PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – When you think of rugby, you're probably not thinking about Panama City Beach. But a local team is trying to change that mindset.

Panama City Beach Hurricanes is a rugby team that has existed since 2000. They are in Division III True South Rugby Union and play other teams in Pensacola, Okaloosa and Mobile.

They encourage everyone who wants to try the sport to come out and join the team.

"Well, sure, if you've played football, it's making it easier, but the rules are pretty straightforward, many make sense," Captain Brian Sharp said. "Many of the guys get it in a case of practice."

Right now it's a good time to get involved, the sport is growing in American and in panhandle.

"The US's seven teams recently won the World Series," Sharp said. "It's an Olympic event now, it was in 2016, and it will be in 2020, so it's an up and coming time for rugby in America"

The hurricanes also have a women's team that has built up the last few years and they need more members.

No matter which team you decide to participate in, it's just a great way to make new friends and turn off some steam.

"I have three jobs and so my Wednesday is my day off, because I am, it's my rugby day, and you don't take it from me," said the woman's captain Sarah Cusick. "You know that's how I get my aggression and stress out of the week."

The team has a seven-tournament that will be on August 24th.

If you would like to know more about how to participate, check them out Facebook or on Instagram @pcbeachrugby.



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