There are so many reasons to love rugby. While boarding school rugby can be a great starting point if you have aspirations to professional rugby, it can also be a challenging secondary sport if you are pursuing other athletics, or it can simply be a riot of fun. And there is strong talk that rugby sevens will be included as an Olympic sport by 2016.
Rugby can be seen as a model boarding school sport – and as the most physically demanding and essentially toughest team sport in sports history.
Boarding school serves as one of few places where high school aged students can get a taste of rugby. Rugby – for both girls and boys – is an ideal way to challenge yourself to be your best. Many first time rugby players are surprised by what a unique challenge it is. As one rookie rugby player told us: "You have to co-operate really well to make it work. I never played it before I came here."
The Canadian Association of Independent Schools holds an annual three-day invitational tournament, at which boarding schools such as Ashbury College most often figure strongly in the winner's circle.
"Never in my life would I have tried it. I was afraid I might get hurt. But when all your friends are playing and they tell you how fun it is and how great the tournaments are, you want to try it too."
—Andrea, Stanstead College