Rugby gaining a foothold west of Boston
Soccer had its run, and lacrosse is still growing. But according to a study by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association of America, the fastest growing team sport from 2007 to 2009 was rugby. And while participation again rose in 2010, there are now more than one million Americans playing the game that no one seems to understand. Across the region, kids from Belmont to Needham to Northborough are signing up at rugby clubs and, when available, even high school teams, at record rates.