FeatureSportsVarsityHumber men’s rugby team is back after a four-year hazing suspension

Pirasanth GunasekaramApril 8, 20196 min

Pirasanth GunaskaramSports Reporter

They’re back.

The Humber Hawks men’s rugby team are hosting an identification camp which will take place on Wednesday, April 17 in Brampton.

The ID camp looks for possible prospects as they are looking to assemble a team for their comeback season.

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“When it left, they were the best team in the province,” said Jim Bialek, manager of Athletics and Sports Information.

The team will play for the first time in four years.

“Our department was ready to reenter the league and there’s enough interest again from new students,” said James DePoe, Humber Hawks Varsity Coordinator.

Hawk’s Johnmichael Fletcher kicked the during one of the plays at the Hawks versus Conestoga Condors game in 2015. (Humber Athletics).

The purpose for ID camp is to look for possible prospects for the 2019-20 season.

“So identification camps is to try and bring out any current rugby players that are on campus and to assessed the level that they’re at,” Bialek said.

Bialek also said recruiting and building a team are the next steps for the squad.

“They’re looking for any capable rugby player,” said.

DePoe also believes in the coaching staff.

“The coaching staff has some good faith that they can, you know, shape somebody into a rugby player,” he said.

Even though they will be recruiting new players, there will be a familiar face in the men’s rugby team as head coach Fabian Rayne returns to the Hawks.

He has won championships every year in his nine-year coaching career. He has a 33-1 league and playoff record. He captured four straight OCAA titles, and was named OCAA West Division Coach of the Year twice.

“Our head coach Fabian Rayne will be looking for a combination of experienced rugby players and some excellent athletes who he can help develop their rugby skills,” said Ray Chateau, Director of Athletics.

A four-year suspension was imposed because of a hazing incident at an off-campus house party involving both the men’s and women’s rugby teams. A Toronto Police investigation resulted in no charges being filed.

But to prevent another hazing incident, DePoe and Chateau said players will receive training about hazing and anti-bullying, and learning the student code of conduct.

“We are monitoring and ensuring that we have the proper culture within the team going forward,” Chateau said.

Now that they are back, DePoe isn’t expecting the team to go back to their winning ways at least not right away.

“As far as wins and losses, we’ll just see how it plays out,” DePoe said.

The ID Camp will be the Wet ‘N’ Wild water amusement park located at 7855 Finch Ave. W., near Steeles Avenue.