Week 1: Rugger of the week (Justin Kennedy)

Posted: December 19, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Each week a different player will be put up describing his bio, rugby experiences, and potential life goals. It will serve as a good way to see whose really wearing the badge now and representing DA U!!!

Justin Kennedy

Name: Justin Kennedy

Home Town: Townsend, MA

DOB: 11/15/90

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 205

Position: Loose Forward

Year of Schooling: senior

Major: Electrical Engineering

Rugby Bio:

Throughout high school I played football and spent my free time in the gym. I spent a year and a half at Western New England College and had a friend that played rugby. I used to make fun of him for wearing the short shorts and had no understanding of the sport at all. After transferring to DA U, and talking to some friends who were on the team, I decided to give it a try. At first I was tentative; it was very different from any other sport I had played in the past.

When I finally showed up to the Boat House field for my first practice I remembered the only advice Seth Barron (Former Club President) had gave me, “to be good at rugby you need to be a physical beast or crazy.” Most of my time at practice was spent realizing how awesome this sport was while dodging the pot holes and goose poop.

My first game on the turf was under the lights. I felt free without any of my football pads to slow me down. Looking back I remember that I was so confused and lost on the field. Even after two and a half years of playing, I still have a lot to learn about the game. I am so grateful to have been a part of this team and look forward to my remaining seasons. I wish I had been introduced to this sport years before; it is a truly unique and rewarding experience.

Favorite Moments during games:

               My favorite moment from playing was this last fall during the Merrimack game. I was rucking over my teammate, when an over ambitious Merrimack player tried to counter ruck me. Despite his best efforts, I didn’t budge. We exchanged a few friendly words about his shortcomings and I limped on the rest of the game. A second favorite experience for me is when the opposing scrumhalf is slow getting the ball out of scrums, and as a Flanker, I get to hit him before he knows what happened.

Life Goals:

              After graduation I hope to continue my studies of Electrical Engineering as a professional and specialize in either control systems or analog circuit design. I have been experimenting with electronics since 5th grade and knew I wanted to pursue a career in Electrical Engineering since then.


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