washington is a cross-town rival, but we really don't even consider them in our league any more....We're not sweating it too much."

Take that, WRFC. If that isn't locker room material, I don't know what is. Although the game will be played down at 15th and Independence, across from the Holocaust Museum, and there aren't really locker rooms, per se.

2 p.m. Saturday. Followed by refreshments at the Bottom Line. Tickets are free. They don't even exist. Several hundred people are expected to attend. Full details on Monday.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2006; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  Rugby  
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That game was one-way traffic.

Posted by: Matt | September 25, 2006 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Game results...PAC destroys Washington 52-5. This just in.....Gilligan is delusional.

Posted by: B'Dazzler | September 26, 2006 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Well on the bright side at least Washington got some free beer at the Bottom Line

Posted by: Jim | September 26, 2006 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't know much about rugby, but when I went past the field on Saturday it didn't seem like Washington was even in the same league

Posted by: MikeC | September 27, 2006 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Dan, Thanks for the tip. Went out to the field with a few friends and had a great time watching. Highly reccomend it to anyone. I will be at the next home game.

Posted by: Peter | September 27, 2006 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Hmm Washington is aufully quiet after this weekend. I wonder why?

Posted by: SteveB | September 28, 2006 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Peter. But someone needs to explain the rules of this game. I had no idea what was going on. But I had a fun time watching...even though it seemed very one sided

Posted by: JoshC | September 28, 2006 4:51 PM | Report abuse

For the poster insterested in an explanation of rugby try the beginners sections of our website.

The website is and click on the Beginners link.

Posted by: Burbs Rugger | October 3, 2006 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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