Seattle Seawolves teach KOMO's Mike Ferreri how to play rugby

Seattle Seawolves teach KOMO's Mike Ferreri how to play rugby (PHOTO: KOMO News)

It might be time to start paying attention to rugby because Seattle is home to the major league rugby champion the Seawolves. The champions had rugby rookies, like me, out to their practice field, Starfire, Wednesday. It allowed me and rugby to get to know each other.

The Seawolves are pretty good at the game of rugby. They won the Major League Rugby Title last year in their inaugural season.

This week they welcomed a bunch of people "not good" at rugby to Starfire. We were there to learn their game.

There was a sudden reminder, rugby players don't wear helmets when I noticed a player with a black eye. He got it from a shoe into his face.

In rugby, they pass to the left, right and behind — never forward.

Rugby has tackling — that was easy. Along with tackling you can run through people.

Another part of playing rugby makes you feel like you're in the "Nutcracker" when players will lift each other up — that didn't go so good.

Once we had the fundamentals we played a game.

In the end, we learned a lot about rugby from the guys who are hoping to repeat as Major League Rugby Champs.

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