Riley Botz is our next graduate. Riley primarily played in the back three and on occasion was called upon to play at scrum half. He was always one of the fittest guys on the team and it was common for him to come across the field from his wing position during a game and make a try saving tackle to end an oppositions break away. He had been a member of the executive committee and had toured to Ireland with the club in '15. Between Riley's commitments with school, being a member of Delta Tau Delta at KU, Battalion Commander for KU Army ROTC, and his two jobs, he wasn't able to be at as many KJRFC events towards the end of his college life, but he came out and gave it his all when time allowed. We asked Riley some questions about his time with KJRFC and what comes next after graduation and here are his responses.
What are your plans after graduation?
"This summer I'm going to Fort Knox, Kentucky as a 2nd Lieutenant to train cadets to be future officers of the Army. I will then head to Fort Rucker, Alabama in September where I will go to flight school to be a pilot."
What did you like about the rugby club?
"There is an incredible brotherhood behind the rugby club. A lot of it derives from the sport which fosters a social environment, but the KU club is special because of the name we have made for ourselves. That didn't come from winning or losing games. It came from off the field team chemistry."
What was your fondest moment with KJRFC?
"My greatest memories with the club happened on tour in Ireland. I vividly remembered the laughs that we had and more specifically, being beaten in a game by a bunch of 15 year old Irish kids."
What would you tell incoming players to the club?
"To get involved socially and know that It doesn't matter if you are big or small, there is a place for you on the club."
Do you plan on playing rugby after graduation?
"As I move around from duty assignments I'll be actively seeking out rugby organizations I can get plugged into because there is no greater community than the rugby community."
Riley, you are a humble, positive thinking, and hard working individual.
We here you loud and clear Sir and I hope you know that KJRFC will always have your six covered. Best to you in flight school. Rock Chalk!
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