FOX16.com

Little Rock Rugby Departs For South Championship

The Little Rock Stormers departed central Arkansas Thursday to make the 1,000-mile trip to Fort Meyers, FL for this year's Rugby South Championship.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Little Rock Stormers departed central Arkansas Thursday to make the 1,000-mile trip to Fort Meyers, FL for this year's Rugby South Championship.

"It makes me happy inside like I'm a little school boy again and it's Christmas," said Stormers player Derek Huddleston. "It's a really big deal. Folks within the rugby community know we've always been competitors, but outside of the rugby community not many people would expect it from Little Rock."

"We haven't made it past this step ever," said head Coach Donna Thomas. "So once we do make it past this step, yeah I think people will be saying, 'Who's Little Rock?'"

Who is Little Rock? When it comes to their men's rugby team, Little Rock hasn't lost a match all year, and is considered one of the top teams in the country. Who are they when they're not smack dab in the middle of a scrum? Well, you name it.

"We have professionals from lawyers, doctors, engineers, I work construction, personal trainers... All walks of life coming together for one common goal. It's pretty amazing," said Thomas.

"I have had a hard time focusing at work the last week I'll tell you that," said team president Jason Pollack. "I mean just thinking about this day, getting on this bus with these guys, getting ready for this trip. We've had a lot of success this season, but we have not played the caliber of teams we're preparing to play so this weekend's going to tell us a lot about where we stand."

And if all goes well this weekend, the Stormers will advance to the rugby version of the "Sweet-16" with a shot at the this year's national championship.
Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus

Weather Right Now

82°F
Partly Cloudy
High: 82°F
Low: 67°F

7 day forecast