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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Rugby Football takes on Raceland

Rugby Football takes on Raceland

There’s a little known secret here in Lafourche Parish, and that’s the Bayou Hurricanes Rugby Football Club.

The Bayou Hurricanes started with Gregg Dinicola back in 2014. Gregg wanted to teach young kids of the area this unique sport. Over the last five seasons the club has been very successful.

In 2016 the Bayou Hurricanes won the State Championships beating some of the best schools and clubs in Louisiana. Since then, the club has grown tremendously over the last couple years. They have started a middle school team and have had over forty players coming from all over to play for the Hurricanes.

The Bayou Hurricanes Rugby Football Club is based out of Raceland and has players from Central Lafourche, H.L. Bourgeois, Destrehan and Hahnville High Schools. Central Lafourche, past and present players, Reece Guidry, Brendan Weaver, Isaac Weaver, and Corey Sazama are even seeing opportunities to play rugby internationally.

Just this pass year the MRL NOLA Gold Pro Rugby Club formed an academy club, which consisted of many u19 players from the State of Louisiana. Seven of these players were from Central Lafourche. The players are Brendan Weaver, James Williams, Zavier Triplett, Reece Guidry, Corey Sazama, Ryen Weaver, and Isaac Weaver. The academy club is a developmental club for players to eventually play rugby on the professional level. This has helped open up the door for a few of the athletes to play internationally.

Reece Guidry is heading to Cape Town, South Africa where he is playing in an u19 international rugby tournament consisting of elite 15's teams. There will be one team of 23 players representing the US, consisting of players nationwide that will be competing as “USA Schools XV by Rhinos Academy”.

Last year Reece was selected to play with the USA Rugby South Panthers in the Mexico City, Mexico tournament.

This pass summer, Brendan Weaver traveled to Johnsonville, Wellington, New Zealand to play rugby with the Johnsonville Rugby Football Club. He was there for a few months. He was taken in like family from the Club and was well taken care of. Johnsonville is now part of the Bayou Hurricanes Rugby Football Club family. Brendan is now a coach for the Bayou Hurricanes and has played rugby in college at LSUA. He is also helping reinstate the University of New Orleans Rugby Club. He currently plays for the New Orleans Rugby Football Club and the NOLA Gold Academy.

There are two more players, Isaac Weaver and Corey Sazama, that have been invited to play overseas in Lisbon, Portugal in April.

This is an u17 international rugby 15s tournament. There will be one team of 23 players selected nationwide that will compete as “USA Schools XV by Rhinos Academy” representing the U.S.

Rugby has opened up so many opportunities for these young men and continues to do so for many others.