Rugby's second coming
The struggle to scrum.
It’s been well over a decade since Trinity Western University students have been able to challenge, participate in, but especially, experience, the “hooligans’” game that is rugby union football. Unfortunately, when the TWU men’s soccer program came about, it also meant the retirement of the TWU rugby union program. For too long, Trinity students—Spartan or not—have been deprived of the opportunity to learn and immerse themselves into a unique and popular sport (rugby is the seventh most popular game in the world) that fosters friendships, character, fitness, and particularly, personal growth.
Why is that so wrong in my eyes and those of the guys who, with and without any experience, have been playing out on the third field for the past couple of months, rain or shine? Allow me to explain further. Rugby is a profound sport in its own respect; from the life lessons you experience, to the fitness level you attain, rugby challenges its team members (fly-half, prop, or wing) on, as well as off, the pitch. Unlike American football and soccer, rugby union is its own variation entirely. For starters, rugby union is played with 15 players a side for two halves consisting of 40 minutes where you can only pass the ball in any direction but forward.
Students like Coach Dan Squires and many others have been working their tails off trying to recruit people to play this brilliant sport and get to know and build relationships with other TWU guys. Ignorance of the game is not a good excuse to miss out on this experience. Being the multicultural country that we are, it’s hard to believe that many people aren’t jumping at the opportunity to be a part of this unprecedented movement. Why not give it a go? Even I have been taking part in this growing phenomenon and I can’t speak for the rest of TWU, but as a sports lover, I’m always looking for new ways to challenge myself. The rugby squad is planning their inaugural season that will be in mid-September 2013 and will have a partnership with the Langley Rugby Club nearby.
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Any inquiries can be answered fully by contacting Dan Squires at Daniel.Squires@mytwu.ca