Hendersonville High School

A Hendersonville High junior is going to an international rugby tournament with the Panther Rugby Academy this week.


Greydon Bleau leaves Wednesday (March 31) for Florida where he will compete in a double bracket style tournament with 16 total teams. The competition will take place Friday and Saturday, and Bleau will return Sunday (April 4). 


Rugby is the sport from which football derives. For this competition teams will be made up of 15 teens between the ages of 16 and 18.


Greydon describes Rugby as “the hard hitting, the sprinting and running of the field and the fighting for the ball and tackling. Its a combination of soccer, wrestling and football.”


Greydon has played Rugby for 10 years. He said he has played nearly every position in the sport but he expects to play flyhalf, center, or wing for this competition. 


When Greydon was asked why he loves Rugby, he first responded jokingly by saying “The caveman in me says to hit things,” but after a good laugh he explained that “in actuality, it's the fine details of the sport, everything that happens can be broken down into different aspects and movements, many of which that can be improved upon both individually or as a team.”


Dr. Ron Sarver, athletic director of HHS, explained why Hendersonville High School does not have a rugby team.


“The sports we have here at school are on TSSAA sanctioned," Sarver said. "They regulate what sports we play in high school across the state of Tennessee and rugby is not one of them.” 


The TSSAA (Tennessee Secondary School Athletic association) decides which sports schools in Tennessee can play. 


Assistant Principal Lisa Jaskot wished Greydon “Good luck" in the upcoming tournament.


"Play hard. Leave it all on the field," she said.


Story by Victoria Petersen and Michelle Khoury