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April 12, 2017 | Rugby (M)

Head coach Craig Beemer and Sam Montminy

All-star Sam Montminy commits to Concordia rugby

Head coach Craig Beemer is pleased to announce Sam Montminy, an all-star fly half from John Abbott College, has committed to the Concordia Stingers men’s rugby program.

The Île Perrot, Que. native enjoyed a successful career with the Islanders in the Cégep rugby league. He was a member of three consecutive championship teams, including last fall when he also earned the all-star honour.

“We’re going to take advantage of Sam’s natural gifts,” said Beemer. “His quickness, speed, his tracking and his defensive play.

“Moving forward, Sam’s biggest asset is the fact that he wants to get better and he’s willing to work hard to improve. With his natural ability and work ethic, he’s going to be an important player in our program for years to come.”

Montminy, who checks in at six feet, 185 pounds, also plays for Ste. Anne’s in the Quebec Premier Division. Once again he was a member of a championship team when Ste. Anne’s won the Rugby Quebec championship last September.

As well, Montminy competes with the U19 Voyageurs, an elite development team for players from Quebec and Eastern Ontario.

The fly half is currently training in the Canadian regional academy based in Montreal where he met several members of the Stingers.

“I’ve been training with a lot of the Concordia guys and I’ve met the coaches,” Montminy said. “It’s a good atmosphere from what I’ve seen. I think it will be an easy transition for me.”

In September, Montminy will begin working on a degree in Psychology at Concordia.