Article By: Colin Mackintosh
Doug Wilson arrived at Middlebury this past September from Hershey, Pennsylvania along with seven years of rugby experience. Doug’s rugby experience has been with West Shore United in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. In addition to playing basketball, football, and earning his black belt in Moo Duk Kwan, Doug started playing rugby at age 11 with West Shore United’s U15 team. Doug said that watching his brother play for West Shore United “sparked an immediate affinity for the sport,” and considered rugby his favorite sport growing up. Doug also cited the “camaraderie and brotherhood on and off the field” as two of the main reasons he likes rugby so much. As a result of his fondness for the sport, Doug was willing to play against high school students as a 6th grader. Even though the age difference meant Doug would have to endure some big hits, he considers himself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play rugby, saying, “rugby has been a huge part of my life and identity.”
During his college search, Doug looked mainly at small liberal arts colleges. Middlebury’s combination of strong academics, especially a strong Chinese department, and a competitive DI rugby club provided, in Doug’s words, “too good of a combination to pass up.” As a freshman, Doug is undeclared for a major, but currently plans on pursuing studies in Chinese, and is also considering either economics or philosophy. On the field, Doug has made an immediate impact, starting in the back line in the centers during numerous games this season, despite playing primarily in the forward pack in high school. Doug does not consider himself the flashiest player, but instead a “grinder”, who “sticks his tackles, hits rucks hard, and does the little things to help the team.” Certainly, this is the type of mentality the MCRC needs while playing in an increasingly competitive conference, against bigger teams that often have more resources at their disposal.
Looking forward, Doug is poised to contribute to the MCRC on and off the field for years to come. Doug unfortunately injured his hand against AIC and will not play for the remainder of this season, but we look forward to Doug’s continued commitment to the MCRC, and his role in helping the team stay competitive in the ECRC.