(COVINGTON, La.) — The Rugby Wolves entered their fourth year of existence with a hard-fought game against Jesuit on Feb. 4, which ended in a 27-17 loss. Even with this loss, the Wolves are encouraged by their performance against a very talented Jesuit team.
“We really were plagued by penalties,” senior Rugger Tyler Petro said. “We proved to ourselves that Jesuit is beatable, and that our young team has great potential just like the teams before us.”
The rugby program was struck with controversy last year that forced the Wolves to become a club sport rather than an LHSAA school sport. This change in status will affect who the team can play and how it is coached; however, the Wolves are still eligible to compete in the Deep South Championship, which they won in 2015.
The Wolves are also in the first year under new head coach Claiborne Brown. The next game for the Rugby Wolves will be against the New Orleans Barbarians on Feb. 18 in City Park.
In other St. Paul’s Rugby related news, Mark Spicer, former Rugby Wolf and 2016 graduate, has exploded onto the college rugby scene during his freshman year at Spring Hill. Spicer’s incredible season has earned him the recognition of USA rugby, and he has since been a member of the U19 All-American team.
Spicer was a standout member of the 2015 St. Paul’s championship team. Going into his senior season, Spicer, along with four other SPS players, was selected for the USA Rugby South Panthers all-star team. They represented the USA against various Caribbean nations and Mexico. Spicer’s recent success is a tribute to the SPS Rugby program and its massive success in creating winning teams and outstanding players in only three years of existence.
Going into its fourth season, the Rugby Wolves are looking to fill the gap of Spicer’s absence with some returning talent, including seniors Cameron Meyers, Bam Barreiro, and Christian Evans, along with juniors Nick Montreuil and Gavin Grefer.