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Tom Conger, Dartmouth RFU ’61, and a former player for the Pittsburgh Rugby Club, and later, for the Hawaii Harlequins, was moderately disappointed that neither of his two sons picked up the sport. Conger holds the distinction of being the first rugby name mentioned in the NY Times after 1940, when the Big Green won the second, New York Sevens in November 1960. The wonderful Dartmouth rugby alumni asked Conger – author of a celebrated anthology of short stories called Banana Moon – to write the complete biography of Corey Ford for whom the Dartmouth clubhouse is named.
But if the old saw is true that “greatness skips a generation,” then this might also be correct in some instances for rugby, as Conger had to wait for grandson Finn to play the sport. Finn is eleven-years old and competes for the Seattle Vikings RFC in their U-11 program, which is coached by Dave Miller.
The Vikings recently toured British Columbia, where the team played five games, achieving a 2-2-1 record against the more experienced Canadians. The first contest was a full game against the Castaway Wanders, Oak Bay, Victoria. The post-game activities occurred at the Shawinigan Lake School clubhouse, which the Canadian national teams use when playing on the west coast.
The next day, the Vikings traveled to Vancouver where the team played four short games against other U-11 teams from Vancouver Island in a fun Jamboree. One of the contests was with Cowichan Bay RFC that also includes girls on the team.
Finn’s dad, Rand Conger, was enthusiastic about his son’s newly found appreciation for rugby. He said, “We enjoyed a great tour, terrific hospitality, and won a few games.”
Rugby continuing in the Conger family.