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
E: [email protected]
Match Secretary
Matt Melikian
E: [email protected]

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Match Schedule

The Spring 2019 match schedule is below. Match dates are subject to change.

  • March 16 - Scandals v. Baltimore Flamingos (Home - Harry Thomas)
  • March 23 - Scandals @ Washington Renegades Red (in DC region)
  • March 30 - Scandals v. Prince William County (Home - Kenilworth)
  • April 6 - Scandals B @ Washington Renegades White (in DC region)
  • April 13 - Scandals v. North Bay (Home - Kenilworth)
  • April 20 - Scandals v. Gotham Knights B (at MLR match in NYC, tickets required)
  • April 27 - Spring Fever Tournament (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • May 11 - Round Robin (Home - Kenilworth)
  • May 25-26 - Capital City Cup (Columbus, Ohio)

Practice Info

Join us for the Spring season!

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 two hours. 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.

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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