By: Lieselotte Noort
“Rugby? That’s like football, right?” Is a common phrase heard by every rugby player.
On March 30, rugby players at Weston Collegiate Institute got the devastating news that their beloved sport would not be running a team for the spring 2016 season.
Spring Rugby requires a minimum of 25 committed players. But this season, both girls and boy’s teams were short by just a handful of people. The team was puzzled at why interest in the sport was down this year, and were enraged that they were going to miss out on their adored sport.
The season that took place in the fall of the current school year was extremely popular and successful. The junior and senior girls had a great victory throughout the two-month season, with the senior team winning one game and tying another. The junior girls, whose team was mostly made up of beginners, suffered only one loss. In the past the school has been even more successful with their rugby teams.
For some, Weston Rugby has been a part of their family for generations. The current captain of the senior boy’s rugby team, Julien Crisante is a 2nd generation Ironman. Weston has offered a team for well over 20 years, and the current coach, Mark Bould, has been part it for ten. “In all my years of coaching at Weston, I’ve never had to not run a spring team…I’m just as upset as you are” Bould stated.
The team has impacted many students in the school, and though it may seem to be ‘only one season’ of a sport missed, players are heartbroken that the team is not going to be run this spring. “Rugby isn’t just a game to me, it’s a family that has your back on and off the pitch. I have yet to come by another group of young women as strong, committed, empowering and fierce as my fellow Weston female ruggers” said Bhonita Singh, who has been playing Weston Rugby for 4 years.
With rugby being one of the most well known, and formerly one of the most popular, sports at Weston, the whole school is startled by the news. Although this loss is not forever, the Ironmen are all saddened by the state of the team this spring.
“I guess we can always join soccer!” stated many players who previously loved to say “Rugby is a hooligan’s sport played by gentlemen, and soccer is a gentleman’s sport played by hooligans!”
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