Greg Richer loves rugby league, it’s as simple as that. So when he was approached about being captain for the Boston 13s in the U/23 competition this Spring, there was only one answer he was going to give.
“Taking on the captaincy is a huge honor and responsibility, and with so many great guys on the team I think it should be an awesome experience. There’s a lot of great talent returning to the team, as well as some new up-and-comers, so it should make for a great mix.”
Richer first started playing rugby in Virginia, although it was the sport’s other code, rugby union, that he embraced to begin with. It was whilst looking for teams in Boston four years ago, that he came across the 13s
“When I found the 13s, I knew their ethos of professionalism and hard work would make them a great team to be a part of. I tried out, and I’ve been here every year since.”
Richer has participated in a wide array of sports over the years, ranging from American football and lacrosse, to cycling and wrestling. This versatility also brings the ‘Mr Fix-It’ tag when playing for the 13s, where he has played a variety of positions including second row, prop, center, and wing.
The 22 year old recently spent a semester studying in New Zealand. There he played rugby union for his University of Waikato team, aptly named ‘University’. Though, this doesn’t mean that the 13s will be losing a key player to rthe 15 man game.
“Rugby League is definitely my favorite.” he exclaimed. “Playing over there changed my perceptions of both codes. New Zealand are the world champs in rugby union, and the second best team (behind Australia) in rugby league, so I had plenty of talent to learn from.”
Richer is raring to go in 2014, with his initial focus being on the U/23. However, touching on First Grade briefly, he believes that the 13s could be on course for another decent shot at the title.
“[In 2012] I played in the Championship game in Boston. It was an awesome experience. I think we had a thousand people at that game cheering us on, and a lot of people watching on the internet. The whole season was a great experience. We hope to make another run at it this year and from the snippets that I’m hearing from Robin and Dustin, it sounds like we should have a pretty good shot. We’re all really excited to get out there and get playing again. It’s been a long off season.”
Information regarding the U23s competition will be available on our website in coming weeks.