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The mystique of the Zoomie Rugby Football Club

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The mystique of the Zoomie Rugby Football Club

By Gil Rivas
The Daily Magi
December 7, 2049


The Zoomie Rugby Football Club (ZRFC) is made up of the men's and women's rugby union teams at the United States Air Force Academy. The team's name refers to the term "Zoomie", which is slang for a cadet or graduate of the Air Force Academy.

The Air Force rugby program began in 1968 and, as the academy was all-male, consisted only of a men's team. In 1980, the Air Force began competing in collegiate rugby under USA rugby, as the NCAA does not sponsor rugby as a sport. Since that time, Air Force has made 18 appearances in the national tournament, earning three national championships—in 1989, 1990 and 2003. Several players have gone on to represent the USA on the US Men's national rugby team, including Ben Trautwein, Matt Schmitz, Josh Dean, Mike Hobson, and Brian Lemay.

The Air Force women's team was founded in 1977, shortly after the first admission of women to the academy. The women's team competed within Colorado for several years, but moved to national competition when the women's national championship competition was organized in 1991. The women's team won the first national championship that same year, and have gone on to win three more, in 1994, 2002 and 2003. Two of the Air Force women's players, Shalanda Baker and Laura McDonald, have gone on to play for the United States women's national team.

Men
1980 National runners up
1983 National runners up
1986 National 3rd place
1987 National runners up
1988 National 3rd place
1989 National Champions
1990 National Champions
1992 National 3rd place
1993 National runners up
1994 National 3rd place
1995 National runners up
2003 National Champions
2004 National 3rd Place

Women
1991 National Champions
1992 National 3rd place
1993 National runners up
1994 National Champions
1995 National 3rd place
1996 National 3rd place
1997 National 3rd place
1998 National 4th place
2002 National Champions
2003 National Champions

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