Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CMH Rugger to represent USA




from Rugby Coach John Waliszewski --

When senior Erin Davis began playing rugby three years ago, little did she imagine all the adventures it would lead to: a tour of Ireland to play one of the oldest teams in the world (Shannon Rugby Club, est. 1884), two trips to Midwest Championships, and now a chance to represent her country.

This past weekend, Erin pulled on the red, white, and blue jersey of the USA u17 team at an all-star tournament in Florida. Erin has quickly become one of the best players at her position in the country; while also being an IB Diploma candidate. She's one of only two players to ever be a three-time member of the Wisconsin State Championship All-Tournament team. With one season yet to play, she's already the career leader in tries scored by a Memorial forward (21).

As a truly global sport, much like soccer, rugby is known for its camaraderie and tradition of bringing people together. Just check out the new Morgan Freeman/Matt Damon movie Invictus about how rugby helped unify post-apartheid South Afrika. Erin knows all about this; it was the focus of her IB Extended Essay. Not bad for someone whose school didn't even have a rugby team when she enrolled as a freshman!

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