(COVINGTON, La.) — Last year, a new sport was formed on the campus of St. Paul’s School — rugby. Rugby is popular all around the world, especially in countries like England, Australia, and South Africa, and the sport is beginning to expand throughout the southern United States.
Ready to kick off their 2015 season tomorrow, the SPS Rugby team enjoyed a successful rookie season last year, winning the Louisiana State Rugby Tournament Plate Championships. They play a wide variety of teams from various locations. In-state opponents include Jesuit, Houma, and West Jefferson. They also play teams from out-of-state, such as Niceville (FL) and Mississippi.
“I always knew what rugby was, but I never got involved until (senior rugby player) Cullen Lagasse told me to come out for it,” senior William Munn said. “It was my Sophomore year (2012-13) and the team was just getting started. We didn’t play any games that year because it was just to see who was interested. At first I was scared, because I had never played a true contact sport before. When the first official season started, I played my first game against Jesuit, and I became hooked. (I play rugby) to have a sense of pride when I walk off that field, knowing that I gave it my all along with my brothers.”
The team’s goal this year is to win the state championship and cement the legacy of the rugby team as one of the most prominent sports on campus.
“The team currently consists of juniors and seniors, but we would really like to have some underclassman come out,” Munn said. “We are still paving and building a dynasty, and we need younger guys to help do it. They will one day be the guys who will carry on the name of our team.”
Students interested in joining the team are encouraged to come to the season opener tomorrow, to be played at home at 1 p.m. against West Jefferson High School. The SPS team will be led onto the field by the piper band, Kilts of Many Colours.
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Wondering what Rugby is like? Read Jacob Broussard’s account from last season:
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