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Touch rugby group in Corner Brook seeing a spike in interest

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Zachary Burrows knows some people may be apprehensive about going for a try on the rugby pitch, but he encourages them all to find out there’s no reason to stay away.

Burrows, a St. John’s native, is among a group of seasoned rugby players from the east coast who have been introducing the sport to people in Corner Brook through the Corner Brook Touch Football group.

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The group has been holding open rugby sessions Wednesday nights 8-9 p.m. at the Annex in the Corner Brook Civic Centre and Burrows has seen the numbers pick up since they began the group a few months ago.

The group is open to male and females who want to learn the sport and reap the rewards of a good cardio workout and no experience is necessary because the group boasts a group of people who have a lot of experience and are willing to show others how to play the game.

“There’s going to be a learning curve, but we kind of incorporate the new players with the old players,” Burrows said. “Everybody is really open and vocal so that’s very good for teaching people how to play the game.”

Burrows admits his love of the game motivated him to get a group started with a handful of other players because he didn’t want to do without the game while living on the west coast, but the other part of it lies in his desire to show people how to play the game so they can have a blast.

It’s a night out where everybody is cool with helping others find their way and the focus is on fun so there have been men and women showing up on a regular basis and there’s a new face in the mix every week or so and that’s exactly what Burrows and company were hoping to see when they got the group started in the first place.

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