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 Fall Schedule

During the Fall 2018 season, all home matches will be played at Harry Thomas Recreation Center (1743 Lincoln Rd NE, Washington, DC 20002). Matches will start at 2 PM. Please look for events for each match on our Facebook page and RSVP!

Practice Info

Fall 2018 Season Starts August 7th!

Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St SW, DC 20024). Please arrive at 6:45 to be ready for kickoff at 7:00 PM. Practice typically lasts about 2 hours. Greenleaf is conveniently located a few blocks from Waterfront Station on the Green Line. Parking is available on Delaware Ave and adjacent streets, but can be limited during Nationals home games. In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, practice may be moved or cancelled. Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest information.

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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