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A Physical Passion

Jenny Doyel ties her cleats before rugby practice on October 2, 2013.  Doyel has been on Central Michigan’s rugby team since her freshman year in 2009.

Jenny Doyel ties her cleats before rugby practice on October 2, 2013. Doyel has been on Central Michigan’s rugby team since her freshman year in 2009.

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Jenny Doyel passes the rugby ball to teammate Diana Otero, nickname Princess, during practice on October 2, 2013.  “Almost everyone on the team has a nickname,” Doyel said. “It makes it easier to call out each other quickly during a game.”

Jenny Doyel passes the rugby ball to teammate Diana Otero, nickname Princess, during practice on October 2, 2013. “Almost everyone on the team has a nickname,” Doyel said. “It makes it easier to call out each other quickly during a game.”

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Sarah Campbell (left) and Jenny Doyel share a laugh during a tackling exercise at practice on October 2, 2013.

Sarah Campbell (left) and Jenny Doyel share a laugh during a tackling exercise at practice on October 2, 2013.

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Jenny Doyel (middle) watches with her teammates Cecelia Bethuy (kneeling) and Kathleen Considine as their rugby coach, Robert Burns explains a drill during practice on September 30, 2013.

Jenny Doyel (middle) watches with her teammates Cecelia Bethuy (kneeling) and Kathleen Considine as their rugby coach, Robert Burns explains a drill during practice on September 30, 2013.

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Jenny Doyel yells the team cheer during a final huddle at the end of practice on October 7, 2013.

Jenny Doyel yells the team cheer during a final huddle at the end of practice on October 7, 2013.

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It happened one day in the fall of 2009 that Jennifer (Jenny) Doyel realized she waned to play rugby. She was at soccer practice for Central Michigan’s club team on a field right next to where the women’s rugby team was practicing.

“I saw them running and tackling and I thought ‘That looks awesome!’” Jenny said.

After soccer practice that day Doyel went over to talk to the coach to learn what rugby was all about.  She quit the club soccer team and joined the rugby team in 2009 and has been playing ever since.

Doyel’s favorite aspect of rugby is the sportsmanship.

“You get so physical with the other team members, but after it doesn’t matter,” Doyel said. “We always have a social where we get together with the other team after a game to get a bite to eat and hangout.”

Rugby is a full contact sport originating in England in the early 19th century.  Each team plays with 15 players divided into forwards and backs and players are only allowed to pass to a teammate that is behind them on the field.  Doyel plays a back and is the last line of defense.

Doyel has gotten hurt various times throughout her rugby career.  She has had a separated shoulder, stitches near her right eyebrow, and her two front teeth are fake.

“I had to go a few days before I got the teeth fixed,” she said. “I just told everyone that looked at me weird that I play rugby!”

When Doyel isn’t playing rugby or practicing, she is busy with work and school.  She works in the Health Professions building at mission control. Mission control is where all the technology in the building is controlled.  Doyel is responsible for helping people with computer errors and other technology issues.

Doyel is also in the Honors Program at Central Michigan University and is graduating in December.

“Right now I am working on my senior capstone project which keeps me extremely busy,” she said.

 

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