SQUADS NAME CAPTAINS FOR 2023
Ruby Trella will lead the women's side along with Sylvia Bruzga, while James River skippers the men's team. (Photo credits: Chris Mooney (R))
Feb- 3- Arizona Rugby announced their 2023 captains today, with three stellar student-athletes chosen by their teams to lead them in to the season.
On the Women's side, the duo of Ruby Trella and Sylvia Bruzga will take the reins under first-year coach Tatum Quimby. Trella, a standout Second Row from Chandler, Arizona, moves in to a leadership role after a strong preseason in the Forwards.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have been named the forwards captain this season. Knowing the amount of trust that not only our coaches, but my teammates have in me, really motivates me to be the best leader and rugby player I can be. It has provided me with leadership opportunities on and off the pitch. I love working with Sylvia as my co-captain. She brings valuable insight that pushes me and the team to be better. She and I started off as rookies together, became great friends, and now get to be captains for our favorite thing in the world." said Trella.
Sylvia Bruzga, a standout Flyhalf from Illinois makes the jump alongside Trella and leads the backline. Bruzga teams up with her twin sister Sophia to give the Wildcats' backs a young, promising duo to build around. Bruzga was a star in the Wildcat's season-opening loss to UC-San Diego, and looks to get the Cats back in the win column this Saturday with an important game against UCLA on the road.
In the Men's team, Lock James Rivers ascends to the captain's role after serving as Vice Captain last season. The 6'6" Lock from Hong Kong has helped the Wildcats to a 12-4-1 preseason, with their season opener coming tomorrow against Utah.
"There have been high quality captains in the past and to be named is a huge privilege" said Rivers. "This year looks promising and I am truly lucky to lead these boys. We have set some great team goals, and the program means a lot to me. It has taught me about myself as a player, but also as a leader. I am looking forward to representing the boys and the university in the best way possible" said Rivers.
"These three are incredible choices to lead our teams. It's a lot to take on, being a captain, athlete, and student. But between our coaches, their teammates, and our alumni, I know they have a great opportunity to make their mark. On the Women's side, seeing two second-year athletes chosen speak to them but also the culture Coach Quimby is building. It's an exciting time to be a Wildcat" said Director of Rugby Sean Duffy.