Rugby Takeover in Tyler

The Tyler Hoplights is an all-inclusive Rugby team making waves in East Texas.

TYLER-The Tyler Hoplites are a new rugby team, but this isn't a typical men's team or women's team. It's all inclusive, and that's exactly what veteran rugby player and Hoplites head coach Derek Fisher likes.

"The beauty of our team being all inclusive is that regardless of someones background preference it really doesn't matter everyone is a 'rugger' on the pitch, and were going to continue working with them and develop their skills to what ever desired level they seek."
 
One of the newest 'ruggers' is Jessica Jones, and away from the pitch, she's a mom and a farrier. So, for her, a little bit of contact goes a long way.
 
"You know this is a very physical contact sport so I can't say it's been a cake walk, the heat is a factor it's very challenging and rewarding and I'm meeting some of the greatest people, along with having team unity, and when you're lead by a coach who wants you to do you're best and wants you to win how can you not have fun," explains Jones.
 
Jones says rugby is a perfect alternative for people looking for another contact sport, especially in the Tyler area.
 
"The uniqueness I'm seeing about rugby is that there's a place for everyone whether you're the more petite or lightweight person or maybe you're an awesome sprinter you get an opening you can sprint, you've got heavier and stronger built people so maybe they can push through, what I'm seeing with rugby is that there's a place for everyone out here and we've just got to utilize everyone's potential."
 
The club will be a part of the Texas Rugby Union in the fall. But this is about more than just creating a new team. It's about giving Tyler a sport to play for generations to come.
 
"Our goal is to leave a legacy, and what we'd like to see is rugby leave a lasting presence here in East Texas. A lot of the work that we're doing right now we know it has to be done but we're doing it for the betterment of the sport for our community and this team," says Fisher.
 
While they have fun on the field, being able to bring people from all walks of life together is really what the team is all about.
 
"I guess if a farrier, a farm girl and a single mom can do it why can't you," says Jones.
 

the TYLER-The Tyler Hoplites are a new rugby team, but this isn't a typical men's team or women's team. It's all inclusive, and that's exactly what veteran rugby player and Hoplites head coach Derek Fisher likes.

"The beauty of our team being all inclusive is that regardless of someones background preference it really doesn't matter everyone is a 'rugger' on the pitch, and were going to continue working with them and develop their skills to what ever desired level they seek."
 
One of the newest "ruggers" is Jessica Jones, and away from the pitch, she's a mom and a farrier. So, for her, a little bit of contact goes a long way.
 
"You know this is a very physical contact sport so I can't say it's been a cake walk, the heat is a factor it's very challenging and rewarding and I'm meeting some of the greatest people, along with having team unity, and when you're lead by a coach who wants you to do you're best and wants you to win how can you not have fun," explains Jones.
 
Jones says rugby is a perfect alternative for people looking for another contact sport, especially in the Tyler area.
 
"The uniqueness I'm seeing about rugby is that there's a place for everyone whether you're the more petite or lightweight person or maybe you're an awesome sprinter you get an opening you can sprint, you've got heavier and stronger built people so maybe they can push through, what I'm seeing with rugby is that there's a place for everyone out here and we've just got to utilize everyone's potential."
 
The club will be a part of the Texas Rugby Union in the fall. But this is about more than just creating a new team. It's about giving Tyler a sport to play for generations to come.
 
"Our goal is to leave a legacy, and what we'd like to see is rugby leave a lasting presence here in East Texas. A lot of the work that we're doing right now we know it has to be done but we're doing it for the betterment of the sport for our community and this team," says Fisher.
 
While they have fun on the field, being able to bring people from all walks of life together is really what the team is all about.
 
"I guess if a farrier, a farm girl and a single mom can do it why can't you," says Jones.
 
 

 

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