About The Team

The Washington Scandals Rugby Football Club was originally founded in the spring of 2013 to foster community and athleticism for gay men in the DC metropolitan area. The organization currently works to promote diversity and an inclusive environment for all athletes regardless of sexual orientation, race, age, religion, or fitness level through learning and playing the dynamic sport of rugby.

The Scandals are a team and a family both on and off the pitch. We are dedicated to succeeding and growing as a team and as individuals. Additionally, we strive to cultivate brotherhood amongst athletes of all different sexual orientations.

Rugby is a game for everyone, regardless of size or athletic ability. It’s also an incredible growing experience, an outlet, and a fun time for everyone involved! Come check us out – learn a new sport, get in shape, make friends, and create memories you’ll never forget.

Contact Us

General Inquiry
Derek Dufresne
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Match Secretary
Brendan Raden
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Match Schedule

2018 Spring Schedule

During the Spring 2018 season, all home matches will be played at Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center (1300 44th St NE, Washington, DC 20019).


Practice Info

UPDATE: Please note the practice location change, effective March 20th, 2018.

Practice is held on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Harry Thomas Recreation Center (1743 Lincoln Rd NE, Washington, DC 20002). These details are subject to change at any time due to weather and other factors. Please check our social media posts for the most up-to-date information. Please remember that arriving early in order to start on time will help ensure that practice ends by the announced time.

The sport of rugby is played with minimal equipment making it very accessible to new players. However, we strongly encourage both new and experienced players to bring a few items to practice:

  • Rugby Ball: We will have used balls at practice for new players, but new rugby balls can be purchased for $10.
  • Cleats: Rugby boots, soccer cleats, and in many cases football cleats can be worn.
  • Athletic Shoes: Unexpected changes in the weather may cause us to move practice indoors. Always pack athletic shoes in addition to your cleats to be prepared.
  • Clothing: Weather appropriate clothing suitable for physical activity and strong physical contact; rugby shorts encouraged.
  • Mouthguard: A strapless mouthguard. Top half only.
  • Water/Food: Hydrate leading up to and following each practice; bring protein bars or shakes for post practice nutrition.
  • Towel/Trash Bag: Rugby is played in adverse weather conditions, so these are good to have when it's wet.
  • Athletic Tape/Brace: In case you've had a past injury; braces must be soft and cannot have hard plastic or metal.

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