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October 25, 2017 | Rugby (M)

An exceptional year for men's rugby results in 13 conference honours.

Charles Debove, 13 Stingers earn men’s rugby honours

Concordia’s Charles Debove was named the outstanding player in RSEQ men’s rugby and heads a list of 13 Stingers who earned all-star awards when the conference unveiled its honour roll this morning.

“Charles is that much better than everyone else,” said Concordia head coach Craig Beemer. “This year he really was the complete package. Defensively he was the most dominant open field tackler and he shut down other teams’ attacks. And offensively he was the most dominant ball carrier.

“He’s six foot two, 205 pounds and very athletically gifted. He’s a highly-skilled rugby player with a high IQ.”

Debove, a native of Nice, France, was fifth in conference scoring with nine tries for 45 points in seven games. He was the top try scorer in the RSEQ. This is his first MVP and all-star honour. However, he earned the league award for leadership and community engagement in 2015.

Joining Debove on the first all-star team are: rookie centre Sam Montminy, rookie winger Jean-Christophe Vinette, second row Jackson Marquardt, back row Andreas Krawczyk, back row Lucas Hotton, fly half Moritz Wittmann and fly half/kicker Jonathan Banks who is the leading scorer in the conference with 82 points in seven games.

Five Stingers were named to the second all-star team. They are: prop Nicolas Krawczyk, flanker Malcolm Baird, rookie scrum half Sebastian Iaricci, hooker Nick Smith and wing Julien Mac Kay Cantin.

The Concordia men’s rugby team finished the regular season in first place with a perfect 7-0 win-loss record. The Stingers have a bye in the opening round of the playoffs but will host a semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.