Welcome to Mobile's Battleship Rugby Football Club
We are glad you found us! We are a men’s rugby team competing with multiple teams located across the Gulf Coast. Founded in the late 70’s, Battleship Rugby is the only senior men’s organization in the Mobile Bay area. We have been competing on multiple skill levels and across multiple divisions for every year since; and whether you are new to rugby or new to the Mobile area, we want to invite you to learn this sport by becoming a player or fan now.
photo from 2014 True South DIII Championship in Huntsville, AL
To ensure the furtherance and development of rugby in the community by increasing awareness of and participation in the sport. We do this by promoting physical and social activities that develop the core values that lie at the heart of the game.
Who Plays Rugby?
Everyone! Let’s go over a list of athletes and see how they can fit in playing rugby:
Are you a football player? Then you are hungry for a score and you are already hard-wired for impact. Hopefully, you will already have a team mentality and recognize the importance of player positioning. The transition to rugby should be natural, as long as you understand that you are no longer protected by equipment and that you must make some adjustments to the way you tackle. You must also get used to the fact that play does not stop just because someone gets tackled or the ball goes out.
Are you a wrestler? Then you know that in order to win, you must be aggressive and score early. The ability for a team to set the pace of match often ensures them the desirable outcome. The proximity of opposing players and the limitations of gravity ensure that this sport will come naturally to you. Tackling and rucking are all about recognizing your position and playing your strengths.
Are you a soccer or basketball player? Then you know what it is like to sprint back and forth between the goals playing both defense and offense. You may not have experience with the physical contact that is apparent in rugby, but you are already light years ahead of most other new players because you are always focused on the position of the ball and where you need to be to make the next play. Learning to tackle is much less intimidating once you realize that none of the players are protected by equipment and that players are trained in safer tackling techniques.
Are you a swimmer, or in track and field? Then your stamina and endurance will make you instantly successful on a rugby pitch (aka rugby field). Knowledge of the game is important, but after 80 minutes of hard physical activity, your ability to keep going will often lead to multiple scoring opportunities as other players get winded.
Are you a baseball or tennis player? Then your hand-eye coordination is key to your success. You will have more to learn than other new players that already have experience with physical contact. But if a more physical game is what you are looking for, rugby might be what you are missing.
Never played a sport before? It doesn’t matter. Rugby might be a perfect start. And rugby has much more to offer than 80 minutes in the game. Rugby will take every bit of energy out of you in under 80 minutes, but it can also give you a lifetime of enjoyment and many lifelong friends to share it with. Rugby players leave it all on the pitch; but when it’s all said and done, they get so much more in return in the way of friendship, camaraderie, and personal satisfaction!
Everyone regardless of physical prowess or athletic achievement is invited to learn and play rugby!
17 Sep 2014
On Saturday September 27, 2014, the Battleship RFC is holding tryouts for all new and inexperienced players that might be interested in joining the team. …
2014-2015 Season Begins
17 Sep 2014
September 1, 2014 marked the start of a new year of rugby for Battleship RFC! The club concluded the summer season with the Hurricane 7’s…
Championship Run Ends In Huntsville
15 Apr 2014
For the first time in five years, Battleship earned a spot in the playoffs. After finishing 4-2 in matrix (8-2 if you count the forfeits), the ‘Ship traveled 400 miles to Huntsville to take on defending champ Montgomery.
SHC Rugby 1st Annual 7’s Tournament
23 Mar 2014
On March 22nd, Spring Hill College Rugby Club hosted its inaugural 7’s tournament on campus. The purpose of the tournament was to grow the game…
Battleship Clinches Seat in Playoffs!
16 Mar 2014
After playing MS Gulf Coast Landsharks at home on Mobile Bay two weeks earlier, the Battleship RFC had to leave port and travel into Florida…