Growing up in Canada most young boys look up to and idolize NHL players like Connor McDavid, Patrik Laine, and Sidney Crosby. Payton Teneycke from Brandon however grew up looking up to rugby stars like CJ Stander, Tyler Ardon, Kieran Read and New Zealand All Black legend Richie McCaw. Teneycke, who plays locally for the Brandon Barbarians Rugby Club, was recently selected to play for Team Canada’s U18 team. He was the lone Manitoba player selected to the team.
On December 28th – January 3rd Team Canada will play games vs Team USA and Teneycke couldn’t be more excited at this opportunity to wear the Canadian jersey. When asked what will it take to increase rugby’s popularity, Payton felt that the sport needs to get kids at a younger age excited to learn the basics, play the game, and try it out. He feels once you play the game you will understand the values of what the sport is all about.
Financially speaking Rugby compared to other sports is very affordable. For around $200.00, plus mouth guard and some boots, you can play the game just about anywhere.