What got you interested in rugby and why did you join the Crusaders?

I've been interested in rugby since my early teens. I joined the Crusaders because it's an all-inclusive team. I feel more welcome here than I did with my previous teams.

What position(s) do you play?

I play loose-head prop.

How long have you played rugby?

I've been playing for about 2 years, but trained with two other teams before playing my first match.

What do you do for a living?

I'm a student of culinary arts at SWIC.

What's a fun fact about you?

I have an unhealthy obsession with cats.

What's your favorite thing about rugby?

The bond formed with teammates on the pitch. Feeling the support of your second row in a scrum or setting a ruck over your teammate the moment they go down. No one is alone in rugby, someone has your back. Your performance and even your safety depends on the work of the man next to you. When you feel someone supporting you in contact, you really feel like a cohesive unit. It takes a certain kind of person to put their body on the line to protect their teammates and maintain possession of the ball. It's a team dynamic that's really unique to rugby, especially the forwards, who are constantly in contact with each other.

If you are going to Bingham, what are you most excited about?

I'm really excited to watch the other teams play (especially from rugby-heavy countries). It's a great learning experience.

Overall, how has rugby affected your life?

Rugby has given me a sense of confidence I haven't found elsewhere in my life. When I step up to a scrum or ruck, I know exactly what I'm capable of and confident in my abilities. Beyond that, it's a feeling of brotherhood I haven't found outside of rugby; the Crusaders go to war for each other on the pitch.