After winning their first game this past weekend, the John Brown University Rugby team is excited to see how far they will go this year.
“I like the contact of rugby, and the brotherhood that it fosters,” Levi Pruett, freshman construction management major, said.
Pruett believes that the team will do well and that there are a lot of good incoming players.
“Right now we are using our practice time to develop a connection as a team between the new and returning players,” David Zamora, sophomore international business and intercultural studies major, said.
Zamora feels that the more time that the team has together the more they will move as “one beat.”
“The more we practice how we want to play in the pitch, the better we will do in the pitch during the games,” Zamora said.
Zamora encourages his teammates to practice with a purpose and stresses that staying dedicated in and out of practice will lead them back to nationals.
Jason Dowd, Junior Secondary Education major, who is returning to the rugby team after leaving JBU for a year, feels like he came back to a totally different team, but has encountered the same brotherhood that he encountered before.
“After coming back I thought that we would have lost a lot of talent on the team, but I think that we gained it all back,” Dowd said.
“We welcome anyone to come and try out at any of our practices,” Marcus Ciccarello, junior international business major, said.
Ciccarello encourages any men at JBU that have an interest in joining the team, or finding out what it is like to come and join in on a practice. The team practices Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The team encourages everyone to come out to the games, and will be selling t-shirts in Walker within the next couple of weeks.
“I enjoy the thrill of a tackle sport, and rugby is the closest thing to football that we get at JBU,” Emily Pearce, sophomore intercultural studies major, said.
The team’s first home game will be during Homecoming on Oct. 4 against the alumni, and the first home conference game will be against Northeastern State University on Oct. 11.