Sunday, February 21, 2010
“The whole point of rugby is that it is, first and foremost, a state of mind, a spirit,” said Jean Pierre Rives, a former rugby union player for France. Locked in a scrum, at the bottom of a ruck, or racing down the field for a try United Rugby is the latest and most popular team in the Highland, Alpine, Cedar Hills area. This year, United rugby has reached a new point as it expands its teams and adds a girls team. The team just went down to Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Rugby Tournament this last weekend. The team played five games on Friday and one game on Saturday. They were undefeated for the whole tournament and went 6-0. The first game they played and won on Friday was against the Canadian 19 All Star team. They also played against Davis County and two teams from Las Vegas among others. They played very well and deserve to be commended for it.
United Rugby not only is a great team, and plays well, but it is a great environment for all its players. It is an outlet for some kids, and forms a brotherhood so tight knit, that they are the perfect example of what it is to be a team.
Rugby is a violent game, you cannot deny it, but it is a sport that builds character, magnifies honor, and promotes loyalty.
Hooker, Junior Travis Howden said, “The best thing about rugby is when you get to smash other kids into the ground. Yeah, it’s the best.” As hooker, Howden defends the middle of the line against the other team’s props and second rowers. The hooker usually makes the most tackles in the game and has to learn to read his team mates and have a good knowledge of the game. He learns to protect and lead. These are skills he will use for the rest of his life. Not only does the hooker learn life skills from the sport of rugby, but every other team member will learn things that they will keep with them for the rest of their life. It’s like Senior Ian Biesinger said, “Rugby is my life, my life is rugby.”
As the United Rugby team plays its way through this season, let’s cheer them on, and learn from them. As they say, “Together by chance, united by choice.” Kia kaha.