On the verge of battle, Shakespeare famously alludes to it in Henry V as, “We happy few, we band of brothers. For he that today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.” The Marines sing of it as lasting “from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli”. A hallmark of any successful team is the camaraderie experienced by those involved, and this appears in abundance in the UCD Men’s Rugby club. From the timid ball boy to the alert flyhalf, from the head coach to the guy painting the pitch early Saturday morning, every participant that is committed to the game knows the range of feelings that come with truly being part of a team.
It is this quality that stands out most to senior flanker and this edition’s Player of the Month, Harrison Morrow, as what he’s appreciated most about UC Davis Rugby. The Mira Costa High football standout and team captain will look to maintain this sense throughout the 2017-2018 year in the peaks and troughs that undoubtedly accompany every rugby season.
Full Name (and any nicknames): Harrison Morrow
Position: 8-man and Flanker
Major: Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
Hometown: Torrance, CA
Why did you choose Rugby?
During my senior year of high school, a team was started up and some of my buddies from the football team went to check it out. They all came back raving about how fun it was, so I decided I had to give it a shot as well.
What have you liked about UCD Rugby specifically?
I have met some of my best friends through the UCD Rugby program. The camaraderie of the team is really what sets it apart for me, and will be what I miss most after graduating.
Most Memorable moment of last season?
Tough to settle on one, but what stands out to me right now is the victory over GCU in the Western Regional. On paper we were outmatched at just about every position but we executed our game plan really well and scrambled to make big tackles when their athletes got out into space. I had to watch the last 20 minutes from the bench after sustaining a knee injury, but I was extremely proud to look on as our guys held to a narrow lead against a pretty devastating attack from GCU. It really said a lot about the attitude of our players and I think was a huge turning point in terms of us coming together and learn-ing to trust each other.
Any advice to someone considering playing rugby but still on the fence (How could you sell rugby to a beginner?)?
I love rugby because it has allowed me to learn a lot about my-self and about the person I want to be. When you’re all alone with a prop running straight at you, you can’t lie to yourself about whether or not you’re up for the task. So I’d tell someone considering it that it’s a great way to find out what you are made of, and to improve yourself by getting out of your comfort zone.
What do you imagine/would like your relationship with the club to be after you graduate?
I’m not sure whether or not I’ll be in close proximity to Davis after I graduate, so I’d like to see the club step up its social media game so that alumni who are not in the area can still stay in touch with the team and follow its progress.
The good news to Harrison is that the camaraderie doesn’t have to end with graduation, with the addition of countless men’s clubs throughout the country. Best of luck to Harrison and the rest of the men in blue and gold as they continue their preparation. Go Aggies.