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December 4, 2016 | Rugby (M)

Head coach Craig Beemer and Sebastian Iaricci.

Canada U18 scrum half Sebastien Iaricci commits to Stingers

Head coach Craig Beemer is pleased to announce Sebastian Iaricci, a scrum half who toured with Canada’s U18 team last spring, has committed to the Concordia Stingers men’s rugby team.

Last March, Iaricci and his Canadian teammates toured Ireland and played three academies on the trip – Leinster, Munster and Connacht. The Ste. Dorothée, Que. native was one of only four Quebec players on the Canadian team.

“Seb is a highly skilled, natural passer of the rugby ball,” said Beemer. “He is very passionate about the sport which is on display every time he steps onto the rugby pitch.

“He is going to definitely increase the level of competition on our team and bring with him a solid work rate and winning attitude. The Concordia family is lucky to have him.”

Iaricci played rugby in the RSEQ conference for three seasons with the Marianopolis Demons. He was named to the Cégep all-star team in 2016.

The Beaconsfield Rugby Football Club has been Iaricci’s home base for the last four years. He’s also been in the provincial program with the U16s, U18s and Quebec senior men’s teamThe five-foot-seven, 190-pound athlete was part of the Voyageurs U19 program last year. It is designed to help young men from Quebec and Eastern Ontario reach their potential.

“I understand the game really well,” said Iaricci, “and that’s something you really need at the scrum half position. My biggest strength is passing and I can really get the forwards going.”

Iaricci will join the Stingers in January. He has been accepted into a joint specialization in English and History.

“I guess you could say Concordia was the best fit for me,” he said of his decision to join the Stingers. “Coming from Loyola High School, it’s familiar. I know a lot of people and there are a lot of people from the club in Beaconsfield here.”