Sarasota Surge Rugby Club take on international team from the U.K. for a day of friendly competition
LAKEWOOD RANCH -The Sarasota Rugby Club has been around for six years working hard to establish a team here on the Suncoast. The youth academies under 17 team looked to pick up a victory against an international team that rugby runs through their blood.
“Wonderful day today as a team here from a high school in Merthyr Tydfil, which is in Wales a hot bed of rugby always has been,” Gary Jones.
Jones, President of the Sarasota Surge Rugby Club, a former rugby player helped build the men’s and youth academy rugby team in Sarasota. He says having an international opponent from the U.K. will help the boys learn more about the style of the sport.
“It’s good for the children to understand what the difference is, different lifestyles, different culture really what rugby is," Jones said. "Rugby is probably the most international sport.”
Coach of the Cyfarthfa High School in Wales Luke Morgan says this trip is also a learning experience for his team as they get to go head to head with some of the best team the U.S. has to offer.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to see how more traditional sports in the U.K. are steadily growing and impacting in the states as well,” said Morgan.
15-year-old Devin Lee switched over from playing football to rugby three years ago he says both games share similarities in being contact sports but…
“The major difference is endurance, you have to have endurance," said Lee. "Another thing you have to have is technique, without technique it’s like pretty much nothing you can do.”
That difference between the sports is how the men tackle, using their shoulders and aiming for the waist to prevent major injuries.
After taking home the win Jones hope the Sarasota Surge Rugby Club continues to grow and improve to open the doors to more athletes interested in the sport.