By Matiana Tepa, Clarion Staff
What is rugby?
Rugby is a contact sport, a little like football mixed with a little soccer, that’s played without the use of protective padding. Rugby is fun to play and to watch, a great way to release anger and can be pretty dangerous. Getting concussions while playing rugby is very common and multiple bone fractures are possible. It is not for the faint of heart and takes guts to play. JFK’s team has been coed for a while, but this is the first year Kennedy had a female player, a great milestone for the team. Malycia Hedding. Last year, Kennedy’s rugby team was just one win away from winning playoffs and entering the next round before heading to championships.
Wesley Bell, flank and eight man, explained how it feels to participate in the sport. He said, “The feeling you have using all your physical force, sinking your cleats into the turf, using nothing but mind and muscle as protection, is like no other.” The Kennedy community should continue to go to the games and support our 2017 Varsity Rugby team.
Games are every Friday and start at 6:30 p.m. All are home games. Tonight, March 31, there is a match against Christian Brothers. Entry is free.