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April 26, 2018 | Rugby (M)

Centre Thomas Goetz at the Stinger complex with Craig Beemer.

Rugby brings recruit from Martinique to Montreal

Head coach Craig Beemer is pleased to announce Thomas Goetz, an accomplished centre originally from Trois-Ilets, Martinique, has committed to the Concordia Stingers men’s rugby team.

Goetz, who checks in at five foot 10 and 190-pounds, starting playing rugby at 13 years old in Martinque. He came to Quebec a few years ago to pursue a university education and to continue playing rugby. He has been competing in the provincial club system, most recently with TMR.

His intelligent and aggressive play earned him a place with the Quebec provincial program two years ago and it also caught the attention of Beemer.

“He’s very aggressive,” said the Concordia coach, “and you can’t teach that. He’s willing to do everything he can for his team. He makes an impact on both sides of the ball.

“Thomas will only be in his first year with us but he brings a lot of experience that we expect to translate into success immediately.”

Goetz, 24, will continue his studies in Sciences at Concordia. He has a serious interest in Environmental Sciences and hopes to start graduate work in the near future.

“I feel joining my studies and my sport is the best way to progress,” Goetz said. “I love playing rugby. It’s my passion. Concordia is good at rugby, and I know the coaches Craig Beemer and John Lavery. It’s a good ambiance and a good level of competition.”

Goetz will join the defending Quebec champion Stingers at training camp in August.