Liberty athlete gets patriotic for USA rugby

March 5, 2013

Ian Wright has Olympic aspirations

Liberty rugby player Ian Wright is used to donning the blue-and-green uniform of the Liberty Rugby Football Club.

The Liberty High School senior temporarily traded in the Patriots’ colors, though, for the familiar red, white and blue of USA Rugby, when he represented the country at an international competition in February.

Contributed Liberty Rugby Football Club player Ian Wright attempts to evade a defender as he runs across the pitch. Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans.

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Liberty Rugby Football Club player Ian Wright attempts to evade a defender as he runs across the pitch. Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans.

Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans. Only 24 athletes were chosen to fill two teams that competed at the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens Tournament, going up against squads from Canada.

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Liberty Rugby Football Club offers camaraderie, international competition opportunities

March 13, 2012

Jason Piutau, a Liberty High School junior, receives a pass during a practice drill with the Liberty Rugby Football Club, one of six Division 1 programs in the state. By Greg Farrar

As one of only 16 high school rugby clubs in the state, the Liberty Rugby Football Club has grown accustomed to traveling long distances to find adequate competition.

In fact, the team welcomes it.

“We pride ourselves on being nationally recognized, nationally ranked,” coach Jeff Candler said. “The big reason we are is the traveling we do helps us prove ourselves.”

Regular season play starts this month for the team, which was originally established by Mark Bullock in 1986.

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