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Grit, Friendship, Togetherness

The Ohio University men's rugby team is one brought together by a passion for both the brutal game they play and the teammates with whom they share the field.

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Ski Bailey:

"I've been playing rugby now for two years. Whenever I came to Ohio University I wanted to pick up a sport that I had never played before. Something with some intensity, took some skill, and I've always been attracted to the camaraderie that I heard rugby had. So, I picked it up on a whim and I fell in love with it."

Peter Brown:

"You get one person on your team will be running, and when you're not running you're doing pushups or sit ups to get your core strength or upper body strength, and they combine a lot like we do fireman carries and then that is just a whole body workout. It's just really tiring, but, it gets the endorphins going, it sucks when you're doing it, but when you're done you feel pretty good."

Willie Reed:

"One of the things we've kinda started over the last two years is an in season and off season weight lifting program. Rugby's a full impact game with 80 minutes when you're going out there, you're running, you're sprinting. In the program alot of the stuff we do is cross training skills. Rugby requires a good solid core strength to be able to go out there and perform the various aerobic and anaerobic skills out on the field"

Peter Brown:

"The brotherhood is just amazing and it's great. I could move out to any other state in the country and join a rugby team and I'll immediately have 15 best friends. You don't feel anonymous you feel like you have a lot of people that you know down here who will look out for you. So, it's that camaraderie that has affected my experience. It's just made it a lot better and it's a lot more enjoyable."

"Even if they're better skilled it's hard for a team to beat us because we just, we play with so much passion and we tend to hurt the other team alot too."

Willie Reed:

"We have a young club, we have a young coach. A lot of the teams we face tend to disrespect us as a program. So, we're working out there on the field continuously for respect from the other teams we face and our support in the community."

Ski Bailey:

"You only live once and who wants to leave a good looking corpse? So, at the end of the day, at the end of the game when we're all having beers, and we've got broken fingers, broken ribs, cuts, bruises, just everyone looks like we were in a car wreck. I can laugh and smile and feel proud of all of us."

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