By Owen Hunt & Colin McCarley
The Christian Brothers rugby team is excited for the upcoming season with new talent and coaching. The Falcons have always had small team, but this year it’s small, but mighty featuring some heavy hitters like Jack O’Hearn (‘18), Anthony Richardson (‘20), Colin McCarley (‘18), Mitchell Berger (‘18) and Garrett Simpson (‘19). With only a few practices under their belt, the Men’s Varsity Rugby team is feeling confident in their abilities and cannot wait to start league. With guidance from returning coaches Bob Luttrell, Eric Guillen, Jeff Lusich, Dave Starnes and help from new coaches Niko Lolohea, Manase Lotima, Orene Ai’I, and Chris Wall, the Falcons feel well equipped to take on this season. Ai’i is a former All Blacks player, and Lolohea played for San Francisco’s Pro rugby team. They bring a lot of experience to the team and hope to transfer some of their knowledge to the Falcons.
The most anticipated game of the year is against the national champs, Jesuit High School. Berger is excited for their game with the Marauders on March 3.
“JV won last year so we are looking for a repeat. Varsity we will see how it goes — it should be a great game,” the senior says.
Coach Guillen also has high hopes for the team as he explores new possibilities for the team’s offense.
“The biggest changes for the season are the experience additions to the coaching staff and trying to implement a new offensive system,” Coach Guillen says. “We expect a slow start to the season while we all learn together and the expectation is to finish strong as we go into playoffs. We are relying on our veterans and the seniors to lead the way this season.”
Coach Guillen has high expectations for this season.
“The goals for the upcoming season are continue to develop a highly talented JV team, implement the new system, grow the sport within the school, and encourage our young men to be better people though the life-lessons experienced through rugby.”
The Falcons rugby team is hoping to have a great year, so come out to support our boys as the go into their season.