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The Moscow Dragons Mature: Rugby & Club
Ross Hunter

Seriously, social international rugby is alive and kicking, and passing into its 15th year in Moscow. The Dragons are fired up and ready to go. Join them!

Dragons Reds v Blues scrum

The recent AGM looked forward to an impressive spirit of dynamism and optimism. They also kept their spirits up with copious shots (sic) of the infamous Dragons’ tequilas (don’t try this at home. Or anywhere). Not before they looked back on the year just gone, and thanked the outgoing committee for its excellent work. Actually, they looked very hard for the auld committee, whose President, the ever svelte and easy to miss Javier, a man of Cardinal girth and wisdom, who had to transubstantiate from Katie’s to Silver’s at supra-prop forward speed. DHL could not keep up.

It promises to be a monster year ahead. Membership is up, and so are expectations. Last season was mixed on the field. Good results would have been more plentiful with a bigger squad and better turnout at training. Rugby is getting more and more popular in Russia and with Russians, but more ex-pats are wanted and welcome. The kaleidoscope of nations that characterises the Dragon’s on the pitch and in the bar afterwards is in need of refreshment—are you The One?

Dragons rugby ruck

The veterans are making light of their years. Their experience is great for the young speedsters. More of both are welcome. Particularly teenagers: after years of dreaming, the club are keen to give a Colts team (teenagers) their chance to enjoy our great game. All shapes and sizes have a role.

Socially, there is no beating the Dragons. The famous St Valentine’s Ball was as action-packed and lively as ever. This year’s social zenith, “Dragons Ahead!” which will be on 18 February 2012. Book early as it is likely to be a sell out again. There is not really a pre-season, as the Dragons play in/on heat and cold, gazon and snow, rain or shine. But the great warm up is traditionally the Reds-v-Blues friendly(-ish) game at the end of August, which is followed by the Dragons going cruising, safely on their river boat, when the liquid on-board rivals that all around, quantitatively if not qualitatively.

Training (and liquid replenishment) midweek, sport for all on Saturdays, very special social events and a great team spirit: what are you waiting for?

Contact the club at moscowdragons@, Hon Sec Kevin Conroy at or new President Roland De Rijk at

See you there!

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