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FOCUS - DECEMBER 2015 47 Courted athletically at the provincial and national levels for his prodigious talent Dylan Parson consistently leaves a good impression both on and off the field. He has the physical attributes and the attitude to succeed says Darryl Devine coach of the University of Guelph Gryphons where Dylan will play in the fall. We expect him to make an impact with our team perhaps make us a con- tender for the championship. A rugged sport with stra- tegic similarities to North American football rugby originated and continues to be a more generally popular audience draw in Europe. To score a five-point try the ball must be touched down beyond the goal line with possession Dylan explains. A trys followed by at- tempting a two-point conversion and at any time you can also score three points by drop-kicking the ball through a pair of upright goal posts. Two versions of the game exist either 7- or 15 players-a-side. Just like football the teams use various strategies of player and ball movement as they move toward the opposing goal all the time subjected to unrestricted tackling and this with no equipment beyond a mouthguard. The ball-carrier any member of the team tries to attract defenders in order to open up space for a teammate to take over moving ever closer to the goal. A rugby balls bigger heavier and rounder than a football. You can carry kick or pass it the only restric- tion is that passes have to be lateral or backward. But unless that happens or theres a penalty or the ball goes out of bounds the actions fast furious and continuous. The flow of play is much different from football where its more stop-go. That flow was one of the as- pects of rugby which appealed most to me. A ball passed forward or played out of bounds results in a scrum. In 15-a-sidemy usualeight play- ers make up a scrum. They bind togeth- er arm over the next persons shoulder in two opposing lines. The balls thrown in the middle along the ground and each teams hooker uses his feet to direct the ball toward a halfback outside the scrum. He can start moving the ball up-field as soon as he has possession. Dylan enjoyed a varied athletic back- ground while growing up in Caesarea. I played house-league hockey and football. I was playing rep football for Clarington when I started overlapping that with rugby. But eventually I de- cided to give up the football and concen- trate on rugby. I enjoyed the hitting and physical DYLAN PARSON ...................... Please turn to page 50 This just in .... Just as we were going to press we heard that Dylan made the Team Canada Rugby Team DylanDoesMore ThanJustTry