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 Kevin Kimble - 2008 Developmental Grant Recipient

“You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’" - George Bernard Shaw

Living in New York all my life, my mom always told me that you can be whatever you want to be in life, but only if you work hard enough for it. I never thought in my wildest dreams that it would mean becoming a successful rugby player. I first started playing rugby my freshmen year in high school when my football coach, who also happened to be the rugby coach at school, first started talking about it in practice. As I continued to play throughout high school I realized that the possibilities were endless in this sport. All it took was the desire to want to be something more.

In the summer of 2006 one of my coaches suggested that I come play with him and the White Plains Men’s RFC. Playing with men compared to playing high school rugby was a huge change in the speed and physical nature of the game but I stuck with it and it later paid off. Towards the end of the fall season some players really thought that I had what it took to go far in this sport and they got me a tryout for the USA U-17s. I made the team and in the spring of 2007 we competed in the annual Milfield Rugby Festival in England.

The following summer I captained the METNY U-17s and from there I was selected to play for the USA U-18s on a tour to England. The pace of the game was 10 times as fast as any other game that I have ever played in before. But keeping in mind of all the people that invested time and money in me I knew I had to perform to the best of my abilities and that is exactly what I did. At the end of the tour I was voted Player of the Tour and more importantly, I gained an experience in rugby like I have never experienced before.

Now I’m going to ask myself once again “Why Not?” as I take the next step in my rugby career while I learn from some of the best coaches in New Zealand and train and compete against some of the most competitive and driven rugby players at this age grade. I want to thank everyone who believed in me and even everyone who didn’t and told me it wasn’t possible because those were the people that made me work even harder.

Thank you US Rugby Foundation and those who are responsible for providing me with this great opportunity to further my rugby career.

Read about Kevin's IRANZ experience.