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Jack Viens '13 makes practice squad for state rugby team
Posted 06/13/2012 04:33PM

Jack Viens '13 makes practice squad for state rugby team

He isn't 100-percent sure he'll be on an official roster, but Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Jack Viens '13 will be in full uniform and on the sidelines when the best rugby players in the northeast compete in a tournament at WMA this weekend.

Jack made the practice squad for the Massachusetts U17 team, which will compete in the New England Challenge Cup Saturday. The regional tournament includes state-based U17 and U19 boys and girls teams from New England, New York and Pennsylvania. Games will be played Saturday and Sunday.

“I'm looking forward to it,” said Jack, who's interested in playing rugby in college. “Even if I don't get to play, I'll get to see some pretty good rugby.

“I'm glad I was invited back. I'm a little disappointed there's no second game, but if I'm lucky enough I might be able to play Saturday.”

Jack attended both tryouts held by the Massachusetts team. He thought he performed well but acknowledged the level of play was very high and he wasn't among the elite players on the field.

“All these kids were my age and just as good as me or better,” Jack said. “I thought, 'This is different'. These kids actually knew what they're doing. They knew what was wrong and we were giving each other tips and what to try.”

Massachusetts will face Connecticut Saturday at noon.



Girls U19 Division

Saturday, June 16

Massachusetts vs. Eastern Pennsylvania, noon

Vermont vs. Connecticut, 1

Massachusetts vs. Capital District, 2

Vermont vs. Empire (N.Y.), 3

Eastern Pennsylvania vs. Capital District, 4

Connecticut vs. Empire, N.Y., 5

Sunday, June 17

Bowl Final, 11

Plate Final, 12:30

Cup Final, 2


Boys U17 Division

Saturday, June 16

Massachusetts vs. Connecticut, noon


Boys U19 Division

Saturday, June 16

Connecticut vs. Capital District, 1:30

Massachusetts vs. Empire, 3

Sunday, June 17

Plate Final, noon

Cup Final, 1:30

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