BUSAN, South Korea – To the untrained eye, Rugby might seem like a chaotic mesh of mud, butt ugly dudes, incomprehensible rules, and weird shape balls. Well, to be honest, that’s not too far from the truth, though it’s not quite as dangerous as it seems. It’s somewhat similar to American footballâ¦ only backwards, and the players don’t wear pads or helmets.
After the prolonged and bitter temperatures of Korea’s winter, the Busan Bandits Rugby Football Club are heading back to the pitch. The Bandits will be grazing knees, forming scrums, chucking an egg shaped ball backwards, scoring tries (touchdowns), and occasionally kicking it. Practice culminates in a team piss up at HQ Bar in Kyeongseong, their new sponsor.
The Bandits are in dire need of new players for the new season, which began last week. Should you be wanting to join in this thug’s game for gentlemen and womenm get down to Samrak park in Sasang. The Bandits are after men and women to join their ranks whether they’ve played before or have no idea what a scrum is. No experience is necessary!
Practice is every Saturday at 2pm to 4pm at Samrak Park.
Directions: Come straight out of exit 3 from Sasang subway station. Keep going for about 4âish minutes. You’ll come to an escalator in front of a Homeplus, leading up to Gwaebeop Renecite station. Go up there and walk straight across the bridge. Looking over the main road, you should see the rugby post over on the right. Aim yourselves that way.
Photos by Shuresh Maran