October 23, 2012

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 83, Issue 1

Men's rugby: all they do is win

by Leanne Stuck

    Niagara University's men's club rugby team is having an impressive season thus far, boasting an undefeated record of 4-0.
    After their previous head coach resigned, the boys were in need of a new coach. Assistant Coach Geniuz Paul stepped up to the position of head coach and is now changing the team for the better.
    Sophomore Patrick Morris feels that the team is a lot stronger now and that it is more organized on the field than in seasons' past. Morris says that the club is not only a team, but a band of brothers.
    The camaraderie of the team has helped the players connect and work together to achieve their goals. Last year, the team's postseason was ended prematurely, and the team would like to go farther in the postseason this year.  In order to accomplish this goal, the team has created and implemented a new training program for this season. P  
    Paul is mainly focusing on overall fitness and working on tactical maneuvers on the field.
    The team never takes a win for granted, and has many pregame rituals that help them prepare for the match. Captain Julian Sharp warms up the team with a Smash Mouth ritual. The team huddles together and the players chant and scream to get everyone pumped up for the game. This helps prepare the team mentally before their game begins.
    With such an impressive record, the men's club rugby team will surely not disappoint its fans. They were just named Empire GU RFU Division II West Champions for the first time. The Niagara University community should expect great things from everyone on the team in upcoming games.
    The team has its fifth and final game at Fredonia this Saturday. Niagara students should come out and support the team while they remain undefeated.

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