Shreveport rugby teams hope to introduce more players to sport

The teams met at AC Steere Park.
Published: Oct. 15, 2022 at 5:09 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The Shreveport Rugby Club hosted their very first Shreveport Rugby Day on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The club, along with other rugby clubs and spectators, met at AC Steere Park.

Players say they hope to expand the sport outside of the Broadmoor area, and further integrate rugby culture into the Shreveport-Bossier City community.

Shreveport Rugby Club President Kayne O’Neal says rugby is a great sport to introduce to younger generations.

“We feel just like any other activity, if you give kids things to do outside of school, they’ll typically be more successful in school. Giving them things to strive for and also giving them a lot of role models out here,” he said.

Louisiana Tech senior Jackson Kuhr has been playing rugby at his school for the last four years. When he first started playing, his mom was was shocked at the nature of the sport.

“It’s kind of like football without pads. It’s very rough and tumble. I really didn’t know until I went to the first game that I went to in person. Went to the first game and I was like, ‘Woah, I cannot believe that you are playing this,’” said Amy Capman.

However, after years of cheering him on from the stands, she says she’s now sold on the game.

“He loves it. He’s got a passion for it. He’s made some great friends through these years, and now he’ll have these friends for life.”

Friends like Riley Mahony agrees with Kuhr’s mom. She says rugby has a strong spirit of comradery.

“The culture of rugby is very unique. There’s no other sport on the planet that has the culture. You could be enemies on the field, but after, you go you hangout with the other team, share some food, share a drink, and you just have a good time.”