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Deirdre Northrup-RiestererApril 23, 2024

Moosemen rugby embracing tradition with new season underway

Caden Sierra/NW
TRADITION — Established in 1979, the Moosemen hold the distinction of being NMU’s oldest campus club.

The men’s rec sports rugby team, also known as the Moosemen, stand as a beacon of tradition, unity and unwavering camaraderie. Junior Gavin Klein and the head of the men’s club rugby team offered insight into the club’s enduring history, vibrant culture and ambitious goals.

Klein, a member of the class of 2025, brings three years of experience to the Moosemen, including his current leadership role as club head. His journey reflects his dedication to the sport and his willingness to embrace responsibilities beyond the playing field.

As the head of the club, Klein shoulders various responsibilities that ensure its smooth functioning. He oversees the organization of road trips, managing everything from transportation and accommodations to coordinating game officials. He also ensures compliance with school regulations, including player eligibility and the submission of roster and travel information.

Established in 1979, the Moosemen hold the distinction of being NMU’s oldest campus club, according to Klein. One of the cherished traditions includes an annual “Old Boys” game, where the current team takes on alumni, bridging generations of players. Another unique tradition is their cold plunge into Lake Superior at their final practice of the year.

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“The Moosemen to me are a family. The friendships I’ve made from rugby will last a lifetime,” Klein said. “We spend a lot of time together both on and off the field. Every year is full of new experiences and stories.”

Klein described the Moosemen as a closely connected family, emphasizing their shared experiences and stories. The club culture encourages bonding not only through practice and training but also during various off-field activities. Notable among these are the Lake Jump, team trips and gatherings with alumni. Despite a narrow one-score loss last Saturday against Michigan Tech, Klein remains optimistic, expressing confidence in their upcoming performance.

“This season my goal is the Moosemen make the playoffs,” Klein said. “It hasn’t happened yet since I’ve been at NMU. This year that changes. We are currently coming off a one score loss versus Tech … but this weekend we will be 1-1.”

For students thinking of joining the Moosemen, Klein encourages participation regardless of prior experience. He underscores the inclusive nature of the club and the opportunities it provides for personal growth, on and off the field. The Moosemen will be on the road for the next two matches before the next home game against UW-Eau Claire on October 14, 2023, at 1 p.m.

“It doesn’t matter experience level, if you have any interest in Rugby come out and give it a try,” Klein said. “Coming to NMU I had barely heard of Rugby and now three years later I run the team. I can guarantee a good time with us out on the pitch and off it.”

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Caden Sierra
Caden Sierra, Sports Writer
Hey. My name is Caden and I'm from the Chicagoland area.  I'm currently going into my 3rd year at NMU.  I'm a multimedia production major with a double minor in journalism and criminal justice. For as long as I can remember, I've had a passion for being behind a camera.  It doesn't matter to me whether I'm filming an experimental short film or photographing players at a sporting event. I'm always looking for ways to challenge myself with the next big thing and create a product that I'm proud of.  Having played hockey for most of my life and loving all things sports, I'm super excited to be a part of the North Wind and use both of my passions to improve as a writer. In my free time I’m either playing/watching hockey, looking for new adventures, or relaxing with my friends.