By Robbie Rutledge ‘24

As the new rugby season is underway, Brother Rice alumnus and head coach Jack Sullivan is looking for the new starting 15. Brother Rice rugby has a reputation for being a powerhouse every year, and the team looks forward to continuing the tradition.

New member of the team, senior T.J McNichols said, “Rugby is unlike any other sport I have ever played. There is a lot more conditioning than I expected, but I am willing to do whatever I need for this team’s success.”

Last year, Brother Rice had an underwhelming season as they finished 3-3 in the regular season. Hungry to bounce back, the Crusaders have been dominating in practice, working hard and hoping to get to the top of our state seeding.

Brother Rice rugby is also a major outlet for college scholarships and opportunities, as last year five graduates of last year’s class are playing at the collegiate level.

Graduate Nick Dorn said, “Brother Rice rugby gave me an amazing opportunity to play high level rugby here at Western Michigan, as well as teaching me the basics rules and necessities of the game.”

This season, the rugby team will be facing some serious competition such as La Salette, Glen Ellyn, and even the Crusaders biggest rivals, Marist. With a large number of people coming out to each practice, everyone will be fighting for a starting spot.

Sophomore Emmett McDonagh said, “It’s fun competing with these older guys. Everyone should get this chance to earn his starting spot, and it just pushes me to always do my best.”