Ram Rugby scares off opponents, prepares for spring

Team discusses Fall 2016 season

By Patrick Fleming
On December 1, 2016

Photos by Kaitlin Trujillo and Summer Almaguer
Austin Vandiver, senior, receives the ball from the ruck. A ruck occurs when a player is tackled and needs to get the ball to their teammates. -Trujillo

ASU has seen major spirit, heart and dedication from the Ram Rugby team this semester.

The team had major success this year, and it only continues to improve itself.

"My favorite moment so far has been scoring 100 points on Texas State, which is unheard of in rugby," Beau Waskom, captain and flyhalf, said.

In this year’s season, the team won every game. With this year full of major accomplishments, there were plenty of moments which would place as a favorite among fans and the players.

The older players of the team have shown leadership, and the newer players have been more than enthusiastic about being a productive member of the team.

In fact, team members said they are known to be closer together than ever this year.

"I feel really great about this season," Emmet Spooner, winger, said. "We see each other as family and have a bond no other team has. Our chemistry with each other is important to us and I know we will let it rip this year."

There was one last scheduled game for the year against Stephen F. Austin University, but it was cancelled because of unforeseen circumstances.

While this would be saddening in most cases, the Ram Rugby team has remained very optimistic and proud of their current achievements as an entire team.

Spooner said the goal at this point in time is for the team to remain hardworking and competitive enough to make nationals this upcoming year.

"This year, this team knows its goals and knows there is no ‘I’ this year," Troy Knudsen, Ram Rugby president said. "There is a lot of talent in this team and it shows through our first and last few games this year putting up an absurd amount of points."

Knudsen said the hope is that the team will only continue to grow as they have done all of this year.

The team is set to return to playing games on March 2017.

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