Rugby team visits England
Usually when students have a small break, they don’t travel too far or do anything extreme. Since the break is limited in time, there really isn’t enough time to go somewhere far away because you will most likely have to come back very soon. However, a group of very fortunate young men had an amazing opportunity over spring break this year.
As of the past year or so, Rugby has been a thriving sport in Dixon. A boys rugby team was created, and this year, a girls rugby team was created also. It is a very popular sport among the students at Dixon High School. Even though Rugby is not a school sport, DHS students are very involved with the sport. They have a huge amount of spirit in them and they are looked upon very highly since they are representing our town of Dixon by playing Rugby in numerous places. In this case-the country of England.
The boys Rugby team left Dixon on Friday March 30th, and they returned on Saturday April 7th. They were gone for a little over a week, traveling the world and experiencing incredible moments as a team. They visited multiple cities and also played their rugby games overseas. They visited London, Cardiff, Whales, Bath, and Rugby. As you can see, they were able to get in many different places in a small amount of time. When they actually played Rugby, they won two of their games and lost one. Kraig Roscose, a Junior on the Rugby team, claims that they lost their game only by a kick. “The weather conditions were bad and we would have won that game,” he said. “We played one game every other day.”
The first two nights they were in England, they stayed in a hotel so there were two people to a room. The following two nights, they stayed with Billets, who are people who take you in for you to spend the night. The next two nights they stayed with Billets again, and Roscoe stayed with somebody who played on the National Team for England. The last two nights of their trip, they stayed in a hotel. They were able to see many different cultures this way, and it was better than staying in hotels the whole time because they got an even better experience by staying with different people.
Jacob Boeser is another Junior on the rugby team and he also went with the team to England. “We played rugby when we were there and sight-saw,” he said. “It was a really great experience over there.” His favorite part was definitely the rugby and all of the sight-seeing that they were able to do. It was Jacob’s first time flying out of the United States. “My least favorite part was the flight,” he said. “There were no stops and it was an eleven and a half hour flight.”
Both Kraig and Jacob thought that it was a great bonding time for their team. One of their team members, Nick Bonovich, was made fun of continuously throughout the trip. Apparently, he bought a girl’s sweatshirt, which Roscoe thought was very funny. “Now we will be playing Jesuit, and we have the confidence from our games in England to beat them,” say Kraig. As a matter of fact, the Rugby team just played Jesuit and happened to beat them 40 to 29, so this trip really was beneficial to them. The will now play for the state cup and then after that, they plan to go to nationals. Overall, both of these players agreed that it was an amazing trip for their rugby team.
*Pictures provided by Kraig Roscoe