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IE Rugby Team at Hec

Written on July 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Sports

IERFC, forces depleted due to exams, travelled to Paris for the MBAT games, led by Mr Zeppel and Ms Finegan. Fortunately, we were able to recruit Messrs Meucci and Sommantico who very sportingly became the Club’s newest recruits. Regrettably contact rugby was not an option due to a lack of numbers. Besides this, Oxford and Cambridge boasting a number of international players smacked of bringing a gun to a knife fight; touch was perhaps the best option for IERFC.

To our utmost horror, the combination of an organisational error and a French referee (who did not do a whole lot to quell the unfair preconception that the French are surly or unhelpful) led to our first match being forfeited and our only chance at progressing through the rounds resting the other side of a showdown with Oxford. A tremendous match ensued: Messrs Fraser and Serrano were impenetrable in defence; Mr Gonzalez’s pace did for many an Oxford man; the side-stepping of Mmes Rees, Packing and Morgan would have made the Graces envious; Mr Pineapple even wore rugby boots for some of the game. After offering up their blood, toil, tears and sweat, IERFC lagged behind by just one try as the final whistle blew. Oxford rejoiced, IE mourned.

IERFC’s performance in extra-rugby activities was admirable. Post-match beverages with the Oxford and London Business School were consumed; the latter even brought a bus full of (free) beer which greatly raised our spirits (as it were). Cheering the footballers on until an agonising silver medal finish (adding to their collection) was a highlight, especially in the glorious spring sunshine. Needless to say, the rugby men and women of IE were the toast of the dancefloor at the gala in Paris; after photographs at the Arc de Triomphe, IE returned to Madrid having enjoyed a wonderful weekend at the idyllic HEC campus. That said, we are hungry for more ‒ let us redouble our efforts to recruit participants from the Business School to take part, and bring rugby home.

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