SAN LOUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly Rugby Club will embark on a 10-day tour of Scotland next month, Sept. 1-11, during which time 28 student-athletes will play three tour matches and visit a number of Scotland’s most important historical sites.
The rugby club, which regularly plays interstate matches and tournaments, last traveled overseas as a club on a European tour in 2013. One player, Aaron Arenas, participated in the 2013 tour and will again tour with the 2017 group.
Aaron is one of five recent graduates who will travel and play as part of their send-off from Cal Poly, joining out-going Seniors Mark Grzanich, Nathan Sylvia, Corey McGrillen and Reece Erikson. The remaining squad members are a diverse blend of ages, rugby experience levels and majors, reflective of the club’s inclusive philosophy.
The squad will be led on tour by Head Coach James Tesoriero and lead Assistant Coach TJ Olsen. Tesoriero believes that touring provides many benefits to a team, beyond those lessons learned on the pitch. “There is nothing comparable to touring overseas in terms of team-building”, Tesoriero comments. “It is very exciting to be leading this group of young men on a rugby trip abroad.
We have three challenging matches scheduled, including against Edinburgh University and Glasgow University, two of the premier College rugby programs in Britain. Beyond rugby, a considerable number of our guys have never been overseas before, so I expect this tour to provide great personal growth for the guys, a valuable educational experience, and a greater understanding of a foreign culture. Our itinerary includes equal parts rugby and cultural content”.
The group’s off-field activities will be highlighted by a tour of Edinburgh Castle, a visit to the iconic William Wallace Monument, and participation in a traditional Highland Games competition. The team will also watch two professional rugby matches, including a PRO14 match featuring the Glasgow Warriors.