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Back In The Scrum: 2016 Rugby

An inside look at the CB’s rugby team with captain Tyler Guillen. Football is one of the most popular sports at CB. Along with football, another sport where you can hit people and is becoming very popular is rugby. Senior Tyler Guillen (’16) says there is a lot of camaraderie within the sport. “I play […]

An inside look at the CB’s rugby team with captain Tyler Guillen.

Football is one of the most popular sports at CB. Along with football, another sport where you can hit people and is becoming very popular is rugby.

Senior Tyler Guillen (’16) says there is a lot of camaraderie within the sport.

“I play rugby because it’s not like any other sport. There’s a brotherhood that I never found in any other sport like there’s a brotherhood between not only your teammates but the other team as well,” Tyler says. “After every single match we get together at the end and talk about how we played and we basically tell each other who is the MVP of the game. After that the hosting team feeds the visiting team and we eat together.”

Tyler started playing rugby after being inspired by his older brother and coach Matt Eason.

“My older brother started playing when he was in seventh grade, so I was in fourth grade and the next year I came out to the Land Park Motley Club who just started a U12 group and I started playing for them,” Tyler says about his start in the world of rugby.

“The head coach who also founded the Motley Program, Matt Eason, helped me get out there and same with his son who is in my class at Holy Spirit”

And through rugby you can go on adventures — for example, Tyler had the chance to go to New Zealand to experience how rugby is played there.

“I went to New Zealand the summer going into my junior year. I was selected by my old rugby club, Motley. Every year they select two alumni, the best back and the best forward,” Tyler says.

For people interested in playing the sport, you don’t have to start young.

“At CB there’s a lot of kids that come out their senior year and they love it but a lot of the time they wish they came out their freshman year,” Tyler explained. “I have not met a person that’s played rugby and quit because they didn’t like it.”

This Saturday, the rugby team plays the Sac Eagles here at Christian Brothers at 11 A.M.

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