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
Matt Melikian
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Summer 2019 Match Schedule

Scandals Summer Sevens will be participating in the following tournaments this season:

Check back later this summer for our Fall Fifteens schedule.

Practice Info

Join us for Summer Sevens!

During the Summer, the Scandals play seven-a-side rugby, commonly known as "Sevens". The game is similar to traditional rugby ("Fifteens"), but has fewer players, shorter matches, and a faster pace. Sevens practices are currently being held every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7:30 PM, located at Harry Thomas Sr. Recreation Center (1743 Lincoln Rd NE). Practices last approximately 90 minutes. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods. By public transporatation, use the Red Line (NoMa station), Green/Yellow Lines (Shaw station), or Metrobus lines 80, 90, 92, G8, G9, P6, and X3. Practices may occasionally be moved or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, please check our social media for the latest information.

Fall Season

The Scandals will resume playing Fifteens rugby in August. Please check back later for exact details.


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