Senior Spotlight: Sam Carling

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Name: Sam CarlingSamuel Carling Uconn Rugby

Position: Lock/Flanker

Hometown: Sharon, CT

Major: Resource Economics

Favorite Movie: The End of the Tour

Favorite TV Show: Trailer Park Boys

Favorite Food: Chicken

Go to Pre game Pump-up Song: War Pigs-Black Sabbath

How long have you been playing rugby?
About two years this fall

When did you start playing rugby?
(Connor) Hans McCluskey, who I played high school football with, persuaded me to come out for the team two years ago and I have been playing ever since. I took a break last fall due to injury.

How many years have you been on the team?  
This fall will be two years

What is your favorite part about playing for UCRFC?
The camaraderie is unrivaled to any sport I have ever played; even with 50+ guys on the roster we are all pretty close and we all have a great time playing rugby together.

What is your favorite memory of playing for UCRFC?
Being named “Best Dude” my rookie year…seriously though, it would probably be the Beast of the East tournament this past spring even though we didn’t take home any hardware it really sparked my interest for the game and made me appreciate my teammates.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about playing rugby/ what advice would you give them?
Definitely give it a shot, if you’re somewhat athletic and a quick learner it will come in due time and you’ll be loving every second of it. A lot of lessons learned on the field can be applicable to real life.

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