Rugby Players Represent Lee University at National All-Star Championship
The National Small College Rugby Organization recently concluded its All-Star Championship Tournament this past weekend in Round Rock, Texas. With over 44 different schools spread across five regions, 134 of the best men’s rugby players competed for the title of All-Star Champions.
Three Lee University students; Dejujuan ‘Day’ Currie, Stephen ‘Spangles’ Wilson, and David Buckner, competed as members of the South All-Star team.
Day, a recent Lee Graduate and 4-year team member of the Lee rugby team said, “It was an honor getting to represent Lee on the All-Star team. It has always been a dream of mine for an opportunity to represent the south.”
Spangles, who had an all-around great tournament, was named MVP and given the impact player award.
Lee Rugby Head Coach, Chris Martin said, “The three gentleman selected for the NSCRO South team are three men that take their rugby seriously. All of them are examples of what I hope every player that comes through my program aspires to be on the field. We appreciate the examples that they set for those who come behind them.”
The tournament was created to establish a high-performance pathway and help foster a growth in the area for NSCRO players. NSCRO and USA Rugby are currently working together to provide high-performance opportunities for the top players in NSCRO, which will give much more recognition to Lee Rugby players here in Cleveland.
Coach Mike Geibel said, “We’re very proud of the way the men performed in Texas and came together as a brand new program in a very short amount of time. Hopefully the experience of this tournament will help to elevate the level of play in the South and across the country. As the program grows, we hope to be able to enter more tournaments and possibly even go on tour to show our southern style of rugby.”
For more information about the NSCRO tournament, visit www.nscro.org.