Rugby designs team tattoo

Champions create symbol of brotherhood with permanent mark

By Destinee Whitehead
On November 10, 2016

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Brian Signorelli, junior, and Austin Vindiver, senior, show their double R tattoos. The tattoos are not mandatory, but many members of the team have them to show off their loyalty.

Tattoos are forever, especially for the Ram Rugby players who have matching ones to show off their love for rugby.

Currently over 15 of the Ram Rugby players have the customized tattoo.

"It is the meaning behind the tattoo that is the most important thing about the tattoo," Brian Signorelli, junior, said. "The tattoo stands for family. Us rugby brothers have each other’s back when it comes to everything like school, love life, family and especially rugby."

In order to receive this tattoo, the player must compete at state. Last spring, the Ram Rugby team competed and won. They now sport their matching tattoos.

"I was the first one to get the tattoo," Signorelli said. "It was our captain’s idea. We got it because Ram Rugby is all some of us guys have and I want everyone to know that Ram Rugby is and will be a huge part of my life."

This really helps their brotherly bond, because every player needs to have each other’s back while playing.

"It means that no matter where I am in my life or in the world, I will know that there are a bunch of guys with the same tattoo and it means the same thing to them as it does for me," Signorelli said.

An additional unique part to the tattoo is that now rookies and incoming freshman are working hard to compete in state and receive the brotherhood tattoo to show off their love for Rugby and their team forever.

"From winning state last year, it basically started a tradition here on campus to where as we hopefully win state next year hopefully more players will get it," Geoffrey Johnston, a grad student on the Rugby team said. "It will hopefully become a tradition to follow where hopefully 10 to 15 years from now we see more people with the tattoo."

For those who do not know much about rugby, it is an intense, full on contact sport like football.

However, rugby does not involve any padding or helmets but involves a ton of tackling.

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