Written By Brennan Bastyovanszky
It’s been 18 months since the first Rogues practice. The Team is excited and nervous about playing their first game in the Bingham Cup. The lead up to the first day of games has been fun but full of emotion. For most of the Rogues, it is their first time playing in a multi-day or International Rugby Tournament. Emotions are high. Nerves abound but it is exciting.
Seen as a wild card, with the help of the local Vancouver community and BC Rugby, the Rogues have prepared as much as possible. We have played 20 games and been in 4 Tournaments in preparation for the Bingham Cup and brought a well-supplied medical team.
Many of the opposing Teams have been adversely impacted by COVID the past two years and have not been able to have the usual amount of games and training leading into a big competition like this. Some cities were hit very hard with floods, which meant fields were closed and games cancelled. Even top teams played only 5 or 6 games.
The atmosphere is joyous. It’s been four long years since the last Tournament held in Amsterdam in 2018 and it is so wonderful reconnecting with old friends from around the World.
It’s exhilarating. 1700 Rugby players and supporters enter into the National Gallery to celebrate the Opening Ceremonies. It’s now the largest Rugby Tournament in the World.
Leading into the Tournament, the Rogues have raised a few eyebrows. It is rare for a first year Team to play in the top tier and we are the only Canadian Team to represent in the top tier of the Tournament – ever.
Our first games are against the 3rd and 4th ranked teams, Brisbane Hustler and the Kings Cross Steelers, which is an incredible trial by fire, but the boys are up for it.
Wish us luck!