It's time to say goodbye to Oliver Sinclair. Ollie is a Senior studying for a Bachelor of Law and Liberal Arts degree. He played scrum half and wing for KJRFC. We asked him some questions and here are his answers.
What has your experience been like while on your exchange program at KU? "My year abroad at KU has been the most amazing experience of my life. I have met so many amazing people and got to have a classic American college experience and see the country at the same time."
What was it like playing for KJRFC? "Rugby was a big part of my time at KU. KJRFC gave me opportunities I would have never imagined when thinking of coming here whilst in Australia. I got to travel all around the country and play the sport I love. One of my most amazing experiences was playing in Aspen, Colorado for the(Collegiate) Heart of America squad. At first, KJRFC was a good way to meet people and get involved in sports at KU. It quickly developed into much more. I have made lifelong friends playing here and developed my skills as a rugby player. KJRFC has a great culture and everyone was extremely welcoming when I came to the club. There are a number of people constantly working behind the scenes to develop the club and its benefits are really showing. Making the nationals was a huge step and the club is only getting stronger. The commitment of the players is impressive and it's easy to see that we will be a bigger threat in the years to come. KJRFC was an integral part of my time at KU and contributed to it being the most amazing year of my life."
Best of luck to you Ollie and Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
Big congratulations to Cameron Rex on graduating this past weekend! Cam came to us after his Freshman year at Lindenwood University where he podium finished nationally in both track and road racing in the sport of cycling. He decided to transfer to KU and started playing rugby in the fall of '15 with no understanding of the sport and was exposed to a very sharp learning curve. Cam had said, "I think the biggest difference from then and now is the organization of the team. The team has begun to see rugby as a commitment and the amount of dedication across the team has really shown in the results. The other change I've really seen is a change in team attitude, we are all about improving and celebrating improvements of others. The positivity of the team can be seen in the enthusiasm of the newer guys to the sport who have a lot of potential. I see the teams organization and positivity continuing to bring results and make for an appealing team to recruits in the future." Cameron also had this to say about transitioning from cycling to rugby, "Cycling taught me from a young age that with hard work comes results. Cycling was something that took hundreds of hours of training leading up to the first race. The work came without balance, though, and in the future I think it's important to remember that I won't be happy working too much. Rugby really taught me how to work for something and balance it with good times outside of training. The success of the team came from the effort of every member, and a positive attitude among everyone makes it way more fun and rewarding." KJRFC would like to say Good on 'ya Cam and best wishes to you and what your future holds.
Best of luck to St. Thomas Aquinas and the KC Junior Blues as they compete in the High School National Championships this Thursday-Saturday in Kansas City, MO. Come out and support these local clubs as they take on the best high school teams in the nation.
This is what it’s all about. A massive thank you to all alumni who traveled near and far, as well as our guys here in Lawrence, to make this weekend an overwhelming success. We have a unique family associated with this club that rivals any in the country. As we prepare for our 55th year, we’d like to thank all fans, sponsors, friends, family and most importantly our alums for making the last 54 years an unbelievable journey. Here’s to 55 more and beyond. #family #rcjh
55th anniversary will be held the first weekend of May 2019.
Ian Henry (1973#10) hands out game jerseys.
Alumni Weekend Golf at The Jayhawk Club.
Westwick Rugby Complex, E 1094 Road, Lawrence, KS, United States 66047