The Quad City Irish rugby team has a non-tackle practice Wednesday at Centennial Park in Davenport. “We come out every Wednesday during the summertime and then we’ll start practices Monday and Wednesday or Monday and Thursday,” said team captain Jake Wirz. “We play teams such as Bremer, Iowa City, Des Moines. We’ve got a full schedule up right now.” Wirz said rugby has taken off in the United States. “Rugby is a lot safer than American football,” he added. “People don’t want to think that but you only want to hit people as hard as you want to get hit without pads, so there’s a lot fewer injuries.” There also is a woman’s team that the Irish have formed.